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Carson Wentz returning is only way to save Eagles' O

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 13, 2018 - 6:17 am

The Eagles have spent the past week searching all over for help at the wide receiver position. 

They signed three new receivers to the practice squad. They worked out one former first-round bust, and tried to workout another. They signed a veteran receiver, Kamar Aiken, that they cut earlier this month. 

The reality is, however, that at this point in the season the chances of the Eagles finding help on the street at receiver are slim. Any player that can be had now can be had for reason, and the ability to make an immediate impact isn’t it. 

The good news for the Eagles is that they don’t need to remake their receiver position to turn their offense back into the high flying unit it was last season. 

They just need their quarterback back. 

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Although the receiving core does deserve some of the blame for the lack of production in the Eagles’ season-opening win over the Atlanta Falcons, the truth is that their offense struggled because quarterback Nick Foles did. 

The receivers gave Foles’ chances to make plays down the field. The quarterback just wasn’t able to make them. A perfect example was a deep pass from Foles near the end of the fourth quarter. Receiver Mike Wallace had successfully beaten his man down the sideline and was open for a long-touchdown to seal the game.

Instead, Foles under threw the pass and it was nearly picked off. Wallace ended the game with zero catches.

Foles also had a chance to make a big play down the sideline to receiver Nelson Agholor in the third quarter. Instead, Foles was late with the ball and it was nearly picked off. 

If Foles hits Wallace, the narrative surrounding the veteran receiver is much different as he finishes the game with a crucial, long touchdown catch. If Foles hits Agholor, the receiver ends up with nine catches for around 60 yards — if not more depending what he did after the catch on the missed opportunity by Foles.  

Add in a handful of other players that were there to be made that Foles missed, and the truth is that the Eagles don’t need a new veteran receiver or an intriguing prospect on the practice squad to save their passing game. 

They just need Carson Wentz back. 

And the good news? That should be happening very soon. 

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