Over the next few days, Head Coach Doug Pederson and his staff will have the opportunity to untangle the first seven games of this uneven 2020 season – good, bad and injured. Let’s do the same here as the players enjoy a weekend mini-bye with the Eagles 2-4-1 after Thursday night’s 22-21 win over New York which, no matter how ugly it is, puts the Eagles in first place. Eastern NFC…
• Travis Fulgham is the real deal, I think we’ll all agree, and the upside is significant.
The way he uses his body, the way he grabs the ball, runs his route and plays with confidence is exhilarating. He’s getting better and better because the team pays more attention to him. He ran well. Fulgham has saved these offenses and it’s no surprise that the last three weeks have been the game’s most prolific offense since Fulgham have settled on. Fulgham has 23 receptions for 357 yards and three goals in just four games. In fact, the Eagles are building a bunch of great young receivers here. Greg Ward continued to produce from his slot and touchdown catch on Thursday night, coming through the formation and catching Carson Wentz’s pass on a flat route, and getting the ball over the goal line was a beauty. John Hightower was having a tough time, but he’s bounced back with a reception of 50 yards and 59 yards the last two weeks. He has legitimate inner speed. Jalen Reagor will be back on the pitch very soon and we have seen that he is a big game maker. The Eagles think they have something to do with Quez Watkins, who also brings vertical speed to the table. JJ Arcega-Whiteside was excited too.
Losing DeSean Jackson for a “significant time”, Pederson’s words on Friday were sad, but the Eagles must now turn to the boys and hope that Alshon Jeffery can contribute in the near future too.
• Not once in his career has Brandon Graham’s final defense hit double figures in the midfielder’s sack, but he’s on his way in 2020.
Graham is third in the NFL with six sacks in seven games and his total of 21 tackles and 10 quarterbacks are among the best in the league. Is there a reason for great play this season?
“I think really taking my nutrition this year more seriously than I’ve ever had. Feeling good. The body feels really good now. I’m feeling fast,” Graham said. “Then with our rotation, it helps a lot. I don’t feel like taking a lot of hitting from this game because you know, it peels a lot today and it can damage your body a little bit, but that’s okay when you have a good rotation of people. -people you can count on. Because in that fourth quarter, when you needed to play, I felt like I felt in the first quarter. So, I was hungry and ready to make a drama. And I’m thankful they, on the back, deleted the reading. and I can get there. “
• Wentz has been his best this season in the fourth quarter, throwing six touchdown passes and just two interceptions with a pass rating of 86.7. The Eagles have scored a total of 34 points in the last two weeks of the fourth quarter and, for sure, Wentz is looking very good in this rushed situation. How can he apply this approach in the first three quarters of the game?
• The offensive line is far from where it should be, but considering all the injuries the Eagles have had there, Offensive Line Coach / Running Game Coordinator Jeff Stoutland has done an awesome job getting his group ready to play every week with six freshly starting combinations in seven games. Players like Jordan Mailata, Nate Herbig, Matt Pryor, Sua Opeta and Jack Driscoll have had the opportunity to earn the trust of the coaching staff and they have.
• Richard Rodgers is a very strict playmaker. Richard Rodgers! He held tight blocks in 2018 and 2019 – one acceptance in eight games total – and now he’s got 15 catches for 184 yards and the first eight downs. Rodgers, if you look at the numbers, caught 58 passes for Green Bay in 2015. So he’s done it in his past. And he’s doing it again now.
• Cameron Johnston is second in the NFL in average punting gross, 50.9 yards, and third in net average at 45.9 yards. The Eagles needed him to change the pitch, and he has.
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