With the Eagles entering the offseason after a 7-9 year, let’s look at the best stories from around the web from the past week. Read more »
Allen Barbre (hamstring), Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Isaac Seumalo (ankle) are questionable for the Eagles’ Thursday Night Football, but all are expected to play, according to Doug Pederson. That means with the return of Lane Johnson, the Eagles will have their five starting offensive linemen together for the first time since Week 4.
“It’s definitely a blessing this late in the season to have all five guys back to their original spots,” Pederson said. “When we lost Lane back after the fourth game, you kind of marked this date on the calendar hoping to be in a little better situation at the time. It is what it is and we’re here now, but we’re fortunate to have all five guys back.” Read more »
Isaac Seumalo could not be convinced. Standing in front of his locker at M&T Bank Stadium after the Eagles’ 27-26 loss to the Ravens, the rookie third-round pick insisted his play was “pretty average.”
Technically, he was right. He didn’t allow any sacks or quarterback hits in 49 pass-blocking snaps, but he did concede four hurries. He also wasn’t particularly special in the ground game, although the offensive line as a whole paved the way for a rushing attack that totaled 169 yards and two touchdowns off of 38 carries.
But when you consider the context, Seumalo was dead wrong. The 23-year-old was playing for the first time in the NFL at right tackle, a position he hadn’t practiced in months. He also reportedly played through a high ankle sprain for almost the entire game on Sunday, knowing the Eagles had virtually no depth behind him because of a string of injuries. Read more »
BALTIMORE — Wide receiver Jordan Matthews summed up the Eagles’ final offensive play of the game with one simple word.
After Carson Wentz ran for a four-yard touchdown with four seconds left in the game, Doug Pederson decided to call a timeout. The first-year head coach sent his rookie quarterback and the offense back out onto the field for the win, but after Wentz’s pass to Matthews was tipped and dropped incomplete, the Eagles fell to the Ravens, 27-26. Read more »
When Carson Wentz drops back, he has plenty to worry about. What is the defense doing? Will the receivers get open? How will Halapoulivaati Vaitai hold up at right tackle? But one thing the rookie quarterback doesn’t have to concern himself about is the guy protecting his blind side: Jason Peters.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles’ left tackle didn’t allow a single pressure in 41 pass-blocking snaps against the Falcons. While Wentz doesn’t need to spend much time thinking about Peters, the rest of the offensive line can’t stop marveling at what the 34-year-old is doing in the 13th season of his career.
“He’s the best offensive lineman I’ve seen with my two eyes. Period,” Brandon Brooks said. “To go from an undrafted free agent tight end from Arkansas to pretty much a first-ballot Hall of Fame tackle, it speaks for itself. It’s unbelievable how well he’s playing this late in his career. For an offensive lineman, usually you can say your prime is between Year 5 and Year 9. You know what the league is and what to expect, but for him to do it in Year 13 with all of the accolades and money he’s made, it’s incredible to see.” Read more »
After struggling to remain on the field last year, 2016 appeared to possibly be Jason Peters’ final season with the Eagles. The left tackle already turned in a Hall of Fame-worthy career through 12 years as he made eight trips to the Pro Bowl, but with the $9.2 million in cap savings the Eagles could have by cutting Peters before his age 35 season in 2017, his future looked uncertain.
Through nine games, however, Peters has played 600 out of a possible 617 snaps this season, and he’s done so at a high level.
“He’s playing extremely well,” Doug Pederson said. “And for me as a coach and just knowing him as long as I have, the proud thing for me is where he is physically, healthy — and he’s in a great position right now. We’re managing him during the week to get him just enough reps during practice to get him to game day, and he feels great. He’s getting plenty of rest early in the week that helps him and I love to see him play as long as he can, you know?” Read more »
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Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), Marcus Johnson, Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), Mike Martin (knee), Jordan Matthews (knee), Jason Peters (quad), Hunter Sharp, JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring), Wendell Smallwood (quad) and Marcus Smith (concussion) will not play in the Eagles’ preseason game on Thursday against the Buccaneers. Peters, however, will work out with the team during pregame workouts and be in uniform. Read more »
Jordan Matthews is “a couple weeks away” from returning to the field because of his left knee soreness, Doug Pederson said Monday morning after practice. Matthews was hit in the knee by rookie Jalen Mills on Friday, which is when Zach Ertz was also hit low, which prompted the tight end to speak out about low hits delivered by young players. Read more »