Previous Grades: B-plus, B-minus, A-minus
Current Grade: A-minus
Overall GPA: 3.17
It was a two-man show in the final quarter.
Coming into 2009, the Eagles had only two 1000-yard receivers in the Andy Reid era—and in 2009, they were 29 Brent Celek yards away from doubling that.
That’s fairly impressive, even given how much Donovan threw the ball.
DeSean Jackson was the MVP of Weeks 14 and 15, hauling in 12 balls for 318 yards and a pair of scores. He ended up with 1176 yards, the league lead in led the league in yards per catch and a Pro Bowl berth when his breakout season concluded.
For Weeks 16 and 17 it was Celek who stepped up. He had nearly a third of his catches and more than a third of his yards in the final month, including a back-to-back 121 and 96 to close it out, and could’ve been a Pro Bowler if there weren’t five equally impressive tight ends in the NFC.
Beyond them, though, it was rough.
Jeremy Maclin missed two games in the quarter and only had nine catches in the two he played. Jason Avant played all four and only notched nine as well, while Kevin Curtis’ one game return yielded only one grab.
At least Reggie Brown had four catches for 51 yards—which was almost half his season total. What a great contract extension he was, huh?
Again, if they are to go deep in the playoffs, Maclin and Avant will have to step up and make some huge catches.