Colts missed chance to add former top Carson Wentz target after Eagles release
Once one door closes, another one usually opens up pretty fast.
In keeping up with the tradition of shocking releases across the league to meet the 53-man roster quota, the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with wide receiver Travis Fulgham on Tuesday.
For many, this came out of left field because Fulgham was more of an asset than anything for the struggling 2020 Eagles, and folks can’t wrap their head around why the front office would make such a brash decision involving a player who contributed so much to the team in his first NFL action.
But Philly got lucky and Fulgham made it through waivers and will re-join their practice squad.
A true bummer for the Indianapolis Colts, who had a prime opportunity to add Carson Wentz’s favorite target from last season to their roster following TY Hilton’s injury and surgery.
Travis Fulgham’s release was a good opportunity for the Colts to take advantage of.
Fulgham did everything and more he was asked of during his tenure in Philly. As a rookie, he racked up 539 yards and four TDs over the span of playing in four games with the Eagles. Most importantly, he did all of this with Wentz as his quarterback. Even in the span of four games, he was able to achieve notoriety in the form of popular jersey sales. Pretty cool!
The history that Fulgham shares with Wentz made for a solid fit and addition to add to the squad. Fulgham’s career first touchdown came from Wentz on a perfect throw for a 42-yard score that had heads turning immediately.
But when Wentz was benched last year and then left for Indy, it was all over for Fulgham, who was hardly incorporated in the offense after Week 8 before being cut loose and joining the practice squad this week.
Fulgham made his mark as an Eagle early on, recording 152 yards in the air in a game against the Steelers, which was the most by a receiver in franchise history across his first three games with the team. After that accomplishment, Wentz called the wideout a “beast.”
Additionally, the Colts could’ve use another big-bodied receiver, especially one with NFL experience. Mike Strachan will hopefully catch on eventually, but we can’t bank on a D-II player making an impact right off the bat. Fulgham is 6-foot-2 and weighs 215 pounds. He can get separation on his size alone.
But the Colts needed to act fast … and they didn’t. Bummer, because the former Old Dominion star could’ve helped them, as the wide receiver position is going to be tested early with Hilton out for the first few weeks of the 2021 season.
Not to mention, Fulgham is still only 25 years old, so it’s not like Indy would’ve been wasting a roster spot on an aging veteran or older, unproven commodity. And if anyone could unlock his potential (again), it would’ve been Wentz.