Are the Dallas Cowboys receivers the best group in the NFC East?

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Marquise Goodwin

This was actually just too close to call. In this case, we have a tie and the two teams will split the four points available.

The Eagles are relying on two guys, North of 30 years of age who combined to play just 13 games last season. Jeffery has not had a 1,000+ yard season since 2014. He has averaged just five touchdowns per season over the last five years and only played a full season once during that time span.

Jackson, meanwhile, has not played a full season since 2013. At this point in his career, he’s a fragile, one-trick pony who is easily controlled as long as you don’t let him get by you.

In seven years, Goodwin has been nothing more than a low-end slot receiver. Aside from one good year in San Francisco, his career has barely gotten off the ground. That leaves their first-round pick, Jalen Reagor.

Reagor was a bit of a surprise selection for the Eagles. You have to think they were hoping that one of the big three from this draft would fall to them. It did not turn out that way for them, so when the 21st overall selection was there to be made they chose Reagor over LSU’s Justin Jefferson.

IF all breaks right, Reagor compares favorably to Stefon Diggs, Randall Cobb, or possibly Tyler Lockett. Those are nice players in their own right, but for a first-round selection, the Eagles need more, especially with their aging veterans turning the corner on their final days in the league.

New York Giants

Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Corey Coleman

After that less than sparkling write up on the Eagles receiving corps, you might think the Giants would have the inside track to the number two spot. Not so fast my friends.

Shepard has yo-yo’d between playing a full season and missing six games in is four years. Even so, he has averaged just over 715 yards and four touchdowns in his four seasons as a Giant. This is their number one guy.

Slayton, however, had just as good of a rookie season as Washington’s McLaurin. He has a nice future ahead of him, especially with fellow rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in place.

The rest of the group is highly questionable. Tate will be 32 when the season starts and is on his fourth straight season of declining numbers. He is also on his fourth team in the league in New York. Aside from the occasional play, he pumps no fear in opposing defensive backs.

Coleman, the former 15th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, represents the textbook definition of a “draft bust.” Not only has he struggled mightily to stay healthy, but he has not produced when he has been on the field. This is probably his last shot at an NFL career.