Intriguing subplots involving the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver corps
By Ryan Loftus
We can’t stop discussing the Philadelphia Eagles’ dynamic duo at wide receiver.
At this same time last year, as is the case every season, Philadelphia Eagles fans were anxiously awaiting the beginning of another NFL campaign. The hope was rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith could live up to his pre-draft hype. He did, and now, expectations are soaring as A.J. Brown has been added to the nest.
There’s no denying that there was an added amount of pressure on Smith as unfortunate precedents for failure had been set by both fellow first-round draftee Jalen Reagor and a former second-round draft choice from the 2019 class, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
To make long stories shorter, the bar was much lower to clear as neither of those guys exceeded expectations. Frankly, it seems like they had gotten worse the longer they hung around.
Presently, Philadelphia is believed to be home to one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL. Longtime radio play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese once stated the best wide receiver trio he had ever seen featured DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant. This new iteration (DeVonta, A.J., and Quez Watkins) has the potential to be just as good if not better than any Eagles wide receiver unit that we’ve seen recently.
That’s just one of the major subplots surrounding this unit with the regular season approaching. Here are three others.