Eagles release Arrelious Benn

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The Eagles have parted ways with another veteran member of their receiving corps.

Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson were the first two to go and now Arrelious Benn has joined them as a former member of the team. The Eagles announced Benn’s release on Friday afternoon.

Unlike Avant and Jackson, Benn never actually played a game with the Eagles. He tore his ACL last summer and missed the entire season. It was the second torn left ACL for Benn and it came after he got some glowing reviews from Eagles coach Chip Kelly in the early days of camp. Benn caught 59 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns in three years with Tampa after the Bucs made him a second-round selection in the 2010 draft.

With Benn, who stood to make $1.1 million this year, out, the Eagles now have Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Jeff Maehl, Brad Smith, B.J. Cunningham at receiver along with 2014 draft picks Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff.

30 responses to “Eagles release Arrelious Benn

  1. I cannot wait to see Josh Huff start lighting people up. I think he’s the member of this draft class I’m most excited to see in action. This dude is going to be our version of Hines Ward.

  2. Kid had a nice start in Tampa and was showing some promise, then got hurt and was never the same. Bummer for him, but after two ACLs he’s probably done. Tough to come back from as a WR.

  3. I was very puzzled by the abrupt release of Desean and initially I didn’t agree with it at all, but I think the Eagles will be just fine at WR with Maclin and Cooper starting, and Matthews and Huff working the 3rd and 4th spots. I think Jordan Matthews will prove to be a 1st-round caliber WR, he has great size and very underrated speed. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, but I will say that sometimes longer guys like Matthews don’t appear to be running as fast as smaller guys because their strides are longer, while shorter quicker strides just seem to give the appearance the runner is moving faster.

    The top-4 WRs seem to be set for the Eagles, but the 5th WR job is still up for grabs. My guess is Jeff Maehl will get the job again, he’s good on special teams and Chip Kelly loves his former Oregon Ducks.

    Nick Foles has 8 very talented weapons:

    LeSean McCoy- Arguably the best RB in the NFL
    Darren Sproles- Best receiving RB in the NFL
    Maclin/Cooper-Solid starters
    Matthews/Huff-Explosive rookies
    Celek/Ertz-One of the best TE duos in the NFL

  4. That’s unfortunate for Arrelious Benn. He had a high ceiling coming out of Illinois but injuries seem to have ended his chances of really contributing in the NFL.

    Hopefully he can recover, if not, I hope he can land on his feet.

  5. Eagles will be solid this year but like most teams will only go as far as Foles will take them, well unless of course their defense is terrible.

  6. Not going to scare too many teams. Fans are happy DeSean was released, but he made Cooper look like a star last year and Maclin won’t do that for him. Maclin is a nice 2 or 3. Rookies will take a couple years.

  7. IF Benn is dedicated to his craft he will be a star.

    That is a very big IF.
    As long as i have followed Benn his character SEEMS to be a question.

  8. I think most people are underestimating the impact Josh Huff will have on his 1st year. Kid signed on the dotted lines right away, he’s got a good head on his shoulders, already knows Chip Kellys offensive style, and was pretty darn good in college. I think Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff are EXCELLENT choices for the eagles offense. Can’t wait!

  9. McCoy = very good
    Foles = good but still got to prove he can hold up under pressure
    Sproles = past his prime
    Maclin = injury prone coming off ACL
    Cooper = overrated should stay in slot
    Chip Kelly = village idiot
    DeSean Jackson = elite receiver in his prime … Oh yeah the village idiot cut DeSean and let him go to the Skins.
    Eagle offense = mediocre
    Get with reality you barely won in a struggling division and did not improve your D.

  10. iamdinguskhan.

    You can hate all you want, eagles will win the division again. I like how in denial non eagle fans are. You said eagles offense mediocre?!? Really? Wow you obviously don’t know football. They were 2nd best behind Denver last year and their D will be better this year. No worries on offense bro, they’ll be top 3 again.

  11. One year don’t make you anything Skins did the same thing in 2012 and also had a high ranked offense. Skins and Giants improved their Ds in the offseason you have to play the NFC west who all have great Ds sorry the truth hurts

  12. iamdinguskhan must be forgetting that Chip Kelly took a team of the same players from 4-12 to 10-6 as a ROOKIE HEAD COACH. Dingus must also fail to understand that Kelly in his 1st year had the 2nd ranked offense… but according to the dingus logic we won’t improve, will be worse, and somehow magically the skins and giants will be much better…. Sounds like hate to me.

  13. Teams have all off season to look at Eagles game films and will be able to exploit Nick Foles weaknesses.

  14. There are two things that fans from other teams, those insisting the Eagles won’t be very good this year fail to grasp: 1. The strength of the offense lies with it’s offensive line, which you can’t game-plan and 2. Through personnel change it’s obvious that Chip Kelly isn’t going to run the same offense that he did last year.

    Sure a year with game film will help but it’s not as if teams are all of a sudden going to be able to shut this offense down.

  15. 2013 eagles compared to 2012 redskins.
    402 more rushing yards, 655 more passing, and 14 more TDs. FACT. Oh! And we beat the skins twice. Good luck making up for those draft picks u traded for a mediocre and injury prone qb

  16. Maclin, Cooper, Matthews, Demarius(+PR), Huff, Smith (+KR).

    & i love how everyone rips Sproles as an old man.
    He’s far from washed up. Cole was 32 and learning and new position and this coaching staff made him stronger as the long season progressed.

    Sproles isn’t our #1 backfield option, and i’ll be willing to bet his receptions outnumber his carries this season.
    but that’s the beauty of it all.

    Know your role, do your job. Win games.

  17. BJ Cunningham, Demarias Jackson…nice knowing you. Chip isn’t going to cut his Oregon boys while he can justify it, so Maehl will get another year

  18. ANYTHING is better on punt returns than we had…thats where Sproles will really fit in.

  19. Sproles will be the 3rd option RECEIVING out of the backfield. Regardless of if he matches the good numbers he put up LAST YEAR, our offense depends 0% on him. As far as “exploiting” Nick Foles, I’m not even sold on the guy but Matt Shaub himself couldn’t screw up this offense.

  20. Talking about Maehl vs. Huff…

    Maehl’s Senior Year at Oregon…
    77-1076 12tds

    Huff’s Senior Year at Oregon…
    62-1140 12tds

    Sounds eerily similar….

    So you’ll forgive me if either of those two gents excites. Coop, Maclin, Matthews, probably Damaris and maybe one other wild card. With Sproles on board and the TEs likely to play even more of a role with Ertz being 2nd season in the league and more familiar.

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