In 2016, the Eagles’ fielded one of the most haphazard and misguided receiving corps in the entire NFL.

That will change in 2017.

On the “opening” day of free agency, the Eagles signed two new wideouts to the team: Alshon Jeffery (one-year, $14M deal) and Torrey Smith (three-year deal, worth up to $15M, but essentially amounts to a one-year deal). Philadelphia now owns one of the league’s most high variance pass catching trios in all of football.

Jordan Matthews is obviously the mainstay out of the slot where he ran 70% of his routes in 2016, but Zach Ertz’s production has been up and down throughout his career. Meanwhile, Alshon struggled through more injuries and a four-game PED suspension in 2016. Then of course there is Torrey Smith, fantasy football’s ultimate mirage. Smith was nothing short of entirely disappointing in San Francisco, finishing as the WR66 and WR93 (PPR points per game) over the past two years.

Carson Wentz ultimately needed more weapons and GM Howie Roseman went out and got them in Jeffery and Smith. But how can we expect Philadelphia to distribute targets with all of their new toys?

 

Don't worry, Carson. I'm coming.

The Lackluster 2016 Eagles

In truth, Wentz’s target allocation in 2016 was something out of a horror film. The Eagles’ lack of pass catching weapons after Matthews and Ertz in 2016 was absolutely horrendous:

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Name

Position

Targets

Target Share

Jordan Matthews

WR

116

19%

Zach Ertz

TE

106

17%

Dorial Green-Beckham

WR

74

12%

Darren Sproles

RB

71

12%

Nelson Agholor

WR

69