2014 NFL Rookie Wide Receiver Preview – Josh Huff, Eagles
Some great talent coming into the league this year. Tons of teams in need of adding depth and talent outside the numbers. With all the young Quarterbacks that have taken over the league in the past three-to-five years, we saw plenty of teams build their receiving corps through the draft. Lots and lots of big, tall, strong play-making receivers available this year. We can expect to see a ton of rookies make an impact in 2014, just hope your team drafted the right one!
Josh Huff – WR, Oregon, 5’11” 206lbs, 31′ 1/4″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 3, Pick 22, Philadelphia Eagles
Combine Results: 4.51 Forty / 35.5″ Vertical / 116.0″ Broad Jump
NFL Impact: Reuniting with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Huff has a solid opportunity to replace teammate Jason Avant to work the slot. Second round draft pick Jordan Matthews has the inside track to start in the slot. Head coach Chip Kelly has stated that its going to be a open competition to start but with the departure of receiver DeSean Jackson to the Redskins and Jeremy Maclin being fairly injury prone over the past few seasons any receiver in this Chip Kelly offense is well worth taking a gamble on.
Huff saw immediate action as a true freshman and improved his numbers each season. As a freshman in 2010, Huff played 13 games producing 19 receptions for 303 receiving yards, 214 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns as well as being used as a kickoff returner. He returned 23 kickoff and punts as a freshman for 567 yards (24.7 avg) so he posses the ability as a multi-tool player. In 2011, he started 10 of 12 games played and managed 31 receptions for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns with 8 kickoff returns for 174 yards (21.8 avg). In 2012, he suffered an ankle injury in the season opener against LSU and missed games against Nevada and Southwest Missouri State as well as not starting his first two games back. A very busy 2012, Huff was arrested in March and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, driving without a license and speeding, though he was ultimately acquitted. In the fall, started all 11 games played, recording 32 receptions for 493 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2013, Huff doubled his stats from previous years, setting career-bests as a senior with a team-best 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: He is expected to compete for the slot receiver spot with second round pick Jordan Matthews but history could come into making a decision. As mentioned between injuries and the fast paced system that wants to push for 60-plus offensive plays, multiple receivers and running backs are expected to be cycled. If Huff wins the slot position and is able to see the field for 30-35 plays per game, he could see 3-5 targets with the hopes of converting at least half which would put him around the 35-45 receptions for 500-650 yards and 3-5 touchdowns. Worth taking a gamble on as a late round No.4 fantasy wide receiver and especially worth grabbing in a dynasty league though Matthews has a bit more value.