What is Travis Fulgham’s future with the 2021 Eagles?
What is Travis Fulgham’s future with the Eagles? initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Among the excellent secrets of the Eagles’ 2020 season is what the heck occurred to Travis Fulgham?
He went from unidentified practice team call-up to explosive playmaking star for a month in the past rapidly fading back into obscurity.
Who is he actually?
The man who captured 29 passes for 435 backyards and 4 goals out of the blue throughout a five-week period early in the season or the man who had simply 9 catches for 94 backyards and no TDs the last 9 weeks of the season?
The larger secret is where does Fulgham suit on the 2021 lineup? Can he recover the kind that made the 3rd-leading receiver in the NFL for 5 weeks (behind Davante Adams and D.K. Metcalf) or have we seen the very best we’ll ever receive from him?
Aaron Moorehead, the Eagles’ pass receivers coach in 2015 under Doug Pederson, was maintained by Nick Sirianni and shared his viewpoint on Fulgham’s 2020 climb and decrease and what it implies for his future.
“The (five) weeks showed me a lot and it showed everybody a lot and with that it also comes with responsibility of understanding that now defenses are going to start scheming toward you to stop you and that for a young player, sometimes, him understanding that, took a little bit,” Moorehead stated. “And then he got nicked up a little bit, and didn’t complain, but he had to play through it, and as the season got going it wore on him a little bit.
“But the guy has it. We saw it. We all saw it. And it’s in there and I’m looking forward to seeing Travis and what he does this year.”
How excellent was Fulgham in 2015?
From Week 4 through Week 8, he had more backyards than any other Eagles pass receiver had all year.
Just 8 other WRs 25 or more youthful in franchise history have actually had 435 backyards in any five-game stretch, and it’s an excellent list: Harold Jackson, Ben Hawkins, Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Fred Barnett, Reggie Brown, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Fulgham’s five-game stretch started with an incredible game-winning 42-yard TD catch from Carson Wentz versus the 49ers – his 2nd profession reception – and continued with 10-for-152 in Pittsburgh and after that 75, 73 and 78 backyards versus the Ravens, Giants and Cowboys.
He ended up being the very first Eagles pass receiver because DeSean Jackson in 2012 with 4 straight video games with 70 backyards and the very first 25 or more youthful because Quick in 1983.
And after that … absolutely nothing.
Drops increased. Production plunged. And after that he started losing snaps to Alshon Jeffery, who was back after a long injury layoff.
After balancing 55 snaps in his very first 8 video games, Fulgham balanced simply 22 the remainder of the year.
He was a non-factor.
Moorehead described why.
“Football’s a meritocracy,” Moorehead stated. “You play what you earn and that is every player on the field. And I think that at the same time, Alshon was coming back from injury, he had been practicing for three or four weeks, and as his injury started getting better he started getting healthy (and playing). … I don’t want to say (his return) stunted Travis. I would say at the least of anything, which is good for Travis, it opened his eyes. ‘Hey look, you better come out here and practice every day like your job is on the line or else someone else can take your job.’ And I think as a young player, a second-year player in this league, he was able to take that lesson. I hope he takes it and runs with it in Year 3.”
Fulgham did choose things up a bit at the end of the season. He had catches of 12 and 18 backyards in a loss to the Cards, he captured a 19-yarder a week later on in Dallas and he captured a 15-yarder (from Greg Ward) in the season ending versus Washington.
A minimum of it was something, and Moorehead credits Fulgham for hammering out a ruthless stretch and recuperating.
“I think the guy as you saw him progress last year, he kind of hit a little bit of a rut,” Moorehead stated. “We saw it. He got out of it, and that was the thing to me that was so impressive, he didn’t go, ‘OK, I’m going to let this affect me completely.’ He started understanding what the responsibility was and what the expectation was.
“There’s plenty of players in this league that have played four weeks and have gone really well and you don’t hear from them for a while and understanding is that what’s going to define you or it’s just going to be a little blip? And I think if Travis can continue to grow physically and mentally, all those things, he can get himself to be that guy. And if he does? To be honest? Our receiving corps with Jalen (Reagor) and DeVonta (Smith), Travis, Greg, can be really, really, really good.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.