Weapons Matter

Posted: September 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

Carson Wentz showed a lot of promise in 2016. At the same time, it was hard to see what he could do because of those around him.

Lane Johnson was suspended after Week 4 and that took away any chance the offense had. With an O-line that suddenly had issues, there just weren’t enough weapons to deliver big plays and clutch plays. The WRs were Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham and the crappy version of Nelson Agholor.

The Eagles averaged 29 points per game with Johnson in the lineup. He went out and they scored 23 or fewer points in 8 of the 10 games he was suspended. When the OL was dominant, the skill players were good enough to be effective. When the OL took a step back, the skill players were exposed. They weren’t anywhere close to good enough. None of those WRs was a weapon.

That all changed in 2017 and the results were spectacular.

2018 is off to an odd start. Nick Foles started the first two games. He struggled. Jason Peters missed most of one game. The Eagles are working in two new TEs, one of them a rookie. And the WRs…they’ve been a MASH unit. The offense has been highly erratic so far.

The Eagles got good news on Wednesday when it was announced Alshon Jeffery was cleared for contact. He practiced and is expected to play on Sunday. Jeffery isn’t just a receiver. He’s a weapon. And that makes a difference.

Even with Carson Wentz back at QB on Sunday, the offense lacked playmakers. Nelson Agholor is very good when used the right way, but he’s not a player defenses fear by himself. Jordan Matthews and Kamar Aiken were not scaring the Colts. Shelton Gibson only played one snap on offense.

Jeffery changes that in a big way.

Jeffery isn’t in the same league as elite guys like Julio Jones, Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr. Those are special, dominant receivers. Jeffery is still a weapon. He’s able to catch the ball even when he’s covered. He is a terrific Red Zone target. Jeffery can run after the catch. He can make tough grabs. Jeffery can be a difference-maker.

The Eagles offense needs that and in a big way.

Defenses now will have to decide if they double Jeffery or Zach Ertz. Jeffery’s presence will help open up the middle for Agholor so he can make plays. The Eagles could still use Mike Wallace or Mack Hollins to help stretch the field and add more talent to the mix. For now, they’ll live with a combination of Aiken, Matthews and Gibson.

With Wentz in his second game, Jeffery back and possibly Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi back, the offense should start to make more big plays and become more dangerous.

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Could the Eagles be interested?

They might. I just don’t know if Matthews would be interested in Philly.

He’s been part of a struggling passing game in TEN. He’s not getting many throws his way and wants out. The Eagles would feed the ball to Jeffery, Ertz and Agholor ahead of Matthews. He might prefer to go to a team that is starved for WR help. Dallas? Buffalo? New England?

I do like Matthews. I was a big fan of his when he was coming out of college. I do think he would be an interesting addition to the Eagles offense. I’m just guessing that he’ll prefer to go elsewhere.

We’ll see.

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One Comment on “Weapons Matter”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Philadelphia’s defensive line leads the NFL in pressures generated - Football News Latest said at 8:08 AM on September 28th, 2018:

    […] Weapons Matter – Iggles Blitz2018 is off to an odd start. Nick Foles started the first two games. He struggled. Jason Peters missed most of one game. The Eagles are working in two new TEs, one of them a rookie. And the WRs…they’ve been a MASH unit. The offense has been highly erratic so far. The Eagles got good news on Wednesday when it was announced Alshon Jeffery was cleared for contact. He practiced and is expected to play on Sunday. Jeffery isn’t just a receiver. He’s a weapon. And that makes a difference. Even with Carson Wentz back at QB on Sunday, the offense lacked playmakers. Nelson Agholor is very good when used the right way, but he’s not a player defenses fear by himself. Jordan Matthews and Kamar Aiken were not scaring the Colts. Shelton Gibson only played one snap on offense. […]