The Denver Broncos have quite a few top-quality receivers. The Eagles don’t. DeSean Jackson is having an excellent season. He’s second in the NFL with 359 receiving yards. He’s caught 19 passes and two touchdowns. And he has seven receptions that have gone for 20 yards or more tied for most in the NFL. He’s a small guy but he’s a big weapon. After Jackson the drop-off at wideout is significant for the Eagles. While the Broncos have three receivers (and a tight end) on pace to total more than 1000 receiving yards the Eagles don’t have much depth on the edges. Jason Avant is the only other Eagles receiver with double-digit catches. Avant has 11 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown. Avant has reliable hands and he’s good in the slot but he’s not a big-play threat. Only 15 of Avant’s yards have come after the catch. The rest of the receivers have been largely invisible. Riley Cooper has six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl the only other active wide receivers so far have played primarily on special teams. Neither of them have caught a pass this season. “It just depends on how many snaps we’re getting how much time we have to get them out” Chip Kelly said about the wide receiver rotation. “But again the question before about substitution -- are we going to take somebody out? I think DeSean is playing at a really high level right now. Jason Avant had a really good game for us the other night. Riley has done an unbelievable job especially blocking on the perimeter great red zone target for us. You have to set a depth chart and when we set a depth chart I tell our players they set it all the time. Right now our top three receivers are DeSean Jason and Riley backed up by those guys.” Setting a depth chart is fine but that doesn’t address whether the Eagles get enough production from the wideouts not named Jackson. “Damaris when he's gotten in there has done a nice job” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “We feel like the frontline guys that are playing right now are doing a good job as well.” You wouldn’t expect Shurmur to do anything but laud his players in public and yet the assertion that Johnson has “done a nice job” when “he’s gotten in there” is fairly comical. Johnson has five offensive snaps all season -- one against Washington four against San Diego none against Kansas City. Maehl has had only slightly more opportunities with the offense totaling eight snaps this year (two against Washington three each against San Diego and K.C.).
Beyond DeSean, Eagles' receivers pose no threat
CSN Philly | Sep 27