Eagles might get Mike Wallace back this season after all


Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon and hit a number of topics pertaining to the Eagles' offense. 

Here are three takeaways: 

Hoping for Wallace

Eagles veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace is on injured reserve after fracturing his fibula in Week 2, but the Eagles are still holding out hope Wallace will be able to return this season. 

"Hopefully, Mike's progressing and we get a chance to get him back here this season," Groh said. 

Wallace wouldn't be allowed to return until Week 11 against the Saints, which could force the Eagles to make a decision sooner. Both Mack Hollins and Richard Rodgers, placed on IR before the start of the season, would be eligible to return before Wallace. And the team is allowed to bring back just two players from IR each season. So if they get to a point when Hollins and Rodgers could return, the Eagles might have to try to determine if Wallace will be able to come back in Week 11. If he is, it would obviously be worth holding a spot for him. 

Without Wallace, the Eagles have lacked a consistent deep threat, which is what Groh was asked about when he volunteered the hope that Wallace would return. Groh even admitted the deep threat is "an element that we're searching for a little bit." 

Despite Shelton Gibson's obvious speed and tracking ability he showed making that 48-yard catch against Minnesota, it's clear the Eagles aren't trying to expand his role greatly. 

Back on the field

Corey Clement returned Thursday night after missing two games with a quad injury, but Groh said Clement wasn't on a "pitch count" in that game. He said Clement was "full-go." 

That seems hard to believe based on the fact that Wendell Smallwood got 44 snaps to Clement's 26. Maybe Clement wasn't on a snap count but I'd still expect his workload to increase as he gets further away from the injury. 

"He adds a lot to our offense both as a runner and a receiver and he's always done a really nice job of being conscientious in protection," Groh said. "Having him back and available certainly is a boost for us offensively."

No, no, yes!

I can't stop watching Carson Wentz's first touchdown pass from the Giants game. He rolled to his right and then threw across his body about 30 yards into Alshon Jeffery's arms at the back of the end zone. It's a ridiculous play that about three guys in the world can make.

But it's also the exact type of play quarterbacks are coached not to make. It's a recipe for disaster. It's a play that will make coaches lose their minds. But Wentz can make those throws. 

So does the staff have to change its coaching points because of how special Wentz is?  

"No, we still want to play disciplined football," Groh said. "It's kind of one of those plays where you're like, 'No!' and then, 'Yes!' One of those kinds of deals. But we have absolute trust and confidence in Carson, and his ability to see the field and make the right decision."

So … good play. Don't do it again. But if you do, it better work. 

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