Jenkins: Jay Cutler 'an entirely different quarterback' when pressured

Jenkins: Jay Cutler 'an entirely different quarterback' when pressured

Get some shots on Jay Cutler early, and he won’t be the same guy later.
That’s the message from Eagles Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, who will face Cutler on Monday night
“Every time you can get pressure on Jay Cutler he’s an entirely different quarterback,” Jenkins said Wednesday in an interview with CSN's John Clark for NBC10.
“That’s [true] with most quarterbacks, but … you see his demeanor and body language will change if you start to get hits on him. Especially coming off of a game where he already got beat up and bruised up.”
The Eagles face the Bears at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Cutler, now in his 11th year, has won just 16 of 42 starts since the start of the 2013 season and is under .500 for his career at 67-68.
He opened the season with a mediocre performance in the Bears’ loss to the Texans, going 16 for 29 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Since 2009, Cutler has the 12th-most touchdowns in the NFL but the third-most interceptions.
Cutler did get off to a decent start against the Texans, 10 for 13 for 156 yards with a touchdown, no interceptions and a 141.8 passer rating in the first half, when the Bears went out to a 14-0 lead.
But in the second half, he was 6 for 16 for 60 yards with no TDs and an INT — a passer rating of 22.9 — and the Bears were outscored 13-0.
Cutler was sacked just once in his effective first half but four times in the second half, when the Bears had just 36 net passing yards.
Cutler, now 33, has won just one playoff game in his career, back in 2010.  
The Eagles sacked Robert Griffin III three times Sunday in their win over the Browns, with all three sacks coming in the second half.
Jenkins has faced Cutler twice. In 2011, Cutler threw for 244 yards but completed just 19 of 45 passes with one TD and no INTs in a 30-13 Saints win over the Bears. In 2013, at Soldier Field, Cutler was 24 for 33 for 358 yards with two TDs and no INTs in a 26-18 Saints win.

To watch Clark's complete interview with Jenkins, watch Eagles Gameday Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on NBC10.

Ominous injury news for Alshon Jeffery

Ominous injury news for Alshon Jeffery

Updated: 4:20 p.m.

The Eagles’ wide receiving corps, already in shambles, is now without Alshon Jeffery, who reportedly suffered a season-ending injury in the win over the Giants Monday night.

The oft-injured Jeffery was carted off the field after suffering a non-contact injury in the ankle or Achilles area early in the second quarter.

Head coach Doug Pederson declined to specify exactly what the injury is at his day-after presser, but he did say it’s “more significant” than a week-to-week injury. At this point in the season, it's no surprise that this is a season-ending injury for the 29-year-old Jeffery.

Pederson said he was waiting for more test results later Monday before saying anything more definitive, but it didn't sound good.

He did allow that, “We have to do a course of action, a plan, with him here pretty soon probably,” which presumably means placing Jeffery on Injured Reserve and figuring out how to replace him.

Jeffery's season ends after he played just 10 games. He finished with 43 catches for 490 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

Complicating matters is the continued absence of Nelson Agholor, the Eagles’ other starting wide receiver. He missed the Giants game with a knee injury he suffered in the Dolphins game a week ago, and Pederson said there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to play against the Redskins.

“That one’s still up in the air,” he said. “We’ve just got to continue to work through his injury and where he’s at and continue to have conversations with him and see where he is prior to this week.”

With Jeffery out and Agholor’s status unknown, the Eagles have just two healthy wide receivers — J.J. Arcega Whiteside and Greg Ward, who have 19 combined career catches. Tight end Josh Perkins, who can also play in the slot, has 13 career receptions.

Things got so bad Sunday the Eagles were preparing backup quarterback Josh McCown to play wide receiver when Arega-Whiteside left the game. McCown played some receiver with the Lions in 2006. He’s now 40.

Most likely, the Eagles will add one and perhaps two wide receivers this week. Marken Michel, Marcus Green and Robert Davis are on the practice squad, and Jordan Matthews is always on Howie Roseman’s speed dial.

This late in the season it's difficult to bring in somebody from outside who hasn't been in this offense either in training camp or during the season.

“We definitely have a couple guys on practice squad if we have to make a move,” Pederson said. “Obviously, we could look outside the building if we need to. But we’re going to work through that today and try to get something in place here pretty quick. We’re back on the field (Tuesday).”

Jeffery has been in and out of the lineup with injuries for much of the last two years. The one-time Bears Pro Bowler had only 43 catches for 490 yards and four TDs in 10 games this year.

Pederson said right tackle Lane Johnson is week-to-week with a sprained ankle. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who finished the game Monday night at right tackle, will start against the Redskins Sunday. Pederson didn’t have a timetable on Johnson’s possible return.

The rest of the injury news was a little more positive.

Rookies Arcega-Whiteside and Miles Sanders, who both missed snaps Monday night, are “fine,” according to Pederson.

Cornerback Jalen Mills, who hurt his elbow, “should be OK,” Pederson said: “The only thing you’ll see probably is a brace on his elbow. Other than that he’s good.”

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Carson Wentz reveals his baby’s gender in classic Carson Wentz style

Carson Wentz reveals his baby’s gender in classic Carson Wentz style

Did we expect anything less from Carson Wentz?

If you haven’t been following our beloved quarterback’s personal life, Carson Wentz and his wife Madison announced on Thanksgiving morning that they are expecting their first child. 

On Tuesday, Wentz posted an Instagram video from their gender reveal party, where the couple found out the sex of their baby in the most Wentz way possible — by throwing a football full of colored powder into the air and skeet shooting it down to reveal the colored powder.

The football doesn’t lie. It’s a girl! 

Baby Girl Wentz is due this spring and we can’t wait. Let’s begin the name guessing now.