July is in our rear-view mirrors. August is upon us, and there hasn’t been much of a change in the excitement level when it comes to discussions about the Philadelphia Eagles roster, especially when it comes to the defense’s line, its second level, and its wide receiver corps.
The latter has added A.J. Brown to a unit that already featured one of the game’s best young talents, DeVonta Smith. Entering training camp, we knew 12 prospects would be attending.
There are new faces like Zach Pascal and Lance Lenoir. There are veterans like Deon Cain. There are even undrafted rookies (Britain Covey, Keric Wheatfall) and track stars both figurative and literal.
Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins says he’s the fastest man in the NFL.
Those of you who are a little younger may not remember how cool those NFL’s Fastest Man competitions used to be before it became an event at the Pro Bowl skills challenge. These days, however, arguments on the subject are usually settled with a cell phone camera, two guys, and a Twitter account.
Third-year Eagles receiver Quez Watkins believes there’s no need for any of that. Following Philadelphia’s fourth practice of training camp, he hung out with members of the media. Forget Micah Parsons (he won the race at the Pro Bowl last year but stated Tyreek Hill was faster). Forget guys like Kalon Barnes. When asked if he’s still the fastest man on Philly’s roster, Quez said that he’s the fastest man in the NFL.
He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate, and you know what? We’re totally fine with that.
Keep in mind the fact that one of his teammates, Devon Allen, set the New York Grand Prix on fire by recording the third-fastest time ever run in the 110-meter hurdles. Hey, who are we to argue though?
Until we see Quez lace up the kicks, grab Devon Allen, Tyreek Hill (whose nickname is Cheetah by the way), and Barnes to run their own race for the Twitterverse, Number 16’s word is good enough for us. After watching him house a couple of screen passes during the regular and preseason, one can make the argument that he has a case for saying so.