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What Should Be Our Expectations For Quez Watkins In 2022?

The Philadelphia Eagles are going into the 2022 season with a vastly improved wide receiver room. One of the players to keep an eye on is wide receiver Quez Watkins. What can fans expect out of the 2020 draft pick in his third NFL season? 

Watkins’ Eagles Career

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Quez Watkins in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent the first month of his rookie season on injured reserve. Watkins came back in October and recorded his first career touchdown in a Week 15 loss against the Cardinals. Overall, Watkins had 106 receiving yards and one touchdown in six appearances during his rookie year. 

Quez Watkins came back in 2021 as the third-best receiver on the roster behind rookie Devonta Smith and 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor. The Eagles soon realized his potential and moved him up to the number two receiver spot ahead of Reagor and just behind Smith. 

Watkins had a better-than-expected season in 2021. Overall, he recorded 43 catches for 647 yards and one touchdown in 2021. His biggest game was his Week Two performance in a loss against the 49ers. In that game, he recorded 117 receiving yards including a 91-yard reception. 

Quez Watkins finished the 2021 season with the third-most receiving yards on the Eagles roster. Devonta Smith had 916 receiving yards, tight end Dallas Goedert had 830 receiving yards followed by Watkins with 647 yards. Fellow 2020 draft pick Jalen Reagor had just 299 receiving yards.

Where Does Watkins Fit On The Eagles Roster? 

The Eagles made a blockbuster trade for Titans receiver A.J. Brown during the 2022 NFL draft. Brown is one of the best young receivers in the league. He already has a couple of 1,000-yard seasons including a Pro Bowl year in 2020. Brown will be the number one receiver on the roster followed by second-year receiver Devonta Smith. 

Quez Watkins will compete for the slot receiver spot which he is likely favored to get. His biggest competition is free-agent pickup Zach Pascal. Pascal had nearly 2,000 receiving yards in his four years in Indianapolis. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was the Colts’ offensive coordinator at the beginning of Pascal’s career. 

Jalen Reagor is also competing for the slot receiver spot. He has underperformed his first-round pick expectations. Reagor has just 676 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Eagles.

The Eagles’ Plan On Offense

The Eagles and quarterback Jalen Hurts are looking to throw the ball more in 2022. Last year, the Eagles mostly relied on their running game, but the offense was not explosive. Hurts struggled with accuracy and his receivers dropped numerous passes. Another offseason and new additions should create plenty of opportunities for the Eagles’ offense to spread the ball around amongst their playmakers including Quez Watkins.

Quez Watkins offers the Eagles a great mix of size and speed. He can get separation from defensive backs and has the potential for big plays. His athletic abilities and skills put him as the third-best receiver on the roster.

In Conclusion

The Eagles have a vastly improved wide receiver group compared to last season. Quez Watkins will have to compete for snaps but should be the third-best receiver on the roster. Brown, Smith, and Goedert are likely to get the majority of the targets which will draw attention from opposing defenses. This should open up the field more for Watkins to get opportunities. Hopefully, Watkins makes the most of his opportunities and continues to be one of the Eagles’ leading receivers.

What are your expectations for Quez Watkins in 2022? Let us know in the comments.

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