The Eagles, who are now standing at 4-3 after a vital division loss to the Cowboys, are down a receiver after Josh Huff was released on Thursday. This is coming at a pivotal time in the season, as the Eagles' wide receivers are in search of their standout moment. Quarterback Carson Wentz failed to complete a pass longer than 15 yards on Sunday, a career low for the rookie. Wentz finished the game with 32-of-46 for 202 yards with a touchdown.
Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham describes the move as a "wake-up call," but it will not affect the team's preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Giants.
"I feel like we're going to stick with our game plan that we had earlier this week and just make slight adjustments and hopefully come out and do well," Green-Beckham said. "Having one receiver down is kind of tough and put all of us in a tough situation but now we know to pick up our game and try to move forward."
Rookie wide receiver Bryce Treggs hopes to benefit from the opportunity. Head coach Doug Pederson said on Friday that Treggs was slotted to make his NFL debut even before the decision regarding Huff was made.
"If I'm out there, the coaches are going to put me in a great position to make plays and after that it's up to me and I definitely think I'm capable of it. If they call my number, I'll be ready and I'll make the play," said Treggs.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught a career-high 11 receptions down at AT&T Stadium last Sunday, but the longest completion gained 13 yards. He's as hungry as anyone to make that game-changing deep play.
"I think everybody wants to obviously. That's one big thing I know Carson wants to go out there too and take some shots down the field. That's just something we want to do," Matthews explained.
"We wanted to do it the last game, but surprisingly Dallas played really deep. ... As receivers, we just say we have to go out there and make the plays."
For Wentz, it's not that taking deep shots are out of the equation, it's more along the lines of reading the flow of the game.
"You want to take calculated risks," Wentz said. "I think that's partially the offense we are. Kind of just stay on the field and move the chains. Take the chances when they're there, but some games they just haven't been there."
Will they be there against the Giants? Tune in Sunday at 1 PM to find out.