When looking at the 2019 season for the Eagles, especially towards the end, there is one thing we all remember: the Eagles had an issue with wide receivers and injuries at that position. While the Eagles certainly also respect the tight end position, it was almost unbelievable to see them play the Seahawks in the playoffs last year.
In this game, the Eagles only had ONE starting wide receiver — Greg Ward. Other than Ward, the Eagles had to fill in the other receiver positions with tight ends Goedert and Ertz; who both ended up totaling more yards than Ward that game. Additionally, the Eagles also used running backs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott as receivers for short screen-plays.
This scenario was startling for the Eagles, as their entire starting wide receiver core (and more) was injured. Also, the featured QB for the Eagles during this game was Josh McCown. Interestingly enough, despite the mass injuries to the Eagles’ starters, this was a close game (thanks to the Eagles defense) as they only lost 17-9.
With injured players returning and new rookies coming in, this year will hopefully be different for the Eagles at the wide receiver position. As Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson will likely return to the outside, the Eagles will presumably start rookie WR Jalen Reagor at the slot. As long as the QB-situation for the Eagles is smooth for 2020, the Eagles receivers should see a lot of success.
This tandem of starting receivers combines the desired size and speed on the outside and burst/quickness from the slot. Despite only being a rookie, Reagor possesses a lot of potential to make a big impact this year. With such a high ceiling and raw talent, it’s just a bonus that he happens to be a perfect fit in the Eagles offensive system.
For the Eagles second team of receivers, there should be much improvement from last year. By signing WR Marquise Goodwin and drafting WR John Hightower in the 4th round, the Eagles are trying to hone in on speedy players to complement JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
Goodwin, who was injured most of last year, should provide the ability to stretch the field and make deep plays as long as he fully recovers. Hightower, who posted a 4.43 40-time at the combine, proved to be a reliable and fast receiver at Boise State despite his undersized frame.
With new additions to the Eagles receiving core and experienced players returning, the Eagles possess a diverse selection of receivers that can hopefully push the Eagles through the playoffs in 2020 as long as they stay healthy.
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