Philadelphia Eagles breakout players this team should build around

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Quez Watkins #16, Philadelphia Eagles
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins

It feels like it was three years ago sometimes, but once upon a time, Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season to be exact, Quez Watkins, a sixth-round draft choice in that year’s draft, took a screen pass from Jalen Hurts in Arizona versus the Cardinals and dashed his way to paydirt. He even held up the peace sign for visual effect.

Birds fans thought about that and imagined the possibilities from that day until he took a similar-looking screen in a 2021 preseason game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and weaved his way to the end zone in that one about nine months later.

That’s when things changed. That’s when people started thinking ‘we might have something here’.

Watkins is a burner, but other than the rare 91-yard catch and run that didn’t result in a touchdown, his 53-yard snag versus the Carolina Panthers in Week 5, and a few impressive-looking catches that have been sprinkled in during the regular season, all of that speed and potential hasn’t led to the breakout season that the Birds or their fans were hoping for.

The goal here is to keep Quez’s head in the game, continue to coach him up and be patient. Better days are coming. This young man is too talented to be bottled up for much longer. Might we suggest giving all of those snaps and return opportunities that normally go to Reagor to Watkins?

It’s just a theory. The Eagles are allowed to do with that whatever they will.