Dorial Green-Beckham is no longer a member of the Tennessee Titans, as the team announced early Tuesday morning they have traded their former second round pick of a season ago to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for G/T Dennis Kelly. This appears to be a straight swap as no other players, draft picks or considerations were announced with the deal.
DGB, as he was known for short is a high potential player who has ideal size, speed and physical tools to be an elite receiver in this league, but after one full season and the start of this training camp, he had been plagued with the same inconsistencies in year two that he faced in his rookie season.
Green-Beckham clearly showed his commitment to coming to training cam this season in shape, as he weighed in at 228 pounds for this camp as opposed to the 242 pounds one year ago. Stll the inconsistency proved too much as general manager Jon Robinson made the move to fill a need over the potential that might never arrive.
The need to acquire someone to fill this role began in OTA's when Byron Bell, who was likely to play that role went down with a season ending ankle injury. Josue Matias had assumed Bell's role, but he too suffered an injury to his knee that will require surgery and put him out for the season.
Matias, who is entering his second season with the Titans after signing as an undrafted rookie free-agent in 2015 out of Florida State had looked good at the spot in training camp, but it was still iuclear if head coach Mike Mularkey and Robinson were comfortable with a player who spent the entire 2015 season on the practice squad, and has never played a down in an NFL game filling such a key role.
In his lone season with the Titans DGB posted 32 receptions for 549 yards for a 17.2 yard average with a long reception of 47 yards and 4 scores in his rookie campaign.
Kelly (6-8, 321) has four years of previous NFL experience, including 15 starts and 30 games played. He has played at right tackle (9 starts) and guard (4 starts at RG, 2 at LG) during his NFL career in Philadelphia. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round selection by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft. At Purdue, he was a team captain and a two-time offensive MVP, while starting his final three seasons at left tackle.
TitanRedZone will have more information on the trade as it becomes available.