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Nick Foles misses practice again, says it's not a big deal

Nick Foles misses practice again, says it's not a big deal

Nick Foles wants you to relax. He’s fine. 

Foles has missed the past three training camp practices, including today, with what he called muscle spasms to his trap/neck area. 

“It’s not a big deal,” Foles said after Tuesday’s session. “Once again, we’re just being smart.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said the soreness Foles has been experiencing is completely unrelated to the elbow injury that forced him to miss extended time last training camp. 

Foles said he’s not completely sure how the injury happened, but mentioned that with quarterbacks, things sometimes get aggravated.  

It seems very unlikely the Eagles would force Foles into game action in a couple of days in the preseason opener, but Pederson and Foles didn’t rule it out. 

“We’re still talking about it. Day to day,” Foles said. “We’re worrying about the training room right now, we’re going through the rehab protocol. We’ll see. We never rule anything out. But at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens.”

While Foles hasn’t practiced at all the last three days, Carson Wentz has continued to participate in 7-on-7s, but not 11-on-11 drills. The team saw what they wanted from Wentz in full-team drills last week and doesn't want him to get inadvertently bumped. 

Although Pederson, for whatever reason, wouldn’t definitively say it, Wentz is not going to play on Thursday night. 

“He obviously hasn’t taken 11-on-11,” Pederson said. “We’re still monitoring his practice. If he’s not in practice ... you can figure it out.”

That probably applies to Foles, too. 

Anyway, Pederson and Wentz said they expect the plan for next week to be the same. That means another week where Wentz is a limited participant in practice, not doing full-team drills.  

And another week of Wentz being forced to watch another quarterback take his first-team reps. 

“It’s frustrating,” Wentz admitted today. “Obviously getting a chance to be out there and everything, I felt great. It was fun to be out there. Just trusting what the doctors are saying. Without a doubt, it’s tough to sit there and watch.”

With Wentz and likely Foles out for Thursday night’s game, Nate Sudeld should be the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Pederson said his starters who are healthy will play and at least get a little bit of work in. Pederson said he wants starters to get around 65-70 snaps in the preseason. 

Some good news on the injury front: Zach Ertz, Richard Rodgers and Markus Wheaton all returned to practice. Ertz had missed the previous three days.  

Nelson Agholor didn’t practice on Tuesday, but after practice said he’s fine. He just got a rest day. That’s wild to think about; just last year, he was fighting for his NFL life. 

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Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

They're tired of being known as the worst group of wide receivers in the league.

And they may finally have a coach who can help them get rid of that tag.

"We have an expectation to be one of the top groups in the league," new Eagles receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said Thursday. "That's what we expect. This group is coming out with a little bit of a chip on its shoulder I think because of last year, and that's a good thing."

Eagles receivers last year combined for just 137 passes for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns, the worst WR numbers in the league.

It was the fewest yards by an Eagles receiving corps since 2000, when Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Friends had 1,481.

For the first time since 1966 no Eagles wide receiver even had 500 yards.

Out with Carson Walch, in with Moorehead, the Eagles' fifth receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson.

It doesn't take much time with Moorehead – even on a Zoom call – to sense his confidence, passion, dedication and communication skills.

And he's already instilled a hunger in this wide receiving group to go from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.

"At the end of the day, a little added extra motivation (doesn't hurt)," he said. "In this day and age (with) social media, you can try to ignore it, but people hear what (critics) say, and I think guys understand that we do have something to prove, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with that, and I enjoy a good challenge and I enjoy coaching a group that has something to prove."

DeSean Jackson is 33 and managed one healthy game last year. Alshon Jeffery struggled then got hurt and has been largely disappointing since he signed here. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable rookie year. And rookie Jalen Reagor keeps hearing how the Eagles should have taken Justin Jefferson instead.

You can understand why this group feels disrespected.

"I think that's good," Moorehead said. "I've coached groups that people believed were the best [...] and I've coached groups that people disrespected and felt like they weren't very good, so it's not anything new to me. I think we have a really good group. I know we have a really good group. It's just up to us to stay healthy and prove it week in and week out."

The Eagles haven't had a wide receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jordan Matthews in 2015.

They haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

On paper they should be better. How can they not be?

Their goal isn't just to be better. It’s to be among the best.

"So far they've taken the approach that [they're] ready to go out there and prove every day why we should be one of the top groups in the NFL," Moorehead said.

You have to love Moorehead's approach and his personality.

If his receivers can match his confidence and swagger, the Eagles just might finally have a receiving corps to get excited about.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at Zach Ertz’s contract situation after George Kittle and Travis Kelce got huge extensions. 

The guys pick some things they would have watched in the preseason opener, talk about Doug Pederson’s structure for practice and give their first impressions on a couple of new Eagles coaches. 

Plus, remembering the great Howard Mudd, who died at 78 this week. 

  • (1:02) — What Travis Kelce and George Kittle's contract mean for Zach Ertz.
  • (16:45) — Things we would have watched tonight in preseason opener.
  • (23:08) — Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure
  • (28:45) — Aaron Moorehead and Matt Burke speak on their roles. 
  • (36:54) — Remembering Howard Mudd
     

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