By Roxana Herrera // @rxnlzbth
After Week 2’s debacle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles decided they needed to bring starting quarterback Carson Wentz back where he belongs. According to head coach, Doug Pederson, Wentz’s return “wasn’t planned”. It just so happened that he was medically cleared following a loss that Eagles have only themselves to blame. We’ll just go with what Pederson says.
Backup QB Nick Foles will forever be able to call Philadelphia home. Fans will undoubtedly be grateful for eternity since he brought the first-ever Lombardi trophy to Philly. But even a Super Bowl MVP is not immune to the fans’ criticism and Foles has received a lot in these first two games.
In the first game of the season, he completed only 19 of 34 passes with 117 yards for the game. Against Tampa Bay, he fared a little better totaling 334 yards on 35 of 48 completions. We can use the excuse that Foles is limited on who he can throw to since his deep threat, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, is nursing an injury. So is running back and special teams punt returner, Darren Sproles.
Adding to the list of hurt Eagles is tackle Jason Peters. He was taken out of the game early in the first quarter against the Bucs, though he briefly came back. Even RB Jay Ajayi left for the first half against the Bucs but returned the second half to try to help the Eagles. Fortunately, the Eagles have RBs Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood to lean on. I must admit, though, RB LeGarrette Blount’s massive body is missed in those short yardage situations. Especially when he would completely demolish the defense.
Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman have noticed with the lack of a receiving corps, the Eagles will need all the help they can get. On Wednesday, they officially brought back WR Jordan Mathews, who was sorely missed when he originally left. While he is familiar with Wentz and Pederson, it will still be a transition for everyone involved during practice and game days. Adjustments will continue to be made once Jeffery makes his comeback.
Despite all the movement these last couple of weeks, Pederson and company remain focused on the Indianapolis Colts. Pederson was asked if he’s made any change to the offense since they will be facing their former offensive coordinator and current Colts head coach, Frank Reich. Pederson answered, “Sure there’s some familiarity, but same goes with his offense.” But there are no hard feelings between the two coaches. Pederson also admitted that he and Reich spoke during the offseason. Reich was seeking advice from the veteran head coach.
It will be great to get Wentz back on Sunday. I will be interested to see if Wentz is able to get back into a rhythm or if he reverts back to his old, scrambling ways.
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