Pederson: “I Think You’ll See More of a Role for Treggs”
Somewhat lost in the way the Eagles receivers have struggled this season with drops and inconsistency has been the ascension of rookie receiver Bryce Treggs.
The 2016 undrafted rookie out of CAL signed with the San Francisco 49ers after the draft after finishing his collegiate career with 195 catches, 2,506 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns.
Treggs was not active for any of the Eagles first seven games, but following the release of Josh Huff, Treggs got his first opportunity in Week 9 against the Giants, catching two passes for 69 yards.
The rookie with 4.3 speed caught a 58-yard pass from Carson Wentz, the longest by an Eagles rookie since DeSean Jackson had a 60-yarder in the season-opening game of 2008. His 69 receiving yards are the most by an Eagles rookie in his debut since Jackson (106) in that same game.
It was his speed and ability to get behind the defense that might make Doug Pederson have to find more playing time for Treggs.
"First time to be active. He had two big catches for us," Pederson said on Monday. "Obviously the explosive play down the field, and I think you'll see more of a role for him, at least in the coming weeks."
Two good plays is certainly not enough of a sample size to declare Treggs as the next great receiver, but while his rise may seem a little sudden, Pederson sounded like a guy who expected this.
"Well, the thing with Treggs is obviously the speed," Pederson acknowledged when asked what stood out about the speedy receiver.
"He catches the ball well. He's a smooth route runner. Plus, too, he's young and he hasn't played for us, so teams really don't know much about him. But much like it was with DGB, we keep it limited, keep the package small. Give him a few plays here and there, and see what he can do."
So maybe Treggs got a late start, but for the Eagles offense, he adds a dimension to the offense that they've been seriously lacking. With Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham yet to grab the position, Treggs has an opportunity to stand out.
At just 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds he is on the smaller side for a receiver, but of course he not here for his size. Treggs’s 4.39 second 40-yard dash was tied for the second fastest receiver at the 2016 combine, and one game in he used that speed for a big-play.