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Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason Acquisitions (Part 10) – Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver

July 15th, 2013 at 9:10 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Arrelious Benn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Benn was the first player the Eagles acquired that wasn't a free agent.

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The Eagles sent a sixth-round pick for the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick for the 2014 Draft to the Buccaneers in exchange for Benn and a seventh-seventh round pick in the 2013 draft. The pick acquired from Tampa Bay was used to draft cornerback Jordan Poyer.

Benn was a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. He played for the University of Illinois.

During the 2007 season, his freshman year, Illinois made it to a bowl game. Benn ended the year 54 receptions for 676 yards and two touchdowns. Adding to the receptions, Benn had 32 rushes for 158 yards. In 2008, Benn set a career high with 67 receptions for 1,055 yards to go along with 23 rush attempts for 101 yards. He had three touchdown receptions and two touchdown rushes. During his junior year, Benn saw a decline in his production as he only had 38 catches for 490 yards and seven rushes for 23 yards. However, he did have two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

After foregoing his senior season with Illinois, the Buccaneers drafted Benn and he hasn't had the same impact in the NFL that he had with Illinois. Benn only missed three games combined between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2010, he was only targeted 39 times, catching 25 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. In 2011, Benn was targeted 51 times, catching 30 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. After a knee injury ended his season, Benn only had four receptions in eight games for 26 yards. He also had 15 rush attempts for 44 yards in his three seasons with Tampa Bay.

Not long after the trade, the Eagles signed Benn to a one-year extension so he will be with the Eagles through the 2014 season. Benn is listed as the second string receiver on the left side. Jeremy Maclin is the starter on the left side. Benn could be splitting time with Jason Avant as the third receiver on the field when the situation calls for it. 

However, with head coach Chip Kelly's new system, it is going to be interesting what happens with the receivers behind Maclin and DeSean Jackson as they are all learning each of the receiving positions. Something that benefits Benn the most is his size and his ability to block. With that in mind, he could see a lot of playing time lined up on the inside.

 

Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Draft, Arrelious Benn, Football, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trade, University of Illinois, wide receiver

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