Let’s start with the punt returns. Damaris Johnson has been the man through five games, and his opportunities have been limited. Johnson’s fair caught nine punts (tied for most in the league) and returned another eight. His longest return has gone for just 13 yards.
So is it time for DeSean Jackson to get a shot?
Here’s what I saw from the Eagles’ offense after reviewing the All-22 footage from this week.
Before we get started, some overall themes. Number one, the coaches have to take a hit for the game-plan, which was built around the following ideas:
* That DeSean Jackson could get behind the Cardinals’ secondary for big plays.
* That an offensive line with two new guys (Dallas Reynolds and Demetress Bell) would be able to protect Michael Vick well enough to give him time to find receivers way downfield.
* That Vick would hit on the big plays when they were available.
Obviously, not all of those things happened, and hopefully below, you can see why.
King Dunlap and Riley Cooper are also out. Everyone else practiced and should be ready to go, per Andy Reid.
Maclin re-injured his hip against the Ravens last week. He practiced in a limited capacity Thursday but shut it down on Friday.
By the sounds of it, rookie Damaris Johnson has been bumped up to take Maclin’s place.
Here’s what I saw from the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Browns.