Eagles Film Review: Bryce Treggs opens the field for other receivers

Eagles Film Review: Bryce Treggs opens the field for other receivers

Bryce Treggs played just 15 snaps against the Giants in Sunday’s 28-23 loss on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but he made his presence felt.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said having Treggs active for the first time provided the Eagles’ offense with “an injection of speed.” (Treggs ran a 4.39 time in the 40 at Cal’s pro day last spring.)

It’ll probably take Carson Wentz some time to get used to playing with someone that fast. Wentz’s college teammate at North Dakota State, C.J. Smith, said Wentz has never had a receiver with this type of straight-line speed.

Treggs, the rookie from Cal acquired by the Eagles off waivers from the 49ers just before the season began, finished his first NFL game with two catches for 69 yards and showed off his blazing speed on a 58-yard catch.

Not only did Treggs catch a deep ball of his own, his downfield ability also already started to open up underneath opportunities for the Eagles against the Giants.

“It helps immensely,” Reich said. “The longer you go, the more games you play and don't stretch the field, the field starts shrinking on you. That's a real bad feeling as a quarterback when you feel the field shrinking. So you've got to continue to push the ball down the field.”

For Wentz and the Eagles’ other targets, the addition of Treggs could be a big deal as he gets worked into the offense more frequently.

“I think going forward now, we have shown that he can stretch the field, that he has that capability,” Wentz said. “I think that will help us to open up some things underneath.”

Here’s a look at what Treggs did for the Eagles in his first NFL game:

This is the seventh snap of Treggs' career and it's about to be a huge play out of a somewhat unusual formation. The Eagles are in 13 personnel with offensive lineman Matt Tobin and Brent Celek as tight ends on the right side of the line and Zach Ertz motioned to the left side. Treggs is the only wideout and he has veteran Janoris Jenkins on him.

The Eagles wisely run a play-action pass, trying to get the Giants to bite hard on what obviously looks like a running formation. But Jenkins is a savvy vet and he doesn't get fooled.

Treggs gets some help from Ertz, who is running a deep out. Jenkins hesitates in case he needs to tackle Ertz after a pass goes his way. In the meantime, Treggs turns on the burners and is about to speed past a slowed Jenkins and safety Nat Berhe.

Treggs has no problem getting past both defensive backs. Wentz has a strong arm but actually underthrows his speedy widoeut. Treggs has to come back for the ball. If Wentz hits him in stride, this is a 70-yard touchdown.

This next play comes with two minutes left in the first half. Off the two-minute warning, the Eagles come out in the pistol formation with Darren Sproles in the backfield. Nelson Agholor is the receiver to the right, while Treggs is wide left and Jordan Matthews is next to him in the slot.

Treggs — no surprise here — runs a simple go. But because of how he burned the coverage earlier in the quarter, the safety on that side of the field has to respect him. In the meantime, Sproles comes out of the backfield, which draws Matthews' man away from him.

Both of those things create a huge pocket of space for Matthews to catch the ball and he does. The Eagles picked up 16 yards and a first down on the play, which helped them set up the field goal attempt that was blocked.

This last play we’ll show you was a huge one in the game. This was the 4th-and-9 in the fourth quarter, when Wentz hits Matthews for a 25-yard gain.

The Eagles come out with four-wide and three to the near side. Treggs is closest to the sideline, followed by Agholor, then Matthews. Agholor runs a hitch short off the sticks, Matthews runs a deep out and — again, no surprise — Treggs runs a go.

Now, you can see the play developing. Agholor’s hitch has drawn the attention of the corner on Treggs. But because of Treggs’ speed and the ability he already showed to make a big play down the field, the safety has to respect him and pick him up.

Again, Matthews is the benefactor of Treggs’ threat. As the slot guy, Matthews should love having Treggs around. Ertz will eventually find the benefit, too.

Sure, Treggs played just 15 snaps on Sunday, but he offered the Eagles something they haven’t really had this year. He opened up the field.

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).