Treggs’ de­but vs. Gi­ants help­ing put Huff saga in past

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> After days like Sunday, peo­ple may for­get that it took un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior by a team­mate for Bryce Treggs to get his first NFL game ac­tion.

The rookie wide re­ceiver showed the pure ex­plo­sive­ness that Ea­gles scouts knew he had with a cou­ple of catches, in­clud­ing a 58-yarder, the team’s sec­ond­longest play from scrim­mage this sea­son.

Treggs was look­ing for a dif­fer­ent script. The Ea­gles were beaten, 28-23, by the Gi­ants at MetLife Sta­dium Sunday, a fourth loss in five games.

“That’s def­i­nitely not the out­come we wanted,” Treggs said. “We’re not a bad team. The locker room is not go­ing to be di­vided. We’re go­ing to keep play­ing. And we’ll get over the top.”

Treggs, thrust into the lineup when Josh Huff was cut after an ar­rest with guns and drugs, caught an 11-yard pass from Car­son Wentz in the first quar­ter. The big gainer on a go route set up an eight-yard scor­ing run by Ryan Mathews pulling the Ea­gles within 14-10 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“It felt great just to help my team score that touch­down,” said Treggs, an un­drafted rookie out of Cal. “When the coaches put me in po­si­tion to make a play, I just have to make that play. They trusted me. I was the only re­ceiver on the field. I was re­ally the only read that they had.”

Treggs’ catch was one of seven pass plays of 20 or more yards for an Ea­gles team that had been dink­ing-and-dunk­ing to ex­cess.

“Some of it was pro­tec­tion, some of it was de­sign,” coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “Some of it was just by sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion by our re­ceivers. Car­son Wentz to Bryce Treggs a cou­ple of times was nice down the field. It was good to see that. Guys bat­tled in there and did a nice job with catch­ing. The pro­tec­tion was great. The ex­e­cu­tion was what you’re look­ing for.”

Solid as Treggs played, he wasn’t in the game on the fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

*** Vet­eran of­fen­sive tackle Ja­son Peters ad­vised Wentz not to worry about back-to-back, first-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tions.

“I be­lieve Wentz is go­ing to get the job done,” Peters said. “He’s a young quar­ter­back. He’s go­ing to learn from his mis­takes. He threw a cou­ple in­ter­cep­tions to­day, I just told him ‘don’t worry about it, just go to the next play.’ He’s go­ing to make more plays than he don’t.”

It was the fourth game in which Wentz was on the field with a chance to get the Ea­gles a vic­tory in the fourth quar­ter but didn’t.

“We haven’t got­ten it done, and you guys can call it what you want,” Wentz said. “We’ve just got to find a way to fin­ish these ball­games.”

*** Ste­fen Wis­niewski started ev­ery NFL game he suited up for in a fiveyear ca­reer be­fore be­com­ing a sub with the Ea­gles.

That un­com­fort­able feel­ing sub­sided Sunday when the Penn State prod­uct re­turned to the lineup in his eighth game with the Ea­gles. Wis­niewski got the nod for left guard Allen Bar­bre, scratched with a strained ham­string.

The Ea­gles also de­ac­ti­vated de­fen­sive tack­les Ben­nie Logan (groin) and Tay­lor Hart (an­kle), of­fen­sive line­men Josh Andrews and Dil­lon Gor­don, and line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill (ham­string).

Logan and Grugier-Hill sat out their third straight games. Hart was idle for the sec­ond straight week. Beau Allen started his third straight game at de­fen­sive tackle in place of Logan.

*** NOTES >> Peters (thumb) ex­ited briefly but re­turned for the fi­nal drive. Safety Ter­rence Brooks (ham­string) didn’t re­turn. … Gi­ants guard Justin Pugh (Coun­cil Rock South) left with a knee in­jury. … Jordan Hicks has two in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son and eight takeaways in 16 ca­reer games. He’s the fifth line­backer since 1999 to have four in­ter­cep­tions in his first 16 games, join­ing Kiko Alonso, Odell Thur­man, Nick Bar­nett and Brian Cushing. … The Ea­gles were 1-for-4 on fourth down. They were 4-for-4 on the money down en­ter­ing Sunday.

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