Eagles

Speed continues to reign supreme in today's NFL

Eagles

Has there ever been a franchise as boring on the field as the Eagles while being so fascinating off it? While the Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts quarterback controversy tears the city apart, the rest of this weekend's NFL games can tell us a little more than we already knew about this year's Eagles squad. Here are my takeaways from Week 13:

1. The Eagles prioritized speed this past offseason, using three draft picks on wideouts who would be considered burners: Jalen Reagor, John Hightower and Quez Watkins. No wide receiver going into the 2020 NFL Draft looked more electric in open space than Alabama's Henry Ruggs III, who the Raiders grabbed with the 12th pick in the first round.

Ruggs had a game-winning, 46-yard touchdown for Las Vegas yesterday, keeping their playoff hopes alive and keeping the Jets in the driver's seat for Trevor Lawrence:

I've been waiting for an Eagles receiver to make a play like that all year. It happened yesterday! It felt like Reagor finally provided the spark Eagles fans have been waiting for in Green Bay, hauling in a beautiful 34-yard catch from the freshly inserted Hurts and taking a punt 74 yards back to the house:

Did I slam my head against a basement ceiling and nearly concuss myself after that play? Possibly. Now, I'm not going to waste my time on this Earth giving Howie Roseman credit for anything, but for one afternoon, Reagor looked like a player worthy of taking in the first round and an offense built around sizzling speed with Reagor and Hurts (and maybe Devonta Smith?). Roseman playing catch up in terms of vertical speed may finally be paying dividends.

 

2. Maybe even if they weren't dealing with a quarterback carousel in Philadelphia, the Birds wouldn't have a chance to win the NFC East with how the Giants played on Sunday. In a wacky 17-12 win over the Seahawks, New York held once-assumed MVP Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense to just 10 points. Beating the Seahawks in Seattle is beating the Seahawks in Seattle. The Eagles haven't done that since 2008 and probably won't do so again until 3008. Respect.

3. The point of this weekly article isn't to just talk about Justin Jefferson's historic rookie season and the fact that he's not on the Eagles, but, hey, did you know Jefferson is having a historic rookie season for the Vikings? Yes, Reagor had himself a game yesterday, but Jefferson is in another universe right now.

Jefferson is fourth in the entire league, not just among rookies in receiving yards with 1,039, the first time a Vikings rookie has reached that 1000-yard plateau since Hall of Famer Randy Moss in 1998.

So much for a guy with a limited route tree, huh: