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Meet The Eagles’ Newest Wide Receiver

In the latest move of an eventful 2022 NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Fresno State wide receiver Keric Wheatfall. The financial details of the contract have not yet been released.

Wheatfall, who went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, had participated in the Eagles’ Rookie Minicamp on a tryout basis as one of 19 players invited by the team to participate. He impressed enough to earn his way onto his first NFL roster.

So what does Keric Wheatfall bring to the table in Philly? What are his strengths? Weaknesses? And how does he fit into an increasingly crowded Eagles’ wide receiver room?

Let’s dig a little deeper into the Eagles’ newest wide receiver.

College Career

Keric Wheatfall first attended Blinn College after a successful two-sport high school career at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress Ranch, Texas where he also ran track. Wheatfall was highly productive at Blinn, where he had 798 yards and six touchdowns on 47 catches during his 2018 freshman season.

His performance at Blinn College earned him the opportunity to transfer to a larger program at Fresno State. Wheatfall was not overly productive at Fresno State, though his numbers did improve during each of his three seasons. He was named a 2020 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention player.

His best season there was his “super-senior” year in 2021 (as allowed by the COVID-19 eligibility waiver), in which he caught 38 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns for an impressive average of 16.2 yards per reception. Wheatfall finished his career at Fresno State with 78 catches for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns.

These aren’t bad numbers for a college career, but hardly eye-popping. Unsurprisingly, Wheatfall went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. So what do the Eagles see in their newest wide receiver?

As An NFL Wide Receiver Prospect

Wheatfall was measured at 6’1″ and 194 lbs. at Fresno State’s pro day. He won’t blow anyone away with his speed, registering a so-so 4.58 40-yard dash. He has gained the reputation as a solid, possession-based receiver with strong hands who is effective at coming down with contested catches. He can make tricky over-the-shoulder grabs and shows solid physicality.

That said, his lack of speed leads to a lack of ability to create separation, which led to the high percentage of contested catches in his highlight-reel.

According to Pro Football Network, he is effective along the sidelines but has a limited route tree. He simply doesn’t have that next gear to create separation. So, after looking at his strengths and weaknesses, where does wide receiver Keric Wheatfall potentially fit on the Eagles’ roster?

Fit With The Eagles

Quite frankly, Wheatfall has a great opportunity to stick around on the Eagles’ practice squad. That said, there is little chance that he gets any regular play on the team’s primary roster, at least in 2022. He won’t be able to compete for catches in an already crowded wide receiver room with several more experienced, dynamic pass catchers the likes of Antonio Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Greg Ward, Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, Deon Cain, and former Olympic track star Britain Covey.

His physicality, work ethic and steady hands could eventually invite some special teams opportunities, but that is likely as much as we will see from Wheatfall in the near future.

That said, he has shown enough to earn the opportunity to prove himself to an NFL squad. Welcome to Philly, Keric Wheatfall!

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