Has the True Carson Wentz Been Seen?

Written By: Eamon Scanlon

In this article, we will take a look at all of the wide receivers Carson Wentz has been left to work with in his career thus far. Through his first four years and the start to his fifth year, everyone has seen the ups and downs of Carson Wentz as a quarterback. He’s had his good years, his great years, and a couple average years including the start to the 2020 season. However, each year he has had little to no help at the wide receiver position. Just a side note before we get into the list of wide receivers, in order to qualify for the list, the receiver had to get a target  from Carson Wentz in the regular season.

Jordan Matthews (2016, 2018-2019)- Jordan Matthews was easily the best receiver Wenttz had to work with in 2016.  In 14 games, Jordan Matthews was able to put up 73 catches for 804 receiving yards in 2016. He was only 24 at the time, but Jordan Matthews was a legitimate top #2 wide receiver target or a borderline #1 option on an NFL team. He served as the Eagles #1 wide receiver which wasn’t too bad for Carson Wentz’s first year. In 2018, he wasn’t as effective or as good, but he was able to step in and catch a ball when needed. In 2019, he was pretty much non-existent in the 3 games that he played with the Eagles.

Nelson Agholor (2016-2019) – Nelson Agholor was an interesting story. He showed flashes here in Philadelphia, but his time here was plagued with drops. He needed a fresh start, because it just simply wasn’t working here for whatever reason. In his new start with Las Vegas, he has shown he can be a decent receiver for a quarterback, just not here in Philadelphia.

Dorial Green-Beckham (2016) – The Eagles sent lineman Dennis Kelly to the Titans to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham put up just under 400 receiving yards which wasn’t good. I had personal expectations to get around 550 or so going into the season. He was okay for Wentz, but he wasn’t a WR2 on an NFL team.  

Josh Huff (2016) – Josh Huff wasn’t anything special or good for Wentz at all. When thrown the ball, he was able to secure it with 13 catches on 17 targets. However, off the field issues cost him his career with the Eagles.

Paul Turner (2016) – Turner wasn’t a bad receiver during his time in 2016. He only played 4 games with the Eagles, but he did average 31.5 yards per game. For a WR4 or WR5 on an NFL team, those aren’t horrible numbers. Regardless, he wasn’t any sort of weapon that Wentz could work with. Turner was only in the NFL in 2016.

Bryce Treggs (2016) – Bryce Treggs wasn’t an awful receiver, and he was able to get down the field to catch a few long balls. But, that was all he was able to do. In 9 games, he had 3 catches for 80 yards, but he essentially posed no real threat to the defense besides the long ball. Treggs was barely a rotational receiver during his time in Philly.

Shelton Gibson (2017-2018) – Gibson didn’t do hardly anything for the franchise. He amounted 3 catches over the span of 20 games in two seasons.  He provided Wentz with nothing, and he isn’t on an NFL team currently.

Marcus Johnson (2017) – Marcus Johnson was barely a rotational receiver for the Eagles in 2017.  He had 5 catches on 8 targets in 10 games.  He wasn’t a solid piece for Wentz, and he barely did anything for the team.

Mack Hollins (2017-2019) – Mack Hollins was okay in 2017. He had over 200 receiving yards which isn’t too horrible.  He didn’t play at all in 2018.  In 2019, when the Eagles had major receiver problems, Mack Hollins barely did anything. Even for a 4th round pick, I expected him to do more for the team.  He wasn’t able to help out Wentz or the team, and he found himself off the team after 2019.

Torrey Smith (2017) – Smith was a really good pickup. He had a solid 2017 season for the Eagles as well as a solid playoff performance. They signed him to a 3 year deal before the 2017 season. He performed up to the level of his contract for 2017. The Eagles then shipped him to Carolina. Overall, the one year he was here, he was a solid piece for our quarterback.

Alshon Jeffery (2017-2020) – Alshon was a true WR1 on an NFL team in 2017. He produced a ton which earned him a new 4 year contract. After he signed that, he hasn’t been the same. From injuries to possibly trash talking his own quarterback, Jeffery has been a problem since 2018. They have been trying to trade him, but no team wants an older wide receiver who is trending down. In the end, Jeffery was a great wide receiver in 2017, but ever since then, he hasn’t been the same for this team. 

