There was some thought that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly could harness Benn's run-after-catch skills as a screen-heavy slot receiver. Working behind DeSean Jackson, Cooper, Jason Avant and undrafted rookie Russell Shepard, though, he was far from guaranteed to make the final roster.
The injuries to Maclin and Benn give Damaris Johnson a clear upperhand for the fifth receiver spot. We don't believe Cooper was ever going to be released, and Benn's injury likely eliminates any chances of it happening.
Factoring in linebacker Jason Phillips, the Eagles now have seen three players go down with ACL injuries since training camp opened.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.