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Eagles have best WRs in the NFL

May 20, 2019 - 5:30 am

With OTAs underway and training camp much close than you would think, here is a look at where things stand with the Eagles’ wide receivers after free agency and the draft.

Starters: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor

Depth: Mack Hollins, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Shelton Gibson, Braxton Miller, Greg Ward, DeAndre Thompkins, Marken Michel, Charles Johnson, Carlton Agudosi

Overall: In 2016, Wentz spent his rookie year throwing to Josh Huff, Dorial Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs. It is safe to say things have improved since then. 

Roseman clearly wants to give Wentz the weapons he needs to have a big season, as he enters the year with the best set of starting three receivers in the NFL. 

Making things even better for Wentz is that Jeffery, Jackson and Agholor all compliment each other. Wentz shied away from throwing up 50/50 balls in 2018, but if he gets back to it in 2019, he has one of the best in the NFL at winning them in Jeffery. Opposite Jeffery is the best deep threat in the NFL in Jackson, who despite being 32-years old, led the NFL in yards-per-catch last season. In the slot Wentz has Agholor, who has totaled 106 catches, 1,504 yards and 12 touchdowns over the last two seasons. 

Assuming all three can stay healthy, which is an especially big question for Jackson, no quarterback in the NFL will have a better set of receivers to work with. 

Where the questions begin is behind the top three. The Eagles are clearly very excited about Arcega-Whiteside, but considering he is a rookie — and Roseman doesn’t have a great track record of drafting receivers — it is fair to be skeptical of how much he will contribute this season. Third-year player Mack Hollins enters a make-or-break year for him, after sitting out all of least season with an injury. The good news is the Eagles shouldn’t need either player to contribute. The bad news is if they do need Hollins or Arcega-Whiteside to play, it is unclear if they will be able to. 

Two players will who battle for roster spots, and have at least a chance of making it, are Gibson and Miller. Gibson had an impressive preseason last year, and made one big catch in the regular season, but barley got on the field. If he didn’t get on last year, when the Eagles needed help stretching the field, it is going to be tough for him to find playing time this season. Gibson will have to win a job on special teams and hope that he shows enough that the Eagles trust him as the top speed backup behind Jackson. 

Grade: A

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