If you look at the Philadelphia Eagles roster, they seem to have a lot of talent at several positions. But one of the deepest positions appears to be wide receiver.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz should be able to find a receiver open in this offense. Wentz has receivers who can stretch the field as well as catch passes over the middle and on short passing routes.
During the offseason, the Eagles acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson in a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, was a second round pick of the Eagles in the 2008 NFL Draft.
He played for the Eagles (2008-13) before moving on to the Washington Redskins (2014-16) and Tampa Bay (2017-18). The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder had 41 catches for 774 yards and four touchdowns last season. At 32, Jackson can still stretch the field.
Prior to his return, Nelson Agholor was only receiver who had success caching those deep balls. Agholor, a 6-foot, 198-pounder, had 64 receptions for 736 yards and four TDs. He averaged 11.5 yards a catch. A year ago, he had some big games where he made some big plays. He caught eight passes against Tampa Bay for 88 yards, but one of them was for 50. He had three receptions for 91 yards against the New York Giants. This included a 58-yard catch. He averaged 30.3 yards a reception that game.
Alshon Jeffery gives the Eagles passing attack some change of pace. Jeffery, a 6-foot-3, 218-pounder, has enough speed to get down field. His biggest asset is his height and leaping ability. He can also go across the middle and make those spectacular catches. Jeffery led the Eagles with 219 receiving yards and three TDs during the team’s run to the Super Bowl. Last year, he had 65 catches for 843 yards and six TDs. He averaged 13.0 yards a reception.
Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh is very impressed with the receiving corps. In fact, it’s a position that has picked up a lot of attention in training camp.
“Really excited about that group as a whole,” Groh said. “Everybody talks about Alshon [Jeffery], DeSean [Jackson] and Nelly [Agholor], but we have a lot of depth, guys that have played in this league, that have made plays for us or other people, that have the size and skill set you are looking for at this position. It’s a very competitive position.”
It’s also a position that’s stacked with great players.