In a bit of a surprising move, Philly.com is reporting the Tennessee Titans traded second-year receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday morning. In exchange, the Eagles sent backup offensive tackle Dennis Kelly to Tennessee despite having some issues along the offensive line due to Lane Johnson’s pending 10-game suspension.
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The Titans selected Dorial in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Missouri. As a freshman, Green-Beckham recorded 28 catches for 395 yards and five touchdowns and upped those numbers to 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Dorial looked to be heading for a real breakout season in his junior year before problems off the field kept him from playing another down in college.
In April 2014, Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri football team by head coach Gary Pinkel. Dorial allegedly forced open an apartment door at 2:30 a.m. because he wanted to see his girlfriend. In the process, Green-Beckham allegedly pushed the girl’s roommate with two hands, which forced her to fall down at least four stairs.
Prior to that incident, Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in two marijuana-related incidents: one in January 2014 and one in October 2012.
Upon his dismissal from Missouri, Green-Beckham decided to transfer to Oklahoma but never played a game for the Sooners after the NCAA denied a waiver for his request to be eligible immediately. Dorial ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season and then made the decision to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Green-Beckham showed flashes of his ability during his rookie season with the Titans as he posted 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns. Dorial seemed to gain the trust of Marcus Mariota as the season wore on, but Tennessee head coach Mike Mularkey hadn’t seemed pleased with him during training camp this season.
During a scrimmage last week, Dorial Green-Beckham turned a solid pass from Matt Cassel into an interception for the defense and Mularkey wasn’t pleased.
“That’s an incompletion, it’s a completion or it’s (defensive pass interference),” Mularkey said. “Those are the only things that can happen when we throw the football. Nothing else is acceptable. That cannot happen. It cannot happen.”
Mularkey seemed to blame it on Green-Beckham not spending enough time working on his own, according to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky.
“That’s spending extra time when nobody is watching,” Mularkey said. “That’s doing things when nobody is watching. That’s in the classroom. I think it’s just putting the work in without being directed by anybody. Doing it yourself.”
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Possibly a fresh start in Philadelphia will help Dorial reach his full potential. The Eagles have had their own issues at wide receiver as Jordan Matthews is battling a knee injury, Nelson Agholor is facing the same inconsistencies as Green-Beckham, and Reuben Randle couldn’t make it through one preseason game without taking plays off.
Green-Beckham’s sheer size should at least give the Eagles an added weapon inside the red-zone if nothing else. Dorial stands six-foot-five and 237 pounds and should be nearly unstoppable against smaller corners if he can get his head on straight.
Honing Green-Beckham’s focus will be up to Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Greg Lewis. If Lewis is able to get the most out of Dorial’s potential, the Eagles could be an explosive offensive club over the next few years. If not, then this trade could end up coming back to haunt Philadelphia as Kelly was considered a vital piece in the Eagles’ offensive line depth.
Ultimately, Dorial Green-Beckham’s going to have to be the guy to look himself in the mirror and understand that if he flames out with the Eagles, he may not get another opportunity to make it in the NFL. It’s time to put up or shut up.
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