Philadelphia Eagles: Time for Wide Receivers to Step Up

By Matt Shaner
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We know that the entire Philadelphia Eagles‘ team will need to be on their game to have any chance against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. There is a laundry list of mistakes from last week that need to be corrected, and hopefully the coaching staff has done their homework. One area of vulnerability facing the Broncos will be their secondary. and Michael Vick must be on point if he wants any chance to get a win.

Broncos’ corner Champ Bailey and his backup Tony Carter are both facing ankle injuries, with Bailey in limited practice and Carter not practicing. This should open a door, “should” being the key word. Last week, as the Kansas City Chiefs blanketed DeSean Jackson with single-safety help, it effectively took him out of the game. It also manned up Riley Cooper, Jason Avant and Brent Celek or Zach Ertz. The Eagles were not able to take advantage of this due to Vick’s miscues and the other receivers’ inabilities to get off man coverage and get open. It didn’t help that Jason Peters and Lane Johnson decided to transform into revolving doors.

Since the reign of Andy Reid, this team has always had undervalued receivers. The one year Donovan McNabb gets Terrell Owens, the Eagles land in the Super Bowl. We know how that ended. Jackson is a threat, but not a No. 1 receiver. Not having Jeremy Maclin is killing this group right now, as Cooper and Avant just aren’t good enough to change a game. James Casey and all of his offensive skills has spent more time on the sidelines than in the game.

This is the time for the receivers to make an impact.  If they can play their parts in Chip Kelly‘s offense, as they did in week one, there is an actual chance for a win. If not, it could be a long afternoon in the mountains of Denver.

Matt Shaner is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @MDShanersports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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