Eagles Getting Even Thinner at WR
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Maybe the Eagles have found a way to give Nelson Agholor a breather without letting on that the embattled receiver probably needs a mental-health day.
Agholor, who was busy shutting down his Instagram account on Tuesday night, was absent when practice began on Wednesday, presumably due to the knee he tweaked while awkwardly tracking a failed fourth-and-10 conversion attempt in the fourth quarter during Sunday's 17-10 loss to the New England Patriots.
Carson Wentz lofted a dime to the back of the end zone during a zero-blitz on the ply and Agholor appeared to pick up the football late before reaching back to his inside shoulder, failing to secure the catch.
“Carson was trying to give him an opportunity to make a play,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. “That’s a tough adjustment based on the direction and the target line that we have him on, and then where the ball kind of fell back over his inside shoulder, and he's the kind of guy who would say he'd love to make that play. But that wasn't a routine play. That would have been a really, really good play, and two guys making a really good play in the circumstances that called for, but we didn't get it done.”
Fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery (ankle), meanwhile, remains limited to just individual drills leaving the Philadelphia offense with only Jordan Matthews, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside healthy at the position on the 53-man roster with a Week 12 matchup against Seattle looming.
The Eagles do have three options on the practice squad in slot receiver Greg Ward, 5-foot-8 rookie burner Marcus Green, and Robert Davis, who offers both size at 6-foot-3 and some NFL experience.
Ward, a former quarterback in college at the University of Houston, is scheduled to mimic Russell Wilson on the scout team in practice, according to coach Doug Pederson.
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