They're tired of being known as the worst group of wide receivers in the league.
And they may finally have a coach who can help them get rid of that tag.
"We have an expectation to be one of the top groups in the league," new Eagles receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said Thursday. "That's what we expect. This group is coming out with a little bit of a chip on its shoulder I think because of last year, and that's a good thing."
Eagles receivers last year combined for just 137 passes for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns, the worst WR numbers in the league.
It was the fewest yards by an Eagles receiving corps since 2000, when Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Friends had 1,481.
For the first time since 1966 no Eagles wide receiver even had 500 yards.
Out with Carson Walch, in with Moorehead, the Eagles' fifth receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson.
It doesn't take much time with Moorehead – even on a Zoom call – to sense his confidence, passion, dedication and communication skills.
And he's already instilled a hunger in this wide receiving group to go from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.
"At the end of the day, a little added extra motivation (doesn't hurt)," he said. "In this day and age (with) social media, you can try to ignore it, but people hear what (critics) say, and I think guys understand that we do have something to prove, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with that, and I enjoy a good challenge and I enjoy coaching a group that has something to prove."
DeSean Jackson is 33 and managed one healthy game last year. Alshon Jeffery struggled then got hurt and has been largely disappointing since he signed here. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable rookie year. And rookie Jalen Reagor keeps hearing how the Eagles should have taken Justin Jefferson instead.
You can understand why this group feels disrespected.
"I think that's good," Moorehead said. "I've coached groups that people believed were the best [...] and I've coached groups that people disrespected and felt like they weren't very good, so it's not anything new to me. I think we have a really good group. I know we have a really good group. It's just up to us to stay healthy and prove it week in and week out."
The Eagles haven't had a wide receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jordan Matthews in 2015.
They haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.
On paper they should be better. How can they not be?
Their goal isn't just to be better. It’s to be among the best.
"So far they've taken the approach that [they're] ready to go out there and prove every day why we should be one of the top groups in the NFL," Moorehead said.
You have to love Moorehead's approach and his personality.
If his receivers can match his confidence and swagger, the Eagles just might finally have a receiving corps to get excited about.
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