Vikings’ Zimmer: ‘I think we’re moving in the right direction’

The Minnesota Vikings(7-3) got a very good win on Sunday night in Dallas. Behind the running of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, the passing of Kirk Cousins, and a stifling run defense. Minnesota was able to defeat the Cowboys 28-24.

Minnesota was able to dominate the line of scrimmage against the Cowboys. The Vikings rushed for 153 yards against Dallas. Cook, the league’s leading rusher, ran for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Mattison ran for 52 yards, and for the fourth game in a row, Cousins(23-32, 220 yards, 2 touchdowns), who was sacked only once, did not turn the football over.  

Defensively, the Vikings shut down Ezekiel Elliott. The two-time Pro Bowler was held to 47 yards on 20 carries. All that was done without maybe their best run-stopper in Linval Joseph, who missed last night’s game due to a knee injury.

“Really good team win yesterday on the road, prime time,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday. “I really thought that both sides of the ball, our offensive line, and defensive line, played outstanding. Played with a lot of toughness, a lot of physicality, a lot of grit. One of the things we talked about in the offseason was 10 minutes left in the game, and going out and winning those football games.

“A week ago, we were up by three with ten minutes left, and we lost the game. Last week we were up by four and won the game. I think we’re moving in the right direction; we just got to keep going.”

It was an impressive performance by the Vikings, and after how they let one slip away against the Chiefs last week, you have to give Minnesota credit for bouncing back against the Cowboys. The Vikings have an excellent football team and seem to have the recipe for success in the postseason, which is running the ball, stopping the run, and not turning the ball over.

There is a lot of football to be played, but as Zimmer said, Minnesota definitely is headed in the right direction.

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Groh on Jordan Matthews: ‘The guy has made a lot of plays for the Eagles over the years’

On Monday, the Eagles made it official when they announced that they had brought back WR Jordan Matthews. The 27-year-old Matthews was originally drafted by the Eagles in 2014. Matthews spent the first three years of his career in Philadelphia before he was traded to Buffalo back in 2017.  After being released by the Patriots, he returned to the Eagles last September and played in 14 games for the team.  This season, Matthews played one game for the 49ers before getting released by San Francisco back in October.

With WR DeSean Jackson out for the year, the Eagles are hoping that Matthews can help fill the void left at the wide receiver position.

“Oh shoot, we can just pull up his highlights,” Eagles OC Mike Groh said about Matthews. “The guy has made a lot of plays for the Eagles over the years. He has excellent football intelligence. He knows our system. He has familiarity there. I think there’s great comfort with him in the huddle. There’s rapport and chemistry with he and [QB] Carson [Wentz], which is important, so certainly nice to get him back.”

For most of his career, Matthews has been a slot receiver, but according to Groh, expect Matthews to be moved around.

 “I think we’ll move him around,” Groh said. “I think he showed the capability to do both.”

Obviously, Matthews won’t be the savior for this offense. Matthews is solid at best, and there was a reason he was available, but as Groh said, you get a guy who is familiar with Wentz and the offense, which should help. 

Daniel Jones on Giants: ‘Fans should be disappointed’

When you are 2-8, you have suffered a lot of bad losses, but Sunday’s loss against the Jets will probably go down as the worst loss of the season for the New York Giants. Behind Sam Darnold and an opportunistic defense, the Jets(2-7) defeated the Giants(2-8) 34-27 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, in the battle of New York.  With the loss, the Giants have now lost six straight games.

The Jets led 14-0 in the first quarter, but the Giants would cut the lead to 14-13 at the break. Eventually, the Giants would take a 27-21 lead in the third quarter. However, the Jets would score the final 13 points of the game to get their second win of the season.

“They should be disappointed. Fans should be disappointed,” Giants quarterback Daniel Jones said after the game. We are, too, but we’re going to do what we can, we’re going to work as hard as we can to improve what’s gone wrong and get back into the win column. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do.”

Jones put up some decent numbers on Sunday. The rookie signal-caller threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns, but he struggled with ball security. Jones had three fumbles(1 lost), including one that was returned for a touchdown by the Jets’ Jamal Adams.

“He plays every game heroically, finds a way to get production,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said about Jones. “Like every young player, he has mistakes.”

According Giants WR Golden Tate, who caught four passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, the fans have to be patient with the team.

