Eagles wideout Bryce Treggs said he thinks he might indeed hear from the NFL discipline police over the hit on Green Bay’s Damarious Randall that left Randall concussed, during last week’s preseason opener.
“On that play, I’ve got a ‘force block.’ So if there’s a defensive back down in the box, that’s my man, not the corner. So it kind of looks like a crack [crackback block], but it’s not really designed like that, he just didn’t see me,” said Treggs, who led the Eagles with seven catches for 91 yards at Green Bay.
The Packers said they wanted the league to review hits by Treggs and by Eagles safety Tre Sullivan.
“I tried to hit him in the shoulder, but I think the top of my helmet caught him in the chin, from the film that I watched. I just gotta be more precise with my target area, just a little bit lower, and I think I’ll be fine next time,” Treggs said.
Treggs again sat out practice Monday with leg soreness.
The Eagles’ offensive personnel, including coordinator Frank Reich, ran a series of three up-and-back sprints on the middle NovaCare field following Monday’s practice.
Asked afterward if this was some sort of punishment, Reich said: “No, just building chemistry, team bonding, building discipline.”
That last part of the answer came closest to the truth, as right tackle Lane Johnson and other Eagles confirmed. There were three sets of sprints because the offense false-started three times during practice.
Quarterback Carson Wentz was ahead of most of the running backs and wide receivers at the end of the first set, but he fell back into the pack by the end.
“Tired legs,” Wentz said.
Reich talked about Wentz and the Jordan Matthews trade, about what it’s like for a quarterback to lose a receiver who’s a good friend. Reich said the closest thing he’s experienced was when he and receiver Don Beebe finally parted company, after playing together in Buffalo and Carolina from 1989-95. He said they remain close friends.
“I think it was very hard for Carson,” Reich said. “Those guys were super close, they had a very good chemistry. But I think everybody in this business understands that you have to be both personal and professional.”
Mathews release imminent?
The long-running Ryan Mathews saga reached another milestone Monday when the surgeon who performed Mathews’ spinal fusion surgery – not one of the Eagles’ doctors – performed a scan to see if Mathews is healed from the January procedure.
Mathews is scheduled to get a physical from the Eagles’ medical staff today. If he passes, the running back presumably will be released and the team will gain $5 million in cap room.
The Eagles have already given Mathews’ No. 24 jersey to safety Terrence Brooks.
On the lookout for a jersey in the 20s, by the way, is just-acquired corner Ronald Darby, who has resisted having a nameplate made for his locker stall because it would feature his current No. 35, which he does not like.
Darby has been unsuccessful in trying to get Wendell Smallwood to part with No. 28, which Darby wore in Buffalo. If you’re on the roster bubble and you wear a jersey in the 20s, you don’t want to see Darby looking longingly at it, hanging in your stall.
Alshon Jeffery seemed to be more of a frequent drill participant Monday than he has been most days lately. “I feel great,” said Jeffery, who had a shoulder bruise early in camp but is healthy now, a source close to the situation said. So will Jeffery play in the preseason’s first home game Thursday vs. Buffalo? “I do not know, but we’ll see,” he said … Right guard Brandon Brooks (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis. Ditto running back Wendell Smallwood (hamstring).“I feel like I’m a step behind” after not being able to play in last week’s preseason opener, Smallwood said.