Eagles Waive Dorial Green-Beckham
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - In life, if something seems to be good to be true, it probably is.
The Eagles waived wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Friday in order to make room for camp arm Dane Evans.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Green-Beckham was acquired from Tennessee during training camp last season for backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, a player that was not in Philadelphia's plans.
On paper, the trade looked like a home run as DGB was regarded by many scouts as a first-round talent during the 2015 draft when he was ultimately picked No. 40 overall by the Titans.
Off the field issues at Missouri derailed Green-Beckham's college career, which ended with him transferring to Oklahoma but never playing for the Sooners.
His length and 4.49 speed, however, is tailor-made for the NFL and DGB seemed on his way as a rookie, snaring 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns.
Green-Beckham fell out of favor with Mike Mularkey and the coaching staff and Nashville, however, and he was peddled to the receiver-starved Eagles.
Slow to pick up Doug Pederson's offense after a late start, DGB was essentially a starter with the Eagles' last season as one of the outside receivers in the team's 11 personnel package but he was largely ineffective, snaring 36 passes for 392 yards and two TDs.
Green-Beckman was essentially a big receiver that didn't play like one and many questioned his work ethic. After the Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency and then drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, the writing was on the wall for him.
Out of the 115 WRs who played enough to be graded by ProFootballFocus.com last season, Green-Beckham was near the bottom at No. 103. Smith (No. 114) and Nelson Agholor, dead last at No. 115, were actually worse but performed much better this spring.
Evans, meanwhile, is an undrafted QB out of Tulsa who stepped in for backup Nick Foles in minicamp while the latter was away for the birth of his first child.
The book on Evans is that he has a strong arm but lacks touch and essentially throws fastballs no matter the situation. He will be behind Carson Wentz, Foles and Matt McGloin when training camp begins in late July.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen