Eagles

Eagles

PITTSBURGH – Dorial Green-Beckham dropped the second pass thrown his way Thursday night.
 
Should fit right in.
 
OK, that’s probably not fair. Green-Beckham, traded to the Eagles on Tuesday, wasn’t even supposed to play against the Steelers on Thursday night at Heinz Field. He hasn’t even practiced with the Eagles yet. But he wound up getting a handful of snaps in a 17-0 win.
 
The Eagles are hoping DGB, the 40th pick in the draft just a year ago, can resurrect his career and spark a moribund group of wide receivers with his second team in two NFL seasons.
 
“It’s starting over,” Green-Beckham said. “Learn a new offense, being around a whole new group of guys, a family atmosphere. I felt like it’s good for me.”
 
Green-Beckham caught 32 passes for 549 yards, a 17.2 average, and four touchdowns for the Titans last year, but they were disappointed in his lack of consistency and shipped him to the Eagles for backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.
 
Green-Beckham said he didn’t really know why he was traded.
 
“Not necessarily sure about all that,” he said. “Things happen. You wake up and things happen to anybody. It’s a call for me, and I’ve just got to stay positive, stay focused, keep moving forward, stay in the playbook.
 
“Really, not knowing, just waking up and finding that out, it’s tough on anybody. You’ve just got to know, wherever you end up, you’ve just got to try to stay positive.”
 
It’s rare – almost unprecedented – for a team to give up this fast on a player drafted that high, early in the second round.
 
“They just felt like it was best for both sides,” Green-Beckham said. “They felt it was best for both teams."
 
Green-Beckham said he thought he was doing everything Titans coach Mike Mularkey wanted. But apparently that wasn’t the case.
 
“I just felt like, he talked potential, he wanted me to do more and I tried to do everything I could do and things didn’t work out,” he said at his locker at Heinz Field.
 
“It’s tough but you’ve just got to stay on top of everything. They want little details, you’ve got to give little details. You’ve got to do everything you’re supposed to do and everything that’s asked.
 
“I felt like I stayed after, caught some balls, came in early. I felt like I did a lot of extra work there, and I’m still going to continue to stay on my game and continue to do those things.”
 
Green-Beckham just turned 23 in April. Heck, he’s a few months younger than Carson Wentz. So it certainly made sense for the Eagles to take a chance on him.
 
“You’ve got to take the mindset of let that stuff go, move forward and just keep pushing, trying to compete,” he said. “Having a chip on my shoulder is going to be big.”
 
There are certainly some red flags with Green-Beckham. Several off-the-field episodes in his past.
 
He said that’s what they are. In the past.
 
“Totally a whole different person,” he said. “The off-the-field stuff has been in the past. Never been brought up since then by anybody. That tells me I’ve been doing the right thing.”
 
DGB, who stands 6-foot-5, got a fade thrown his way in the end zone by Chase Daniel, but Daniel underthrew it, and instead of his first Eagles touchdown the ball fell incomplete.
 
“I wanted it because me being a bigger guy, just placing the ball at the right spot, leave it up there for me, and I’ll come down with it,” he explained.
 
Can Green-Beckham help the Eagles?
 
Remains to be seen.
 
But he’s sure confident.
 
“I feel like being in this offense, I can catch a lot of balls, score a lot of touchdowns, help my teammates and fight for those guys,” he said.
 
And sometimes a change of scenery is just what a disappointing player needs.
 
“I think so,” he said. “It’s a fresh start, new start, new teammates, new family, great family atmosphere. I feel like it’s a new start.”