By Kevin McGuire
The Philadelphia Eagles are preparing to hit the road this weekend to play the Cincinnati Bengals. After suffering a string of losses, the Birds are hoping to snap back into the winning ways they experienced early in the season. This week will be tough, because the Bengals are just as desperate to pick up a win after a handful of tight losses. Desperate teams take desperate measures, and the Eagles are hoping a brief mental break for one young receiver will help the offense out in a big way starting this Sunday.
Nelson Agholor returns to the lineup
It is fair to question whether this is good news or bad, but it would appear Nelson Agholor is going to give it a go this week after being scratched from Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Howard Eskin of 94 WIP reported via Twitter that Agholor is “a lock” to be in the lineup this weekend, although head coach Doug Pederson has been non-committal on what role Agholor will play.
Agholor has been struggling since joining the team out of USC and has taken a good amount of criticism for not being able to make catches for the Eagles. The pressure has seemingly gotten to him a bit lately, which is part of the reason it is believed he got a break this past week. Will that time off to sit back and regroup benefit Agholor—and by extension, the Eagles? That is the hope.
Jordan Matthews expected to play too
Regardless of the impact that can be made by Agholor in the offense this Sunday, the Eagles should feel good about having Jordan Matthews back on the field. Matthews was forced to leave Monday’s game against the Packers with an ankle injury, but Pederson has been optimistic about his availability for Sunday. There was never a real serious concern over Matthews’ ankle it seemed, and Pederson’s optimism should be a good sign for Matthews and the offense on Sunday.
Need a Running Back in the NFL Draft?
The Eagles have a number of needs to address on offense and running back may not be on the top of the list. If drafting a running back is something the Eagles would consider next spring, a very good one just went on the big board for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Texas running back D’Onta Foreman declared his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft by confirming he has signed with an agent. With the Longhorns going through a coaching change and Foreman coming off a 2,000-yard season, the stock is as high as it could go. Foreman is a gifted running back with the ability to carry a team on his back, should it be asked of him, and he did plenty of that at Texas. The Eagles may feel comfortable with their running back position, but the addition of a featured running back with the abilities Foreman could bring is not to be overlooked.
Condolences to Reno Mahe
Former Eagles running back and special teams charmer Reno Mahe is mourning the sudden, tragic death of his three-year-old daughter. Send your best wishes to the Mahe family in this time of grieving.