Good morning, Eagles fans! Welcome to the start of Week 2 as the Eagles begin their prep for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football. Today at 1:45 p.m., offensive coordinator Mike Groh and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will meet with the media. Both press conferences will be live streamed here and our social media platforms. In today’s edition of Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft, we will cover everything from injury updates to the final takeaways from the Eagles' victory over the Redskins. Let’s get to the most notable stories.
1. Pederson: Malik Jackson injury is a 'significant' one
Head coach Doug Pederson said that the foot injury that defensive tackle Malik Jackson suffered in Sunday's win over Washington is "significant" and one "that's going to require some time." Jackson was carted off the field in the fourth quarter after playing 34 snaps on defense in his Eagles debut. He started alongside Fletcher Cox and registered one tackle, according to the press box stats.
2. Brandon Brooks should be in the Comeback Player of the Year conversation
With reports and media calling his return Week 1 impossible after a ruptured Achilles, Brandon Brooks silenced those doubters this past Sunday. He started and played 55 snaps on offense, coming out in the fourth quarter of the 32-27 victory. Brooks’ amazing recovery, 238 days after the injury is a testament to his determination and hard work. Check out what he and his teammates had to say about his performance against the Redskins here.
This is what all the work was for, not just for myself to run out of the tunnel, but to be out there with those guys," Brooks said. "I'm an only child. I don't have any brothers, don't know what it's like. But in this locker room, it's not something that's just tossed around, especially in the O-line room. We really are a family.”
3. Cleaning out the notebook and looking ahead to Falcons
As the Eagles prepare for the Falcons, Insider Dave Spadaro goes through his final notes from the season opener victory. He covers every position group including the impact of wide receivers, to Carson Wentz’s performance. Check out the major takeaways here.
“Sunday night is an excellent early-season litmus test for the defense playing an explosive Atlanta offense. The Falcons played poorly in their loss to Minnesota and the re-made offensive line took its lumps. The Eagles are going to see a different Atlanta offense as the Falcons open their home schedule. So, what does this defense need? They’ve got to pressure quarterback Matt Ryan and they need to limit the explosive Falcons passing game. Keep an eye on Atlanta’s offensive line this week. First-round draft pick Chris Lindstrom suffered a foot injury – reported to be fractured – against Minnesota after starting at right guard. Losing Lindstrom would be a significant blow to a line that allowed four quarterback sacks and provided no space for the ground game.” – Dave Spadaro
4. Eagle Eye: Third-down magic a team effort
Fran Duffy looked at how the Eagles' offense was able to win the money down against Washington. Sure, Carson Wentz was a brilliant completing 12 of 13 attempts for 197 yards with three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns were the 50-plus-yard throws to Jackson, while the other was a dart in the red zone to Jeffery. He also moved the chains twice on third down by utilizing a quarterback sneak. But Duffy explains how part of the third-down success was playcalling and some of it was the team's ability to adjust on the fly.