by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The assumption is that the arrival of Andy Reid in Philadelphia is going to mean good things for the offense. The same thing is thought in regards to Alex Smith, giving the team a viable NFL quarterback. However, could the two things put together actually spell disaster for Dwayne Bowe?
First, lets take a look at Reid, who definitely will help Jamaal Charles’ production. However, we shouldn’t be so quick to make the same assumption in regards to Bowe. Let’s look at his Eagles’ receiving leaders over the past few years:
Receptions – LeSean McCoy – 78
Yards – DeSean Jackson – 1,056
Touchdowns – Jeremy Maclin – 10
Receptions – Jeremy Maclin – 63
Yards – Jeremy Maclin – 859
Touchdowns – Jeremy Maclin/Brent Celek – 5
Receptions – Jeremy Maclin – 69
Yards – Jeremy Maclin – 857
Touchdowns – Jeremy Maclin – 7
Yes, injuries and other factors played a role but the offense was clearly based around McCoy and the running game. That doesn’t give us hope for Bowe’s performance in 2013.
As for Smith, we all heard about the potential of Michael Crabtree but it wasn’t until Smith was replaced by Colin Kaepernick that he flourished. Just look at the split from last season, before Kaepernick took over and after it:
- Weeks 1-8 (8 games) – 39 receptions for 440 yards and 3 TD
- Week 9-22 (11 games including playoffs) – 66 receptions for 950 yards and 9 TD
Now, you take the lack of big receiving numbers from Reid’s Philadelphia offense and the lack of production from a potentially elite WR under Smith and what do you get? A potential disaster for Dwayne Bowe, that’s what.
According to fantasypros.com Bowe currently owns an average ADP of 43.7 and is the 14th wide receiver coming off the board. Given the risks involved, that is way too high of a price tag. Maybe he can overcome it all and become a productive receiver (he’s had 6 receptions for 73 yards this preseason), but it’s hard to count on.
What are your thoughts of Bowe? Is he a player worth drafting in the fourth round? Why or why not?
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings: