The Eagles have been bad in just about every department this season. The secondary has shown an innate inability to cover opposing receivers, the pass rush is nonexistent, and Wentz has been wildly inconsistent. The most glaring issue though? That would be the Eagles receiving corps.
Drops, the inability to create separation, it’s all bad. Coming into a season where they graded out as the #1 WR group in the league by PFF, this group of skill players have disappointed beyond measure.
Between 3 different instances, Eagles receivers have dropped game winning and tying touchdowns at the end of regulation. If those catches are made, Philadelphia is likely sitting atop of the division.
The last time an Eagles or Redskins wide receiver scored a touchdown was Week 6.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 25, 2019
It remains to be seen how the rest of the season unfolds but we must begin to think about the future at this position. You just gave your franchise QB, Carson Wentz, a big time deal. You’re not going to have him playing with this level of inconsistency after paying him big money.
Will The Vets Stay?
Just a few seasons ago, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor were loved by Eagles fans after both put up stellar performances in a season where the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Since then? Alshon has been the center of locker room issues and Agholor is back to his rookie season woes as he has seemingly forgot how to catch the football again.
Agholor, more so than Jeffery, will likely not be back with the team next season. The 26yr old will become a free agent at the end of the year and his downward trend just doesn’t bode well for him and his chances of playing in an Eagles uniform in 2020. Alshon on the other hand will likely be returning unless the locker room issues/rumors turn out to be serious. He’s under contract for another 2 seasons and for the most part is still productive when he’s on the field.
DeSean Jackson who has had his homecoming plagued by injury, should be back for another stint as well. Whether or not the soon to be 33yr old speedster will be able to produce or not after what seemed to be a serious injury is a question for another day.
Are The Young Guys Good?
There was high hopes for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside when the Eagles chose him in the 2nd round of last year’s Draft. The Stanford product flashed eyes in the preseason and was deemed as a breakout weapon for Wentz and this offense. How has that turned out? JJAW has 86 yards receiving on the entire season including a game winning drop against Detroit in week 3. With that being said, it’s far too early to give up on him. Most receivers take time to acclimate to the NFL and I look for a big rebound season in 2020.
As far as Mack Hollins goes? It’s a surprise he still has a roster spot seeing that the WR can’t produce to any extent on game day. Despite the great amount of opportunity presented to him, Hollins has zero catches since week 4. I wouldn’t count on seeing a return of the Mack next year.
Luckily, the upcoming Draft class holds a lot of talent at this position of need for the Eagles.
I started scouting in 2003. This upcoming WR class is the best I've ever seen.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 13, 2019
Headlined by prospects Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb, a few teams will be lucky enough to add some serious talent to their receiving corps come April 2020.
Penn State product, KJ Hamler, has already caught the eyes of many Eagles fans as his speed and deep threat ability is something this Philadelphia team has been desperately lacking.
The talent doesn’t end after those 3 either as the depth is what makes this WR class oh so impressive. Whether we’re talking about Laviska Shenault Jr., who has received Julio Jones comparisons or Henry Ruggs III, the talent is everywhere and the Eagles need to make sure they bring some of it in.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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