Golden Tate (2018) – The Eagles traded for Golden Tate right before the trade deadline for a 3rd round pick. He was nowhere close to how good he was with the Lions. He did catch the 4th down touchdown pass from Nick Foles against the Bears which allowed them to slip into the next playoff round against the Saints. I don’t think he was worth the third round pick, since we didn’t re-sign him, but he was a solid piece for the few games that he was here for. 

Kamar Aiken (2018) – In 5 games played, he had 6 receptions for 53 yards.  Another wide receiver who wasn’t good enough to make an impact on the game for the Eagles.

DeAndre Carter (2018) – He played 7 games and had 2 receptions for the Eagles. He was also a returner on kickoffs, and he was much better at that in my opinion. Still, he wasn’t a good wide receiver for Wentz to work with.

Mike Wallace (2018) – Mike Wallace was expected to come in and play a pretty big role for the Eagles.  Instead, he had 0 catches in 2 games.  He ended up suffering an injury which caused him to miss pretty much the whole season.  Regardless of the injury, he didn’t live up to the expectations the team had for him, and he barely gave Wentz anything to work with. 

Greg Ward (2019-2020) – Greg Ward was the best receiver for Carson Wentz back in 2019.  He doesn’t have any eye opening talents, but he will catch the football when thrown his way.  I think he has proven he can be on the field in the NFL, and make a play when needed. I think he provides Wentz with another piece for the long-term future.

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (2019-2020) – The Eagles drafted JJAW in the second round of the 2019 draft.  So far, he has been a complete disappointment. Pretty much every NFL fan, analyst, and talk show host has deemed JJAW a bust. The Eagles could have had D.K. Metcalf, but instead, we went with the Stanford product who has done nothing for Wentz or this franchise. This pick was an absolute waste.

DeSean Jackson (2019-2020) – Many people were hyped up when the Birds brought back DeSean Jackson. He showed everything he can do in his first game back with us in 2019.  However, ever since then, he has been hurt for the majority of the games, and he hasn’t been able to get on the field. He has no place here in the future, and if he can’t get on the field, the majority of his snaps will likely be taken by the young guys anyway.

Deontay Burnett (2019-2020) –  Burnett is another one of those substitutes who came in last year at the tail end of the season. He has caught a few balls, but he is nothing special, and he won’t get looks when the majority of the wide receivers are healthy.

Robert Davis (2019) – Robert Davis was simply a receiver to fill a position last year when the wide receiver group was decimated with a plethora of injuries. He didn’t really do anything at all, and he was off the team the following year.

Travis Fulgham (2020) – Fulgham has shown some real potential this year. He has piled up 357 yards in 4 games this season so far. He is going to be a solid piece for Wentz to have for the future and if he can keep playing this well and while he’s hot, he’s a great wide receiver for Carson to have.

John Hightower (2020) – John Hightower has had some drop issues so far with the Birds. However, he has the speed necessary to get open which is a skill you can’t teach. Looking into the future, I think Hightower will still have a role with this team.

Jalen Reagor (2020) – Jalen Reagor was the first round pick for the Eagles this past draft.  Many Eagles fans wanted to see Justin Jefferson picked or a trade up for Ceedee Lamb. I have no problem with Jalen Reagor and what he brings to the table. He has the speed to beat someone deep, and he was able to catch a lot of badly thrown footballs in college at TCU. He has the ability to be a #1 receiver for the future of the Eagles, but right now, he has been sidelined with injuries, which is not a good start to his young career.

Hakeem Butler (2020) – Hakeem Butler is not a solid wide receiver to have. He’ll probably be off the Eagles roster shortly, but in the meantime, he presents essentially no help for Wentz.

Quez Watkins (2020) –  Quez is the only one on the list who hasn’t gotten a target yet, but I thought it was necessary to put him on the list. He was a 6th round pick, but I am very intrigued with him as a receiver. He has great amounts of speed, and I think once he touches the field, he’ll be able to be a solid receiver.  He could very well be a rotational receiver in the future.

Overall, Carson Wentz has been left with hardly any receivers to work with over the course of his career. 2017 was a solid receiving core for him, but besides that, I think the best year of receivers might be 2020. The Eagles do have a young core of receivers that Eagles fans can get excited about for the future in Reagor, Ward, Fulgham, Hightower, and Watkins. They might be able to form a solid group in a couple of years, but for now, Wentz is still working with a relatively average to below average group of wide receivers, just like he has his entire career.

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