1. Expectations For Wentz
Our writers Fran Duffy, Dave Spadaro, and Chris McPherson answer your biggest questions sent through Twitter ahead of the Eagles' matchup against the Colts this Sunday. Some are simple while others are a bit more provocative:
Fran Duffy: Woof. I may have to do a shot after reading this one. The team lost one game, on the road, severely outgunned offensively in a game where they made several crucial mistakes on defense and they were STILL within reach of winning the game. Let's pump the brakes a bit, chief...
2. Reich Returns
Eagles' former offensive coordinator Frank Reich returns to Philadelphia on Sunday as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He brings with him an offense that with plenty of weapons and similar schemes that the Eagles used last season. Fran Duffy breaks down the tape on the Colts and lets you know what to look for in this week's Eagle Eye:
From a philosophical standpoint, this is a team that wants to get the ball out quickly. The Colts will take their shots downfield (and I expect that they will in this game) but that's not really their identity right now, even with an explosive guy like T.Y. Hilton at wide receiver. Reich wants to give Luck as much information as possible before the snap so that when he drops back he can get rid of the ball at the top of his drop and move the chains. The Colts will mix up their use of personnel (they love lining up in 12 personnel packages), formations (they work in a lot of empty looks with five eligible receivers spread out across the width of the field), and pace (they'll mix in some hurry-up modes here and there). They made a killing the last two weeks in attacking the flats with short, quick passes, and I think they'll go that route again on Sunday.
3. Nick Foles Embraces New Role
With Carson Wentz taking the reins of the offense once again as the starting quarterback, Nick Foles will return to his role as a backup quarterback. Foles knew this day would come eventually and he told reporters yesterday that he is excited to be able to help the Eagles win in another capacity. While the changing day-to-day aspects of his situation will be difficult, Foles said he is still in a great position and be plans to attack his new role:
"I'm excited for Carson," Foles said. "I'm excited to watch him go out and play. We have a special quarterback room here that supports him, so we'll go out and be out there supporting him when he's playing and when he's on the sideline, looking over photos, whatever he wants. All of us want to play, but at the same time, I'm going to embrace this role and find joy in it."
4. Injury Report: Colts vs. Eagles
Thursday's injury report for the Eagles and Colts heading into Sunday:
Did not participate: RB Jay Ajayi (back), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)
Limited Participation: WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), OT Jason Peters (quadricep)
Full Participation: LB D.J. Alexander (knee), LB Nathan Gerry (groin), QB Carson Wentz (knee)
Did not participate: DE Denico Autry, OT Anthony Castonzo, TE Jack Doyle, WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack, DE Hassan Ridgeway, CB Quincy Wilson, RB Christine Michael.
Limited Participation: OT Denzelle Good
Full Participation: S Clayton Geathers, CB Chris Milton
5. Off The Beat: Jake Elliott
Jake Elliott is a legend around these parts for his ability to kick the football. With his 61-yard game-winner against the Giants and his clutch 46-yarder in the Super Bowl, he may have hit the two most significant field goals in Eagles history -- and he was a rookie.
But besides his kicking, Elliott has a lot of talent in other sports. In fact, it's pretty difficult to find a sport in which Elliott does not excel. Alex Smith tried to do just this in his latest Off The Beat column as he discussed Elliott's various athletic pursuits:
"It was still up in the air (whether to stick with tennis or football) into senior year of high school, really," Elliott said. "I was still looking at schools for tennis while I was looking at schools for football. While I was being recruited for football, I would kind of check out their tennis facilities and vice versa. Once football kind of grabbed the reins, I had to go with it."