Making an Impact: What new WR Quez Watkins bring to the Eagles
8 July 2020 Eagles News
Welcome to a new series where we are going to look at one of the new additions to the Philadelphia Eagles and assess their potential impact to the team for not just this season, but going forward. To start this series out, we are going to look at wide receiver Quez Watkins.
Drafted out of Southern Miss, Watkins was a speed demon in college. In 2019, he hauled in 64 passes for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns. What’s really impressive is he averaged 18.4 yards per reception.
We all know what happened to the Eagles offense last season, partly due to injuries and partly due to lack of play makers. The passing offense relied heavily on the tight ends and running backs. In fact, Carson Wentz was the first quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards and not have a single wide receiver over 500 yards.
Taking a look at the Eagles receiving statistics last season, you’ll see just how poor they were when it came to spreading the field.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the yards per reception last year.
Zach Ertz – 10.4 yards per reception
Dallas Goedert – 10.4 yards per reception
Miles Sanders – 10.2 yards per reception
Alshon Jeffery – 11.4 yards per reception
Nelson Agholor – 9.3 yards per reception
Greg Ward Jr. – 9.1 yards per reception
JJ Archega-Whiteside – 16.9 yards per reception
DeSean Jackson – 17.7 yards per reception
Really, when you look at those numbers, besides Desean Jackson electric opening game and a few big plays by JJ Archega-Whiteside, the Eagles had no wide receiver with any deep threat. And, to add further to this, Archega-Whiteside caught only ten passes last season, he wasn’t much of a deep threat at all consistently last year.
What the Eagles offense last season was a bunch of short intermediate routes, making their drives slow and methodical. There was no electric; game changing ability much like the Kansas City Chiefs. The playmaking ability at the wide receiver position just wasn’t there.
Watkins is a playmaker who is known to stretch the field. He did it all through college and at the combine, he proved that he has game changing speed. It’s sad to say this, but this is a new feature to this Eagles offense. Even with Torrey Smith in 2017, the Eagles didn’t have a player as fast and as fast with the ball in his hands at wide receiver then Watkins.
Whether he’s lined up at X,Z or even the slot, the Eagles can really maximize his speed and skill set to their advantage. He’s a player who can change the game with just one play. It’s about time Carson Wentz has a player like this at his disposal.
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