Good morning, Eagles fans. Still buzzing from the team’s first win since Nov. 3? I figured you would be. The Eagles’ players don’t have the same luxury, though. This is a short week with another essential game on the horizon. The team won’t be getting on a plane for the foreseeable future, but a bus ride to FedEx Field in Maryland looms this weekend.
The Eagles’ coordinators will meet with reporters this afternoon, and some players will be available, too. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on the availability. There might even be a roster move, as the Eagles work to reassemble their wide receiving corps without Alshon Jeffery. More on that later.
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Once again, the Eagles find themselves reimagining the wide receiver position on the fly after a losing a starter. Alshon Jeffery has a “significant” injury, according to Eagles coach Doug Pederson. It may or may not be season-ending — we’ll likely find out more information soon — but he’ll probably miss at least a couple of games.
The team is already without DeSean Jackson, who is on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a core muscle injury. Nelson Agholor missed Monday’s game against New York with a knee injury, which left the team with three healthy receivers against the Giants. Even if Agholor is ready for Sunday’s game against Washington, the team only has three wideouts ready to play.
Pederson told reporters on Tuesday that Agholor’s status for Sunday is “still up in the air”, and suggested they could add a practice-squad receiver (they have three) to supplement the depleted position group.
“We definitely have a couple guys on practice squad if we need to make a move,” Pederson said. “Obviously, as you know, we could look outside the building if we need to.”
Here are the three wideouts the Eagles already have on the practice squad, and what you need to know about them:
Boston Scott was really effective in Monday’s win against the Giants. What are the chances the Eagles will actually stick with the run in the next game or abandon it at the first hint of trouble like they’ve done so many times in the past? — Dan May (@dannmaal) via Twitter.
Good question, Dan. I don’t think it’s a coincidence the Eagles offense has gone so pass-heavy since Jordan Howard was sidelined with a shoulder stinger. Before the bye week, the Eagles won two games in a row prioritizing the running game and leaning heavily on Howard. But with the running back missing time, the team has rightfully asked Carson Wentz to pick up the slack, and the results have been mixed. He’s averaging 45.25 attempts per game since Howard went down. Before, he was throwing the ball 33.7 times per game.
I still think the best version of the Eagles is a team that prioritizes controlling the line of scrimmage, setting up the pass by threatening with the run, and letting Wentz make the necessary plays on third downs and late in games. When they ask Wentz to do it all, there will be games it works, but there will also be games when the offense looks terrible, like it did against the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.