As a group the wide receivers had a strong showing against the Steelers. Jackson, Lewis, Avant, and Baskett each had at least 2 catches on Friday. Jackson lead the way with 5 catches for 51 yards.
So do the Eagles even need Brown?
Despite the criticism (mostly deserved) that has been directed at Brown during his Eagles career, the Eagles WR group is better with Reggie Brown. Brown may not be a true number 1, but along with Curtis, he is still the best of the bunch.
Avant and Baskett showed some potential last year, but all too often disappear for large chunks of the season. Lewis is a 4th stringer that excels in that role (oddly enough against the Patriots Lewis plays like a Pro Bowler!). Jackson we can't forget is a rookie and our expectations must be tamed at least for year one.
So we are back to Brown as starter opposite Curtis. During last year's 3-1 record to end the season Brown was at his best. In that 4 game span Brown had 22 receptions for 262 yards and a pair of TDs. Again, not spectacular but the best of the Eagles WR bunch. 2007 was also another year where Brown saw his reception total again increase from the previous year.
I am not arguing that Brown is the answer or will be the answer as a top flight, true number 1 receiver. But in the current collection of WRs on the Eagles roster, he is a top talent (not an encouraging statement for the quality of the WRs) and the Eagles are better with him out on the field.