The Philadelphia Eagles offense thrived in spite of receiver voids in 2019.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a less than stellar wide receiver group last season. There’s no way to ignore the fact that injuries and ineffectiveness hindered the team as a whole. Heading into the 2019 season, the unit seemed to be one of this team’s best collections of talent in recent years.
They got back their prodigy son, DeSean Jackson, and the selected J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of 2019’s draft. Alshon Jeffery was healthy. Much was expected of Nelson Agholor. The unit, as a whole, looked pretty good on paper, but the injury bug, drops, and other factors stopped them from fulfilling their potential.
Carson Wentz wasn’t going to let such a trivial thing as having a deficient wide receiver group get in his way of starting 16 games for only the second time in his career as he led the Eagles to the playoffs for the third season in a row.
’11’ finished the year with 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. How was it possible for him to get decent passing numbers in spite of subpar talent at wide receiver? It’s quite simple actually. The ‘Birds’ got help from other areas like tight end and at running back. They delivered when they were called upon to make plays.
As expected, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert were heavily involved in the offense. Neither reached 1,000 yards receiving, but they made plays and finished the season as Wentz’s top two targets. Then-rookie Miles Sanders saw plenty of snaps and balls thrown in his direction during his first year in the NFL as well.
There’s plenty of reason for optimism moving forward. ‘JJAW’ is still developing. Greg Ward isn’t a shoo-in to make the roster, but he could be here to stay, and the ‘Birds’ drafted three wide receivers in the most recent draft as well. Hopefully, everyone stays injury free, but even with so many moving pieces, ITI thought it would be fun to make some predictions. Here’s a guess at who Wentz’s top receivers will be along with some numbers. The debate table is open.