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In Order For Eagles To Fly, Young Receivers Need To Make An Impact

There's no doubt that the Philadelphia Eagles' offense is not in sync since wide receiver DeSean Jackson got injured during Week two. It is not that the Eagles don't have any other wide receiver with potential on the roster, it's just that they are not taking full advantage of this opportunity of playing time.

Nelson Agholor is just not the deep threat they needed him to step into, dropping key passes to the point that even Eagles fans are mocking him on the news. However, he does have 230 receiving yards and three touchdowns so he at least hasn't gone completely quiet. Then you have Mack Hollins who most fans were excited for in 2018 to make a big step, but he hasn't looked like a legitimate receiver since his sports hernia surgery. In 2017 he had 226 yards with one touchdown. So far in 2019 he's had just 125 yards with zero scores, disappearing in the background once again. Then you have the preseason star JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who I really thought was going to be the Eagles draft pick who proved himself his first season. But with only two receptions for 14 yards, that couldn't be further than the truth. The fact he can't even get on the field doesn't bode well for how he has been looking at practices. If the Eagles want Carson Wentz to make more plays, these young receivers need to find a way to make an impact on the field.


The Eagles do have one wide receiver who is finally healthy again and has chemistry with Wentz, and boy does it feel good! Ladies and gentlemen, I'm talking about the one and only Alshon Jeffery. If it was not for the tight ends you would think it was a one-man show. Jeffery is not even open when Wentz throws his way but the prior basketball player will leap up and snatch the ball out of the air and use his height and weight as a big receiver to his advantage. I am very happy to see that Wentz is getting more confident in Jeffery's playmaking ability to trust his skills to win over the cornerback but he is not going to be able to win the game on his own. So far in 2019, Jeffery has 24 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles are hoping to get Jackson back in time for this Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. It is easy to see how much the offense needs him to get to that next level. He has an undeniable ability to spread out the defense like no other player. Jackson has snatched up 154-yards and two touchdowns in just one game this year (against his former team the Washington Redskins). The 32-year-old receiver is proved why he is one of the best deep threats in the game today when he is on the field. The Eagles offense was firing on all cylinders in that game thanks to Jackson's availability. With Jackson's age and health, it feels like the Eagles can't count on him to be what lights the spark for the rest of the season. Instead, The young wide receivers need to step up and find a way to make themselves known on the field so this offense can soar higher than ever.

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