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What they’re saying: Ajayi will be Eagles’ workhorse; tough test awaits in Week 2

What they're saying: Ajayi will be Eagles' workhorse; tough test awaits in Week 2

Every little thing we knew concerning the NFC East coming into the season has remained pretty true by way of the primary week of motion. The New York Giants nonetheless have an getting older and dangerous quarterback, the Cowboys proceed to drift into the abyss, and Washington presents what might be probably the most credible menace to Philadelphia’s division crown. The Eagles, for his or her half, took care of enterprise and stayed in the driving force’s seat by way of the opening week.

However elsewhere across the league, a number of extra surprises have been in retailer. None stood out greater than Philadelphia’s Week Two opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who placed on a present towards the Saints with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick behind middle. Abruptly, a street recreation that seemed like a walkover might find yourself being a tough test for the defending champs early in the season.

And that will be the case no matter how the quarterback state of affairs shakes out this week.

Jay Ajayi will be Eagles’ workhorse

Tim McManus | ESPN

One of many main brilliant spots of Philadelphia’s opening win over Atlanta was the play of Ajayi in the second half. After ceding touches to Darren Sproles early on, the presumed No. 1 again took over in the sport in the ultimate two quarters and propelled the Eagles to a victory.

From the sound of issues, the Eagles would like to maintain that includes Ajayi all through the season, and his restricted use early towards Atlanta was a product of well being as a lot as something.

The opening act of Thursday’s recreation led to some confusion for followers and fantasy gamers alike, as veteran Darren Sproles obtained the beginning for the Eagles whereas Ajayi performed sparingly, ending the half with simply three carries. The script flipped in the second half, although. Ajayi was unleashed, and ended with 15 carries (10 greater than each Sproles and Corey Clement) for 62 yards with a pair of touchdowns. 

Ajayi was coping with a foot ailment getting into the sport. If you issue that in, Pederson’s operating again rotation makes extra sense, and Ajayi’s prospects for the 2018 get even brighter. 

“I wanted to make sure because Jay was nursing a little bit of a lower body injury for a couple weeks, and just wanted to make sure he was good and get him into the flow of the game,” Pederson stated. “I think not only going forward, but him, health-wise, coming out of the game was really good. Moving forward, we’ll see him more.” 

That is music to Ajayi’s ears. He needs to hold the load. Standing at 6-feet, 223-pounds, he likes to grind defenses down early and benefit from their exhausted state late. It labored properly in 2016, when he toted the ball 260 occasions and completed fourth in the NFL with 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns. The 25-year-old has additional incentive to reclaim the position of main again. Ajayi is about to develop into a free agent on the finish of the season. The larger the yr, the larger the brand new contract that awaits him, whether or not it be in Philadelphia or elsewhere. []

Looks like a easy technique to me: give the large man the ball and watch him go to work.

Eagles vs. Bucs harder matchup than we as soon as thought

Dave Zangaro | NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

Sure, they went up towards a New Orleans Saints protection that has by no means been in comparison with the ’85 Bears, however the Bucs nonetheless went out and hung 48 factors towards one other NFL group on Sunday. That alone will get the eye of Philadelphia’s teaching employees, who should put together as if Tampa Bay is ready to do it once more for a second straight week.

The excellent news for Jim Schwartz? His protection seemed large in Week One towards Atlanta, and is well-equipped to cope with the group of weapons their opponent will throw at them on Sunday. However they’re treating Tampa Bay as a reputable menace to thrive and win both approach.

“Veteran guy, [Fitzpatrick has] been doing it for a long time,” cornerback Jalen Mills stated. “I can’t say nothing else about it. Backup quarterback. I mean, you saw what we did last year with our backup quarterback. He’s stepping up in his role.” 

Positive, the Eagles have a greater protection than the Saints. Nobody would argue in a different way. However the Eagles’ protection higher be capable of shut down the Bucs, as a result of the Nick Foles that confirmed up in Week 1 gained’t be capable of win a shootout. If the Tremendous Bowl Foles exhibits up, they’re high quality. However nobody is aware of what to anticipate from him. 

