Enemy intel: WR duo best in Eagles history?

The first of two regular season meetings between the Redskins and Eagles takes place in Week 4. By then we may have a sense as to whether Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor can become, as one writer suggests, the best WR tandem in franchise history.

The Redskins addressed nearly every aspect of their defensive backfield this offseason for two reasons: Needed talent upgrades and the NFC East is loaded with impressive wide receivers.

Cowboys' veteran Dez Bryant and Giants’ rising star Odell Beckham Jr. are the obvious headliners, but don’t overlook the Eagles' options. Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews have a chance at being the best pair in franchise history.

That bold sentiment comes from a recent article on CSNPhilly.com. Granted, the competition isn’t steep. The franchise record for yards in a single-season between two wide receivers is a modest 2,190. It was set in 2014 by Jeremy Maclin and Matthews, who had 872 yards last season. With Maclin now in Kansas City, Matthews takes on the lead receiver role.

Philadelphia used the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Agholor, a strong route runner who led USC in receptions and yards last season.

Despite just one-year of NFL experience between them, there are reasons to buy into them becoming, according to CSNphilly.com, possibly the "greatest 1-2 wide receiver tandem in modern Eagles history."

They complement each other fantastically. Both can be used outside or inside. Defending an offense that stresses fast-paced movement, constant shifting at the receiver position can be especially hard to track.

For the first time in his short tenure in the NFL, Chip Kelly will have a quarterback with above average talent in Sam Bradford. If he can stay healthy, Bradford’s mobility and arm strength will do right by the two receivers,

The Redskins will square off against their division foe twice with the first meeting taking Week 4 at FedEx Field. Washington will have its hands full with running back DeMarco Murray and a strong offensive line. That means cornerbacks Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson must prepare for one-on-one matchups and diverse formations.

The NFC East is filled with elite first WR talent, but the Eagles may have the best second option. In time, the young unit could become the most dangerous in the division.


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