The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense sure looked awful in Week 8 but there’s some level of hope that it’ll improve as the team gets healthier.
On that note, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Miles Sanders will return to practice and Alshon Jeffery “should” be a full participant coming out of the bye and heading into the Birds’ Week 10 game against the New York Giants.
Sanders hasn’t played since breaking off a 74-yard run against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. He missed two games due to a knee injury but could be ready to play against the Giants. The Eagles will be glad to add his big play ability back into the mix. With Carson Wentz struggling, it’d be nice to see Philly be able to lean on their running game more often.
Jeffery hasn’t played since suffering a Lisfranc injury on December 9, 2019. The Eagles unwisely didn’t have him start the 2020 season on the physically unable to perform list, which resulted in wasting a roster spot for at least nine weeks. But despite the poor roster management and the Eagles trying to trade him since October 2019, it looks like Jeffery will actually be playing for Philly against the Giants.
It’ll be interesting to see how Jeffery fits in. He’s been the natural starter at the X receiver role in the past but Travis Fulgham has been excelling in that spot. Taking away snaps and/or targets away from Fulgham, who leads the NFL in receiving since Week 4, would qualify as malpractice. Taking playing time away from 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor would also be irresponsible.
Perhaps it’ll be Greg Ward who sees a decrease in playing time with Reagor moving into the slot with Fulgham and Jeffery on the outside. One would also imagine Jeffery might be on a pitch count to start since he hasn’t played in so long.
In other Eagles injury discussion, it’s not perfectly clear if Lane Johnson will be able to start in Week 10 but there might be a chance. If not, Jack Driscoll could be ready to return after the bye. Isaac Seumalo has been eligible to be activated from injured reserve but there’s been no word on his timetable.
Ultimately, the Eagles are getting healthier as they try to make a push to win the awful NFC East. Are you not entertained?