While all NFL fans and analysts have been focused solely on Chip Kelly’s heart-pounding, wildly innovative spread offense, plenty of underachieving Philadelphia Eagles have been able to fly (pun certainly intended) under the radar.
Well, it’s time for me to call you out, Birds’ receivers.
If it wasn’t for the studly, always exciting WR DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ receiving corps would have done absolutely nothing last Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Jackson was able to haul in 7 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, while the rest of the Birds’ wide-outs caught 4 passes for 27 yards combined. Yes, I said combined.
In an absolutely putrid effort by the Eagles’ number two and three wide-outs, WR Riley Cooper caught two balls for 14 yards and WR Jason Avant snatched two catches for 13 yards. Avant also lost a fumble following one of these catches, so he would have been better off just dropping the ball.
At least Cooper and Avant were able to actually record statistics, as Birds’ backup WRs Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl put up goose eggs across the board in the receiving column.
If Coach Kelly and the Eagles wish to continue winning games, all of their wide receivers must be able to produce on a weekly basis. Yes, of course I know that the Eagles were winning by a comfortable margin throughout their Week 1 contest, so they didn’t need to pass the ball much. But still, Jackson was able to have a monster game while everybody else just spectated.
Look for Eagles QB Michael Vick to challenge all of his wide-outs in Sunday’s match-up with the San Diego Chargers, and we’ll be able to see who, besides D-Jack, can actually produce.