The Philadelphia Eagles are hurting at the wide receiver position.
The Eagles entered Monday night’s overtime win over the New York Giants with just three healthy wide receivers: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward Jr. Jeffery hurt his foot early in the second quarter and didn’t have any catches. Arcega-Whiteside left in overtime with a hamstring injury.
Seeing how their receivers looked led Reggie Wayne to send this funny tweet:
You know what…. I'll make the Eagles receiving core right now. And I'm currently at a bar at this present moment.
Wayne is 41 and last played in 2014, though he still had 779 receiving yards that season. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, so we wouldn’t put it past him.
But the tweet just shows how bad of shape Philly is in. They cut Jordan Matthews and Mack Hollins, and Nelson Agholor was hurt. Now Jeffery and Arcega-Whiteside are too. They need some healthy bodies badly.
Mortensen stressed that head coach Doug Pederson is likely safe. However, such a warning likely bodes poorly for the likes of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, whose unit has been disappointing in 2019.
The NFC East is still well within reach for the Eagles thanks to the Cowboys’ ongoing mediocrity. However, Philadelphia blew a huge chance to make up some ground in the division by losing to lowly Miami on Sunday in a game that saw them get fooled badly. Games like that are only going to accelerate the types of changes this report is referring to.
There are only four weeks to go in the NFL regular season, which means we’ll be watching a lot of huge games in the weeks to come. With bye weeks finished and everybody in action the rest of the way, every game is big in some way, even if the outcomes only affect draft position. Sunday was no different, effectively kicking off the stretch run of the season.
Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 13.
New England Patriots
The Patriots entered Sunday night with the best record in the league at 10-1 and the No. 1 defense. But they looked nothing like the best team in the league during their loss at Houston. The offense struggled to get anything going for most of the game, with Tom Brady taking sacks and complaining about his receivers’ inability to get open. The defense allowed four touchdowns in what was their worst performance since the Baltimore loss. Even kicker Kai Forbath missed an extra point. The Pats are 2-2 in their last four and their 22 points (mostly in garbage time Sunday night) was their high mark during that span. Brady seems to have seen this coming.
The Eagles looked like a disaster, particularly on defense, against the lowly Miami Dolphins. They were victimized by one of the better trick plays we’ve seen, sure, but Miami also put up 409 yards of total offense on them and totally deserved to win the game. Add in lingering concerns about how good Carson Wentz really is, and the Eagles have a lot to think about. Losses like this tend to cause a reckoning in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked horrendous on offense in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. A lot of that had to do with them going up against arguably the best defense in the NFL, but Philly is also hurting at wide receiver. Not surprisingly, Antonio Brown wants to help.
With DeSean Jackson on injured reserve and Alshon Jeffery battling an ankle injury, several Eagles fans took to Instagram on Sunday calling for the team to sign Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowler shared a bunch of the posts on his own IG story.
Brown is essentially in limbo at the moment. He met with NFL investigators last week to discuss the sexual assault allegations against him, but there has still been no indication of when the NFL will make a ruling or how severe the disciplinary action might be.
There is a wide-ranging belief that the NFL is trying to prevent Brown from signing with a team this season in order to sort the situation out completely. Even if a team did sign Brown, the league could still place him on the commissioner’s exempt list and essentially suspend him with pay. That is why Brown has expressed frustration and unloaded on the NFL via social media, but that isn’t going to get him signed any quicker. It’s extremely unlikely that the Eagles or any other team will consider bringing him in before the offseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles almost had a touchdown literally stripped from their hands in the first half of their game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but the call on the field was overturned.
On 3rd-and-goal early in the second quarter, Carson Wentz completed a pass over the middle to tight end Dallas Goedert, and the ball was ripped away by Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones in the end zone. Officials ruled it an interception and said Jones gained possession before Goedert completed the process of the catch. Here’s the play:
They're saying on field that before Goedert completed process of the catch the ball was ripped out by Jones. Obviously going to review. Would be a huge takeaway for #Patriots if call stands. pic.twitter.com/CaeQwlfcfo
Everything about that looked like a touchdown. Goedert caught the ball and took two steps before his knee hit the ground in the end zone. At that point, the play was over and the result was a touchdown. As soon as a player breaks the plane with possession of the ball the play is dead, and the fact that Goedert got a knee down before the ball was stripped only helped his case.
