The Philadelphia Eagles could get their deep threat Mike Wallace back in time for the playoffs if they happen to get in.
Are things moving on up for the Philadelphia Eagles right now? All season long, nothing has gone right for this team. Injury after injury occurred, and somehow, the Eagles are still one win, and one favor away from getting into the postseason. It won’t come easy, but it is very much possible. After winning two difficult games against the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans, the Eagles have proven to be able to defeat playoff caliber teams at home or on the road.
Are they perfect? Not quite. Right now, the Eagles have been playing with the next-man-up mentality, similar to last year. The guys filling in for those who are injured are doing a great job, and for that, the Eagles have managed to still stay alive. However, there is one component that they are missing on offense – a consistent deep threat in the passing game.
Over the last few weeks, Nelson Agholor has served as a deep threat for the Eagles. And although Agholor does a fine job when he’s in, he still doesn’t offer much consistency with being a deep threat. At heart, Agholor is a slot receiver. Therefore, the Eagles are still missing that speedster that can stretch the field. It was supposed to be Mike Wallace, but he got injured during week two. So Shelton Gibson had the opportunity to take over, but he hasn’t impressed anybody.
Wallace told everybody that he could and would return in 2018, but Week 17 is quickly approaching. So far, Wallace hasn’t been able to get back to practicing fully, but it looks like he is going to try and get back on track as the Eagles prepare for their final battle of the regular season.
Wallace returns to practice this week
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman, Wallace will take part in individual drills this week. Wallace isn’t exactly returning yet, but he is taking a step forward on the right track. As the Eagles have the opportunity to activate one more player off of the injured reserve, it looks like it’s going to end up being Wallace. At this point, there have been zero updates on second-year wide receiver Mack Hollins. So if Wallace doesn’t return, then nobody probably will.
A return this week against the Washington Redskins for Wallace would be a pipe dream. It’s more than likely not going to happen. However, if the Eagles do squeak their way into the playoffs, the veteran deep threat could be a nice addition to the offense if he is ready to go. We’ll talk about that more when the time comes though. For now, the Eagles offense is going to have to emulate their game from this past Sunday against the Redskins in order to move on this year.