NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Smith

Jalen Reagor will miss the Eagles‘ season opener, and possibly the first two games of the year, with a labrum tear, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears. The silver lining is that Reagor’s shoulder injury is not major and he will not require surgery. Reagor, the No. 21 overall pick in the draft, racked up 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns over the course of three seasons at TCU. The speedster figures to play a significant role in the Eagles’ offense when he returns.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • Carson Wentz has missed multiple Eagles practices due to an unspecified soft tissue injury, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, but Doug Pederson indicated the fifth-year quarterback is not dealing with anything major. While any Wentz injury is notable given his history, he will be expected to be under center in Week 1.
  • Logan Ryan‘s Giants deal is a one-year pact worth $5MM in base value, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes. The extra $2.5MM in Ryan’s contract comes through incentives. A playing-time structure covers $1.5MM of the incentives, with Florio adding that Ryan can earn up to $1.5MM through these escalators. Ryan would earn that sum if he plays 90% of the Giants’ snaps, however, and it would take an 80% snap rate for him to collect $1MM. The other $1MM in this deal involves accolades, with Ryan receiving $500K for a Pro Bowl honor and another $500K for an All-Pro nod. The seven-year veteran has never made a Pro Bowl.
  • For the first time since his gruesome November 2018 injury, Alex Smith participated in team drills. The Washington quarterback took snaps in 11-on-11 sessions, John Keim of notes. Washington was not in full pads during this session, but the 36-year-old passer continues to work his way back after what looked like a career-ending injury. Ron Rivera would like to see Smith participate in a fully padded team session this week. Smith’s 2020 base salary ($16MM) is guaranteed. He is set to count $21.4MM against Washington’s cap this season.
  • Jason Peters has requested a raise to move back to left tackle, and it is not clear the Eagles will oblige. Peters is still working at guard with Philly, which has used Matt Pryor in place of injured left tackle Andre Dillard, per Bowen. A sixth-round pick in 2018, Pryor did not play as a rookie and has seen only 79 snaps of NFL action. Pryor primarily worked as a guard at TCU, though he made six starts at right tackle as a senior. This would be an interesting route for the Eagles to take, however, given their usual commitment to their offensive line.
  • DeAndre Baker‘s arraignment date has been moved back four months, with the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard reporting the Giants cornerback is now set to appear in court Jan. 20, 2021. This could potentially close the book on Baker’s 2020 season. A 2019 first-round pick, Baker faces four charges of armed robbery with a firearm. He resides on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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11 comments on “NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Smith

  1. rtr1redrockets

    anyone remember after they won the s.b. in 17 and changed training staff and facilities….or am I dreaming?

    seems like ever since the have the permainjurybug!

  2. wagner13

    The Eagles might need to satisfy Peters’ financial demands. They can’t possibly consider entering the season with a former sixth rounder who didn’t even have experience on the blindside in college. Wentz already has an injury history; don’t make it worse

    • Ak185

      Exactly. And you don’t need to spend time training him. Bite the bullet, pay Peters, focus on your other issues.

      • rocky7

        Okay, so you think caving in and paying a 38 year old, who hasn’t played the position lately, and who has missed 15 games over the last couple of seasons is a good idea… about structuring an incentive package that rewards him for games played, and level of play….oh no that’s why he just wants to get paid….so that when he gets injured because of his age and physicality he still gets the pay…..forgot this is the NFL and its “fans” these days.

        • wagner13

          That could work. I didn’t mean they had to comply directly with his demands. In fact, I’m a huge fan of escalating contracts loaded with incentives.

          In other words, you don’t need to be so freaking condescending. We’re all adults here after all, and you don’t need to assert yourself as some superior intellectual

        • Dongigs

          15 games over the last couple seasons? Where are you getting those numbers from?
          If you take away the Super Bowl year, JP has missed 5 games in 6 seasons. Even if you include ’17, he’s missed 14 games in 6 seasons…. Facts matter.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    The media needs to end this charade that Alex Smith is going to make a comeback. No one is questioning his character, commitment or determination but there is more to life than the game of football.

    • qbert1996

      Its not a charade. It’s Smith’s choice to come back ans the media has only been following his story. Who are you to decide what a man can or cannot do?

  4. As an Eagles’ fan I have a bad feeling about this season. The OL has always been the center of strength on this team. Brooks and Dillard out for the year, Johnson is dinged, Peters is old, Kelce is on the fringe of retirement.

    I fear for Wentz in that first game, considering Sanders has yet to practice.

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