“The only thing I can ask at this point is just be patient and try to trust the process,” Tate said. “Just know the people inside the building, we’re working, we still believe we can, we’ve just got to go out there and do it.

Jones played well enough for the Giants to win, but the Giants’ defense allowed the Jets’ offense, which had struggled this season, to score 27 points. Losing to the Jets is inexcusable for the Giants, but based on what we have seen out of this team in 2019, we really should not be surprised.

Giants’ Barkley: ‘I don’t think anyone’s happy that we’re 2-7’

With the Giants standing at 2-7 and his numbers down from his spectacular rookie season, Saquon Barkley today was asked if the 2019 season has been a disappointment to him.

“Disappointment? No,” the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year said. “What’s to be disappointed about? Obviously, yes, am I upset that we’re 2-7? I don’t think anyone’s happy that we’re 2-7. Am I happy that I hurt my ankle and I missed three and a half games this year? No, I’m not happy about that. But, disappointing? No. I get to come in and play the sport that I love and play for an amazing organization, so I’m not disappointed at all. We’ve just got to find a way to get better, find a way to fight through it, and when we do flip the script, there’s definitely going to be great things ahead I believe.”

Barkley is coming off a game in which he rushed for just 28 yards in 14 carries in the Giants’ Monday night loss to Dallas. But his statistics aren’t at all dire. After nine games last year, he had rushed for 586 yards, averaged 4.5 yards a carry and run for five touchdowns. This year, he’s gained 401 yards, averaged 4.6 yards an attempt and scored twice. As he noted, the difference in the total numbers can be attributed to the time missed after spraining his ankle at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22.

“I’m not disappointed in Saquon,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “I think there’s areas where we all can play better. … He had some really good runs the other night, and then if you asked him, there’s probably some runs out there where he left a little meat on the bone.”

On a per-game basis, Barkley’s statistics are very similar to what they were at this juncture in 2018, when he was averaging 65.1 yards a game. That figure is currently 66.8. And if the victory against the Buccaneers – when he had career-low totals of eight carries and 10 yards before leaving in the first half – is eliminated, Barkley is averaging 78.9 yards an attempt, or almost 14 yards more per game than last year.

But in the two games since he returned from his injury, Barkley rushed for 92 yards on 33 carries, a 2.8-yard average. He refuses to point to his ankle as the reason those numbers aren’t bigger.

“I don’t think it’s holding me back,” he said. “It’s obvious I had an ankle injury, but it would be easy for me to sit here and make an excuse of why this and why that, but that’s not what I’m going to do. I’m just going to find a way to get better, find a way to help the team get better, find a way to be more efficient in the run game and help our team win games.”

The big difference in Barkley’s game is as a receiver. Through nine games last year, he averaged 6.9 catches a game and had 62 total. This season, he’s averaging 4.7 and has totaled 28.

“Just got to be better,” Barkley said. “Even if I ran for 200 yards, I’m always going to say there’s somewhere you could be better, you’ve got to find a way to be better. I could be more efficient in the run, better in the pass game, better all around, better leader. I always can improve. Especially, it’s easier to just pick out the little things when you’re losing, but you’ve still got to be the same way when you’re winning games. Then, it’s easy to pick out the things you need to be better on when you’re having bad games, but even when you’re having great games, you’ve still got to be as hard on yourself the same. So, just be better overall.”

Barkley and the Giants believe he can be that, starting Sunday against the 1-7 Jets. The 10th game last year is when Barkley’s rookie season really began to take off. He rushed for 142 yards and scored three total touchdowns in a victory against Tampa Bay. It was the first of four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances and five in the season’s final seven games.

“Our best game is definitely still out there in the run game,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “And when we get that going, I think it’s going to help everybody else in regard to ball security, pass protection, productivity and points.”

If it does get going as Shurmur and Co. hope, the catalyst will certainly be Barkley.

“I don’t think he’s hit his stride yet,” Shula said. “He’s done a lot of good things, and we know he’s a really good back. I think he’s part of that mix in where we’re just not quite everybody in stride. He’s had some really good runs where there hasn’t been a lot there, and there’s been some other times where I think he would probably say ‘I could do a better job, because the line did a good job, I have to do a better job here, there.’ I think he’s getting there. I think just with more carries, and still he’s young, but with more carries and things like that, he’ll continue to get better.”

