Quez Watkins

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #16
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #16

Quez Watkins News

Bumped to third on depth chart

Watkins is now seated at third on the Eagles' depth chart after the acquisition of A.J. Brown, Zach Berman of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watkins' volume almost certainly takes a hit, as he had been slated to be the Eagles' no. 2 receiver after DeVonta Smith prior to the Brown trade. It's possible, however, that with defenses now having two legit no. 1 receivers to focus on, the Southern Miss product will be more open to scoop up targets and rack up yards. The most likely scenario is that the 2020 sixth-round pick will find it hard to surpass last year's 43 catches and 647 yards.

May 2, 2022 9:05 PM EST


Could be No. 2 receiver next year

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Watkins can be on of the better No. 2 receivers in the league, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The 2020 sixth-round pick doesn't have the stats to back that up, but he did take a huge step forward after a quiet rookie season, showing a knack for big plays and high-difficulty catches. Jalen Reagor, a first-round pick from the same draft, can't say the same, which is part of the reason Sirianni referred to him as the team's No. 3 receiver when talking with reporters Wednesday. Of course, the Eagles could also draft or sign someone to push both Watkins and Reagor down the depth chart, but Sirianni's words do support the notion of Watkins at least being the third guy next year. Watkins finished 2021 with a 43-647-1 receiving line on 62 targets, while Reagor managed just 33-299-2 on 57 looks.

Jan 19, 2022 9:54 AM EST



Seven targets in postseason loss

Watkins caught two of seen targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Watkins drew seven targets during the Eagles' Week 18 loss to the Cowboys, and he matched that total during the postseason opener. The 23-year-old saw an inconsistent workload during the 2021 campaign and secured 43 of 62 targets for 647 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for three yards across 17 regular-season appearances. He showed some improvement during his second professional campaign and could enter the 2022 season as Philadelphia's No. 2 option at wide receiver.

Jan 17, 2022 12:57 PM EST


Scores in finale

Watkins caught five of seven targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 51-26 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Watkins helped Philadelphia move the sticks during Saturday's contest, but his performance was enhanced by a 36-yard touchdown with under two minutes remaining. That play marked the second-year wideout's first and only end-zone trip of the regular season. Given his strong finish, though, Watkins will strive to carry some of his momentum into next weekend's playoff game.

Jan 8, 2022 9:09 PM EST


Logs full practice

Watkins (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Watkins will be out there Saturday against the Cowboys, but he still hasn't caught more than four passes in a game this year, and his snap share dropped well south of the usual range in two of the past three weeks.

Jan 5, 2022 1:15 PM EST



Limited in walk-through session

The Eagles listed Watkins as a limited participant in Tuesday's walk-through practice due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Watkins again played more than half of the Eagles' offensive snaps in last week's 27-17 win over Washington, but his role in the passing attack was fairly muted, as he finished with two catches for 15 yards on four targets. Though he's banged up coming out of that Week 17 contest, Watkins should be ready to play in Saturday's regular-season finale versus the Cowboys if he's able to maintain limited participation or upgrade to full activity in practices Wednesday and Thursday.

Jan 4, 2022 3:24 PM EST


Efficient with three catches

Watkins secured all three targets for 43 yards in the Eagles' 34-10 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Watkins checked in second behind DeVonta Smith in receptions and receiving yardage, and while his perfect catch rate was a highlight, he did get whistled for holding on what would have been a Dallas Goedert touchdown grab early in the third quarter. The speedy second-year wideout has multiple receptions in all but one game this season, but he hasn't topped four catches in any one contest. Watkins does line up for a favorable matchup on paper against a suspect Washington secondary in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2021 4:48 PM EST


Limited to two catches

Watkins secured both targets for 14 yards in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night.

Analysis: The speedster was able to clear COVID-19 protocols approximately 48 hours prior to kickoff, but his overall impact on the game was minimal. Watkins has had some serviceable performances this season as a deep threat, yet the boom-or-bust nature of his production makes him a particularly speculative play at this juncture of the fantasy calendar.

Dec 21, 2021 8:40 PM EST


Comes off COVID-19 list

The Eagles reinstated Watkins from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Analysis: Philadelphia never revealed whether Watkins' placement on the list Monday was the result of a positive test of the virus, but the NFL's decision to postpone the Eagles' originally scheduled game for Sunday back to Tuesday due to COVID-19-related concerns within the Washington organization ultimately provided the receiver with enough time to clear the necessary protocols. Though he didn't have the benefit of practicing this week, Watkins should continue to hold down a regular role in three-receiver sets for the Eagles. He's played no fewer than 70 percent of the offensive snaps in any game since Week 5.

