Reid's happy with wide receivers
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
During a wide-ranging interview with the Eagles' Web site, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid didn't sound like a man desperate to add another weapon at wide receiver. Here's what he said about the team's starters:
Drew Hallowell/Getty Images "We've got to take it to another level with DeSean [Jackson]," Andy Reid said.
"I like our wide receivers. It was great to get DeSean [Jackson] in the action there. I think this is a big year for him because teams are going to do just like we're doing. They're studying our offense and they're going to study DeSean Jackson. They're going to slow it down, watch it, look at his tendencies, his physical abilities, what type of routes we're running him on, so we've got to take it to another level with DeSean. DeSean has to continue to work hard in this off-season, get stronger and more precise in his route running, all of those things. And then we have a big challenge as coaches of coming up with new things to make sure that he has an opportunity to catch the football.
"Kevin Curtis, I think the exciting thing about Kevin Curtis, is, even though he's a little bit older, in NFL years, fairly young. He had gone on a church mission when he was in college, so there is a two-year differential there in his NFL years compared to his age. Kevin is coming off sports hernia surgery that, as we know here, slow you down a little bit. I don't think Kevin was feeling what he normally feels as a football player until probably the last three games of the season and you were able to see that as we went into the playoffs.
"We've got young guys around them -- Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown, who is a starting-caliber player and who has started a lot of games for us. We consider him a starter in this mix. Jason Avant, you saw him bloom into this third receiver who was virtually unstoppable as an inside receiver. He just had a phenomenal year, and he was coming off a sports hernia surgery from the year before and was also banged up just a little bit as we went down the stretch. We expect good things from him and for him to take another step up."
Of course, Reid could be hedging his bets while the team prepares to go after Anquan Boldin. But if you look around the NFC East, it's not like the Eagles are at a disadvantage at the receiver position. At this point, they're certainly in better shape than the Redskins and Cowboys at receiver. And depending on what happens with Plaxico Burress in court, the Eagles might have the division's top unit. Here's Part 1 of the interview with Dave Spadaro.
We'll provide more excerpts and analysis on Reid's comments throughout the day.