ESPN names one Eagles player who could use a change of scenery this offseason

This probably won't come as a big surprise to fans in Philadelphia

Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins (16)
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins (16) / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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According to ESPN, one particular Philadelphia Eagles player could use a change of scenery this offseason. That player is wide receiver Quez Watkins. Big surprise, right?

Why Watkins? If you've followed his career, the answer to that question is obvious, but let's dig in. Here's what Tim McManus, the writer of this portion of the story, had to say:

"Watkins set personal bests in 2021 with 43 catches for 647 yards (15 yards per reception) but has seen a dip in snaps and production the past two seasons with DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown occupying the top spots. Watkins is only 25 years old and has the type of vertical speed that can help take the top off defenses. Consistency was an issue during his four seasons in Philadelphia, however. Now an unrestricted free agent, perhaps he can find his groove elsewhere."

Given the fact that Watkins is set for unrestricted free agency, and the Eagles already have their top two receivers in place in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, Watkins may indeed find a new NFL home over the offseason. After all, he's still just 25 years old, and he possesses solid speed for the receiver position.

A look back at Watkins' history in Philly

The Eagles originally selected Watkins out of the University of Southern Mississippi in the sixth round (200th overall pick) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Watkins received limited playing time as a rookie, as he appeared in just six games for Philadelphia and had only seven total receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown. He was much more productive during his second season in 2021 when he caught 43 passes for 647 yards and a touchdown.

In the two seasons since then, Watkins' role was reduced due to the presence of Brown and Smith. He combined for 48 catches, 476 yards, and four touchdowns over the two seasons. He appeared in under 50 percent of available offensive snaps last season for Philly, the lowest number since his rookie campaign.

Watkins will likely be able to find a larger role -- and a bigger bag -- outside of Philadelphia. So, that change of scenery ESPN suggested could be on the horizon.

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