Good morning and happy new year, Eagles fans. Welcome to 2020, hopefully you’re not too groggy from staying up late. Be courteous to all the new gym goers and the people crowding the produce aisle.
The Eagles will hold practice today after giving the players Tuesday off. Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz will speak with reporters later today. It will be interesting to see who is and who isn’t at practice this afternoon. Lane Johnson is supposedly getting closer, while Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz are both somewhat up in the air for Sunday’s game.
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After the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, K.J. Wright took a victory lap while talking to reporters. He said the Eagles’ offense was predictable, and that he and his Seahawks teammates knew what was coming.
The linebacker snuffed out a tight end screen during the team’s Nov. 24 matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, tackling Dallas Goedert for a loss of 3 yards. Wright, who is in his ninth season, had 12 total tackles in the game.
"We were just out there communicating, calling the plays out — it was fun,’’ Wright said, according to the Seattle Times. “I know they had some guys hurt. That said, it’s still the NFL and you’ve got to come with it.’’
With the wild-card round game coming up, what is Eagles’ offensive coordinator Mike Groh doing about Wright’s apparent familiarity with their offense?
“Yeah, we figure we just run the same ones as last time so that he probably won’t be expecting it,” Groh said jokingly before offering: “We have to do a great job of changing things that we do. We know they do a heck of a job out there in Seattle. Have a lot of respect for their coaching staff and their players. They have smart players. Sometimes that’s the case regardless … but people know that we want to get the ball to our guys on some screens.”
This season wasn’t the first time Wright called out the repetitive nature of an Eagles offensive scheme. In 2014, Wright made headlines by calling Chip Kelly’s offense “basic" after a 24-14 Eagles loss.
The 30-year-old had one of his best seasons to date, posting career-highs in total tackles (132), interceptions (3), and pass breakups (11).
Who can we realistically expect to have back for the playoff game against Seattle? Could we see Jordan Howard step in for the injured Miles Sanders and maybe even Zach Ertz or DeSean Jackson back too? — Dan May (@dannmaal) via Twitter
Good question, Dan. Today’s injury report will be very informative as to whom the Eagles are hoping to get back. I think Jordan Howard will be available again, and would imagine he’d be able to play at least a slightly bigger role, especially if Sanders is out. The Eagles did something similar with Jay Ajayi earlier this season when they signed him to the active roster just to have him stand on the sideline. He got a bigger role the next game before eventually getting cut.