Birds Ink Free Agent Slot Wideout
Looking to add depth to their wide receiver corps after losing Zach Pascal earlier in free agency, the Eagles signed free-agent wideout Olamide Zaccheaus, per his agent.
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Zaccheaus, a former Falcons receiver, has local ties.
The fourth-year pro and former St. Joe’s Prep standout, coming off his most productive season, finished 2022 with 533 receiving yards on 40 receptions – both career bests – to go along with three touchdowns, tying a career high.
Zaccheaus, a New Jersey native, can compete with fourth-year pro Quez Watkins for snaps at slot receiver, where Watkins and Pascal frequently rotated last year.
The 5-foot-9, 193-pound Zaccheaus has the skill-set and build of a typical slot receiver, but his 13.3 career yards per reception average also show some big-play ability. He’s had at least one reception of 45 yards or more in each of his four seasons, with a career-long of 95 yards his rookie year.
Zaccheaus, who made the Falcons in 2019 after going undrafted out of Virginia, played 70 percent of Atlanta’s offensive snaps last year as he emerged into a dependable receiver.
He’s a sensible addition for the Eagles, who needed depth at receiver but currently lack draft picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
With tandem 1,000-yard receivers A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith, along with pass-catching tight end weapon Dallas Goedert, the Eagles aren’t likely to target receiver early in the draft.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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