The Eagles lost week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but they have bigger problems with the devastating injury suffered by Mike Wallace among others lost in the game. Philadelphia started out the season with a receiving corps depth chart of Alshon Jeffrey, Mike Wallace and Nelson Agholor. Jeffrey has been out, Wallace just suffered a potentially season-ending fibula fracture and the first backup Mack Hollins has also been out. That leaves the Eagles with a starting lineup of Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson. That’s not a very inspiring group. In addition, the Eagles suffered an injury to Jay Ajayi as well as Darren Sproles injuring his hamstring in practice.
How can the Eagles overcome their receiving issues?
The return of Carson Wentz should help ease the loss of talent at the wide receiver position. Plus, Jeffery looks like he will return in a week or two which will help a lot. It is also expected that the Eagles will also sign an outside wide receiver to come in and help.
Another way to help Philadelphia deal with this is the use of more two tight end sets. This allows the Eagles to get Ertz and Goedert out on the field as opposed to Shelton Gibson or Kamar Aiken. This is a much better matchup for the Philadelphia Eagles and they will be sure to exploit it in week three and onward.
Update on Jay Ajayi’s injury
Philadelphia has said that Ajayi may not be available for Sunday’s game due to his back injury and will be further evaluated through the week. In addition, Darren Sproles status is also in doubt. This means the Corey Clement could be the starting running back for the Eagles in week three. Behind him would be Wendell Smallwood and newly promoted running back Josh Adams who was brought up from the practice squad today. Luckily for the Eagles, they have one of the deepest backfields in the NFL so the dropoff from Jay Ajayi to Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is not all that steep.
Update on Jason Peters’ injury
Good news for Jason Peters. His quad injury doesn’t appear serious and he should be set to play this Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Which is good because Philadelphia’s much better offensively with Peters at left tackle.
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