The Philadelphia Eagles released their leading receiver, DeSean Jackson. The veteran pass-catcher then signed with the rival Washington Redskins.
Replacing Jackson’s production – he made 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season – is going to be difficult. During the NFL Draft last weekend, Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly turned to one of his former players to help replace Jackson.
The Eagles selected former Oregon Ducks’ wide receiver Josh Huff in the third round Friday.
“We added another quality receiver in Josh Huff, obviously I know him extremely well,” Kelly said via Andy Jasner of ESPN.com. “Outstanding young man. Great position versatility with him. Josh played every position when we were at Oregon, so he’s been an outside receiver, an inside receiver. He played a little bit of running back early in his career. He’s returned kicks. He’s an outstanding special teams player. You’re getting a physical football player just a shade under 6 feet, 205, 210 pounds. He can run. He has a nasty presence to himself, so he’s not risk adverse to contact.
On Tuesday, the Eagles came to terms with Huff on a four-year deal.
Huff made 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Ducks in 2013.