The Eagles report to training camp one week from today, and when they do, they will be going to camp with one of the worst set of offensive skill players in the NFL — at least according to one analyst.
In a recent piece for ESPN, NFL Analyst Bill Barnwell ranked the offensive skill players for each team, not including the quarterback and the offensive line. The Eagles came in 29th on the list, only three spots from dead last.
A big reason for Barnwell ranking them so low? The receiving group.
“The biggest drop-off on this year’s list belongs to the Eagles, who will be relying on back-to-back first-rounders at wide receiver to kick-start their offense. I’m wildly excited to watch DeVonta Smith after the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner looked like the best player on the field for most of the College Football Playoff, but if Smith isn’t an immediate superstar, this could threaten Detroit’s receiving corps. It’s way too early to give up on 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor, but the TCU product was anonymous as a rookie. Behind him is disappointing second-rounder J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward, who the Eagles seemingly plan on moving on from every year, only for Ward to be their No. 1 wideout by mid-November. That can’t happen again.”
It is hard to argue with Barnwell’s logic — the Eagles’ receiving core is one of the worst in the NFL.
That could change quickly, however, if Devonta Smith is able to prove he can be the same player in the pros that he was at Alabama. Another reason to believe the Eagles’ receiving core could be better than many expect is Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni taking over for Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. Perhaps the duo won’t be as good, but it will at least be a change, and putting players like Reagor and Arcega-Whiteside into a new offense with a new quarterback could turn their careers around.
As for the rest of the group, things could change quickly for this Eagles’ offense. Miles Sanders has the talent to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. Dallas Goedert is already viewed as a top-10 tight end and it is very possible he enters top-five conversation this season.
The stock on both is down after a terrible 2020 season for the entire team, but both have the talent to rebound in a big way in 2021.
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