These days, it’s easy to find bad news on the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver corps, and that’s very unfortunate.
Sometimes, it just feels like NFL fans don’t watch the same games. TV ratings state that we do. Everyone seems to be on social media talking about them. Everyone can tell you the final score, but for whatever reason, reading or listening to fan reactions would make one think we’re all watching different games. There’s no plausible explanation for why anyone paying attention would believe Carson Wentz is responsible for what’s gone wrong with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys fans make every excuse for Dak Prescott when he shrivels in big moments. Guys like Cam Newton and Matt Ryan are defended despite the fact that they fail to produce wins with superior talent around them. We won’t even get into Baker Mayfield.
Only, in the case of Wentz is there an inability for fans to see there are clearly issues around him. Here are two statements that will cause some controversy but can’t be denied. One, if Philly had eleven guys like Wentz on offense, they’d be undefeated. Second, if he had a defense to fall back on like the New England Patriots have or if he had skill players like New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has, this wouldn’t be a discussion.
Heck, these days ‘Birds’ fans would settle for a competent play-caller like Sean Payton or Frank Reich, but with what this team has at wide receiver, it may not matter. Here are three disturbing statements concerning what’s been arguably the worst receiving corps in the NFL.
1. Just look at the doggone numbers. Philly’s gotten nothing from their wide receiver corps.
Throw out DeSean Jackson‘s eight receptions for 154 yards versus the Washington Redskins, and you’ve got 50 receiving yards for the other Eagles wideouts. The results of every other game are as follows.
Call it a hunch, but that doesn’t look like that’s going to cut it.
2. Is this the worst receiving corps in pro football? The numbers say that it is.
Early on Monday, following Philly’s Week 11 loss, the media was all over social media expressing their frustration.
After seeing that, it’s hard not to call this the worst receiving corps in all of pro football.
3. Nelson Agholor coming up with that catch in the end zone didn’t have required a special catch like we were told it did.
Both Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Mike Groh acknowledged that Wentz made a great throw on a pass that could have potentially led to a tying extra point. Both stated that it also would have taken a spectacular catch on the other end by Nelson Agholor to come down with the throw.
It’s not like you need any more evidence that Agholor has underperformed, but let’s take a look at some anyway. It appears the coach and offensive coordinator were wrong.
So, no one wants to talk about the fact that Agholor pretended to hurt his knee after failing to come down with that one? Where’s the accountability on this team? Sure, Wentz may miss a throw every now and again, but what quarterback doesn’t? His inconsistency hasn’t helped, but this team would be 0-10 with Nate Sudfeld or Josh McCown leading the charge. These Eagles coaches need to stop patting guys on the back when a kick in the rear end is more appropriate.
Some of you seem to have forgotten that, of Philly’s 15 drops, two of those should have been game-winning touchdowns, and Agholor’s grab could have helped tie the game in the fourth quarter. These receivers can’t continue to drop passes. Then again, how in the world is this going to improve?