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