Dec 19, 2021 9:51 AM EST


Eagles-Washington moved to Tuesday

Watkins and the Eagles will no longer play Washington on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Philadelphia has thus far avoided a team-wide outbreak of the virus, though Watkins is the lone player on the roster currently residing on the COVID-19 list. The Eagles haven't indicated where Watkins stands in his bid to return from the list, but the two-day delay for the Week 15 game could be enough time for him to gain clearance. If Watkins is ultimately unable to play Tuesday, the Eagles would likely turn to Jalen Reagor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward to pick up reps alongside No. 1 receiver DeVonta Smith.

Dec 17, 2021 4:36 PM EST


Added to COVID-19 list

The Eagles placed Watkins on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: The team hasn't revealed whether Watkins was placed on the list due to a positive test for the virus or a close-contact situation. In the former case, Watkins -- if vaccinated -- would have a shot at receiving clearance for Sunday's game against Washington if he's asymptomatic for a 48-hour period and if he tests negative for the virus at least 24 hours apart. Prior to the Eagles' Week 14 bye, Watkins had suited up in each of the team's first 13 games, producing a 31-491-0 receiving line on 46 targets.

Dec 13, 2021 2:36 PM EST


Racks up 60 yards

Watkins secured all three of his targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 33-18 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Watkins led the Eagles' receivers by playing 77 percent of the team's offensive snaps Sunday, and he posted his second-highest yardage total of the season in the win. He's now been targeted at least three times in four of the last five games, and he's secured 11 of 18 targets for 125 yards while rushing once for three yards during that time.

Dec 6, 2021 8:31 AM EST


Five targets in defeat

Watkins caught two of his five targets for 23 yards and rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 13-7 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: A week after putting up a goose egg on a season-low target count of one, Watkins was back up to a more standard workload Sunday. Unfortunately, it also translated to a fairly customary level of production, as the 23-year-old hasn't registered more than 33 yards in any of his past five games. He still played eight more snaps than Jalen Reagor's 45, however.

Nov 30, 2021 12:33 AM EST


Logs season high in catches

Watkins caught four of his six targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Watkins saw more targets in this one than he had since Week 4, perhaps because Dallas Goedert (head) left with a possible concussion. The Southern Miss product still put up a lackluster yardage total though and has topped 50 yards just once this season, back in Week 2. He could be in line for greater production if Goedert is forced to miss any time, however.

Nov 14, 2021 10:09 PM EST


Two more catches in loss

Watkins caught two of his three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: For the second-straight game, the Eagles attempted fewer than 20 passes, with DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert each seeing six. That left mere scraps for Watkins, the ostensible third receiving option on the team. While he continued his streak of at least a pair of catches in every game this season, the nine yards were his fewest of the year.

Nov 7, 2021 8:49 PM EST


Hauls in both targets

Watkins caught each of his two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 44-6 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Watkins has two or three catches in every game this season and continued that streak Sunday. He may see increased attention if Jalen Reagor (ankle) needs to miss time, however.

Oct 31, 2021 3:43 PM EST


Three catches in third straight

Watkins caught three of his five targets for 44 yards in Thursday's 28-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Right now, it's clear that Watkins is ahead of Jalen Reagor (no catches on three targets) on the depth chart, at least when it comes to how Jalen Hurts sees it. While Reagor has played more snaps in every game but one this season, Watkins has generally produced equal or better numbers from game to game though neither has gone for more than 53 yards over the past four weeks.

Oct 15, 2021 8:17 PM EST


Catches all three targets in win

Watkins caught all three of his targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 21-18 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Watkins continued to outproduce Jalen Reagor in the contest and even out-snapped him for the first time this season 52-43. The 23-year-old has also seen a red-zone target in each of the past two weeks, while Reagor has none at all this year. Watkins is still tough to rely on, however, because he has only one game all season with more than three targets.

Oct 12, 2021 12:33 AM EST


Upgrades to full activity

Watkins (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Watkins looks to be in the clear for Sunday's game at Carolina after he took every rep during Thursday's session after being listed as a limited participant a day earlier. The second-year player has been a steady complementary presence in the Jalen Hurts-led passing attack, totaling 10 receptions for 219 yards on 14 targets through the Eagles' first four contests.

Oct 7, 2021 12:20 PM EST


Limited with knee injury

Watkins (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The team's No. 3 receiver, Watkins has played between 48 and 66 percent of snaps in each game, including 58 percent Sunday when he saw a season-high seven targets in a 42-30 loss to the Chiefs. With No. 2 receiver Jalen Reagor struggling, Watkins has a chance to move up the depth chart if he puts the knee injury behind him quickly. The Eagles face Carolina in Week 5.

Oct 6, 2021 1:02 PM EST


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