The Ryan Mathews disappearing act in Philly can’t last forever. Right?
Eagles coach Doug Pederson insisted Wednesday that the veteran runner remains the team’s top back, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pederson went on to cite Darren Sproles as a complementary piece, despite the quick-footed satellite back averaging 37 snaps per game this season to just 19 for Matthews. The breakdown was especially jarring in Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys, with Sproles on the field for 79 percent of plays while Mathews logged just eight snaps all evening.
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After playing 35 snaps in the opener, Mathews has yet to approach those totals since, failing to play more than 50 percent of plays iall year and seeing snap counts of eight, eight and 11 plays over three of his past five games.
Rookie Wendell Smallwood has logged more action over the past month than Mathews, while Sproles saw his workload balloon with a season-high 62 snaps against Dallas.
Fantasy heads and Eagles fans need to see it on the field before accepting Pederson’s pecking-order report point blank. Mathews has vanished in this offense, something we didn’t expect to write about the Eagles heading into this season.
Josh Huff has a new home.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys signed the former Philadelphia Eagles jerseys wide receiver to their practice squad, the team announced Monday.
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“I want to let the fans and community as a whole know that I understand the responsibility I have as a professional athlete,” Huff said after the incident, “and I will take all measures necessary to correct mistakes I have made.”The Eagles released Huff last week after the third-year pass-catcher was pulled over for speeding in New Jersey on Nov. 1 and charged with possession of an unloaded handgun without a permit. Huff was also charged for possessing a small amount of marijuana.
Philly quickly pulled the plug on the 5-foot-11, 206-pound wideout who caught 48 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown over two-plus seasons with the Eagles, who picked him in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Bucs could use help in the passing game, but Huff is no guarantee to see the field this season in Tampa.
In the market for a deep-threat wide receiver, the Philadelphia Eagles have reached out to former coach Chip Kelly’s new organization.
The Eagles and San Francisco 49ers jerseys are in discussion about a potential trade involving wide receiver Torrey Smith, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. A deal could accelerate quickly, Rapoport added.
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Although Kelly earlier in the day denied any knowledge of trade discussions involving five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, Rapoport confirmed the rebuilding 1-6 Niners are willing to part with several high-priced veterans before next week’s trade deadline.
Smith has gone to waste since defecting from Baltimore to sign a five-year, $40 million contract in San Francisco two offseasons ago. The 49ers simply haven’t had a quarterback capable of finding him on intermediate and deep routes.
The 27-year-old has just 13 catches this season after recording 33 all of last year. He never posted fewer than 49 receptions in four seasons with the wholesale Ravens jerseys.
The Eagles have a need for an experienced, speedy wideout with Jordan Matthews best suited to the middle of the field, Nelson Agholor unable to win consistently outside the numbers and Dorial Green-Beckham still too raw as a route runner.
Although Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick went to Cleveland in the Carson Wentz trade, general manager Howie Roseman compensated by picking up Minnesota’s top draft pick in the Sam Bradford swap. The Eagles also have an extra fourth-round selection from the Browns deal.
Roseman has been one of the most active wheelers-and-dealers since regaining his office from Kelly. It will be no surprise if Smith is soon catching passes from Wentz as the Eagles try to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in a tight NFC East race.