Eagles Film Review: Bryce Treggs opens the field for other receivers

Eagles Film Review: Bryce Treggs opens the field for other receivers

Bryce Treggs played just 15 snaps against the Giants in Sunday’s 28-23 loss on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but he made his presence felt.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said having Treggs active for the first time provided the Eagles’ offense with “an injection of speed.” (Treggs ran a 4.39 time in the 40 at Cal’s pro day last spring.)

It’ll probably take Carson Wentz some time to get used to playing with someone that fast. Wentz’s college teammate at North Dakota State, C.J. Smith, said Wentz has never had a receiver with this type of straight-line speed.

Treggs, the rookie from Cal acquired by the Eagles off waivers from the 49ers just before the season began, finished his first NFL game with two catches for 69 yards and showed off his blazing speed on a 58-yard catch.

Not only did Treggs catch a deep ball of his own, his downfield ability also already started to open up underneath opportunities for the Eagles against the Giants.

“It helps immensely,” Reich said. “The longer you go, the more games you play and don't stretch the field, the field starts shrinking on you. That's a real bad feeling as a quarterback when you feel the field shrinking. So you've got to continue to push the ball down the field.”

For Wentz and the Eagles’ other targets, the addition of Treggs could be a big deal as he gets worked into the offense more frequently.

“I think going forward now, we have shown that he can stretch the field, that he has that capability,” Wentz said. “I think that will help us to open up some things underneath.”

Here’s a look at what Treggs did for the Eagles in his first NFL game:

This is the seventh snap of Treggs' career and it's about to be a huge play out of a somewhat unusual formation. The Eagles are in 13 personnel with offensive lineman Matt Tobin and Brent Celek as tight ends on the right side of the line and Zach Ertz motioned to the left side. Treggs is the only wideout and he has veteran Janoris Jenkins on him.

The Eagles wisely run a play-action pass, trying to get the Giants to bite hard on what obviously looks like a running formation. But Jenkins is a savvy vet and he doesn't get fooled.

Treggs gets some help from Ertz, who is running a deep out. Jenkins hesitates in case he needs to tackle Ertz after a pass goes his way. In the meantime, Treggs turns on the burners and is about to speed past a slowed Jenkins and safety Nat Berhe.

Treggs has no problem getting past both defensive backs. Wentz has a strong arm but actually underthrows his speedy widoeut. Treggs has to come back for the ball. If Wentz hits him in stride, this is a 70-yard touchdown.

This next play comes with two minutes left in the first half. Off the two-minute warning, the Eagles come out in the pistol formation with Darren Sproles in the backfield. Nelson Agholor is the receiver to the right, while Treggs is wide left and Jordan Matthews is next to him in the slot.

Treggs — no surprise here — runs a simple go. But because of how he burned the coverage earlier in the quarter, the safety on that side of the field has to respect him. In the meantime, Sproles comes out of the backfield, which draws Matthews' man away from him.

Both of those things create a huge pocket of space for Matthews to catch the ball and he does. The Eagles picked up 16 yards and a first down on the play, which helped them set up the field goal attempt that was blocked.

This last play we’ll show you was a huge one in the game. This was the 4th-and-9 in the fourth quarter, when Wentz hits Matthews for a 25-yard gain.

The Eagles come out with four-wide and three to the near side. Treggs is closest to the sideline, followed by Agholor, then Matthews. Agholor runs a hitch short off the sticks, Matthews runs a deep out and — again, no surprise — Treggs runs a go.

Now, you can see the play developing. Agholor’s hitch has drawn the attention of the corner on Treggs. But because of Treggs’ speed and the ability he already showed to make a big play down the field, the safety has to respect him and pick him up.

Again, Matthews is the benefactor of Treggs’ threat. As the slot guy, Matthews should love having Treggs around. Ertz will eventually find the benefit, too.

Sure, Treggs played just 15 snaps on Sunday, but he offered the Eagles something they haven’t really had this year. He opened up the field.

Eagles QB Nick Foles reportedly OK after leaving game with shoulder injury

Eagles QB Nick Foles reportedly OK after leaving game with shoulder injury

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be OK after leaving Thursday’s preseason loss to the Patriots, according to a report Friday.

“After tests,” the Super Bowl LII MVP is not expected to be out long, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Foles, who left the game early in the second quarter after a strip sack, didn’t have a great outing: 3 of 9 for 44 yards. But more important than anything, he appears to be healthy after a scare.

After the game, Foles said he was “optimistic” about the injury.

“It’s just the shoulder,” Foles said. “It sort of got jarred in a funny way as I was following through. It feels good. We’ll check it out tomorrow more thoroughly.”

Foles didn’t return to the game, but he also never left the sideline, receiving treatment on what the team called a shoulder strain.

With the opener still weeks away, Foles didn’t want to speculate on his status for Week 1, but didn’t sound like a guy that planned to miss much time.

“I’m not even going to go there,” Foles said. “We’re just going to live in the moment and sort of go day to day. I’m going to do everything I can to get back on the field and hopefully practice the first day we get back practicing and be ready to roll.”

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Former Eagles 1st-round bust Marcus Smith released by Seahawks

Marcus Smith, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2014, was released by the Seahawks Friday, the second straight summer he’s been cut.

With just 6½ sacks in 51 career games over four seasons, Smith is among the biggest first-round busts in recent NFL history.

The Eagles released Smith last July 26, and he signed with the Seahawks two days later. He played in 14 games for Seattle a year ago, tying his career high with 2½ sacks.

Smith had missed practice the last two days with what coach Pete Carroll said was a personal issue.

In three years with the Eagles, the 26th pick in the 2014 draft recorded four sacks.

Some 174 players have recorded more sacks than Smith since opening day of 2014.

Smith is part of a remarkable trio of first-round defensive end busts the Eagles have drafted in the last couple decades.

Jon Harris, the 25th pick in 1997, had two career sacks. Jerome McDougle, the 15th pick in 2003, had three career sacks. And Smith has 6½.

Among defensive ends drafted in the first round during the 18-year span from 1997 through 2014, Harris, McDougle and Smith have the fourth, sixth and 16th-fewest sacks.

Smith, now 26, was due an $800,000 base salary this year if he made the Seahawks’ roster. They’re on the hook for a $400,000 signing bonus they gave him in March and will now have to carry that in dead money.

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