We didn’t know what Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson would say during his press conference today. He actually missed his normal 8 AM call to Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team. He wasn’t 30 seconds into his press conference before he delivered a statement that Eagles fans have waited to hear since training camp.
Ladies and gentlemen, wide receiver Paul Turner has been added to the active roster, and following what we’ve seen from the receiving corps, this has to be music to everyone’s ears.
What this means:
Yes, Coach Pederson discussed injuries. Fans will be glad to know that running back Darren Sproles, despite a seventh rib fracture, may still play on Sunday. Apparently, his isn’t as severe as the one tight end Zach Ertz had. Defensive end Connor Barwin has a bone bruise, and running back Ryan Mathews is banged up. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin has entered the league’s concussion protocol, and rookie lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai has a grade two MCL sprain. While all of that is important, the highlight of today is, without question, Turner’s elevation to the active roster.
What took so long? Pederson explained the numbers game that coaches are forced to play. Now due to injuries, a possible issue developing with Nelson Agholor and the overall concern for the offense, Turner’s elevation makes him, quite possibly, the most popular man in Philadelphia.
The coaches say he’s ready. Agholor’s recent comments have some wondering if something is going on with him that may not even be related to football. Pederson says he’ll speak with his second-year receiver and make sure he’s okay, but as for Turner, he’s apparently making plays in practice. Fans finally have reason to be encouraged.