The Eagles have an exciting roster of playmakers with huge upside. Travis Fulgham was thought to be a key component of that puzzle not too long ago, but today marks his exit from the City of Brotherly Love. The team waived him from the practice squad earlier today, signifying a sad ending to a once promising story.
The rise of Travis Fulgham was one of the biggest highlights of the entire 2020 season. He burst onto the scene when receiving depth was down to its bare bones after being poached from the Lions and he didn’t take long to make an impact. He caught a game-winning touchdown against the Niners and following it up with a historical performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. Fulgham became only the third Eagles receiver since 2016 to catch for over 150 yards. He would go on to lead the entire NFL in receiving through a 4 week period, looking as though he was ready to take a stunning leap into a starting role.
But then Alshon Jeffery returned from his injury, and his snap counts immediately started to diminish. He ended the season on a four-game run where he amassed just 104 yards on 9 catches. By contrast, he amassed 435 yards and 4 touchdowns during that iconic four-game run after his debut.
A new coaching staff that prides itself on WR development sounded like the perfect situation for Travis Fulgham to take that next step, but he never did. While players such as Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor balled out, the ODU product burned out. The need for a big-bodied target seemed to diminish as time went on and at the end of the summer, he was left off the 53-man roster.
It’s sad to see Fulgham go, but it’s even sadder that he couldn’t capture lightning in a bottle. His breakout was so fun to watch and there’s clearly some ingredients in there to make a solid NFL wideout. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t to be.
Elsewhere, Noah Togiai returns to the Eagles which is a surprising boost. The former UDFA failed to make the 53-man roster last year and was poached by the Indianapolis Colts (because of course). He played in four games for Indy but didn’t record a stat. At 6’4, 244 lbs, he has intriguing size and was a prolific receiver at Oregon State. Maybe the Eagles can pick up where they left off and continue his development.
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