I’ve had a crush on you since I laid my eyes on you on August 31, 2018.
You went off for 6 catches, 226 yards, and 3 touchdowns in the season opener against San Diego State.

I then found myself watching you regularly through the rest of the season during #Pac12AfterDark as I gambled my last pick of the day. You amassed 63 catches, 1,059 yards, and 14 touchdowns your senior season, which were all top 5 amongst Pac12 receivers.

You are going to make someone really happy someday.

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On April 26, 2019, it seemed too good to be true when the Eagles selected you in the second round with the 57th pick. The sky was the limit for a Wentz/JJ relationship and with the addition of Miles Sanders four picks ahead of you, this would surely be the “Big Three” of the future in Philadelphia.

My feelings for you are so intense, it scares me.

With team injuries and drops decimating the Eagles, this was your golden ticket to becoming a household name in the league. You would be the sure-handed, red zone monster you were at Stanford. The NFC East was going to have to deal with Dez Bryant 2.0. It was hard to not be excited about our future together. I love you, but I’m not in love with you.

Two years later, and you have had 6 more catches, 12 fewer yards, and 2 fewer touchdowns during your two-year stint with the Eagles than you had that night I first laid eyes on you.

I watched you drop a potential game-winning touchdown catch against my hometown Lions and had to hear it from all directions for the next week. The shame I felt was as if I had dropped the pass. I just need some space.

We have had practice squad players (Greg Ward Jr. and Travis Fulgham) come and make immediate impacts, while you (and Mack Hollins, but that is another conversation) disappeared into the bench. Ward came in during Week 12 of the 2019 season and finished the season with more catches and yards than your career totals in only 6 games. Fulgham got his opportunity in Week 4 of this season after bouncing around practice squad teams with the Lions and Packers, and never looked back. He nearly matched your career totals in his SECOND start in the NFL with 10 catches, 152 yards, and a touchdown. When I see Ward or Fulgham catch a ball, I begin to think, we should see other people.

In a league where rookies are expected to make a difference sooner and sooner each year, you have made zero difference through two years. As Eagles fans, we are constantly reminded of a certain Ole Miss (he who must not be named) wide receiver who is now dominating the Eagles and the league. In 3 games against the Eagles, D.K. Metcalf has 20 catches, 372 yards, and one touchdown. What is even worse is scary Terry McLaurin, who will be a problem for the Eagles twice a year for the foreseeable future. Fun fact; McLaurin has 3 more catches, 102 more yards, and 1 more touchdown in the 3 games against the Eagles than you have in your NFL career. I guess I’m not ready for a relationship right now.

Now let’s talk about us…. I think you are a great guy who is going to make someone very happy someday. But it’s not here and it’s not now in Philly.
This hurts me more than you know as we’ve been together since August 2018, but I think it’s for the best. Time for us to break up and go our own ways.

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