The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Western Pennsylvania to face their toughest test to date and fell short to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38-29. The loss dropped the Eagles record to 1-3-1 on the season. While the Eagles didn’t pull out a victory, they saw improvements in a few areas, especially on offense. The offensive line struggled in run blocking but held their own in pass protection. Carson Wentz improved tremendously and seems to be getting back to his old self as each week progresses. However, one player on the offense stood out for his performance on Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles player of the week goes to…Travis Fulgham!
Diamond in the Rough
The casual Eagles fan is reading this article, thinking, “Who the heck is Fulgham? Travis, who?” Two weeks ago, every Eagles fan was checking the gameday roster, saw his name, and added him to the clump of practice squad wide receivers the Eagles have called up to the main roster since the latter half of 2019. The world tuned in on Sunday Night Football and saw Carson Wentz connect with #13 down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown. Oooh! Philadelphia’s eyes catch a glimpse of solid WR play, which is rare in Eagles green as of late. Fast forward one week later, and we all have our fingers crossed that Travis Fulgham wasn’t a one-hit-wonder. Well, I’m sure the word has traveled by now throughout the Tri-State area that Travis Fulgham just might be the Diamond in the Rough the Eagles have been looking for to save their wide receiver corps. Mr. Fulgham is the Real Deal, so we hope!
.@Eagles @TravisFulgham in one week this Wr has become the entire focus of the passing game. You can’t feed him enough and @cj_wentz trusts him more than any other receiver. Amazing transformation pic.twitter.com/llSBLnpsps
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 12, 2020
Memorable Eagles Performance
Travis Fulgham was called upon by the coaching staff to go out and keep the wide receiver group afloat while the position was decimated by injury. They didn’t want to overwhelm him but instead make a few plays on the field and help contribute. Well, Travis had a coming-out party on Sunday in Western Pennsylvania! Fulgham finished the day with 10 receptions for 152 yards and 1 touchdown. That’s impressive! Travis cemented his name in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future after that performance. He became the first Eagles receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014 to have at least 10 catches, 150 yards, and a touchdown in a game. That’s an eye-opening statistic! You can say that maybe he caught some lapses or breakdowns in coverage, but that’s not the case. Pittsburgh CB Mike Hilton was matched up on him, and Fulgham was dominating Hilton one on one. He even showed the ability to get down and dirty with the cornerback in a blocking scenario.
— Nick (@PhillyNick100) October 6, 2020
Sustainability in the Eagles Offense?
These last two weeks have been great for the former Walk on at Old Dominion University, but can Travis Fulgham sustain this pace and become a fixture in the Eagles offense going forward? Absolutely! Travis has shown the ability to catch the ball consistently in tight spaces and isn’t afraid to go after contested catches with good body control. Fulgham put his stalk blocking on display against the 49ers. He has the size and strength to stick around on the roster and contribute weekly. Here’s an excerpt from the Draft network profile on Travis Fulgham coming out of college:
His ability down the field and to win through contested spots gives him potential in the RedZone. On top of that, his refinement and technique as a route runner give him enough separation on a play to play basis.
Travis provides the Eagles with wide receiver depth they very desperately need at the moment. He’s shown the ability on the field, and now the coaching staff needs to put trust in the kid and unleash the beast. With 13 targets on Sunday, it seems as though the Quarterback has relied on Travis to contribute. Bottom Line, Carson Wentz has shown a tremendous amount of trust in #13, and looks like this kid is here to stay!