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Eagles' WR's land just outside the top-10 in a ranking of all 32 units entering the 2020 NFL season


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Eagles' WR's land just outside the top-10 in a ranking of all 32 units entering the 2020 NFL season

The Philadelphia Eagles underwent a drastic change at the wide receiver position after struggling to generate any offense from the deep passing game during last season.

The results were a trade for Marquise Goodwin and the drafting of Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins. Throw in a healthy Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside and you have the makeup of a talented and explosive group.

With so much untapped potential, Pro Football Focus gave the Eagles the spot at No. 12 in a ranking of all 32 wide receivers groups in the NFL.

12. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Heading into last season, the on-paper version of the Eagles receivers looked like a perfect blend of big bodies, slot production and deep speed, but injuries struck and they ended up being the lowest-graded receiving corps in the league at 61.7. The Eagles had a clear offseason goal of getting faster, and that should immediately be evident, starting with the addition of Marquise Goodwin from the 49ers and first-rounder Jalen Reagor.

Goodwin has averaged 16.6 yards per reception in his seven-year career, though his best work came in 2017 with a 77.0 grade and 962 yards. He’s played just 706 snaps over the last two years. Reagor ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, but he plays even faster as he gets to top speed in a hurry. He should add a much-needed vertical component to the Philadelphia offense. And don’t forget about DeSean Jackson, who caught nine passes for 159 yards and two scores in Week 1 before playing just 14 snaps the rest of the way. If he’s still with the team at the start of the season, Jackson has plenty to offer as a deep threat, even as he starts the 13th year of his career.

The return of Alshon Jeffery will be huge for the Eagles as the talented wideout is a monster in the red zone and one of the most efficient wide receivers on third and fourth downs.

Jeffery simply gets it done when needed the most.

Arcega-Whiteside was a red zone monster in college and the Eagles offense will take off if he can rekindle that ability to win jump balls.

12th? That's rather generous I would say. I mean I think there's potential to get there but there's so many unknowns.

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Not sure how we go from the "lowest graded receiving corps" in 2019 to the top half of the league with the addition of a few rookies (regardless of where they were drafted) and Goodwin.  If we had traded for Julio Jones and/or signed a consistently productive proven vet in FA then perhaps I'd buy it.  Right now I find it extremely hard to give any kind of grade/ranking due to all the question marks.

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5 hours ago, time2rock said:

Not sure how we go from the "lowest graded receiving corps" in 2019 to the top half of the league with the addition of a few rookies (regardless of where they were drafted) and Goodwin.  If we had traded for Julio Jones and/or signed a consistently productive proven vet in FA then perhaps I'd buy it.  Right now I find it extremely hard to give any kind of grade/ranking due to all the question marks.

Absolutely. I think this WR groups ceiling is probably around 12th best in the NFL. And that's if all goes well. 

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