The Eagles were rated as the number 1 receiving corps in the NFL heading into last season.
That position lasted for one week, as the drops and injuries piled on for the entire season.
Now, however, the Eagles could legitimately have the best receiving corps, and not just for one week. Through the draft, the Eagles focused on speed at the receiver position, selecting the likes of Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins.
One of those receivers, Quez Watkins, joined me today to discuss his draft selection and what he brings to the team.
Here’s what he had to say.
Listen to the interview, below.
Q: What message did the team give you when you got the call that you were selected by the Eagles?
A: “They called me and asked if I was ready to be an Eagle, and I am. I’m ready to show the world and show them that I can play ball and help this team win games.”
Q: You’ll be joining a room full of speedy wide receivers much like yourself (i.e. Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson). What does that mean to you from a learning aspect and a competition aspect?
A: “I’m looking to learn from a guy like DeSean Jackson. He started off as a fast guy and straight deep balls, but as years went on, he expanded his game and became more versatile than people give him credit for. I’m looking to learn from him and take in his experience from the league to move forward and learn how to be a pro.”
Q: You went to Southern Mississippi, the tape speaks for itself. What’s something you feel you excel at?
A: “I’m more versatile than most people. I can do straight deep balls, or take shallow routes or slant routes to the house. Overall I’m just really explosive and know how to track the ball well.”
Q: Carson Wentz is your new quarterback. What does that mean to you?
A: “I’m excited to see the professional level of quarterbacks, and I know that Carson is a really good quarterback. He’s got a great arm and he’s mobile in the pocket. So really I’m looking to get used to him scrambling and throwing it 65-70 yards.”
Q: Speaking of quarterbacks, your friend Jalen Hurts is now on the same team as you. What did you guys say to each other when you found out you’d be on the same team?
A: “Honestly it was just crazy that we ended up at the same place. After I got drafted he texted me saying ‘Congrats, but the work is yet done. We still have a lot of work to do’. I talked to him a couple of days ago to see if we could link back up and get more work in, and to just bond with him.”
Q: You took a huge jump from year 1 to year 2 and even bigger jump into year 3. What did you work on to improve your game?
A: “In year 1, I was really just a role player, playing back up, so I wasn’t getting that many
reps or getting that many balls are thrown to me. In year 2, I was the playmaker on the outside and I always made plays when the ball was thrown to me.”
Q: We haven’t gotten a number to reveal yet. What were you thinking of wearing?
A: In preseason and training camp, I’ll be wearing number 80 until a number in the teens opens up.”
Q: What are your overall expectations for the season?
A: “Really to just get back to the same play style that the Eagles were playing the year they won the Super Bowl. I feel like this offense if going to be electric with all of the guys, with all of the receivers, with Carson’s big arm, I just think it’s going to be an exciting season.”
Watkins is going to be a huge factor in improving a decimated receiving corps. His speed brings a dynamic to the team that the offense has not seen in the entire Pederson-Wentz era.
Look for many deep ball connections from Wentz to Watkins this upcoming season, as these two could develop into an explosive quarterback-receiver duo.
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