Eagles Injury Update: Eagles on their fifth right tackle

Eagles Injury Update: Eagles on their fifth right tackle

Rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo will get all of the Eagles’ practice reps at right tackle Wednesday, making him the fifth player to man the position this year.

Allen Barbre (hamstring) will be held out of practice, but head coach Doug Pederson expects him to be ready for this week’s game. Barbre hurt his hamstring during the loss to Washington Sunday.

“Allen’s a veteran guy that’s played there so he doesn’t need a ton of reps to get himself ready to go,” Pederson said.

In addition to Barbre, the Eagles will hold Jordan Matthews (ankle), Darren Sproles (concussion) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) out of practice Wednesday. Matthews is expected to be ready for Sunday’s game. After missing Sunday's game, Dorial Green-Beckham (abdomen) is back at practice Wednesday. So are Jaylen Watkins (hand) and Brent Celek (stinger), who both got hurt in the game. Wednesday's practice is a light one, without helmets, in the bubble.

The Eagles started the season with Lane Johnson at right tackle until his 10-game suspension kicked in. Then Vaitai took over before he sprained his MCL. From there, the Eagles moved Barbre from left guard to right tackle until he hurt his hamstring Sunday. Matt Tobin then filled in, but he sprained his MCL and landed on IR.

Here's a look at the parade of right tackles this season:  

1. Johnson. 2. Vaitai. 3. Barbre. 4. Tobin. 5. Seumalo.

Has Seumalo taken many reps at tackle this season?

“A little bit way back in the spring, if that’s any indication,” Pederson said. “He’s been more at guard. He’s gotten some tackle on the service team, going against our defense, things like that, over the last couple of weeks. But nothing with our offense. He’s been more guard and that tight end position.”

On Sunday against Washington, Seumalo got the start and played all game at right guard for Brandon Brooks, who missed the game with a mystery illness.

Pederson on Wednesday said he didn’t know anything more about the illnesses — Brooks has missed two games in three weeks — but said Brooks will practice this week and he expects him to play Sunday.

Eagles agree to deal with WR Mike Wallace

Eagles agree to deal with WR Mike Wallace

The Eagles have found their replacement for Torrey Smith. 

Heck, they found an upgrade. 

On Thursday, the Birds agreed to terms with veteran speedy receiver Mike Wallace on a one-year deal. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

This signing makes a ton of sense for the Eagles, especially if they weren’t ready to hand Mack Hollins the starting spot Smith left. Hollins can now split time with Wallace. Even if the Eagles didn’t trade Smith, they weren’t going to keep him at his price tag, so adding Wallace gives the Eagles a veteran with speed at a cheaper cost. 

Wallace, 31, is coming off a season in which he caught 52 passes for 748 yards (14.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns. For comparison, in 2017, Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards (11.9) and two touchdowns. And Smith dropped seven passes, while Wallace dropped just three, according to ProFootballFocus. In fact, Wallace's numbers weren't far off from Alshon Jeffery's stats last year (57 receptions, 789 yards, 9 touchdowns). 

While Wallace isn’t coming off his best season in 2017, he went over 1,000 yards in 2016 and has averaged 15.0 yards per reception during his nine-year NFL career. The Eagles hope he'll be the deep threat they thought they were getting in Smith. 

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Wallace is second in the league in 40-yard receptions and in 50-yard receptions. He has 43 receptions of 40-plus yards (behind DeSean Jackson's 56) and 26 receptions of 50-plus yards (behind Jackson's 36). 

If that's not recent enough for you, the Eagles had seven pass plays of 50-plus yards in 2017; Wallace had three on his own. He can still stretch the field. 

The Eagles can now start Alshon Jeffery and Wallace on the outside, which will allow them to keep Nelson Agholor in the slot, where he was great last season. Then they’ll still have Hollins and Shelton Gibson (both draft picks from 2017) off the bench. Not bad. 

Wallace will turn 32 before the season starts, so the Eagles have added another veteran player, something they’ve done plenty this season. They already added Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata. It’s pretty clear the Eagles see the need to maximize their window of opportunity and getting players to join them is probably easier coming off a Super Bowl win. 

Signing veterans on one-year deals certainly worked well for the Eagles last season and if this one works out too, they will have found a good fit for the 2018 season.  

Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

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Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

The Eagles pulled off trades and signed a few free agents after the new league year began on March 14 ... and it's shortened their Super Bowl odds. 

The Eagles' odds to win Super Bowl LIII improved from 9/1 to 17/2 between Feb. 5 and March 22, according to Bovada. Despite beating them in Super Bowl LII less than two months ago, the Eagles still trail the Patriots, who stood pat at 5/1. 

Here's the full top 10: 

1. Patriots: 5/1
2. Eagles: 17/2
3. Vikings: 9/1
4. Steelers: 12/1
5. Packers: 14/1
5. Rams: 14/1
7. Saints: 18/1
8. Falcons: 20/1
9. Texans: 22/1
9. Jaguars: 22/1
9. Raiders: 22/1

As for the rest of the teams in the NFC East, the next closest to the Eagles are the Cowboys, but their inactivity this offseason gave them longer odds, going from 18/1 to 28/1. The Giants' odds stayed at 50/1, while the Redskins' odds went from 50/1 to 66/1. 

And here's a fun prop bet: The over/under for Michael Bennett sacks in 2018 is set at 8. Last season, he had 8½ with the Seahawks. Now, he's playing on a dynamic defensive line but also figures to play less because of the Eagles' rotation.