Josh Huff took his first target 39 yards to the house in the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The second-year wideout didn’t see another target for the rest of the game, however, and he only played 14 snaps the rest of the way.
Much was made of Huff being limited in the 24 subsequent hours after the game ended, but when asked about it Monday, Huff did his best to downplay the significance.
For the second straight day, Sam Bradford (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (concussion) were held out of practice at the NovaCare Complex.
According to Chip Kelly, Bradford and Mathews have yet to clear concussion protocol, which means they haven’t been able to practice or lift weights this week. While Bradford continues to take in practice from the sidelines, we have not seen Mathews to this point.
Kelly also said that Jason Peters (back) would be unavailable at practice Thursday, but the left tackle took part in individual drills, and Lane Johnson was lining up at right tackle.
Questioned about the lack of production from his outside receivers, Chip Kelly pointed away from his group of wideouts and towards the game plan.
“I don’t believe it’s an obstacle,” he said of their low output, “because I think there’s a lot of things that we’re doing in targeting our inside receivers and our tight ends just because of matchups. We knew going into this game that our tight ends and our inside receivers were going to be huge components in terms of what we’re trying to do. So we’re trying to get the ball to those guys.
“We don’t really care who we get the production from as long as we’re getting production from the entire offense.”
That explanation might hold up if this was a one-week deal. The Eagles did go directly after the middle of Miami’s defense (despite the Dolphins being depleted at cornerback) and it paid dividends, with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combining for 11 grabs for 202 yards. Given that chosen route of attack, you can rationalize the zero-catch nights out of Riley Cooper and Miles Austin as more or less a product of circumstance if you are so inclined.
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An animated Chip Kelly spent the moments right before kickoff coaching up Josh Huff, the back of his right hand lightly rat-a-tat-tatting against the receiver’s pads for emphasis as he delivered a final message.
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