The Philadelphia Eagles have spent much of the 2022 NFL offseason searching for a veteran wide receiver to pair next to last year’s first-round pick, DeVonta Smith. They tried to get involved with Christian Kirk, Juju Smith-Schuster, Allen Robinson, and Robert Woods. However, none of them were that interested in coming to Philadelphia.
The Eagles did snag Zach Pascal on a one-year deal. However, he projects more as a solid depth piece that can effectively run block.
If Philadelphia wants to roster a serviceable WR2 this season, they need to keep searching.
The Eagles are reportedly interested in Dolphins WR DeVante Parker
With all of this in mind, the Eagles are reportedly kicking the tires on another veteran wide receiver. The Miami Dolphins are likely to trade DeVante Parker following their Tyreek Hill acquisition, and the Eagles are one of the teams who are being mentioned as interested.
Parker is your typical “X receiver” in an NFL offense. He’s listed at 6-3, 219 pounds, and thrives on jump balls, contested catches, and red zone fades. His best production came in 2019 with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center due to the veteran quarterback’s affinity with chucking up 50/50 balls regularly.
Parker racked up 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns that season. The fit alongside Jalen Hurts would be questionable. However, it would definitely be an upgrade on paper. Parker is better than Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, and Jalen Reagor.
Jalen Reagor is playing on borrowed time
The Eagles have shown their hand this offseason. They want to improve the wide receiver room. Thus far, it’s been an unsuccessful mission, but they’re clearly targeting the spot aggressively.
With this in mind, it’s impossible to ignore the implications all this interest has for Jalen Reagor. The 2020 first-round pick has struggled dramatically since debuting with the Eagles, and it appears the front office is finally willing to cut their losses and move on to a new pass-catcher altogether.
Reagor has played with two different quarterbacks and under two different coaching staffs and has yet to show even the slightest signs of developing into a starting-caliber WR. His route running is below average, and his elite college speed has not translated over to the NFL.
DeVonta Smith has a firm grasp on the WR1 job, and Quez Watkins is a solid WR3. If the Eagles snag DeVante Parker, they’ll have their solidified WR2 on the roster, and the need for Reagor becomes completely moot.
The Eagles could also draft a WR
If the Eagles cannot win the Parker sweepstakes (if we can even call it that), turning back to the draft would be a half-decent backup plan.
The Eagles have three first-round picks in this year’s draft. Committing one of those selections to snag a running mate for Smith makes sense.
However, until then, the Eagles’ wide receiver room will continue to come under question. Trading for Parker would help, but it’s worth pointing out the Eagles swung and missed on most of their favored targets. Parker feels like their fifth or sixth option, in all honesty.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.