1. These young Philadelphia Eagles aren’t ready for primetime yet.
Sometimes, you can learn a lot, even though no one says anything. In Week 1 versus the Washington Football Team, it felt like something that had nothing to do with the actual game was going on. Didn’t it feel like Philly wanted to put this speed and these young weapons on display?
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Sure, DeSean Jackson was targeted seven times and caught two passes. It has to be mentioned that many of those targets weren’t catchable and he was brought to the sideline a lot (it appears the coaches are managing his workload to keep him healthy), but at least there were attempts to get the ball to him.
Zach Ertz had the touchdown reception early, but Dallas Goedert was really one of the focal points of the offense. Jalen Reagor got some burn. As did John Hightower. It kind of felt like the Eagles wanted to show off these new toys on offense. What happened? Adversity came, the Eagles were held scoreless in the second half, and the young guys shrunk in crisis.
We won’t say that they weren’t ready for the bright lights, but they clearly need more experience. Is Goedert talented? Of course, he is, but you do realize that he also benefits from Zach Ertz’s presence right? And yes, Ertz had that bad drop on fourth down, but come one. Let’s not act like he won’t haul that pass in more often than not.
He had a drop. It’s okay. It happens. These guys aren’t machines, and to be frank, some of you have to realize that these guys aren’t machines. Life isn’t like Madden 21. They aren’t going to just haul in catch after catch just because you hit that ‘aggressive catch’ button while the ball is in the air.