Bryce Treggs Makes Most of Audition to Be Eagles' Deep Threat

In one game, Bryce Treggs nearly matched Josh Huff's receiving output for the entire season. For that matter, Treggs almost got there in one play.

Active for the first time in his NFL career, the rookie wide receiver streaked past Giants safety Nat Berhe and hauled in a 58-yard pass from Carson Wentz in the second quarter.

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"We knew their safeties play kind of low, so I knew pre-snap all I had to do was beat the corner," Treggs said postgame. "(Wide receivers coach Greg Lewis) sent me out and told me, 'Just run fast,' and I ran fast."

Two plays later, the Eagles were in the end zone, thanks in part because Treggs set the offense up at the Giants' 12-yard line.

"I was definitely fired up that the team was in a position to score and we ended up getting a touchdown, so that was huge for us," Treggs said.

It was one of two catches Treggs made in the game for 69 yards. For the sake of comparison, Huff appeared in seven games this season prior to his release, catching 13 passes, but for only 72 yards.

Obviously, the roles are different. Huff had been used primarily on quick, short passes designed to get the ball in his hands quickly and run after the catch. Treggs, who runs a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash, was used to stretch the field.

Which is also kind of the point. The Eagles have been lacking a deep threat all year, and really since Jeremy Maclin departed for free agency following his Pro Bowl campaign in 2014. It's a role some are hoping Treggs can fill.

"Everybody in this offense has a role," Treggs said. "I think I can take advantage of that role as a deep-threat guy. I'm definitely going to take pride in that going forward."

Treggs' 58-yard catch was the second-longest play from scrimmage for the Eagles this season, just behind Darren Sproles' 73-yard catch-and-run. The offense only had four passes go longer in all of 2015.

And most of those big gains have involved the receiver racking up huge chunks of yards after the catch, not necessarily catching a bomb or taking the top off the defense. With how much trouble the Eagles have had finding somebody who can make plays down the field, you would think Treggs will get more shots moving forward.

"That's up the coaches," Treggs said. "I'm just going to go out there and make plays when I get the opportunity, and whatever comes about that is what comes about that."

An undrafted free agent out of Cal who was initially picked up by the 49ers, the Eagles pounced on Treggs when he was released out of training camp in September. The 6-foot, 185-pound wideout posted 195 catches for 2,506 yards and 15 touchdowns in his four-year college career, with an outstanding 21.2 yards per reception as a senior.

With Huff, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham all in the fold, the 22-year-old had been biding his time. As soon as his number was finally called though, Treggs was ready.

"I was hyped going into the week," Treggs said. "People asked me if I was going to be nervous, but I wasn't nervous. These guys prepared me, coaches prepared me and when you're prepared, there's no nerves, you just go out and play the game."

Treggs only lined up for 15 snaps on offense on Sunday, but it was enough to make a difference. And while he would no doubt like to be on the field more, he's only worried about making the most of the chances he gets.

"I don't count my plays," Treggs said. "When I'm in there, I just try to play every play like it's my last."

While it might seem like a lot to ask of Treggs to go from undrafted rookie on the inactive list to the Eagles' primary deep threat, he brought something to the table the offense has sorely missed. Based on that performance, they'll surely want to try to go back to him again.

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