Even after bringing back Jordan Matthews, the Eagles should still consider bringing back Jeremy Maclin.
After reports came out that Mike Wallace had fractured his fibula week two against the Buccaneers, the Eagles wide receiver room featured just three healthy wide receivers. Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken, and Shelton Gibson. Only one of those players has proven they can be a real threat to defenses in the NFL.
With the Eagles razor thin out wide, the possible names flying around for Philadelphia to pick up included Josh Gordon, Dez Bryant, but also possible reunions with Matthews and Maclin.
Howie Roseman appeared interested in these reunion ideas as Matthews was spotted at the Nova Care Complex Tuesday working out for the team. A report also came out last night that the Eagles planned on setting up a workout with Maclin.
Source close to Jeremy Maclin says Eagles are setting up a workout with Jeremy
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 18, 2018
The Eagles took the reunion route on Tuesday bringing back Matthews (to the disliking of Eagles Twitter) to provide what could be a rusty Carson Wentz with more weapons this week as they await the return of Alshon Jeffery.
Even when Jeffery comes back to form a trio of Alshon, Agholor, and Matthews, the Eagles would still be smart to bring Maclin in.
Doug Pederson said in his press conference today that Wallace may not miss the entire season despite being placed on IR, but he is expected to miss the majority of the regular season as is Mack Hollins who is also on IR.
That leaves behind the starting three, Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson. Bringing in Maclin would not only give the Eagles another veteran leader on the offense, but it would also provide more options with formations and provide different skill sets.
It appears the Eagles are set on having Jeffery and Agholor as the outside receivers with Matthews in the slot when the team is at full strength. While Agholor has made plays on the outside and should still be extremely dangerous on the edge, there will also be times Pederson wants to use Agholor inside where he was elite in 2017.
Matthews could move outside in those situations, or come off the field with Ertz/Goedert on the outside. However if Pederson wants to have more speed and stay in 11 personnel at times with Agholor in the slot, that is where Maclin could be an option over Aiken or Gibson.
Maclin also provides a speed factor that outside of Agholor, the Eagles do not have on this offense.
Darren Sproles is an explosive weapon but the probability of Sproles breaking a swing or wheel route deep down the field for a big gain is not something to bank on.
Any of Jeffery, Ertz, Matthews, or Goedert are more than capable of making big plays down the field so it isn’t a point of the Eagles being thin with weapons.
But it is a point of only Agholor is a threat to fly by everyone almost like DeSean Jackson did against Philadelphia week two. Agholor currently is the only threat to be an extremely dangerous run after the catch weapon for the offense.
Maclin would immediately be the second best RAC receiver on the team.
The former Eagle was dealing with a leg injury throughout the summer which could be a reason why a team hasn’t signed the 30 year old veteran. However according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Maclin is close to full health.
Been asked about Jeremy Maclin since the #Eagles brought in Jordan Matthews yesterday. Told he’s close to being healthy after a hamstring/glute injury in training. Team has kept tabs on him and knew he wasn’t healthy yet. I’d expect Maclin to have some workouts/visits soon.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 19, 2018
Both reports from Clark and Garafolo hint that this would be an option after the Colts game Sunday. So for now the Eagles will run with Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor this week but the Eagles could still add Maclin to go along with a returning Alshon Jeffery by week four.
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With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.
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Will he be the guy the rest of the reason including perhaps playoffs?
Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.
No easy way out
By Lars Lewis
The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.
One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.
Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.
It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.
We’re not indestructible,
Baby better get that straight
I think it’s unbelievable
How you give into the hands of fate
So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?
Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.
I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.
Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.
I see all the angry faces
Afraid that could be you and me
Talkin about what might have been
I’m thinkin about what I used to be
When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.
Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.
“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers
The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.
There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home