Here’s what Orr said about the Philadelphia Eagles and why he’s accurate.
As mentioned, SI’s Connor Orr sees Philly’s wide receiver position as their biggest weakness heading into the 2020 season. Here’s a quote from that story.
"There is little question that Philadelphia struggled with depth at the position (in 2019) which is perhaps why they ran a majority of their offensive plays out of a 12-personnel grouping in 2019 (one running back, two tight ends, two wide receivers). They were one of four teams in 2019 that did not utilize a three-wide receiver set in more than 50% of their plays. Meanwhile, the league is expanding. The Cardinals were using four-wide receiver sets on 31% of their plays and seven teams used four-wide sets on more than 5% of their snaps."
It’s hard to deny that there’s a lot of accuracy in his stance. His words also require that we do a little research in an attempt to solve what, more often than not, is always an issue with this team. It’s been seen throughout the tenures of the last three head coaches.
The failures this team has seen with drafting talent at the wide receiver position has been a part of the Reid, Kelly, and Doug Pederson eras. Kelly drafted Nelson Agholor who, outside of a nice run in 2017 and some of the 2018 season, was a failure. Pederson and Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman have rolled the dice on free-agent signings like Torrey Smith and Mike Wallace. They’ve also failed with Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.
Recently, in addition to the aforementioned Jalen Reagor, Philly drafted Quez Watkins and John Hightower before adding Khalil Tate and Manasseh Bailey as undrafted free agents. The jury is still out on JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
No one’s going to want to hear this, but believe it or not, the 2021 draft could roll around and the “Birds” could be back in the market for another wideout. Here’s where Orr is a little off though. That doesn’t make them the weakest unit on the current team.