Philadelphia Eagles offensive position group grades through Week 8

DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

. Wide receivers. . player. 54. .

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers are always a topic of discussion.

Whether for good reasons or bad ones, more often than not, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers are one of the top three talking points about this team during the offseason, during the regular season, and during any free-agency period and draft. We just can’t stop discussing them.

That’s what happens however when your team drafts a wide receiver in the second round of the 2019 draft and in each of the first rounds of the last two selection meetings. In 2020, the Birds selected three wide receivers (Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins). They also passed up D.K. Metcalf in 2019 in favor of JJ Arcega-Whiteside and passed up Justin Jefferson in 2020 to take Reagor.

Both of those decisions have proven to be in error and the reason that DeVonta Smith is here. That could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. Smith is a potential star. We’re glad he’s here, but he’s here because of the JJAW and Reagor selections paying minimal dividends.

In the end, regardless of how you feel about the personnel, you can only coach the guys that are here, and that continues to be an issue in Philly, especially with Aaron Moorehead as this team’s position coach. Guys have either regressed under his watch or he hasn’t been able to get the best out of them.

This is a results-driven business, and while this group has potential, they just don’t do enough of the little things often enough. They struggle against tight coverage. They aren’t going to snag the 50-50 balls, and in the case of DeVonta Smith, there’s an issue with dropped passes. Grade: C