This is kind of a test blurg for our many loyal Eagles EYE readers… Yes, we were just kidnapped by Robert Kraft and his New England Sports Network… it has thrown a lot of servers into a tizzy around the world…but eventually we will resurface and dominate.
I’m more concerned about the Eagles and how they respond to a two-game losing streak with Minnesota coming off a Bye and into the Linc.
The Philadelphia Eagles are dealing with some injury concerns coming out of Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins. The most significant belongs to defensive tackle Bennie Logan, whom head coach Doug Pederson described as week-to-week with a groin injury. Logan will likely be unavailable for this weekend’s home game against the undefeated Minnesota Vikings. That’s bad news for a defense that yielded 230 rushing yards to Washington and has slipped overall after a strong start.
“I would agree that we got our tail kicked up front in that game,” said HC Doug Pederson. “That’s obvious. It’s a pride thing. It comes down to each man taking ownership in their jobs, in their assignments. As coaches, we have to make sure that players are in the right positions to make plays, and at the end of the day, it’s each man to himself and then collectively coming together to make plays.”
Pederson revealed on Monday that center Jason Kelce is dealing with plantar fasciitis and will sit out Wednesday’s practice. Veteran Stefen Wisniewski will take reps with the first team, though Pederson expects Kelce to play this week.
The offensive line is already at less than full strength thanks to the 10-game Lane Johnson suspension. Despite his struggles against Ryan Kerrigan in his first start, Pederson is going to stick with rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle.
Cornerback Ron Brooks (left calf contusion) is day-to-day, as is linebackerMychal Kendricks (rib contusion) and defensive end Marcus Smith (right groin). Pederson expects starting corner Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) to practice Wednesday, along with defensive end Bryan Braman (shoulder), wide receiverJordan Matthews (knee tendonitis) and safety Rodney McLeod (AC shoulder sprain).
So we’re pretty beat up right now— much like this dime-store website.
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And yet isn’t that the same promise we once heard from Rich Kotite?
The Eagles, losers of two straight, host the undefeated Minnesota Vikings this weekend. The Vikings are quarterbacked by Sam Bradford, who was dealt from Philadelphia to Minnesota eight days before the season in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2017 as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018.
Having worked in the Eagles offense all offseason, Bradford knows the playbook inside and out, and will likely be passing some nuggets along to the Vikings coaching staff this week.
Pederson says that’s not an issue.
“One guy has my entire playbook,” Pederson responded. “One guy. And that’s Carson Wentz.”
He then was asked if Bradford’s knowledge would affect how the Eagles put together a game plan.
“We also, back a few years ago, Donovan [McNabb] was in Washington when we played him, and we had a pretty good day. So, listen, I’m not going to change anything. Will we tweak some stuff? Yes.”
Pederson is likely referencing the 59-28 Eagles win over the McNabb-led Redskins on Monday Night Football in 2010, when Michael Vick threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more. Pederson was an assistant for Andy Reid and the Eagles then. McNabb’s first game against his old team however, was a 17-12 Washington win at Lincoln Financial Field.
“You know, we still have to get ready; this is a great football team coming in here, now,” Pederson continued. “They’re undefeated, coming off a Bye. Sam has obviously a good understanding and knowledge of what we do on both sides of the ball. I think where it becomes valuable for a coach when a player knows you, is just knowing personnel. I think just understanding the types of guys that are here. He’s been a teammate for a couple years here and I think that becomes more valuable than the X’s and O’s because, if I know Sam and I know the quarterback position, he’s gotta get ready for this defense and get himself ready to go as well.”
“No,” said Pederson, when asked if he’s surprised how well Bradford has played despite joining Minnesota so close to the start of the season. “Everything I’ve seen, [having] worked with Sam and how well he picked up our offense here and the execution he had throughout training camp, you’re seeing a lot of the same concepts offensively with them that we did here. He’s a sharp kid, he’s a smart kid and he’s a very accurate thrower, so I’m not surprised at the success.