Twitter Mailbag: On Peters, Asante And Safety Depth

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 From @JoshCahan: What do you put the chance of Peters being back sometime in late Nov/early Dec?

Just as a quick refresher: The Eagles have until November 6 to put Peters on the practice-eligible list. They have three weeks from placing Peters on the list to activate him to the 53-man roster. That means November 27 is the last day they can activate him. There is a good chance they will use every bit of that time to allow the big lineman to recover from a pair of ruptured Achilles.

Even if they opt to put him on the 53-man, it doesn’t mean they have to play him right away. It sounds like Peters’ rehab is going well — he’s running and also doing some agility drills — and Terrell Suggs‘ rapid recovery from a similar injury is fueling optimism regarding a potential Peters’ return.

My gut says we’ll be a couple weeks into December before Andy Reid decides to give Peters the green light, if he gives it to him at all.

From @static71: Do you think the Eagles will put in some plays to isolate Asante in space and make him tackle?

Samuel does have six missed tackles on the year, according to Pro Football Focus. Running right at him and forcing him to make stops is never a bad way to go.

I also think you might be able to get Samuel on a double move or two in this game. You know he will be hyped and is dying to make the Eagles look bad for their decision to get rid of him. He is a gambler by nature, and may be even more willing to risk getting burnt in the name of an interception. Seems the Eagles would be wise to take advantage of his aggressiveness.

From@mstry001:  Bowles coaching from box or field during game?!

Undecided, according to Bowles. Said they will make a decision Friday.

From @Lemur421: A healthy Colt Anderson wasn’t good enough to be backup safety last year but coming of ACL surgery this year he is?

Couldn’t agree with you more. Safety depth was one of the major concerns exiting training camp. That kind of went on the back-burner for a while because Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman started out relatively strong and were healthy. Losing Allen to a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter against the Lions was a crusher. Anderson is a very good special teams player but, as you pointed out, he is not  a viable option at safety — especially coming off a major injury.

You can’t be deep everywhere, granted, but this was a vulnerability heading into the season and everyone knew it. Howie Roseman and Reid have to own that.

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  • BlindChow

    Well, I guess we can always bring back Jarrett!

  • Frank

    Sadly, that might have been enough for us to win the Lions game

  • jabostick

    You’re giving Howie and Andy a little too much credit. “You can’t be deep everywhere” only makes sense when you’re not keeping 5 RB’s (including Havili) and 35 D-lineman.

    • Adam

      and 6 WR’s.

    • borntosuffer

      Ok, so which AVAILABLE safety out there is an upgrade as a backup? No doubt you can criticize the Jarrett pick as putting them in a serious bind. But, based on what they had in camp and what was available I am not sure they had better choices.

      • jabostick

        I know the free agent pool was weak but I have to think that one of those ends could’ve been flipped for a S (keeping in mind that we’re only looking for a backup). I also know that it’s easy to sit here and criticize now (and you can’t predict where injuries will be) but even back in camp there was no shortage of people saying that we’d feel the effect of keeping so many ends

        • The Guru

          The issue here is their talent evaluation. 2nd round picks are supposed to be solid starters in the NFL. When they miss as badly as they miss, they spend 5 years recovering. Jarrett should be the solution next to Allen instead of Coleman. Matt McCoy should be your WILL so Jordan and Chaney aren’t there. Abiramiri, Bunkley (1st rounder) and Laws should be on your D-line so you don’t have to sign Babin, Jenkins and draft Cox. Justice should be your starting tackle. Reggie Brown should be a WR so they wouldn’t have to draft Maclin.

          They’re just bricked on these picks year after year. And yes, I know it’s hit or miss…..but these guys are barely in the league. You cannot miss that bad and expect to overcome it.

          • johngiam

            UNACCEPTABLE!!!! you are 16 friggin million under the cap. The penny pinching BS is getting old. Over pay for a damn safety on a 1 year deal. Problem solved! 16 million to spend, and you cant outbid someone for a safety? wtf!

      • Mothra

        I think OJ Otogwe would have been a more viable alternative at S, but he got hurt. there should be others out there – heck, trade a conditional late round pick for a backup safety if need be.

  • daytoday

    i got a great question, why dont the eagles pick up the phone and call up KC and try and make a trade for bowe?

  • Loke2112

    Todd Bowles will decide Friday if he will coach form the box or the field. I’ll bet if HE HAD EVER DONE IT BEFORE he would already know. THis organization is so bad on so many different levels. I cannot wait for regime change.