Philadelphia Eagles are ignoring two of their better weapons
Is it us, or are the Philadelphia Eagles getting worse by the week? An opening weekend win versus the Atlanta Falcons feels like it was two months ago, but it wasn’t. Since that day, however, Philadelphia has frustrated their fans with a home loss versus the San Francisco 49ers in which they didn’t play well and a road loss versus the hated Dallas Cowboys in which they were even worse.
Philly dropped their first primetime game of the 2021-2022 slate with an embarrassing 41-21 loss, but perhaps the most frustrating part of what everyone’s seen out of this team is this.
With all of that talent, they shouldn’t be as bad as they are right?
Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles should incorporate two of their stars more.
Heading into week 2’s game, there were a few theories that we all kept hearing. The Eagles need to run the ball more and control the clock was one of them. Where in the world are Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert was the other.
It makes sense right? Heading into Week 3, the Birds were coming off a game in which they racked up 151 rushing yards. That helped them stay in the game with a 49ers team that was and is, dare we say, superior.
In Week 3. they didn’t attempt a single rushing play until their third series. That can’t happen on the road for a team that’s struggling to throw the ball. The Birds, if they’re going to turn things around, have to rely on their best weapons, and right now, DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins don’t fall into that category. Here are two guys that do.
Miles Sanders, running back
Miles Sanders got 13 carries in Week 2 while sharing snaps with Kenneth Gainwell, who amassed six totes. In Week 3, versus a team that we all know can, at times, score at will, Sanders and Gainwell combined for three carries. That’s absolutely inexcusable.
Dallas Goedert, tight end
Dallas Goedert, perhaps one of Philly’s better weapons, caught two passes for 24 yards versus San Fran and two more passes for 66 yards in Week 3. You can see where this is headed right?
Here’s a simplification of what you just took in there. Miles Sanders and Dallas Goedert are two of the guys this offense MUST run through. Smith, Reagor, and Watkins don’t get enough separation or win when catches are contested. They have to be seen as the third, fourth, and fifth options, or quite frankly, this offense won’t be going anywhere.