How early injuries have impacted the Philadelphia Eagles
Written by Joe Mooney
After Sunday night’s performance down in Atlanta there are a lot of questions that loom over the Eagles and not enough answers. During their 24-20 loss, injuries became an occurring trend for the Philadelphia Eagles. Injuries began occurring as early as pregame warm-ups and sadly continued all night. Dallas Goedert, Tim Jernigan, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Corey Clement, Carson Wentz, Nelson Agholor, Sidney Jones, and Jason Kelce all missed snaps during their matchup against Atlanta due to injuries, some even being worse than others.
Although this is no excuse for the outcome of this game, it truly limited the play calling for head coach Doug Pederson. Not only did injuries hold back the Eagles but Carson Wentz’s first-half performance did as well. Wentz threw for 47 yards on 6 completion with a pair of horrible interceptions in the first half before transforming into MVP form in the second. Wentz rushed and passed for a touchdown in the second half while railing the Eagles to what almost was another consecutive come from behind win. The only problem, this isn’t the Redskins and the Falcons were playing with a chip on the shoulder (0-3 in the last 3 previous matchups). With a little over two minutes remaining, Matt Ryan connected to Julio Jones, who exploded for a game-winning touchdown. Despite the loss, I am still proud of how the Eagles rose up and believed in the next man because they fought hard until the end of this game.
I don’t think it’s time to panic just yet in Philadelphia. From a schematic standpoint, Carson will be limited to the Eagles bottom two receivers on the depth chart, Mack Hollins and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside, as well as Zach Ertz moving forward for the time being. Both Hollins and JJAW have shown signs of greatness in Philadelphia, during their little time with the team. Hollins will replace Jackson as a deep threat, someone who can truly stretch the field vertically, while Arcega-Whiteside will replace Jeffery as the bigger possession type receiver, who can go get the ball in tight spaces. Let’s also not forget the other rookie star on this starting offense, running back Miles Sanders. Doug has been committed to using a committee of running backs but he has been favoring the young back during the first two games. Also, can we not forget that during their Super Bowl run, Carson Wentz and the Eagles lost in Week 2 to the Kansas City Chiefs in a close battle as well (27-20), so Philadelphia fans know Doug will get his guys together! This upcoming week the Eagles look to head back home and play a complete game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. While the Eagles canceled practice on Wednesday, September 18th, head coach Doug Pederson switched to a walkthrough to allow injuries to heal properly and not create any more. This is also a strategy Doug usually uses late in the season to keep guys fresh for the playoffs, but under the circumstances, many can understand. The Eagles will be playing two games in eight days (traveling to the Green Bay Packers next Thursday Night).
Below is an updated Injury Report