Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich says that his current group of wide receivers is the best he has seen in some time, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“This is, without a doubt, the best group that I’ve been around for a while,” said Reich. “From top to bottom, just very competitive. They’ve all flashed; they all deserve to be here. For a couple of guys who might not be here, I think they’re going to end up someplace else — that’s how confident we feel in this group.”
The Eagles completely revamped their receiving corps this offseason, signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, drafting Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson and trading Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills.
“All in all, we’re just very happy with the progress they’ve made and the chemistry in that room and the production they’ve had in practice and in games,” added Reich.
Jeffery, Smith and Nelson Agholor figure to be Philadelphia’s top three wide outs this season. As far as the last couple of spots, Reich says it will be a photo finish.
“It’s tight. It’s very tight,” Reich continued. “When it comes down to those last roster spots, [head coach Doug Pederson] always emphasizes that it’s not only what they do as a receiver — it’s what they do on special teams and how you can contribute: position versatility, special teams, all those things factor in the roster … It’s very complicated, lots of moving parts.”
With the final game of the preseason looming, Reich still has not made any concrete decisions just yet.
“You set the table, but you don’t really start digging in until you have to. You gotta have the patience to wait it out, and see how everything plays out.”