Barkley concurs. He’s going to continue to put forth his maximum effort and believe he’ll soon be ripping through defenses as he did during his most productive games in 2018.

“When the running game’s not going well, the way I look at it is don’t panic,” he said. “Whether it’s you’re going through a slump, whether it’s a game you’re going through a slump, whether it’s multiple games, the way I believe in myself and believe in the offensive line that we’re going to get it going, we’re going to figure it out.

“As of right now, I’ve just got to give credit to the defenses we’ve been playing. They’ve been doing a really good job within the run game. But we still haven’t been putting ourselves in positions to win games, and no matter whether the run game is doing great or not doing so great, we’ve still got to figure out how to win games. But to fix the run game, as a leader, and as the running back, I’ve got to take responsibility of that and find a way to do it.”

Giants’ Tate: ‘I don’t feel like we’ve tanked, despite our record’

The losing streak is up to five games for the New York Giants(2-7) after losing to the Cowboys at home on Monday night 37-18. Fortunately for the Giants, they have a chance to snap their losing streak when play the Jets(1-7) in the battle of New York on Sunday.

“Yeah, I can only speak for us, but we want to get this thing back on track,” Giants WR Golden Tate said on Wednesday. “Like I said a lot of the last few weeks, I feel like we do have a good team; we have great personnel. I don’t know if you guys can get a sense for this locker room, but we don’t seem down and depressed.

“I don’t feel like we’ve tanked, despite our record. I think we’re still hungry to win and I think we still feel like we have a shot to do something special. We’ve just got to get it going, and it’s going to start with us.”

When healthy, the Giants have decent personnel, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense has struggled at times and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has struggled with turnovers, and quite frankly, he has played like a rookie.

No one expected the Giants to be very good this season, and therefore, no one would accuse them of tanking. But, they should beat the Jets on Sunday; however, both teams are struggling, so this game could go either way.

 

Vikings bring back Andrew Sendejo

The Minnesota Vikings have signed S Andrew Sendejo, the team announced today. Sendejo rejoins the Vikings after spending the first nine weeks of the season with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he appeared in nine games (one start) and made 26 tackles, two passes defensed, 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss and one interception, according to league stats.

The San Antonio, Texas, native had previously spent eight seasons (2011-2018) in Minnesota, appearing in 93 games with 58 starts and totaling 341 tackles, 1.0 sack, six interceptions, and 17 passes defensed. The former Rice Owl originally entered the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with Dallas, appearing in two games for the Cowboys that season.

To make room for Sendejo, Minnesota waived S Marcus Epps.

Giants’ Shurmur: ‘We put the guys on the field that give us the best chance to win, and they’ve got to play well’

The Giants this week will participate in a rivalry game vastly different from the one they just played, but the objective remains the same: improving their performance.

Last night, a one-point game entering the fourth quarter morphed into a 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants’ fifth consecutive defeat left them at 2-7, including 1-2 against NFC East foes. Dallas swept the season series for the third year in a row.

The Giants have one more game prior to their bye. On Sunday, they will be the visitors in MetLife Stadium when they take on the 1-7 Jets. Although this is a regular-season rivalry that is contested quadrennially, emotions will be high on the field, where two struggling teams will be fighting for a victory, and in the stands, where both sides will be well-represented.

“I haven’t played in this (rivalry) obviously, but I’m well aware that there are a lot of Giants fans and Jets fans that it’s going to be a very competitive weekend from that standpoint,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on a conference call today. “I’m aware of all that, but we have to do the things to beat the Jets. We have to play better than we did last night. That game was within one score for a great deal of the time, and we were ahead at the beginning of it (taking a 12-3 lead in the second quarter). It got away from us. So, we need to do the things that we have to do to win the game and not let it get away from us. That really doesn’t matter who you’re playing. But I’m certainly aware of the fact that for this region, and for New York and New Jersey and the fans and everybody involved, this is going to be a big deal.”

The Giants can target several areas for improvement during their short work week. Saquon Barkley ran for only 28 yards and averaged 2.0 yards a carry. Daniel Jones threw an interception and lost two fumbles, giveaways that led to 13 Dallas points. Jones was sacked five times and absorbed numerous other hits. The offense scored just one touchdown on five trips inside the Cowboys’ 20-yard line, forcing Aldrick Rosas to kick four field goals of less than 30 yards. The Giants had 16 opportunities to convert on third down and succeeded just five times.