And I’m not saying the Eagles are going to lose this recreation; I’m simply saying it’s a bit harder of a recreation than we in all probability thought it was every week in the past. 

The Eagles may catch slightly little bit of a break this week as a result of DeSean Jackson, who had a monster recreation in Week 1, suffered a concussion and won’t be prepared for Sunday’s recreation. However even with out Jackson, the Bucs nonetheless have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at receiver. All three guys discovered the top zone Sunday. 

“They have really three receivers that can make a ton of plays down the field,” Jenkins stated. “We know from playing them a couple years ago that the shots down the field is what they like to do. Max up so they give the quarterback time to stretch the field. We’ll have a unique challenge on our hands.” []

The return of Jason Peters, on movie

Sheil Kapadia | The Athletic

Nobody had a extra dominant recreation for the Eagles final Thursday than Jason Peters, the All-Professional lineman trying to make a comeback from a devastating knee damage. You’d have hardly recognized that was the context for his return from watching him play, as a result of he dominated his aspect of the road from begin to end.

Whether or not his getting older physique holds up over the course of the season is one other story, but when the Eagles get full-strength Peters for an additional season, that is an enormous carry to a unit that already confirmed it will possibly play at a Tremendous Bowl degree.

Final month, Doug Pederson was requested on a number of events whether or not he needed to see Jason Peters take part in the preseason. 

Peters, 36, was coming off of a torn ACL and MCL. His 2017 season ended in October, however he determined to return for a minimum of yet one more run (and perhaps extra). There was a thought that Peters may profit from a collection or two of reside recreation reps earlier than Week 1, however Pederson determined that was pointless. 

“Jason is very limited usually through camp,” Pederson stated. “Try to get him to the regular season and keep him healthy for 16 games.” 

Peters took the sector Thursday night time for his 15th NFL season. Earlier than kickoff, he stood subsequent to Jason Kelce and admired the Tremendous Bowl banner that had been unveiled at The Linc. Final yr was the primary time that Peters was on an Eagles workforce that gained a playoff recreation. However he didn’t get to take part in the postseason. That’s a part of the rationale why he got here again. Peters needs to be on the sector for an additional run in January. 

And in Week 1, he confirmed he nonetheless has a lot left in the tank. []

Bradham guarantees to be a “wild man”

Dave Spadaro |

Sharp because the protection appeared towards Atlanta, they could find yourself wanting even higher shifting ahead. Because of the return of Bradham from a quick suspension, the Eagles are getting certainly one of their greatest and largest contributors again in Week Two with no single well being concern to talk of.

With the attitude of a person who needed to watch from residence for every week, Bradham sounds prepared to leap again into the thick of issues and depart his imprint on the sector.

Bradham did really feel the electrical energy coming from the stands at Lincoln Monetary Subject on Thursday. He thought the goal-line stand to halt Atlanta’s first drive “set the tone, even the commentators said so,” and that the followers “never let up throughout the whole game.” 

“I just missed being in the Linc with them yelling,” he stated. “I can feel the vibrations and stuff.” 

For probably the most half, Bradham stated he was “iffy” as he watched the sport. There was some yelling and screaming each completely satisfied and never fairly as completely satisfied. It was a one-time factor and Bradham is glad the second is behind him. 

“I’m going to be back to doing my thing,” he stated. “I’m engaged on my recreation each day. The blokes picked it up and now I’m right here to do my half. I see us as being stacked. We’re solely going to get higher and higher.” []

11 takeaways from NFL Week 1

Brandon Lee Gowton | Bleeding Green Nation

Just as the preseason has to be taken with a grain of salt, so too does the analysis of a single week of NFL action. We’ve seen plenty of teams bounce back from uninspiring starts, and pretenders have faded down the stretch after coming out guns blazing.

At the very least, the Eagles need to be prepared for a more formidable Week Two opponent than they may have previously expected. But BLG believes you shouldn’t overreact to this week’s opponent playing a division rival tough.

Allow me to attempt to alleviate your worries a little bit. As divisional opponents, the Bucs and Saints typically always play each other tough. This is something I even hinted at prior to this week’s game, so I’m not just saying that in hindsight. Including yesterday, eight out of the last nine Saints-Bucs meetings have been one-possession affairs. The Bucs are 4-5 in those nine games. 

