Despite not having a 1,000-yard receiver in 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles have a top-ten wide receiver group.
There’s a saying that teamwork makes the dream work, and the Philadelphia Eagles are a perfect example of that. Heading into 2017, the Eagles had a ton of question marks on their roster. Well, the wide receiver position was the biggest question mark of them all. Just a year ago, the Eagles receiving group was headlined by Dorial Green-Beckham, Jordan Matthews, and the struggling Nelson Agholor.
To say that 2016 was a disaster for the passing game is an understatement. But thanks to the Eagles front office, they put together one of the better collectives of receivers in the NFL in a years time. Now, the Eagles get help from seasoned veteran Alshon Jeffery. A new and improved Nelson Agholor. Can’t forget the always reliable Zach Ertz. And also whichever veteran speedster they have (this year it’s Mike Wallace.)
Despite upgrading the pass-catching group last season, many fans were skeptical that the Eagles did not have a true superstar receiver. None of their guys have really had many games over one-hundred yards in a long time, including Jeffery. But the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl run indicated that it’s not about quantity of yards, it’s about quality. For that, the Eagles have a top-ten pass-catching group, according to The Ringer.
Some high praise:
"There’s no true superstar in this group, but what stands out about the Eagles’ pass-catching corps is its breadth of talent across the board. In Philly’s equal-opportunity passing-game philosophy, everyone plays their role"
The Ringer’s Danny Kelly was spot on with his analysis of the Eagles receiving corps. Although they didn’t have a receiver exceeded one-thousand yards last season, they had three players exceed 700-yards and at scoring least seven touchdowns. And before quarterback Carson Wentz went down with an injury during Week 13, he led the NFL in passing touchdowns. Thanks to his excellent group of playmakers.
At this point, nobody could ever criticize the Eagles lack of “superstar” receivers. It is evident that a wideout does not need to churn out big games in order to win consistently. The team’s effort is all that matters in Philly, and for that, the Eagles head into 2018 with one of the better pass-catching groups in the league. With the additions of Dallas Goedert and Mike Wallace, the Eagles are actually looking better on paper than they did in 2017. It’s only up from here for this group.