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Nick Sirianni admits it took the Eagles offense some time to find their red zone identity

The Eagles head coach spoke to reporters on Friday about DeSean Jackson’s retirement, gave injury updates, and more...

The Eagles were back for practice on Friday, and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters before taking the field. He gave a few injury updates, talked about finding their identity in the red zone, and how it’s tough to spread the ball to so many playmakers.

Sirianni also commented on DeSean Jackson’s retirement, saying that he has a lot of respect for what the WR was able to do physically, but also for his knowledge of the game. The head coach said that Jackson is still in their offensive teach tapes, citing a play against the Giants when the WR sold a route with his head before cutting inside and catching a TD pass by Michael Vick in the corner of the endzone.

Here’s what else the head coach had to say:

Injury Updates

  • The head coach didn’t want to commit to Lane Johnson playing on Sunday, noting they still have to get through Friday’s practice. But, he acknowledged that the RT was able to practice Thursday and was a full participant.
  • Sirianni said that Justin Evans is still working hard to get back from injury, so they’ll see how he’s doing the next few days, but there’s no new information.
  • He also spoke on Dallas Goedert: “He’s doing well. He’s coming along.”
  • With the injuries at linebacker, Sirianni explained that they’re comfortable with Christian Ellis and Ben VanSumeren based on how they’ve practiced and plays they’ve made on special teams.

On their red zone offense

The team has turned things around in the red zone, and Sirianni said that they knew they had the guys on the team to be successful in that area, and it was about accumulating reps and finding their identity in it.

“Your identity isn’t always the same each year, and so the identity of what we did last year is just a little bit different than what we did this year. And it was taking a lit bit of time — it took us a little bit more time to figure out that identity, and since we have, we’ve done a really nice job, and our players are executing at a high level.”

On their offensive weapons

Sirianni said that D’Andre Swift has been super valuable and is a playmaker. He went on the say that the RB has done a really nice job, and also admitted that it’s tough to share the ball with everybody when they’ve got so many playmakers. The head coach said that everybody is deserving of the touches they get, and then some.

He was asked about all the guys getting WR3 snaps behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, and Sirianni explained that he doesn’t feel like they need to have that spot filled by just one guy. He noted that they all having different strengths and things they can do, so they’re confident in Julio Jones, Quez Watkins, and Olamide Zaccheous, who have all done things to help them win games.

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