Under first-year head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles had a tough time getting the ball to their wide receivers in 2016.

But despite having one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks, the Eagles wide receivers must play better in 2017 if he is going to make the jump to the next level.

In 2016, the Eagles’ leading receiver was Jordan Matthews, though his 804 yards receiving ranked second overall on the team, it ranked just 48th overall in the league among wideouts.

That’s why in an ESPN Insider article listing one free agent each NFL team should sign, wide receiver Adam Thielen was chosen for the Eagles.

The 26-year-old could give the Eagles a new weapon at the wide receiver position.

Here’s what ESPN said about Thielen potentially coming to Philadelphia:

Thielen, who finished with 69 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns while dropping only three passes, had a breakout season in 2016 with Minnesota. He was a reliable target for Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, and that same short and intermediate reliability is a must for the Eagles' offense and QB Carson Wentz. Thielen, who's a restricted free agent, doesn't solve all Philadelphia's issues at the skill positions, but he can play the much-needed role of possession receiver as Wentz continues to develop as the Eagles' franchise quarterback.

Thielen would be a interesting signing for the Eagles. The main reason he would be an attractive target would be his hands.  As listed in the ESPN article, he dropped just three passes on 92 targets. The one question would be how would he fit in with Jordan Matthews, but he would be a nice fit for this particular offense, which is similar to what the Eagles do.

He spent 2016 with the Vikings as one of Sam Bradford's top targets, totalling 69 catches for team-leading 967 yards and five touchdowns. In the game against the Eagles he had two catches for 52 yards and had a few breakout games including a 12 catch, 202 yard game against the Packers, a seven catch for 127 yard game vs. Houston and a fout catch, 101 game against Jacksonville.

The main issue in getting Thielen to come to Philadelphia, he is a restricted free-agent, meaning the Eagles would have to give the Vikings some sort of compensation for his services.


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