Don’t look now, but those stat guys over at Pro Football Focus are showing love to the Philadelphia Eagles again. They see Philly’s receiving corps as tops in the NFL.
Love them or hate them, it’s hard not to take an occasional look over at Pro Football Focus and take a look at their unique way of delivering stats to an NFL universe that’s become obsessed with them. That’s especially true when those rankings come out. Too bad Super Bowl trophies aren’t handed out in July because they’ve been showing love to the Philadelphia Eagles all Summer.
That didn’t end on the final calendar day of July as PFF ranked the top receiving corps in the NFL. You guessed it. ‘The Birds’ get love again. They’re at the top of the list here.
Don’t take someone else’s word for it. Take a look for yourself.
If you’re an Eagles fan, that makes you smile, but come one. Is there any debate?
Even if you cheer for one of the other 31 teams in the NFL, it’s hard to deny Philly’s stacked. They’ve got two guys who are going to be good for a while at tight end, and even though the starter broke the single-season record for receptions by a tight end a season ago (Zach Ertz), his backup is no slouch either (Dallas Goedert).
A couple of Eagles coaches have even been quoted as saying that you could sub one out for the other, and there would be no change in production. Have you noticed that the wide receivers haven’t even been brought up yet? Let’s do that now.
The Eagles have the luxury of trotting both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery out at the same time. They figure to be the starters come game day. Now, picture throwing Nelson Agholor or JJ Arcega-Whiteside out there in the slot.
Currently, Philly’s also carrying Carlton Agudosi, Shelton Gibson, Mack Hollins, Charles Johnson, Marken Michel, DeAndre Thompkins, Greg Ward, Braxton Miller, and Marken Michel on the preseason roster. All have talent and are special in their unique way, but there’s a 53-man roster to construct. They all won’t be here come Week 1 of the regular season.
Mack Hollins is probably the favorite to be the fifth wide receiver on the final roster, but he’s battled injury for what seems like forever. He was actually fourth-round selection of Philly’s in 2017. Just the fact that we’re talking about letting him go shows you just how deep this Eagles team is at wide receiver.
With all of that being said, it’s hard to debate what PFF’s saying. How can you rank any other receiving corps higher? If you’re an Eagles fan, you probably don’t want to anyway.