Favoritism is haunting the Eagles
Jason Peters left the field twice yesterday with injuries. When he was playing, he was absolutely terrible. It’s uncertain how much of 38 year old’s play has been due to injuries or just the fact that he’s old and has lost his ability to move his feet as he did in years past. If I had to guess, it’s a mixture of both.
Olivier Vernon ate the 9-time Pro Bowl left tackle for lunch yesterday. Imagine what Myles Garrett would have done to Wentz after witnessing Vernon notch three sacks, one of which he split a double team for a costly safety.
Why Jason Peters is playing is beyond me. The Eagles have Jordan Mailata on the bench for this? Peters certainly won’t be back next year. What are the Eagles waiting for? Can someone remind the Eagles that this is the NFL and playing favorites isn’t an option?
Peters isn’t the only Eagles player that seems to be getting this treatment. Remember, Sydney Jones and Rasul Douglas were sent packing at the beginning of this year. Avonte Maddox then earned the job as an outside corner with seemingly no competition due to the departures of other players and the position change for Mills. Maddox isn’t an outside corner, that’s evident in the way he’s performed all year.
Jalen Mills was given a shot at safety rather than playing his natural cornerback position. For a player that’s on a one-year deal with the Eagles, it doesn’t make sense to continue to put Jalen Mills out there over Will Parks or K’Von Wallace. Maybe both of those options are no good either, but I think it’s time to find out what we have before the end of the season.
Of course it’s a shame that Nate Gerry got injured. You never want to see anyone get hurt. However, before Gerry was injured, the Eagles continuously put him out on the field as a linebacker and players like Alex Singleton never even had a shot. Now, it looks like Singleton is our best option at linebacker and it’s not even close.
You also have Alshon Jeffery, another player that won’t be here next year, eating up snaps at the wide receiver position when they should be going to John Hightower who showed flashes of greatness, especially on deep routes before Alshon returned. Why?
Pederson stated last week that he wouldn’t make personnel changes for the “sake of change”. We are now passed that point, Doug. We can’t keep holding onto players that simply aren’t performing. Peters should not be playing. Jeffery should not be playing. Not that we have a choice, but Maddox shouldn’t be the starting outside corner and Jalen Mills shouldn’t be playing safety.
I am against the narrative that Carson Wentz should be benched for Jalen Hurts. I don’t think that is a solution to any problems that the Eagles have. But how about sending a message to Carson? Where’s the accountability? There’s no reason that after a turnover, Wentz shouldn’t be reprimanded on the sidelines. Throw Hurts out there for a few series and let’s see what we have in our 2nd round draft pick. Give Wentz a few series on the bench to show him that nothing is promised in the NFL.
The Eagles simply cannot be playing favoritism. Maybe it’s stubbornness or being loyal to a fault. Whatever you want to call it, there are way too many examples of players that are earning reps over others that, at the very least, should be given the opportunity to prove themselves.
At this point, we literally have nothing else to lose.
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