Who’s Who?

Posted: September 18th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Eagles offense has undergone a lot of changes so far and things kept rolling today.

With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles at less than 100 percent, the Eagles needed to make a move at RB. We don’t know the availability for either Ajayi or Sproles this weekend. The team may not know that until Saturday or even Sunday.

Adams had a solid preseason and showed NFL ability. He should be healthy now as he’s only been working in practice for the past few weeks. I think he could step into a game and help out if needed. The biggest question would be how would handle passing situations (as a blocker and/or receiver). I’m sure the Eagles would try to limit him being on the field in those situations.

Carson Wentz will be back under center in this game, but Adams would be a player he’s never played with in a game. Of course, he’s replacing Carter, another player Wentz hasn’t played with.

The Eagles might be bringing back a familiar face and old friend for Wentz.

Cutting Carter means the Eagles are down to Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson as healthy receivers. They need help and right away. That’s why Matthews makes sense. He knows the playbook. He knows Doug Pederson. Matthews and Wentz are good friends and have a good chemistry on the field.

No one is under the illusion that Matthews is going to come in here and light it up. He’s on the street for a couple of reasons. He has had injury issues. He’s also a possession receiver in a league that craves playmakers.

Matthews can come in and play right away. He can help the team to move the chains. There is value in that.

The Eagles might just be looking at Matthews as a band-aid.

Maclin is faster and more athletic than Matthews. He’s also older and banged up. We’ll have to wait and see if the Eagles make a move with him next week.

These are not ideal circumstances for the return of Wentz. He’s going to play his first game since tearing his ACL and will have an odd supporting cast around him. I think the offense showed some signs of life in the 2nd half on Sunday so hopefully they can build on that.

Nick Foles was great in January and February, but he’s been highly erratic this year. Not having all his weapons certainly hurt, but the eyeball test tells you a lot of the offensive struggles were on Foles. He never looked in sync, for whatever reason.

While Wentz is rusty, he’s also a significantly more talented player. That makes an enormous difference. Just look at Patrick Mahomes. He threw 6 TDs in his third ever NFL start. If Foles has a really strong supporting cast, he can play at a high level. But he’s not going to make mediocre players all that much better. Wentz started 4-0 in 2016 when Dorial Green-Beckham was one of his key targets. Wentz can absolutely elevate the guys around him.

And the Eagles will need that this week. Something tells me the Colts aren’t too worried about Kamar Aiken. Or Jordan Matthews.

They will pay a lot of attention to Wentz. Rusty or not, he’s a big upgrade at QB and makes the Eagles a lot more dangerous.

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Wallace has a broken fibula. Doug Pederson made it sound like he would be out a few weeks. We’ll have to wait and see exactly what that means.

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One Comment on “Who’s Who?”

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