THE Eagles released Pro Bowl Guard Evan Mathis this week, and filled his spot with another Guard in Jared Wheeler. By all accounts Wheeler is a big guy coming in a 6’4 or 6’5 (depending on what you read) and 318-319 pounds. Beyond that there’s nothing really impressive here.
Wheeler was an undrafted free agent pick-up after last years Draft and since then he’s been on 4 rosters (San Fran, Seattle, Buffalo and Carolina). Philly makes his 5th stop. Since he was coached for a couple years in college by Eagles Offensive Line coach Jeff Stoutland, maybe that will help him, but I doubt it. In college Wheeler was a back-up player and Special Teamer, playing in 38 games at Miami but only starting 6. All 6 of his starts came in 2013, with zero in his final year. That’s pretty significant considering that that is when teams try to push players that they feel could make some hay at the pro level. Again, Wheeler was allowed to sit.
So what we have here is a career college back-up, who’s bounced onto 5 rosters in just over a year, and been bounced off of 4 of them so far. I get the impression that we are dealing with a camp body here. If we’re gonna be diving for pearls, I’d keep my eye on Cole Manhart. I told you about him already (remember this) . I’m not claiming he’ll be a Hall-of-Famer, but he’s worth a long look at least.