Jeffery came to the Eagles after a career with the Bears marred by injury and suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs. Torrey Smith joined Philly after being cut by the 49ers following the 2016 season in which he snagged receptions for just 267 yards. Jeffery played through a torn rotator cuff in 2017 and still put up 789 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Smith was more of a complementary player, with 430 yards and two scores.
The Eagles ended up with the third-ranked run game in the NFL last season, in part because they snagged Blount in free agency. Blount was fresh off of a career season in 2016 with the Patriots, and he ran for 766 yards and two scores last year.
In lieu of possibly netting a compensatory pick for Smith, the Eagles instead take home another cheap cornerback in Worley, who started 25 games over his two seasons in Carolina.
Worley hasn’t developed as much as fellow 2016 draftee James Bradberry and fell into a rotation at times with Kevon Seymour, who should now have a clear path to a starting role.
The Eagles want to spend money at just about every position besides running back and cornerback, and Worley gives them another low-cost option as they try to replace Patrick Robinson, who will likely leave in free agency this offseason.
He averaged just 184 passing yards in those games, stalling an offense that averaged 376.9 yards in Dalton’s 13 starts. With McCarron at the helm for the final three games, Cincinnati averaged 276 yards and couldn’t top 300.
That continued into the postseason, where the Bengals lost 18-16 to the Steelers and were outgained 369 yards to 279.
Even during McCarron’s days at Alabama, he had a reputation as a game manager who leaned on a strong running game and an NFL-caliber cast around him. Hoping he can generate offense on his own and lead a team to points with his arm may be too much to ask.
Crucially, the Denver running game isn’t as effective as Minnesota’s, given that the Broncos ranked 23rd in DVOA last season.
(The Vikings were 18th.) The Broncos also lack a useful tight end in the passing game, as they appear set to turn things over to rookie Jake Butt after he missed his entire rookie season recovering from an injury.