The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Friday that they have released wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Last season, Green-Beckham caught 36 passes on 74 targets for 392 yards and 2 TDs.
In April, PhillyVoice wrote that Green-Beckham had an uphill climb to make the roster in 2017. He didn't even make it to training camp.
Green-Beckham led the team with 12 drops, letting an atrocious 25 percent of catchable passes slip through his grasp:
| Player||Drops ||Catches ||Drop % of catchable passes |
|Dorial Green-Beckham ||12 ||36 ||25% |
| Jordan Matthews||8 ||73 ||9.9% |
| Nelson Agholor||6 ||36 ||14.3% |
| Trey Burton||4 ||37 ||9.8% |
| Darren Sproles||4 ||52 ||7.1% |
| Kenjon Barner||2 ||5 ||28.6% |
| Zach Ertz||2 ||78 ||2.5% |
| Byron Marshall||1 ||3 ||25% |
| Wendell Smallwood||1 ||6 ||14.3% |
| Paul Turner||1 ||9 ||10% |
| Ryan Mathews||1 ||13 ||7.1% |
| Brent Celek||1 ||14 ||6.7% |
And it wasn't just drops. Green-Beckham did not play like a 6'5, 237-pound player should, more often than not losing to far smaller corners in contested catch situations. He was also guilty of offensive pass interference several times in the screen game, never correcting the mistake of blocking downfield too early, and costing the Eagles huge plays as a result.
With the team signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency, as well as selecting Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in the 2017 NFL Draft, Green-Beckham fell down the depth chart. As a receiver who does not contribute on special teams, it was a no-brainer to release him.
The Eagles will save $944,418 with Green-Beckham's release.
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