Agholor makes big step for Eagles

In his career, Graham has only posted 1.0 sack to go with 23 tackles in 12 games against the Redskins. "Just really excited, obviously excited back in OTAs and through camp and watching he and Carson (Wentz) work", Pederson said.

But even Wentz can not temper his enthusiasm over the offensive upgrades.

The Eagles leaned on new additions Alshon Jeffery and LeGarrette Blount to milk the clock. Agholor broke a tackle, scored and the Eagles led 7-0.

"AO1 comes from the perspective of doing everything for the Lord, working for the Lord instead of for earthly masters", Wentz said in an interview with Main Line Sports. When I asked him why, he said because they were making all the right calls to put the secondary in proper positions. After a nice Preston Smith sack, on the next play, it nearly happened again with Smith again and then defensive linemen Jonathan Allen getting hold of Wentz but letting him wiggle free. "We'll see. May the best man win". (The home team was a paltry 3 of 11).

Even though Doctson has dealt with various injuries in his short National Football League career to date, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the 24-year-old "has never lacked confidence".

Wentz said: "This weekend we had a couple days off and I was like, man, this weekend past year was a little different". We know each others tendencies. "When he went down, we didn't get rid of any of our packages, we didn't panic". Everyone on the team is invited to join the group and many times, other players who are not in the usual core Bible study group will join them. Doctson visited one specialist after another, never got an answer about what caused persistent soreness in his Achilles tendons and was placed on injured reserve October 21 as only months of rest seemed to have a positive effect.

"It's just exciting to be able to prepare like this and to be ready to play on Sunday", said Doctson, who has been a full participant at practices this week. "You don't have to look at the stat sheet for very long to see who won and lost". Since my job is to pick these things, I can't.

"I got four or five offers for four or five-year deals for a lot of money, but it wasn't where I thought I needed to be", Pryor said. "That's between him and whoever he talks to".

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Eagles are desperate to snap a five-game losing streak against their NFC North rivals, but in order to do so they must control the line of scrimmage on offense.

"It's definitely a balance, and I'm always learning how to walk that line".

But with old problems still existing - a defense that struggles on third down (8-for-14) and an inconsistent run game - the Redskins couldn't afford a slow start from their passing offense. That's enough to give any quarterback confidence.

The maligned defense looked much better, but it still allowed 356 yards and played its worst on third down.

Same as last season, the Eagles will have the starting quarterback as Carson Wentz and in backup: Nick Foles.

"Personally, I like road games", he said. "We had opportunities and just couldn't pull it out".

Doctson missed the preseason opener with a hamstring injury and was held out of the third and fourth exhibition games with hamstring and groin tightness. It's a new season.

  • Julie Sanders