Home > Research > Rookie Sleeper Alert – Paul Turner, WR, PHI

Little shout out to a guy I hadn’t heard of who I just added on waivers this past Wednesday.

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 193
  • Year: Rookie (UDFA)
  • College: Louisiana Tech
  • 40 Time: 4.55
  • Vertical: 39 inches
  • Bench: 18 reps

The Philadelphia WR corps recently went from poor to po’ with an injury to Jordan Matthews that should keep him out until the third pre-season game at least. Long term, that won’t mean much to JMatt but it could very much open the door for Paul Turner.

Right now, Turner is battling third year Chip Kelly guy Josh Huff for the final WR spot on the roster. Quite the ride for an undrafted free agent that he’s even in this position but the state of the Philadelphia WR corps has certainly made it more than possible.

Reuben Randle seems to have a lock on the second spot behind Matthews while Agholor and Givens have done little to bolster the position’s expectations for Philly. Turner projects as a slot receiver if he’s able to continue to impress.

Turner notched six catches for 34 yards on seven targets to lead all Eagles WR in those categories.

Turner’s story is the one that’s becoming quite typical of end of the roster receiver fliers. He transferred from LSU in 2012, sat out 2013 for transfer rules, then notched 42-514-4 in an injury shortened junior season before posting 10-185-2 in two games before the injury bug hit him again and he finished with 45-657-3 in 2015. A solid pro day reportedly earned him the camp look.

This almost says more about the concerns for Huff who this might have been his last chance unless he can catch on with Chip Kelly again.

Maybe reporters are just playing up the feel good story and competition and maybe this really isn’t even close. But a couple people said he was catching “everything thrown his way” while Huff has really struggled to hold onto the ball.  It was also reported, though, that Huff seems to be pretty clearly the kick returner.

Personally, I’m not a fan of Givens and don’t think (hope) his spot is not secure, either. It also would concern me if I were an Agholor guy that Randle has outperformed him. Anyway, just another shot in the dark to watch out for in the pre-season games. But you gotta have every guy who’s even a remote possibility on your radar. Let’s call Turner “this year’s Jeff Janis!”

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