Make no mistake, the Bucs have some legitimate weapons. The Eagles know one of them all too well, although DeSean Jackson did suffer a concussion and might not be able to play. We’ll see. 

It goes without saying that the Eagles might need more than just 18 points from their offense this week. I can’t help but feel their defense will fare significantly better against Tampa Bay’s offense than the Saints’ did, though. []

Wentz or Foles? Eagles just concerned with getting wins

Zach Rosenblatt |

We haven’t heard much to suggest Carson Wentz is much closer to a return this week than he was last week. Even the reports on the optimistic side of things have suggested a Week Three return is his best bet moving forward.

So it seems likely the Eagles will have to push forward with Nick Foles as the starter for at least another week. He was not especially good in the team’s opening win, and he’s going to have to improve (along with the rest of the offense) if the Eagles are going to continue on a roll to start the year.

The way his coaches see it, however, is that he took care of his primary responsibility: winning the game.

“I discovered a very long time in the past from (Corridor of Fame coach Invoice Parcells): the No. 1 job of the quarterback is to convey his workforce residence a winner,” [Offensive coordinator Mike] Groh said. “Nick’s discovered a approach to try this. He is performed actually, rather well and there is been different occasions the place he hasn’t performed as properly or as much as that degree however nonetheless discovered a option to get his staff house a winner. 

“In the national football league, that’s the No. 1 thing you’ve got to do. As long as he continues to do that we can improve on some other things.” 

Foles’ struggles date again to the preseason, the place he turned the ball over 3 times in his ultimate look towards the Browns. 

Groh and the Eagles have a plan to get Foles going if (when?) he begins towards the Buccaneers in Week 2 — protecting it easy, silly. 

“It’s just trying to find him easy completions,” Groh stated. “Not unlike a lot of quarterbacks, you like to get in the flow of the game, get a completion, or to use a basketball analogy, find a nice, easy, open shot or layup. Find your rhythm early and get going. We’ve got to do a good job with that and try to present him those opportunities early to get him in the flow of the game.” []

Deiondre Corridor is all smiles following commerce to Eagles

Daniel Gallen | PennLive

You’d be forgiven for those who forgot concerning the Eagles choosing up the 24-year-old defensive again in the primary place, provided that he spent his first week of the yr suspended and unable to play. Exhausting to make an impression on the followers if you’re relegated to hanging out in the staff lodge, distant from the motion on the sector.

However the former Bears participant sounds fired as much as be becoming a member of the venture in Philadelphia, as you may anticipate for any younger participant leaping into the combination for a Tremendous Bowl winner. And who else would have welcomed him to the staff apart from Wentz, the present and future face of the franchise — and acquainted foe for Corridor.

Corridor, a defensive again who the Eagles acquired from the Chicago Bears on Sept. 1, was suspended for the season opener towards the Atlanta Falcons for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse coverage. So whereas his new teammates have been eking out an 18-12 win Thursday night time, Corridor was relegated to being a distant observer. 

“It was crazy, just getting in here this past week and learning these guys on defense … and then seeing those guys go out there and ball out was crazy, especially in that last two minutes,” Corridor stated. “I’m jumping and screaming at the TV.” 

And one of many first faces Corridor noticed when he acquired his first tour of the NovaCare Complicated was star quarterback Carson Wentz. The 2 confronted off in school, with Corridor roaming the secondary for Northern Iowa and Wentz piloting North Dakota State’s prolific assault. Wentz began twice towards Northern Iowa in his Bison profession. Once they have been juniors, the Panthers gained, 23-Three. Corridor had seven tackles and a cross breakup in the secondary, whereas Wentz was 15 of 25 for 132 yards with an interception. 

In 2015, North Dakota State obtained one again with a 31-28 win. Wentz threw for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns. Corridor had eight tackles and zero.5 tackles for loss. Corridor stated Wentz acquired the higher of him throughout their school matchups. 

“Wentz definitely did,” Corridor stated. “He has, what, five national championships? Golly.” []

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