Eagles WRs coach Gunter Brewer making impact with energy, crazy sayings

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Eagles WRs coach Gunter Brewer making impact with energy, crazy sayings

Gunter Brewer left the South. The South didn’t leave him. 

That much was undeniable as the Eagles took the field with their new energetic wide receivers coach this spring. 

Brewer, who took the place of new offensive coordinator Mike Groh, has already made an immediate impact on the Eagles’ group of wide receivers with his energy, his attention to detail, his southern drawl (he’s from Columbus, Mississippi) and … his sayings. 

Especially his sayings. 

“He’s just a country guy,” said Mack Hollins, who was also coached by Brewer at North Carolina. “That’s who he is, through and through. He has sayings. Crazy sayings that nobody understands.”

Crazy sayings that nobody understands? 

Go on. 

Hollins picked his favorite: “When something’s like, from way back in the day or you haven’t done something in a while, he’ll say, ‘You haven’t done that since Moby Dick was a minnow.’”

OK, that’s pretty good. For Hollins, he’s heard most of these before, so he doesn’t get much out of them. But he does enjoy seeing his teammates react the first time a good one pops out. 

“He says some crazy stuff, man,” undrafted rookie Tim Wilson said. 

Bryce Treggs didn’t have to think about his favorite for very long. Brewer has a special name for a top-down read. 

“He calls it a Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras read … top down,” Treggs said mimicking someone removing their top. It takes a second … got it? Good. Moving on. 

“He’ll say some stuff like that to get our attention.”

For Shelton Gibson, he likes the image Coach Brew elicits when a player sort of tiptoes on a bubble screen. Brewer calls it crawfish. 

Wilson really enjoys the way the receivers break down their group. 

“We always break it down on freak time,” Wilson said. “He says, ‘Freak time,’ we say, ‘Showtime.’ ‘Freak time!’ ‘Showtime!’ ‘Freak time!’ ‘Showtime!’ ‘Freeeeaak time! Shoooowtime!’”

That seems to be a favorite for a lot of receivers. Hollins even had little yellow caution signs around his locker last week warning of freaks in the area. 

“I don’t know [what it means],” veteran newcomer Mike Wallace said. “We just roll with it. We freaks of nature. And it’s our time. Showtime, baby. So when we out there, it’s always showtime.”

It was obviously pretty important for the Eagles to find the right replacement for Groh, who became the team’s offensive coordinator. Remember, Groh did a masterful job in 2017 after one year of Greg Lewis. Brewer has coached at the collegiate level for over 30 years, most recently as the receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator at UNC. 

It has been pretty clear Brewer, at the very least, has brought a new energy to the practice field. Here he is assaulting his players (just kidding). 

Just last week when asked about Brewer, Doug Pederson marveled at how the receivers have already begun to gravitate to him. It’s not hard to figure out why. 

Sometimes it is hard to pick a favorite saying though. Greg Ward couldn’t pick just one — “There’s so many,” he said, calling over Wilson to brainstorm before giving up — but he enjoys them all. 

“He has great high energy,” Treggs said. “It’s hard to come in and be dragging around, not be in a good mood as soon as you come into the meeting room, he has the most energy in the room and he’s the oldest dude in the room. So for him to have that energy, we all kind of feed off of that.”

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Will Eagles try to bring back Mike Wallace from IR this year?

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Will Eagles try to bring back Mike Wallace from IR this year?

The Eagles officially signed Jordan Matthews on Wednesday morning and in order to make room for him, they placed Mike Wallace on Injured Reserve. 

Wallace, 32, fractured his fibula on Sunday, apparently needed surgery and his time with the Eagles could end rather unceremoniously without a catch. 

If Wallace can recover quickly, though, the Eagles will have the option to bring him back later in the season. Head coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday didn’t rule out a possible return for Wallace this year. 

Injured Reserve
Mike Wallace
Mack Hollins
Richard Rodgers 

NFL teams used to have to designate players for return when they placed them on Injured Reserve, but that’s not the case anymore. The Eagles will be allowed to bring back two players who were on the 53-man roster back from IR later this season. That means they might have some decisions to make later this season between those three players. 

If Wallace gets healthy enough to return this season, the Eagles would probably be interested in bringing him back. Even after adding Jordan Matthews, they still don’t have a speed option on the outside. The earliest Wallace could come back is Week 11 vs. the Saints

The interesting thing here is that the clock starts from when the player is placed on IR. They can’t be activated until eight weeks have passed and they can’t start practicing until six weeks have passed. That means Hollins and Rodgers will be eligible for return before Wallace. At that time, if Hollins and Rodgers are healthy, the team will need to weigh its options and try to figure out if it’s worth waiting for Wallace. 

The Eagles also have Gannon Sinclair, Toby Weathersby, Elie Bouka and Paul Worrilow on their IR, but none of them were on the 53-man roster and aren’t eligible to return. 

Non-football Injury
Tim Jernigan

Physically Unable to Perform
Chris Maragos 

The NFI and PUP have their differences, but in this regard, they’re the same. Jernigan and Maragos are out for the first six weeks of the season. The earliest possible return is Week 7. 

After six games, there’s a six-week window to either get the player back to practice or send him to IR. Once the player starts practicing, there’s another three-week window to either add the player to the roster or send him to IR. 

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Eagles lose Joe Walker, add Asantay Brown to their practice squad

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Eagles lose Joe Walker, add Asantay Brown to their practice squad

The Eagles on Wednesday signed rookie linebacker Asantay Brown to their practice squad to replace Joe Walker. 

Walker was signed to the Cardinals’ 53-man roster and is already off to Arizona. His locker was cleared out yesterday. Walker was a seventh-round pick out of Oregon in 2016 but missed his rookie season after an ACL tear. He played minimally last year and ended the season on IR with a neck injury. 

Walker originally made the Eagles’ 53-man roster this year but was released in favor of D.J. Alexander, whom the Eagles claimed off of waivers. Walker was then put on the practice squad. 

Brown is a rookie from Western Michigan. He was with the Eagles this summer but missed a lot of time with an injury. 

After calling up running back Josh Adams to the active roster earlier in the week, the Eagles’ practice squad has nine players, one shy of the maximum. 

Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ practice squad: 

LB Asantay Brown

WR Reggie Davis 

DT Treyvon Hester

WR Braxton Miller

WR Dorren Miller

DE Joe Ostman

CB Chandon Sullivan

S Tre Sullivan

C Jon Toth 

The most notable names on this list are Miller and Tre Sullivan. Sullivan made the Eagles’ initial roster and played in the opener, but was then cut to create space for Deiondre’ Hall, who was picked up in a trade with the Bears. 

Miller is the former Ohio State QB and third-round pick. But even with the Eagles in what seems to be a dire situation at receiver, they haven’t called him up. Doug Pederson earlier this week explained that Miller hasn’t had a chance to learn the offense yet. During the week, practice squad players run the scout team and mimic opposing offenses for the Eagles’ defense.

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