Young Eagles offensive stars not named Hurts who are expected to impress
When the ball is thrown in Quez Watkins’ direction, great things happen for the Eagles on offense.
Perhaps the best description of Quez Watkins‘ speed was detailed by Daniel Jeremiah during the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft. “When you watch him get out in the open field, you’re not gonna catch him. It looks like a speedboat pulling away from canoes”. That’s proven to be accurate.
Ever since his first touchdown reception, a screen pass that he turned upfield and took 32 yards to paydirt, you knew he had something. Ever since that moment, whenever the ball has been tossed in his direction, great things have happened.
When the Birds were struggling in Charlotte, North Carolina and they needed a big play, Hurts went deep and found Quez. During the remainder of the season, whenever Jalen (or Gardner Minshew) threw the rock in his direction, they racked up a passer rating of 90. He was targeted 62 times during the regular season. He hauled in 43 snags, and most importantly, he was sure-handed. He was only credited with one drop on the year.
He’s surprisingly physical and makes a lot of tough and contested catches despite being six-foot-tall and 193 pounds. Sharing the field with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith is going to make him even better. Expect a breakout season, and don’t be shocked when it happens.