It is time for wide receivers to step up
Wide receiver help is not on the way.
The NFL trade deadline came and passed Tuesday without any trades from the Eagles front office.
The WR position was one many believed General Manager Howie Roseman would address.
The Eagles offense has lacked explosiveness while DeSean Jackson has been out, and there hasn't been any sort of play-making from the position outside of Alshon Jeffery.
Without new help coming, Philadelphia not only needs Jackson to stay on the field, but they need to see some sign of life from Nelson Agholor and/or JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
Luckily for the Eagles, Jackson is eyeing a return to the field this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
His speed makes the offense special.
However, nobody knows how effective he will be playing injured, and there is no guarantee he stays on the field for the rest of the season.
They are going to need more out of their other three receivers.
The fifth-year WR has significantly regressed through the first eight games. Since Week 3, he has just 11 receptions for 93 yards.
The Eagles have needed him to make up for Jackson's absence as a deep threat but Pro Football Focus says he has the lowest percentage of catchable deep balls of any WR in the league.
For a player that is on the field for almost 100% of the snaps, that the Eagles needed to be their WR2 without Jackson, he needs to be better.
Can Arcega-Whiteside find the field? The 2019 second-round pick has been buried on the depth chart even behind Mack Hollins who doesn't have a catch in his last 141 snaps.
The Eagles aren't beating the league's best with Hollins as a starter.
If Jackson were to miss time again this year, Arcega-Whiteside has to get another chance.
This group of pass-catchers was seen as one of the strengths of the roster before the season started.
Injuries to Jeffery and Jackson, on top of the disappearance of Agholor and Arcega-Whiteside has made it more of a liability.
There is still time for the position to start making things happen for Carson Wentz.
The talent is there.
Jackson at 65 to 75% of his normal abilities is still a huge addition to the offense. Agholor has had strong finishes to the season in back to back years. Arcega-Whiteside was taken in the second-round for a reason.
The Eagles need this position to be successful, or the potential of the 2019 season is capped.
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