Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham (13) with the words 'Black Lives Matter' and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor (18) with the name 'Breonna Taylor' seen on their helmets during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Eagles 2021 Position Breakdown Part 2 : Wide Receiver And Tight End
This is the second part in the Philadelphia Eagles 2021 roster mini series where we take a look at and break down the Philadelphia Eagles 2021 roster position by position. We will take a look at each position’s statistics for the 2021 season as well as go over the good and the bad within each position.
The Eagles were not the greatest passing team this season but the receivers made the most of the opportunities that they were given. None of the receivers were top in the league in any categories but that wasn’t a fault of their own. Keke Coutee was statistically the best receiver for the Eagles. Coutee is the number one receiver in the depth chart and made the most of his 47 catches. His 5 drops is second highest on the team and that will be an aspect of his game he will need to clean up if he wants to stay number one of this team. Coutee has the speed to be the number 1 receiver and will look to work on his catching in the offseason. Coutee will stay as the number one receiver for 2022.
Reagor started as the number 2 receiver on the team but statistically he was the number 3. Reagor saw the least amount of targets come his way and that could have been due to the fact that he had a team high 6 drops. Reagor like Coutee has speed, but will need to sure up his hands if he wants to move up on the depth chart.
Rookie wide receiver Wallace was having a breakout season before his mysterious injury, blocking on a run play. Wallace was out 6 games this season, however, finished second on the team statistically. Wallace is the fastest receiver the Eagles have, and he showed his speed and sure handed catching only dropping one pass all season. Wallace will have to train harder in order to increase his injury resistance or he will never overtake Coutee for the number one spot on this team.
Veteran wide receiver Jackson was used sparingly this year and Jefferey wasn’t used at all. The Eagles let their young receivers lead the team, in lieu of the veterans having their contracts expire at the end of the 2021 season. Jackson was slotted as 4th on the team, but filled in nicely when Wallace went down for 6 games. Jackson still has some speed but he isn’t worth the cap space in order to be resigned.
Ironically, it could be said that the Eagles have the best 2 tight end offense in the league, however, they were used sparingly this season. Ertz is one of the best tight ends in the game and ended 4th on the team in receptions. Ertz is a huge red zone threat but had less than 5 touchdowns this season. Most games he only had a few targets, let alone catches. Ertz was on the last year of his deal, but the Eagles felt he was an important part of their team because he was given the 6 year deal he wanted. Ertz has all the tools to be the top tight end in the game, and will look to be more included in the offense in 2022.
Goedert played a decent amount of snaps in 2021 but only saw a few targets come his way. His value to the Eagles is his run blocking ability but as a pass catcher he could be number one on a lot of teams around the league. Goedert was also on a contract year this season and was given the 4 year deal that he requested. Goedert will be looking for more pass catching opportunities in 2022 but the plan coming from the Eagles coaching staff is to have him at the number one spot on run downs.