Has Eagles WR Quez Watkins gotten lost in his new role?

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 19: Philadelphia Eagles WR Quez Watkins (16) carries the ball in the first half during the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles on September 19, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

While the Eagles’ pass attack has been dominated by A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith over the last couple of weeks, there’s another option that has been raising more questions than answers as of late.

The offensive coaching staff has the utmost confidence in Quez Watkins but it seems as if Quez has maybe lost a step or two. He even seems like he’s lost a bit of confidence in himself. The Eagles’ deep threat is coming off a year where he tallied 647 receiving yards as the number two option in the offense.

With the breakout of Dallas Goedert and A.J. Brown, Quez had to adjust himself to a new role on the team. While that isn’t the easiest transition, the Eagles may not be in a position to continue to wait on Quez to find his sweet spot.

Last season, Quez finished the season with 62 targets and 43 receptions. This season he’s on pace to finish the year with 56 targets which are only 6 shy of his total targets from last season but the production is nowhere near the same. While the Eagles have used Quez in the short game and even in screens, his inability to create after the catch has been unlike him.

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We’ve seen Quez Watkins avoid contact with defenders at times which has been odd. His route running has also been questionable as he has seemed a bit confused at times as to where he is supposed to be.

If the Eagles are going to make a true run in the playoffs then Quez needs to be the X-factor. Jalen Hurts has shown that he has enough trust Watkins to deliver and isn’t shying away from targeting him either. The Eagles could use his big play ability but none of it will happen if Watkins doesn’t find his footing and confidence between now and then.

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