Last December, the visiting Eagles trailed 27-22 and drove to the Redskins' 14-yard line in the final minute, but Ryan Kerrigan sacked then-rookie Carson Wentz to force a fumble and seal the Washington win. Nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters and right tackle Lane Johnson anchor the offensive side along with left guard Isaac Seumalo, center Jason Kelce and right guard Brandon Brooks. This offense isn't similar to the 2016 unit that averaged 403.4 yards per game, which was third in the NFL.
In the end, Wentz gave the Eagles a chance with arm, his legs and his fearlessness.
But even Wentz can not temper his enthusiasm over the offensive upgrades. "That's just a big thing that we will continually work on and it will be a big part of our game". They brought in former OR star running back LeGarrette Blount, along with wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Having survived the ups and down, bumps and bruises of his rookie season, Wentz emerged as a leader on and off the field. At this time past year, Wentz was learning the playbook after being abruptly thrown into the fire after veteran quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
"AO1 comes from the perspective of doing everything for the Lord, working for the Lord instead of for earthly masters", Wentz said in an interview with Main Line Sports. I think huge things are in store this year for the fifth-year tight end. Because of an effort that several players referred to as "flat" - which is inexcusable, especially in an opener - Washington already needed a minor miracle on that decisive drive. He's not afraid to come downhill and make some tackles. "We're better than that at receiver - dropping balls - and we're better than that at quarterback".
"And it's exciting to start off with a guy like Alshon going up against him in Week 1". And we're better than that at quarterback. The Eagles' first turnover of the day occurred because he badly overthrew Agholor on a swing pass. Pederson expects Norman to travel, or shadow Jeffery. With Sean McVay now in Los Angeles with the Rams, Gruden has assumed play-calling duties, and the coach says he's looking forward to the task.
Oops - It's rarely a good idea putting blame for any National Football League result on any one player and we won't here. "You don't have to look at the stat sheet for very long to see who won and lost". "What that's going to take is us working day in and day out and taking each practice one at a time, and focusing on the game plan, the work, the details". Agholor had surpassed his career high in receiving yards by the middle of the second quarter and finished with six catches for 86 yards.
When the Redskins are on offense, Kirk Cousins will need to maintain his proven ability to make good decisions against the Eagles' secondary. That's just the reality of the NFL's quarterback market.
NOTES: Gruden said Grant would start if Crowder doesn't play against the Eagles. "And you look across and you see who is covering him".
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