The Philadelphia Eagles spilled the beans on Thursday night. While they lost their first preseason game to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-16, the Eagles showed the NFL world that they have a very intriguing wideout on the roster — and he’s no longer a secret.
“One thing I was thinking about, though, as I walked up here was Quez isn’t a secret anymore,” Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said in his postgame press conference. “So, that’s unfortunate.”
Hurts was speaking of wide receiver Quez Watkins, who was the game’s leading receiver with 79 yards despite catching just one of his two targets. As for the pass he didn’t catch? It would have been a 98-yard touchdown. Hurts just overthrew him in a play he would like to have back.
The Eagles gave Watkins another chance later in the first quarter with Joe Flacco at the helm, calling his number via screen. Watkins again showed off his speed, and took his one reception 79 yards to the house for the first score of the game.
Watkins was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Southern Miss. He caught just seven passes for 106 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season, but did score a filthy touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15.
Watkins should have had two catches for two touchdowns on Thursday night, and really does appear to be one of the big-play weapons that the Eagles have been searching for. CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr has described Watkins as the one receiver that has stepped up for Philly in training camp, and it didn’t take long for him to prove that he’s ready for touches. The Eagles have struggled with their wide receiving corps over the past few years, but things may be turning around. Watkins is no longer a secret.