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Brett Favre says Eagles should go with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz

Brett Favre says Eagles should go with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz

Brett Favre thinks the Eagles should hitch their wagon to Nick Foles, which is interesting on one level because Favre is a Hall of Famer who knows a little bit about quarterback play.

And it’s interesting on another level because Favre and Doug Pederson are former teammates, best friends and hunting buddies.

Pederson said Tuesday that Wentz is the Eagles’ quarterback moving forward (see story), which means Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, will almost certainly be moving on.

But if it were up to Favre?

No disrespect at all to Carson Wentz. I think he’s already proven that he’s a great quarterback. Totally different than Nick Foles. Nick Foles, to me, is more of a (Tom) Brady-esque type quarterback. Very limited in what he can do but very, very good in what he does. He’s a pure pocket passer and he’s great at dishing it out and he’s proven that he’s clutch. He did it this past week, he did it last year, he’s done it time and time again, and he’s proven that he can win the big games. That, I think, is what we have to look at, or the Eagles, or anyone in a similar situation — it’s about winning, it’s about being clutch, doing really what you expect your players to do. And he does it as well as anyone.

Favre spoke on his radio show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, co-hosted by Bruce Murray.

Pederson backed up Favre in Green Bay from 1995 through 1998 and again from 2001 through 2004.

Pederson’s first NFL coaching job came under Andy Reid, who was Favre’s position coach in Green Bay when the Packers won the Super Bowl.

You know the old saying, ‘Dance with the one who brung you?’ They’re both young and can you keep going with both of them? I don’t think so, so you’re going to have to make a decision but I think it is a difficult decision.

Again, I don’t want to come across as knocking Carson Wentz at all because I’m not. I think a lot of him. But I would go with Nick Foles, I really would. … They are both good. I just, I really like what I’ve seen from both guys but in particular Nick Foles, especially considering the circumstances in which he has come in.

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Alshon Jeffery misses 2nd straight day of Eagles practice

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Alshon Jeffery misses 2nd straight day of Eagles practice

Alshon Jeffery missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury on Thursday, putting his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots very much in question. 

It’s rare for an Eagles player to miss the first two days of practice in a week and play that weekend. 

On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson said Jeffery was “day to day” with the ankle injury he suffered in the Bears game before the bye week. He left that game early, but then had an extra week to rest. 

Earlier in the season, Jeffery suffered a calf injury early in the game against Atlanta. It’s possible he’s been playing through injury for most of the season, which would help to explain his drop in production. 

In eight games this season, the 29-year-old receiver has just 34 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns. He’s on pace for his worst statistical season since his rookie year in 2012. 

On Wednesday, I asked Pederson about Jeffery’s dip in production. 

“Well, I think with having Dallas [Goedert] a little more involved in the offense, the ball gets spread around a little bit more. The times we have gone to Alshon, he's made plays,” Pederson said. 

It’s worth noting that Jeffery is tied for the team lead in drops with three. He’s one of five Eagles with three drops this season. 

“His value to the offense has been very good,” Pederson continued. “The ball's going to find the open guy. Sometimes he's the primary, sometimes he's not. He might be the secondary or the third guy in the progression. He's a guy that gives of himself to the team. That's who Alshon is. He doesn't gripe or complain. He does battle through injury. He's battled through it his whole career. He's battled through it here. He's a tough kid.

“We continue to game plan. We game plan for him every week. Again, it's my job to try to dial up as many plays as I can for him.”

If Jeffery doesn't play on Sunday, look for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside or Jordan Matthews to have a big role. 

The only other notable player missing at Thursday’s practice was Nigel Bradham, who will likely miss his fourth straight game this Sunday with an ankle injury of his own. 

Jason Peters (knee) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) were both practicing Thursday after being listed as limited on Wednesday. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is running the recipe?

Eagle Eye podcast: Is running the recipe?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles’ final seven games and try to figure out if they can win with a run-first mentality. 

Plus, they go over the wacky transcript from receivers coach Carson Walch. Alshon Jeffery might be a big problem. 

Phil Perry from NBC Sports Boston joins the pod to talk about this matchup against the Patriots and how much New England is looking back at Super Bowl LII. 

• Looking at the final seven games
• Is running really the recipe? 
• Carson Walch didn’t produce either
• Alshon Jeffery might be a problem 
• Phil Perry joins the pod 
• A closer look at Eagles-Patriots matchups
• Watching the Super Bowl objectively 

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