Dorial Green-Beckham Ready for a Bigger Role
The Eagles offense could use a little pick-me up this week as they get ready to face the NFL's best defense.
With Lane Johnson out, rookie right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai retaining the right tackle job has been a big story as the Eagles face a Vikings defense that is very good at getting to the quarterback. Minnesota has not one, but two, disruptive ends that could make things tough on Vaitai.
But if the Eagles are going to get anything going this week, they might want to lean on wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who played 42-of-52 snaps last week in Washington, more involved.
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich indicated that they would like to get him more involved this week and in the future and the numbers over the past two weeks back that up.
"DGB [Green-Beckham] is playing very well," Reich admitted.
"I think he looks fast; he looks strong. We see it every time he gets the ball in his hands, he's hard to tackle. He's a big man who can run fast. He's gaining more and more confidence. He's another guy that when you sit down, you say, ‘How do we continue to get him the ball more and more?’ Without a doubt, he's a big-play guy."
As he plays more snaps, Josh Huff and Nelson Agholor will begin to see less time, after playing just 44.4 percent of the offensive snaps in the first four games, Green-Beckham was up to 80.1 percent of the plays last week against the Redskins.
So now it's time to start doing something with those snaps, flashing some big-play ability, just what the Eagles have been lacking ever since they sent DeSean Jackson packing.
"I think he's a tremendous slant runner," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson explained. "I think he can run those deeper in-routes, things like that, and utilize his height and strength in the red zone a little bit more. That's him, and that's the type of player that he is."