We continue our 2017-18 NFL previews by examining Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie Shelton Gibson’s past, present, and future.
The Past: The speedy Gibson entered the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining at WVU. He finished his Mountaineer career with 84 receptions for 1,898 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The Present: The Eagles drafted Gibson in the fifth round in an effort to surround QB Carson Wentz with new weapons.
Throughout the spring and summer, Gibson struggled in team practices to hold on to the ball, particularly on short passes. He dropped only three passes in his final year at WVU, and did not drop a pass on 29 deep targets last year.
Early reports from Training Camp contain more of the same. Dropped passes.
The Future: We’ve seen questions raised by other media as to whether Gibson is in danger of being cut. It’s not unheard of for a fifth rounder to get cut as a rookie. One reason Gibson was brought in was because of the struggles from the Eagles’ receiving corps last season. Is it possible Gibson gets cut? If he continues to struggle, sure. All of those hot takes are based on practices.
No one has seen Gibson perform in an Eagles’ jersey when it counts–in a real game. Sometimes the lights go on when the lights go on, know what I mean?
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