Report: Eagles Still Looking for Wide Out
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson denied reports early this week that the Eagles had interest in dealing for a wide receiver. However, on Sunday morning, a Pro Football Talk report suggested the Eagles are still exploring for a deal for 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith.
Late Monday night, Rumors surfaced that the Eagles were interested in the 27-year-old deep threat, but Pederson denied those rumors when asked to comment on Wednesday.
“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson explained. “I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”
While Pederson initially shot down the reports, he was asked to clarify his stance and seemed to keep the door open on a possible deal.
"I think every team is trying to upgrade every position if you could," Pederson said. "But not at this time, no."
At this time could mean the minute he was giving his answer, but he did say say that every team is trying to upgrade every position if they could.
The Eagles currently don't have a deep threat that can stretch the field, something that is key in the west-coast offense. You use the deep threat to open the underneath stuff, much like DeSean Jackson did when he excelled in that role under Andy Reid.
"Nelson (Agholor) can stretch it; Josh (Huff) can stretch it," Pederson said when asked which guys on the current roster can stretch the field.
"But I think it's protection and design of the play. When I think of stretching the field, I mean, a guy can run fast and that can be stretching the field, but who can really take the top off? Those two guys are two that can do that -- and Bryce Treggs."
I'm not buying that even he believes that.
A source told CSNBayArea on Monday that the 49ers are not actively shopping Smith.