It’s been a busy day for the Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare to meet the New York Giants. So much so that it’s almost been tough to follow how much news has emerged over the last 12 hours or so. Consider this your one-stop to all Thursday things Midnight Green!
Josh Huff released:
Following an arrest earlier this week, the Eagles announced that they have released wide receiver Josh Huff. The 25-year old, who was arrested on the Walt Whitman bridge on Monday, had 13 receptions for 72-yards and a touchdown for the Eagles this season.
The kick return specialist gave this statement today, via Adam Caplan of ESPN:
First, I want to apologize to Mr. Lurie and his family, my coaches and teammates, and all Eagles fans. I’m sorry that any action by me brought negative light to this organization. I want to thank the Lurie Family, Howie, this community and the entire Eagles organization for the opportunity I’ve had for the past 3 years. Most important, I want to let the fans and community as a whole know that I understand the responsibility I have as a professional athlete, and I will take all measures necessary to correct mistakes I have made.
The Eagles now have a vacant roster spot and it remains to be seen who will fill the void. One would naturally assume it would be a wide receiver, but with Bryce Treggs on the active roster, it would make much more sense to address a position of low-depth, such as Defensive Tackle.
The Eagles injury report carries a lot of good news. Nolan Carroll, Bennie Logan (limited) and Ryan Mathews all practiced on Thursday, having missed time earlier in the week, while Allen Barbre and Kamu Grugier-Hill were sidelined. The Eagles lacked depth at Defensive tackle without Logan..and it showed. Having him back on Sunday would be a huge boost for the team.
Former Eagles reunion:
Pat Shurmur was promoted to Vikings Offensive Coordinator after Norv Turner’s departure, which means for the third time in his career, Shurmur will be Sam Bradford’s OC..a small but potentially important note depending on how the playoff race unfolds.
Zach Ertz to feature more on offense:
It’s been a surprisingly quiet year for tight end Zach Ertz so far, but that should change quickly if Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich has anything to say about it. In his press conference today, Reich said the following:
“He’s a great tight end. It’s easy to have a natural connection with Ertz. He’s such a good route runner, and he understands leverage, how to get open. Those two should hit it off, and we need more production, so we will keep fighting for that.”
Will we finally see Ertz break out this Sunday after seven games of waiting?