PFF: Eagles Receiving Core One of NFL’s Worst
The Eagles used draft picks in the first, second and third round during the Chip Kelly era to try and help the receiving core, but so far that experiment hasn't worked out.
While they did grab tight end Zach Ertz in the second round, they have perhaps the most inconsistent group of wide outs in the league. In Pro Football Focus’ ranking of the best receiving groups heading into 2016, and ranked the Eagles group just 29th out of 32 teams, which included tight ends.
With that said, the Eagles do have a capable core of tight ends, and could lean on them heavily in Doug Pederson's new offense.
Key stat: Rookie Nelson Agholor was the lowest-graded wide receiver in the entire NFL last season.
The Eagles boast two of the top-19 tight ends in terms of 2015 overall grade, with both Zach Ertz and Brent Celek making an impact. Celek had the more reliable hands, with no drops from 27 catchable passes, while Ertz recorded 75 catches for 853 yards, but dropped seven passes. At wide receiver, Nelson Agholor really needs to improve in a hurry. His rookie season was a disaster, dropping four of the 27 catchable passes thrown his way, and putting up just 283 yards. With 85 receptions for 997 yards, Jordan Matthews is the team’s top receiver at this point, but didn’t wow anyone in 2015.
Brent Celek and Zach Ertz could be in line for even more production, think of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who has emerged as a huge weapon for Kansas City, hauling in 1,737 yards and 10 touchdowns over his last two seasons.
The Eagles are hoping Jordan Matthews could take a step forward in his third NFL season, Nelson Agholor showed minor flashes, but suffered from an ankle injury and never really got off-the-ground as a rookie and and the speedy Josh Huff has never proved he belongs in the regular rotation.
The team did address the position this offseason adding Ruben Randle, and inconsistent but talented player who had right touchdown catches in New York last season. Chris Givens has experience playing with Sam Bradford, having the best season of his career as a rookie in 2012 in St. Louis, catching 42 passes for 698 yards and three touchdowns.
Only the Cleveland Browns, San Fransisco 49ers and the Los Angels Rams’ receiving group ranked below the Eagles 'weapons', in Pro Football Focus’ eyes.