The Eagles had to shuffle the offensive line this week following a couple of injuries on the line in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Right tackle Lane Johnson continues to serve his suspension for another three games, including Monday night, but the Eagles also lost reserve lineman Allen Barbre (broken leg). Starting left guard Evan Mathis (knee) is out of action until at least Week 10. The concerns on the line will continue this week with Matt Tobin having to sit out of practices this week due to an ankle injury.
The most important goal of the preseason in the National Football League is to reach the start of the regular season without any significant injuries.
When it was falling apart, with injuries and youth besieging an uncharacteristically down year at Florida, the Gators turned to Jaylen Watkins to hold together what remnants were left of the season.
Many of the rookies are expected to make an immediate impact, but players such as fourth round draft choice Jaylen Watkins knows there is plenty of work to be done before the veterans arrive next week.
Familiarity and defense were a theme for the Philadelphia Eagles in the draft.
The Eagles addressed some needs during the three-day NFL Draft, staying true to coach Chip Kelly’s mantra of versatility.
The Eagles upgraded their defense on the final day of the NFL draft by selecting two defensive backs and two defensive linemen.
The Eagles selected Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins, the older brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, with the first pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.