In a shocking development on Tuesday morning, the Tennessee Titans traded 2nd year wide-out Dorial Green-Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles in return for reserve offensive linemen Dennis Kelly.
Leading to the trade was the Titans’ frustration with DGB as he failed to grasp the offense along with poor work ethic. The sophomore out of Missouri slid down the depth chart with the emergences of free agent signing Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe. The front office even went out to sign seasoned vet Andre Johnson. Not to mention Kendall Wright remains in that loaded WR corps as well. Green-Beckham proved to be the odd man out.
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What does Philly get in a guy like Dorial Green-Beckham? Well, they get a rare physical specimen. At 6’5”/237, DGB brings a tremendous blend of size and speed, but the question is, can he put it all together? He surely will get the opportunity to prove himself in what very well could be the weakest group of WRs in the NFL as he joins Philadelphia. In his rookie campaign, he reeled in 32 catches for 549 yards and 4 TDs, while compiling 17.2 yards per catch – leading all rookies.
If this trade affects anyone the most (other than DGB), it has to be Rishard Matthews. Before the trade he was going off the board with an ADP of 14.02, he will see that rise as high as the 10th round which is great value for a guy who is expected to be the team’s top receiver. Matthews was a solid producer during his tenure in Miami, and now he will be the go-to guy.
Another guy who benefits is 5th round pick Tajae Sharpe. The rookie out of Massachusetts is expected to start from day one. It looks like the Titans got themselves a steal in the later rounds as Sharpe has plus athleticism and runs crisp routes. He won’t be going undrafted in fantasy drafts ay longer and is surely worth a late round flyer. Carries tons of potential in dynasty leagues.
Now on to the man of the hour, DGB. It may be the Eagles fan in me, but I think he’ll have a solid year for the Eagles. He showed flashes as a rookie and will see more than his 66 targets from 2015. The Eagles are desperate for an outside receiver, and DGB brings a lethal combination of size and athleticism – should emerge as the go-to guy in the redzone. My projection: 57/820/6. Before the trade he held an ADP of 12.08 and he should hoover at that spot for the rest of the preseason. Definitely worth a look late in your draft based on upside.