“We’ve got to bounce back,” said wide receiver Golden Tate, whose spectacular one-handed catch set up the Giants’ only touchdown, a one-yard pass from Jones to Cody Latimer. “We’ve got to understand the situational football. We have to be much, much, much better being efficient on third down, penalties. You know when we get in the red zone, we have to get points, especially against an offense like (Dallas’). They have some big-time players.”

The Giants’ defense surrendered 139 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott, who averaged 6.0 yards a carry. Dak Prescott threw an interception on the game’s first play, but thereafter completed 22 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants committed eight penalties for 71 yards. Dallas converted just four of 11 third-down opportunities, but three of them were in the decisive fourth quarter, including a backbreaking 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Copper on third-and-12 that pushed its lead to 12 points with 7:56 remaining.

“You definitely can’t let them in the end zone in that situation with the time that was left,” safety Jabrill Peppers said. “You have to get off the field and we had ample opportunities to get off the field.

“As I say every week, you just have to clean up on the little things, you have to execute as a whole team, play complementary football at the end of the day.”

Shurmur hinted there will be no lineup changes. If the Giants are going to reverse course, it will be with the lineup they’ve been fielding.

“I think we play the best players,” Shurmur said. “It just so happens that on our roster, some of our best players are young players, and that’s the reality of it. We put the guys on the field that give us the best chance to win, and they’ve got to play well. If for some reason they’re making mistakes, then we’ve got to clean that up. And the same can be said for us as coaches, we’ve got to clean up the things that keep us from winning games.”

Sunday would be a good time to start.

*There will be at least one change on the roster. The Giants today activated cornerback Sam Beal off injured reserve and he will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Jets. Beal, a third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft, missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and was sidelined this year with a hamstring injury.

To create room for Beal, the Giants waived second-year safety Sean Chandler.

The former Temple star played in all 25 games after making the roster last season as a rookie free agent. But he has played just 26 snaps on defense this season, none in the last two games. He has one special teams tackle.

The Giants also terminated punter Sean Smith from the practice squad.

*After missing two games while in the NFL concussion protocol, rookie Corey Ballentine returned to take over as the slot corner for second-year pro Grant Haley. Ballentine had four tackles (three solo) and knocked away a pass.

“Corey was back healthy, we felt like we wanted to change it up and give him an opportunity,” Shurmur said. “He had worked both outside and inside, he had been dealing with some injuries certainly. Obviously, you all weren’t aware of the week of preparation, but I thought he went out there and battled. He did some good things last night and we just wanted to give him an opportunity. We like where he’s come, and we felt like he did some good things last night.”

*Shurmur said tight end Evan Engram “has a little bit of a sore foot. I don’t have any details on that, we’ll just have to see as the week goes on and how he’ll do.”

*Shurmur is uncertain about the immediate future of wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who returned to the concussion protocol on Sunday after telling the team’s medical staff he didn’t feel well Saturday night. Shepard has missed the last four games, and Saturday he said he expected to play against Dallas.

“This is a serious injury, and in my mind, it requires a serious response,” Shurmur said. “We want to make sure he’s well before he goes back out there.

“I think we have to use good judgement and we need to be very deliberate about guys coming back from injuries such as this. There are signs and there are things, as they go through coming back from concussions, they certainly go through the protocol, but there’s also the activity and how they respond to it and all of that. At some point, we just have to use our gut. … I think as a coach, because there is a certain amount of activity that has to take place, this time of year it’s obviously practice, you watch him. That’s why you watch them practice, you see how they respond to it after and how they handle it the next day. As he went through that process, he wasn’t feeling well, so we made a decision. I just think we have to be smart and be very observant in these situations and try to make good decisions. Player safety is certainly on the front burner for us.”

Courtesy: Michael Eisen

Jaguars’ Marrone explains why he went back to Nick Foles

Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles is healthy, and on Tuesday, Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone decided that he will start in Week 11 against the Colts. Jacksonville is on a bye in Week 10.

Foles, 30, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal this offseason, has missed the last eight games due to a broken left collarbone, which he suffered in Week 1 against the Chiefs.

