The Eagles were battered and bruised going into week one and it proved to be a huge detriment as they struggled to avoid a total collapse. Help is finally on the way for the Birds.
Javon Hargrave was a full participant in practice and although he may not be ready to go for week 2 after picking up a significant hamstring/pectoral injury during camp, seeing him practice this week is very encouraging. Malik Jackson’s impact in the first quarter last week was huge. Adding arguably the most dominant nose tackle in football into that mix would mean huge things for Fletcher Cox.
Elsewhere, Derek Barnett has been a participant in practice all week long. Brandon Graham will need to be symptom-free for the next two days to be given the green light from concussion protocol, but the defensive end rotation will get some much needed help this weekend. Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry had to carry the load against Washington and with Curry now down, the team needed this news.
The biggest news may come in the return of Miles Sanders, who will help an ailing Eagles run-game by providing them an every-down back who can add value in pass protection, rushing, and receiving…three areas of abandonment last week.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a game.
Side note: Why Fletcher Cox and DeSean Jackson have been given a week off to ‘rest’ is a mystery to me.
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