Eagles’ second-year receiver ranked top 5 in NFL’s best deep threats
It’s been a rough go for the Eagles offense three weeks into the season, but there have been some bright spots.
While all eyes have certainly been on first-round pick DeVonta Smith, another receiver in Philadelphia’s young core is making a name for himself around the league.
Around The NFL’s Nick Shook recently released his top 10 deep threats currently in the NFL, ranking second-year receiver Quez Watkins in the top 5:
Quez Watkins Philadelphia Eagles · WR
“We welcome the surprise selection to the top 10! Eagles fans will tell you Watkins’ performance isn’t shocking, but simply inevitable thanks to his top-end speed. The second-year receiver showed it off in the preseason and has carried it into the regular season, becoming the only receiver averaging 50-plus yards per target (66) on deep passes among players with more than one such target this season, per NGS. Watkins has caught both of his deep targets for an eye-popping 132 yards but has yet to reach the end zone. Just wait until he finishes these deep receptions — then we won’t be able to forget his name.“
You can read the full rankings here.
Watkins’ acceleration and playmaking ability have been on full display this season, most notably on his 91-yard reception Week 2 v. San Francisco. First-year starter Jalen Hurts has to become more consistent to get him involved, but Quez appearing on a list just ahead of Kansas City star Tyreek Hill is encouraging to see.
Watkins has 7 receptions for 186 yards on the year so far, averaging 26.6 yards per catch.
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