As a whole, rookie QB Gardner Minshew played reasonably well but struggled last week against the Texans. In that game, Minshew had four turnovers(two interceptions, two fumbles). In nine games(eight starts), Minshew has thrown for 2285 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.

On Tuesday, Marrone explained why he decided to go back to Foles:

(Opening Statement)

Marrone: “First of all, I appreciate you guys coming here earlier. But I wanted to do this, and I think a lot of you guys know when I’ve felt this before, I want to make sure you guys hear things firsthand. I just got done with the team meeting [and] I’ve made a decision on the quarterbacks and Nick [Foles] will be our starting quarterback going forward. It was obviously my decision. I worked hard on it, came to it. I brought both players in this morning [and] spoke to both of them. After I spoke to the players and obviously I wanted to make sure I spoke to the team and then I wanted to get it to our media before they heard it anywhere else, where I can’t control. So, I appreciate that. We’re going through self-scout, all the things now to try to get ourselves better. I think you always find something out during this period of time. And then obviously the challenge is how do you correct it and go forward? We believe coming back that everyone that we have on the roster will be healthy, so that’s what we’re looking forward to. And I told the players, ‘Hey, let’s get away a little bit.’ Let’s come back and let’s get focused on Indianapolis.”

(On what changed his mind to making the decision before the Bye Week)

Marrone: “One of the things that I’ve learned in coaching is that it’s very difficult when – it’s tougher to make decisions when you give yourself a hard timeline, a short timeline. So, for me, when I looked at it, and I wasn’t going to put a lot of time into it prior to the game – the thought process of the quarterback position – I looked at the schedule and I said, ‘OK, what’s the most amount of time that I would have,’ before I had to make a decision. So, I wanted to get that out there to kind of give myself that time if I needed it. Going through, what I did, I took time, obviously I got the game [film] done on the way home from London. [I] stayed up, got a good night’s sleeps, woke up, started working on the quarterback decision right away. I came to a decision and I thought once you come to a decision, you might as well tell the people. I told the players today and I want to get it to you, and I just wanted to do the right thing.”

(On when he came to the decision)

Marrone: “This morning.”

(On how QB Gardner Minshew II took the decision)

Marrone: “I think Gardner’s a competitor. I think that what he’s done. He’s done a great job. I feel a whole lot different about him now than I did prior to him playing in a very positive way. We took some things and had some discussions on things that we’re going to work on going forward which will give him the ability to be a player in this league for a long time. We really believe that.”

(On Minshew’s reaction to the news)

Marrone: “I think you can go and ask him. I mean, obviously when I say someone’s a competitor, and they hear something like that, I think everyone can figure that out.”

(On how much the Week 9 game against Houston impacted the starting QB decision)

Marrone: “I try to take that out and put it as a body of work, and that’s what I did. I think that’s important. I think emotions can run sometimes differently, so I looked at the body of work.”

(On if Minshew’s shoulder soreness impacted his play in London)

Marrone: “I wasn’t even on that thought. He was ready to go.”

(On what factors led him to pick Foles as the starting QB)

Marrone: “I think for me, looking back at all of the work, the work that we put in and I just go back to the experience and what he’s going to be able to do. And I think that’s going to give us the ability [to have] a better chance of winning right now.”

(On how they plan to get Foles back up to speed)

Marrone: “He’s had a 21-day window, which we’ve brought him back. We’ve progressively brought him back into drills and brought him into some high speed, close quarter rushing [drills], where guys were coming at him, blitzes where people were coming free. We felt like we did the best job to make sure that he was in position to be ready once he was healthy.”

(On if Foles will be in the practice facility during the Bye Week)

Marrone: “I don’t know. If you’re asking [if] we have anything planned to do with him? No. But is he going to be gone? I don’t know that.”

(On when Minshew’s play made him question who should be the starter)

Marrone: “I don’t know if I had that thought process, because I don’t think you can do a good enough job for the person that’s there. In your mind, if I’m dancing with this person, but I know at the end of the night I’m going to be dancing with this other [person], I don’t think I’m going to be dancing that well with the first one. So, for me, I don’t really look at it that way.”

