- Alex Hand
Josh Huff Arrested, Receiver Core Reaching New Lows
Disappointingly, Nigel Braham is no longer the only Philadelphia Eagles player that has been arrested this season. Josh Huff was arrested on the Walt Whitman Bridge Tuesday morning of November 1, and has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm that was loaded and only contained a carry permit for the state of Texas, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana that will mark him as a “disorderly person” versus a criminal in the eyes of the law in the city of Philadelphia, and was also driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.
As the age-old saying goes, with this Eagles receiver core already in shambles given the team’s top receiver in Jordan Matthews incapable of playing consistently outside the slot, Nelson Agholor no longer caring about dropped passes, and Dorial Green-Beckham living up to the warnings that the Tennessee Titans had heeded to the press, it seemed like things could not get any worse.
Thankfully, good ol’ Murphy’s Law was there for Eagles followers, and now Huff after already being unable to live up the role of a traditional wide receiver is currently facing charges that obviously put a stain on his career, not so much in regards to the future, but definitely more so in the present.
Huff’s future in the NFL is already in doubt. The third-year receiver has only compiled 482 yards in his professional career (72 yards over 8 games this season), and despite serving as an astounding kick off returner, is simply a product of the league’s best special teams unit and offers very little to the franchise. Unless he overhauls his performance overnight, no team will bother signing him in free agency when his services could easily be replaced by a fifth-round, offensive skill position draft pick – which is what his grade was in the 2014 NFL Draft.
This not only looks bad on Huff’s end, but also for the Eagles front office and coaching personnel. Head coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman took great risks in bringing in players with character concerns such as Bradham, Beckham, and Jalen Mills. While Huff was never known for those type of issues prior to Tuesday, Bradham has already has two encounters with police this season and is has only recently pleaded not guilty to his incident of having a gun in a carry-on bag at Miami International Airport back in October 9.
The Eagles are still ranked 29th in passing yardage, have distractions and injuries on both sides of the ball, and after Sunday Night Football, enter Week 9 with a 4-3 record. After a 3-0 start to the season, fans were beginning to get a bit chipper in anticipation of what 2016 – an awful year as a whole – could bring them and their football team.
Alas, the franchise had failed to make any trades before the 4 PM deadline on November 1 marking the new, calendar year for the NFL, and must move forward, facing both on and off the field issues, without assistance. But perhaps...
LOL, obviously this would be a horrible move for a franchise looking to get out of the limelight that they're already in.