Jay Ajayi is said to be fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered last year, and the veteran running back is set to return to his old team.
Ajayi worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday and is expected to sign a contract with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
The #Eagles intend to sign FA RB Jay Ajayi, source said. He worked out this morning and they are deep in talks. The top veteran still available, he’s healthy after an ACL tear and returns to the team that traded for him in 2017. Helps make up for the loss of Darren Sproles.
Darren Sproles will miss the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with a torn hip flexor, and starting running back Jordan Howard has been listed on the injury report this week with a shoulder injury. Ajayi is familiar with Doug Pederson’s offense and will give the Eagles added depth at the position.
Ajayi, 26, was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with Miami in 2017 and played seven games for them that season, rushing for 408 yards and a touchdown. He scored three touchdowns and rushed for 184 yards in four games. He also worked out for two other teams over the past three weeks since he declared himself ready to return.
The Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday will look to improve to 5-4 when they host the Chicago Bears, and potentially begin a winning streak following their Week 8 victory at Buffalo. The same day, one of the team’s biggest fans will be celebrating a major milestone in a streak of his own.
John Hartnett, who has been a fan of the Eagles since the early ’70s, will be attending his 300th straight Eagles home game. Hartnett also synced up the day so it would mark the 400th NFL game he has attended.
This week, Larry Brown Sports spoke with Hartnett to get the story behind the incredible streak.
Hartnett told Larry Brown Sports that he attended his first Eagles game in 1970 after a friend invited him to go. The 64-year-old was in high school at the time, and the Eagles were playing at Franklin Field. Harnett says the Eagles lost to the Cowboys that game, and it was kind of boring (records show they lost 17-7).
In other words, the Eagles have no doubts about Jenkins’ abilities as a player or a leader. Scandrick shouldn’t either.
Maybe Scandrick thought he could get away with going after Jenkins because of the latter player’s response to some locker room issues earlier in the week. More likely, though, Scandrick just doesn’t care anymore and has no interest in making or keeping friends within the Eagles’ organization.
Orlando Scandrick’s Philadelphia Eagles career was an up-and-down ride that ended up being relatively short-lived.
The veteran found himself released on Monday, one day after surrendering the first touchdown of the Week 7 game against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. And in Scandrick’s mind, he was nothing more than a scapegoat for a team ripe with accountability issues.
Former Eagles CB Orlando Scandrick on Undisputed called his release "scapegoat-ish" and said "where there's smoke, there's fire" about Eagles locker room and there are "accountability issues."
Scandrick didn’t stop there during his Friday morning appearance on Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, ripping the entire Eagles organization, their locker-room culture, and calling general manager Howie Roseman a snake oil salesman before calling Malcolm Jenkins a selfish player.
"I don’t believe anything Howie Roseman says. Howie is one of the people if he told me it was raining outside, I’d probably get some shorts just in case."
Ironically, Scandrick’s comments could be the fuel that feeds Philadelphia, potentially leading to more cohesion and a turnaround. Or it could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and plunges the franchise into complete chaos.
Either way, the fallout from Scandrick’s tell-all interview will be worth keeping an eye on.
All does not seem perfect with the Philadelphia Eagles right now.
In the wake of Sunday night’s 37-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson warned that there would be a “callout session” in the next team meeting, and suggested that there was an ongoing issue with some players showing up late to meetings or practices.
Lane Johnson on next team meeting
“Really its gonna probably be a callout session. Everybody will be held accountable. Little stuff that slides during the week, late to practice, late to meetings. Stuff will be held accountable for. I think that will maybe creep into the games” pic.twitter.com/TveM5JCXC1
Naturally, such commentary raised some eyebrows, and other players were asked about it. Safety Malcolm Jenkins was asked about Johnson’s comments and essentially said he was not sure what Johnson was referring to.
"I don't really know where this narrative is coming from. I don't know who exactly is being referenced when they talk about this stuff. So yeah, I don't know. I don't know what Lane's talking about." https://t.co/Xv5tnzQtzk