The Titans are continuing to turn back time on their offensive approach, trading their top deep threat for an offensive lineman.
Tennessee traded 2015 second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham to Philadelphia for fourth-year guard/tackle Dennis Kelly, the teams announced Tuesday.
Green-Beckham, 23, has had a difficult camp trying to bounce up a barren wide receiver depth chart in Tennessee. Despite 4.4 40-yard dash speed, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and his gaudy 17.2 yards per catch as a rookie last season, Green-Beckham has been stuck behind 35-year-old Andre Johnson, fifth-round UMass rookie Tajae Sharp and others.
“It’s a good day, bad day, good, bad. That’s the way it’s been since the very first day,” Tennessee coack Mike Mularkey said of Green-Beckham last week, per the Columbia Daily Herald. “No one wants to please and do good for this team more than he does. He’s just got to find a way to come out every day and make the plays that are called his way. It just hasn’t been that way.”
Kelly started 10 games as a fifth-round rookie for the Eagles during Andy Reid’s final season in 2012. He slipped into a backup role in Chip Kelly’s system the next three seasons, logging just five starts, but the Eagles consistently brought him back with contracts each of the past two offseasons.
Kelly should offer versatile depth, and he could push Quinton Spain for a starting role at left guard. He offers the latest upgrade to a front wall that surrendered the most sacks in the NFL last season, resulting in No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota missing four games.
After lifting the interim head coach label off Mularkey, a longtime tight ends coach, Tennessee has put most of its efforts toward fixing the protection, from drafting Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin No. 8 overall to signing center Ben Jones away from Houston.
Green-Beckham, meanwhile, will try to add life to an Eagles receiving corps that greatly disappointed last year, with Nelson Agholor struggling to adjust to NFL routes and Jordan Matthews consistently dropping passes. Green-Beckham has always been a tantalizing physical specimen since he was Rivals.com’s No. 1 football prospect coming out of high school in 2012, but he’s always needed work on his routes.
He’ll be one of the first acquisitions the Eagles have made to specifically try to aid the development of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, whom they traded up to the No. 2 pick to select out of North Dakota State this spring.