With just under two minutes left in Sunday night’s contest against the Falcons, the Eagles needed something big. They trailed by four points and had to drive the ball 68 yards. Only a touchdown would win them the game. One of their offensive weapons was desperately needed to step up and make a play. Yet on this pivotal drive, the wide receivers at Carson Wentz’s disposal were Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. After moving the ball 52 yards, including a heroic fourth-and-fourteen conversion from Wentz to Agholor, the Birds came half a yard short from converting a fourth and eight and lost the game.
DeSean Jackson, fresh off his brilliant two-touchdown explosion in week one, sustained a groin injury early in the first quarter. Before receiving a single target, the Eagles most lethal deep threat was out of the game. Fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery went out the very same quarter with a calf injury. Another dependable option for the passing attack of the Birds, gone. Both players were questionable to return but failed to do so. Perhaps scarier was Zach Ertz hobbling off the field during the Eagles final drive, though he did manage to return and finish the game.
Simply put, the Eagles need their top tier wide receivers to be healthy to unlock the dynamic offensive potential that this team possesses. While Nelson Agholor finished with an impressive stat line, 8 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown, he also dropped a likely game-winner that hit him in the hands with 1:53 left in the game.
So, what is the status of the Birds wideouts heading into week 3? Jackson’s groin injury is not considered to be serious and a return to action next Sunday is well within the realm of possibility. Meanwhile, Jeffery’s injury is less innocuous. It is being classified as a calf strain. While that isn’t a major cause for alarm, it doesn’t help that the Eagles next two games will come in quick succession with a Thursday meeting with the Green Bay Packers following their Sunday contest against the Detroit Lions. Expect more information concerning the health of these players to be released during this practice week.
Success in the national football league is always contingent on a degree of luck as it pertains to health. Here’s hoping the injured Eagles players can return sooner rather than later.