The Philadelphia Eagles have a lack of production in the passing game. Could they sign a wide receiver during their bye week?
Watching the Philadelphia Eagles’ passing game has become a chore as of late. For the second season in a row, there isn’t a consistent wide receiver on board, who can be relied on. Two seasons ago, Carson Wentz’s best option was Alshon Jeffery. Last season, his number one target was the tight end, Zach Ertz. This year, we can’t really pinpoint the best option.
Sometimes Jeffery is reliable, but he’s been rapidly declining as of late. Nelson Agholor was expected to step up during his fifth season, but he’s turning out to be a one-year wonder from 2017. DeSean Jackson is injured and doesn’t seem to be getting better anytime soon, and the rest of the unit has proved to be pretty much useless at this point in the year.
There’s no other way to put it — the Eagles are a bad team when it comes to the passing game. As NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark pointed out on Monday, aside from receiving touchdowns (11th in the league), the Eagles rank within the bottom tier of other major categories.
27th in receptions, 30th in total receiving yards, and 31st in average yards per catch. To sum it up, the Eagles are not a good passing team. And as we are now nine games into the year, it has become apparent that the Eagles aren’t a Super Bowl contender with the guys they currently have.
Therefore, many are making the argument that the Eagles need to sign a wideout after failing to trade for one before the deadline. The idea of signing somebody seems obvious — but will the Eagles’ front office actually go through with it though?
Doug Pederson discusses a potential signing
On Monday, Doug Pederson returned to the podium in Philly to discuss Sunday’s win over the Bears. Obviously, Pederson likes to take a win however he can get one. But the head coach won’t shy away acknowledging the team’s struggles.
“They’ve been good, but I wouldn’t say that they have been great,” Pederson said on Monday in regards to wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery.
“We have to find consistency in our passing game.” When asked about the potential of signing a free agent pass-catcher, Pederson wouldn’t rule out the idea.
“It’s something we’ll look at.” While the head coach confirmed that it’s not something that has been discussed between the coaching staff and the front office as of now, there’s plenty of time to exercise the idea of bringing in somebody new during the extra week off.