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Treggs Puts Big-Play Ability On Display

Posted Nov 6, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – All week long, one of the most common questions brought up by fans and reporters alike concerned whether or not the Eagles could open up their passing attack and take advantage of opportunities to throw the ball down the field.

That question was answered during the team's first full drive of the second quarter. After forcing the Giants to go three-and-out, the Eagles saw their chance. Doug Pederson dialed up a play-action pass with only one receiver on the field.

The receiver was Bryce Treggs, who ran by the Giants' defense to haul in the pass. Treggs was tripped up by his feet to keep him out of the end zone, but the 58-yard pass-and-catch was exactly what the Eagles' offense has been looking for.

Two plays later, Ryan Mathews was in the end zone and the Eagles had pulled within four points at 14-10.

"It felt great just to help my team score that touchdown," Treggs said afterwards. "When the coaches put me in a position to make a play, I just have to make that play. They put me out there and they trusted me. I was the only receiver on the field. I was really the only read that they had, so it was up to me to make a play.

"We knew that when there was one receiver out there, the safeties play low. (Wide receivers coach) Greg (Lewis) sent me out there and told me to run fast and that’s what I did."

Treggs, an undrafted rookie out of California, finished with two catches for 69 yards, the most for an Eagles' rookie in his first game since DeSean Jackson in 2008. Both of his catches were good for first downs, and the over-the-top element was certainly on display.

"I thought he played well," said Carson Wentz. "I’ll have to go back and watch the tape and see how he did consistently. You know obviously he had the comeback (route) over there and the big play down the field. So, it’s good to get a guy like that out there, a speedster like that, and get him a big play early in the game."

Treggs finished the day third on the team in receiving yards and while the rookie was excited to showcase his skill set in his first NFL game, he gave his teammates much of the credit for allowing him to come into his own in the Eagles’ offense.

“There’s nothing like this group. Out there, they helped me prepare and they’re the reason why I was able to be out there and be so comfortable,” Treggs said. "Jordan (Matthews) has been a great mentor since the day I got here. (Dorial Green-Beckham), Nelson (Agholor), those guys are great. Any time I need something on the sideline, any time I have a question, they’re there helping me throughout the game, staying calm and stuff like that.”

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