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Stats for Sanders, DeSean and more so far in camp

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 13, 2019 - 8:18 am

The Eagles might very well be entering the season with the best set of skill players in the NFL. 

They have three stud receivers in Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor. They have two of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. They have an interesting collection of running backs that appear to all compliment each other. 

How dangerous this offense can be has been clear in training camp, but it isn’t just the starters that have impressed. The Eagles are going to have some tough decisions to make at the bottom end of each position. 

Here is a look at how all of the receivers, running backs and tight ends have done so far in training camp, with stats for each. 

Two quick notes on the stats:

** These only include passes thrown by Carson Wentz or Nate Sudfeld/Cody Kessler

** Drops are obviously subjective 

Locks:

Alshon Jeffery: 19 catches (26 targets), 1 TD, 2 Drops

DeSean Jackson: 17 catches (28 targets), 4 TD, 0 Drops

Nelson Agholor: 19 catches (30 targets), 0 TD, 1 Drop

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 16 catches (24 targets), 2 TD, 1 Drop

Zach Ertz: 17 catches (25 targets), 2 TD, 0 Drops

Dallas Goedert: 12 catches (19 targets), 1 TD, 1 Drop

Richard Rodgers: 11 catches (15 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops 

Analysis: Wentz has done an excellent job spreading the ball around so far in training camp. As you can see, the Eagles’ top three options at receiver are all within two targets/catches of each other. The only difference is that Jackson has found the end zone far more often, the result of he and Wentz connecting down the field for long touchdowns fairly frequently. Although he is definitely locked in at the No. 4 spot, rookie receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has had an awesome training camp so far for the Eagles, making a few highlight catches and only dropping one of the 24 targets that have come his way. He looks ready to play if the Eagles need him to early on this season. 

Bubble:

Greg Ward Jr.: 20 catches (28 targets), 2 TD, 0 Drops

Marken Michel: 8 catches (11 targets), 0 TD, 1 Drop

Mack Hollins: 6 catches (7 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops

Joshua Perkins: 12 catches (20 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops 

Will Tye: 6 catch (6 target), 1 TD, 0 Drops 

Analysis:  Ward continues to dominate amongst this group, but it is hard to see the large number of targets or catches he is getting turn into a roster spot. The player in this group with the best chance of making the roster might still be Hollins, who has barely taken part in team drills, but as made the most of the seven passes that have come his way. Tight end Joshua Perkins is also slowly building a case to be on the roster, especially with the injuries to both Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers. 

Longshot: 

Carlton Agudosi: 8 catches (18 targets), 2 TD, 0 Drops 

Charles Johnson: 12 catches (23 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops

DeAndre Thompkins: 8 catches (9 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops 

Braxton Miller: 0 catches (3 targets), 0 TD, 0 Drops 

Analysis: The Eagles have given Johnson a fair amount of first-team reps over the last week, and started him this past Thursday against the Tennessee Titans. The veteran did not do much with the opportunity, however, and his chances of making the roster appear to be fading. Outside of Johnson the rest of this group are basically battling for a spot on the practice squad, with Agudosi the leader in the clubhouse. 

RUNNING BACKS:

Locks:

Jordan Howard: 30 carries (all first-team offense).. 2 catches (5 targets)

Miles Sanders: 28 carries (23 first-team offense, 5 second-team)…6 catches (7 targets)

Darren Sproles: 13 carries (all first-team offense)…12 catches (13 targets)

Analysis: Sanders might be two carries behind Howard, but he is ahead of him in total touches, and has been basically splitting carries with him over the last week or so. It appears to be only a matter of time until Sanders takes over as the No. 1 running back, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he had the most touches of all the running backs in Week 1. Sproles, meanwhile, continues to be the running back the Eagles are targeting most in the passing game. 

Bubble:

Wendell Smallwood: 22 carries (4 first-team offense, 18 second-team)…19 catches (19 targets)

Josh Adams: 25 carries (all second-team offense)…11 catches (11 targets)

Corey Clement: 4 carries (all second-team offense)…3 catch (3 targets)

Analysis: The Eagles clearly trust Smallwood the most amongst this group right now, as he is the only one to get any time with the first-team offense, and has filled in when players like Howard, Sproles or Sanders have missed snaps. The question is whether Clement will soon take over that role. Clement is just now starting to work his way back into the team drills, but so far is working with the second/third team offenses. How healthy Clement is by the time Week 1 rolls around could be the biggest factor in which running backs make the roster. 

Longshot:

Boston Scott: 1 carry (second-team)…4 catches (5 targets)

Donnell Pumphrey: 0 carries, 2 catches (4 targets)

Analysis: Barring an injury, neither of these players will be making the roster, but they could end up on the practice squad. 

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