Doug Pederson made the biggest move of the week when he decided to bench Carson Wentz and start Jalen Hurts.
That might not be the only move.
Because during an answer in his Wednesday morning press conference, Pederson hinted that another change could be coming on the offensive line and also mentioned the receiver position.
So later, Pederson was asked specifically about changes coming for Jason Peters and Alshon Jeffery, two of the Eagles’ struggling veterans.
His answer certainly raised a few eyebrows:
“Well, with those two guys I got to see today just how they're feeling,” Pederson said. “I know both those guys are sore and I haven't made a firm commitment yet either way. So, it could be another change, it's always a possibility. Like I said, we'll have the next guy up, we'll have them ready to go and hopefully these guys get healthy this week and can give us something in the game.”
The Eagles had an extremely light practice on Wednesday but Peters (toe) and Jeffery (calf) were both listed as limited participants. This might give the Eagles a built-in excuse to sit both of them.
Of course, many fans and reporters have been calling for the Eagles to bench the 38-year-old offensive lineman and 30-year-old receiver for a while during this miserable and seemingly lost season. But Pederson has resisted. In fact, instead of benching Peters, Pederson moved him to right guard. And instead of benching Alshon, he’s given him more snaps.
But Peters is coming off a horrible game against the Packers in which he allowed five pressures before leaving early with that lingering injury. And Jeffery has just two catches in four games since coming off IR after the bye week.
Peters has been dealing with a toe injury for most of the season. It’s reportedly a turf toe injury that will require surgery after the year is over. But Jeffery had seemingly been healthy since returning from his Lisfranc and calf injuries. But now he’s back on the injury report.
In this case, soreness might be a reason to sit these two guys on the bench and finally play some younger players. Heck, whatever it takes. It’s long overdue.
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