Statistical predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles top three wide receivers

A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Quez Watkins #16, Philadelphia Eagles
Quez Watkins #16, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

54. . . . Quez Watkins. 16. player

Quez Watkins being the Philadelphia Eagles’ third option at wide receiver is a scary prospect for every opposing defense.

Here’s a confession. Too much time was spent on the Quez Watkins portion of this story.

Questions were asked about whether or not Jalen Reagor would be traded by the time the regular season began. Then, ideas were tossed back and forth about whether or not Philly would be so stubborn as to continue to force the ball in his direction when it’s been proven time and time again that the snaps Reagor is seeing (and haven’t earned) ought to be given to someone else.

The running game was discussed. So were the expectations for what Dallas Godert would produce. Quez’s stat line must have changed nine or ten times. Then, something was said, and it was almost as though the light bulb went on.

June is ending. July is upon us. We’re probably going to change our minds about this stuff three times or more by the time we reach September, so let’s make long stories shorter.

Quez has proven he can make plays. He’s come up big in dire straits. Think about that bomb from Jalen in Charlotte versus the Carolina Panthers. We’ve long known that he’s a speedster. He’s even proven that he can outbattle defensive backs to make tough catches.

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The rushing attack will limit his touches some, so will the scheme as it will probably make him, at best, the fourth option on quite a few passing plays. Quez is a baller though, and facing the opposing defense’s third-best corner when Philly lines up to play ball means two things: mismatches and big plays.

Expect one big play from Mr. Watkins in every game this season.  He’ll also lead the team in yards per reception.

Prediction: 55 receptions, 14.3 yards per reception, 786 receiving yards, five TDs