Eagles WR corps places top-five in PFF’s latest power rankings
Before last season, the Eagles wide receiving corps was a bottom-third unit in the NFL. Fast forward to 2023, there’s no denying that Philadelphia has some of the best pass catching weapons in the entire league.
With training camp still over a month away, the NFL is officially in its lull period. Pro Football Focus has been pumping out their positional power rankings during this time, with their most recent being the 2023 WR corps across the league.
The Eagles wideouts came in second in PFF’s rankings, only behind the Cincinnati Bengals.
PFF on why the Eagles WR corps is so dominant
A.J. Brown’s elite play put the Eagles high on this list on his own, but it’s more than just him. DeVonta Smith really took his game to another level in 2022, earning an 80.0-plus receiving grade and putting up over 1,300 yards on the season. And then throw in Dallas Goedert, one of the best receiving tight ends in the league, who has earned a 90.8 receiving grade over the last two seasons, third among his peers behind only Travis Kelce (91.8) and George Kittle (91.3).
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AJ Brown undoubtedly took the Eagles WR room to another level in 2022. He posted career-highs in receptions (88), receiving yards (1,496), and tied his career-high in touchdown receptions (11). Without his production last year, Philadelphia wouldn’t have gotten as far as they did. That’s just a fact.
Brown didn’t do it all on his own, though. DeVonta Smith is a WR1 masquerading as Brown’s second fiddle. Smith actually surpassed Brown in receptions last year with 95, which also broke the Eagles franchise record for receptions by a wideout in a single season. He finished the 2022 campaign with 1,196 receiving yards with seven touchdowns, along with an 80.4 PFF offensive grade, 16th-best among 113 qualifying wideouts.
Behind the Eagles top-two, we have Quez Watkins and newcomer Olamide Zaccheaus – two deep threats who will compete for the WR3 role during training camp. Although Watkins had a down year in 2022, he’s still proven to be a lethal weapon when utilized correctly. Zaccheus, at the very least, will push Watkins to reach his full potential in the upcoming camp battle.