Where Does the Eagles Wide Receiving Unit Rank for 2020?
Last year, before the season started, many people felt the Eagles wide receiving core was one of the leagues best.
With Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, the addition of speedster DeSean Jackson and second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside it looked like the Eagles had plenty of weapons and depth.
Jeffery and Jackson got hurt, Agholor's inconsistency reared its ugly head again and Arcega-Whiteside didn't adjust to the NFL game has many had hoped.
This years wide receiving core has some of the same faces with Jackson, Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and Jeffery all likely to return. Add in three draft picks, including first-round pick Jalen Reagor and veteran speedster Marquise Goodwin, and the Eagles are hoping they have upgraded the position.
The website Pro Football Focus thinks the Eagles wide outs are in the top half of the league, ranking them 14th overall.
The Eagles’ receiving corps is one of the more interesting ones in the league heading into next season. No one really knows what to expect from Alshon Jeffery after a year in which he struggled with injuries, nor do they know what Desean Jackson has left, given that he has battled injuries over the last couple of seasons but remains electric when on the field. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside needs to show considerable improvement over the non-existent display he put together as a rookie, notching well under one receiving yard per route run on the year. There is talent in that group, though, along with first-round selection Jalen Reagor and their two tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Health will be the key to not repeating the disappointment of last season.
The site notes that Jeffery status is up-in-the-air, and wonders how much gas Jackson has left in the tank. They also note that this is a big season for Arcega-Whiteside, and that Reagor is a interesting talent.
Add in the tight end group and the Eagles wide receiving unit should be better in 2020 than they were in 2019.