3 positions groups the Philadelphia Eagles must address in 2021 NFL draft

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Jalen Reagor may not be enough to kickstart the Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver corps.

The Eagles wide receivers unit needed an extreme makeover after a season full of injuries, dropped passes, and ineffective play. After adding three wideouts during the most recent draft, this, the hope is this team has some young talent to build upon. We just aren’t certain that they’re talented enough to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

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Philadelphia’s wide receiver grouping was, at times, so bad that the “Birds” called up Jordan Matthews for a third stint. While it was certainly nice to see some familiar faces, the fact that this team had to dial up the former Vanderbilt product and Shelton Gibson was evidence that things were going haywire.

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Jalen Reagor, selected in the first round, is expected to play early and often. With Marquise Goodwin opting out of the 2020 season, John Hightower has a legitimate chance to make the roster, and Quez Watkins can flat out fly. Reagor definitely has talent. That’s obvious, but he alone can’t carry this entire unit. Hightower has some upside and says he will be ready if he has his name called, but it may be too much to expect for both to turn in All-Pro showings in Year 1, especially without a real offseason.

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That brings us to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Both battled injuries in 2019. Both are clearly past their prime years physically. It would be foolish to rely heavily on either one as both are probably entering their final run as Eagles. This may be hard to believe, but even after adding Marquise Goodwin, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, and Jalen Reagor and even though JJ Arcega-Whiteside is in the fold, the Philadelphia Eagles could be back in the market for a wide receiver in 2021.