Davis: Time To See What We Have In Rowe
With Nolan Carroll on injured reserve because of a broken ankle, Eric Rowe will get an opportunity to show what he can do.
“I think it’s time for him to go out there and see what we have,” said Billy Davis of the rookie. “He played 14 snaps matched up on [Calvin Johnson] last week, they caught four on him. And I think Eric grew a little bit.
“I do believe in Eric and I do think we’ll grow him and I think as a young guy he’ll get more and more confidence and we’ll get more and more confidence in him.”
Davis said he didn’t have Byron Maxwell shadow Johnson when Carroll went down because he didn’t think that Rowe on a smaller, quicker Golden Tate was a good matchup for the Eagles.
“Eric is a tall, long body that actually matches up well with the longer, taller receivers,” he said.
As for whether Maxwell with travel with the opponent’s top receiver moving forward, Davis said it will continue to depend on the matchup.
Walter Thurmond (unknown) and Josh Huff (concussion) both sat out Tuesday’s practice, which was held inside the NovaCare bubble because of the rain. (“Let me run around on this concrete, baby!” said one defensive starter of the less than state-of-the-art facility.)
Ryan Mathews appeared at practice for the first time since suffering his concussion against Miami. While he didn’t participate, his presence suggests that he is further along in the concussion protocol. Pat Shurmur indicated before the session that he is in fact making progress.
While they didn’t exactly look spry, Jason Kelce (knee) and Jason Peters (ankle, back) both were taking part in warm-ups and the early portion of training.
Sam Bradford was out there and is expected to practice this week. Chip Kelly called Tuesday a “big test” for the quarterback to see how his non-throwing shoulder responds to the activity.
Zach Ertz (concussion) is expected to participate today, per Shurmur.