(On if the team’s red zone issues factored into the QB decision)

Marrone: “Not into the individual quarterback play decision. I think when you look at our ability in the red zone, I don’t think you can pin it on one person. I think collectively as a group, starting with us as coaches, we have to do a better job, and we have to put our players in better position, and we have to make plays down there. Obviously, we’re not doing well and that’ll be a big focus when we look at this self-scout of what better answers we can have.”

(On if he feels fortunate to have a 4-5 record after losing their QB in Week 1 of the season)

Marrone: “I think that’s another tough question. I’m disappointed in myself that I haven’t been able to do a better job for the fans and this team and having more wins because that’s what our job is. The story in the beginning was I feel a lot better because I did not know what we had as a backup quarterback going into the season, and I feel that right now we have two really good quarterbacks. And I think, I told the team today, the example of Gardner, as an example that’s been going on quite a bit on this team, but it doesn’t get as publicized, or I might not bring it up to the team as much, and I brought it up today. I think people like Najee Goode, who was brought here as a backup linebacker who’s starting now. Guys like Tre Herndon, who was thrown into a [starting] role and is playing well for us. Keelan Cole who came in as a free agent, then he had some success, then he really wasn’t playing as much these past couple of weeks, and then all of a sudden, he had back-to-back games with touchdowns. Just being ready, and I think it’s a great example for all of our players. So, that’s how I addressed it.”

(On if he would have been content with a 4-4 record after Foles was injured)

Marrone: “You know what scares me right now? It’s that everyone’s always trying to get to you and figure out what’s going on. I’m talking about my friends, very few, but my friends. And I get a lot of the same questions you ask, and I’m thinking maybe you [Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette] and I are meant to be best friends. But I’m going to tell you exactly what I said to my friend. I said, ‘You know, as the head football coach, as someone that’s in charge of winning, I don’t have the ability to talk that way.’ If someone said, ‘Hey, 8-0, would you go for that?’ Yes! You know what I’m saying? So for me, I don’t have that because when you’re part of a team, and you have so many other players, and you expect people to step up, you believe you can overcome whatever injury or whatever thing you have. I think that’s a case of where the fans, and the people that write, or maybe the players, they would be better with being able to answer that question than someone like myself. Because if I don’t say 8-0, then I wouldn’t be the best of what I’m trying to do. So, when we get a question of, ‘How do you feel?’ well, I feel disappointed because I haven’t done a good enough job because of where we are right now. So, we’re going to fight our asses off and work our way back in to getting ourselves in position to play a game, because like I told the team, we had an opportunity last week to put ourselves in a really good position and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

Pederson on Agholor, Jeffery: ‘They have been good, but I would say they haven’t been great’

On Sunday, the Eagles were able to defeat the Bears 22-14 to move to 5-4. However, some bad news came from the game. WR DeSean Jackson re-aggravated his abdominal injury and had surgery on Tuesday to repair it. Philadelphia announced today that they have put the 32-year-old Jackson on injured reserve.

With Jackson out, the Eagles will be without their deep threat and their most dangerous wide receiver. For now, and barring any moves, the Eagles will have to go with the likes of Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor. Mack Hollins, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Against the Bears on Sunday, both Jeffery and Agholor were fairly quiet, and Jeffery struggled with drops against Chicago.

When asked to assess Jeffery and Agholor in 2019, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has this to say.

“I think overall, they have been good, but I would say they haven’t been great,” Pederson said on Monday. “I think they would echo that. I think Alshon yesterday had some opportunity and had chances, and I believe he would own up to that to make some of the catches that he missed yesterday.

“So he’s a professional about it, and Nelly is the same way. I think, too, we just have to continue to work with these guys. Every week is a new week. Every week is a new set of challenges. As we put game plans together, we do think about these guys and putting them into positions and look, sometimes you get in the game, and I’m the one calling the plays and sometimes the game kind of steers a different direction than what you think during the week.

“But I think overall, these guys have been in a position to help and help us win, and have a lot of confidence in both those guys moving forward.”

Unfortunately, the Eagles are going to have to rely on Jeffery and Agholor, and if they are fortunate, maybe they can find a solid wide receiver off the street.

If we are talking just talent, Antonio Brown would be great, but who knows how soon his situation would be sorted out. Also, guys like former Eagles WR Jordan Matthews and Torrey Smith are available, which might work the best considering they are familiar with the system.

Philadelphia will need another receiver, and it should be fascinating to see who they find to replace Jackson for the rest of the season.