Moats was activated against the San Diego Chargers to return kickoffs. But his debut didn't go so well. He fumbled both of his returns, returning them just 11 and 15 yards. On his second return, he was hit hard and left the game with a concussion.
The concussion probably won't prevent the third-round pick from
playing this week. But his two drops might. Cornerback Rod Hood, who had
been doing the majority of the kickoff returning in the first five
games, replaced Moats after he got hurt.
Last year, '04 fourth-round pick J.R. Reed returned kickoffs for the
Eagles and averaged a solid 23.1 yards per return. But he suffered a
career-threatening leg injury in the off-season and will miss the entire
The Eagles have gotten little from their return game this year.
They're averaging just 19.9 yards per kickoff return and just 4.4 yards
per punt return. Starting cornerback Lito Sheppard replaced Dexter Wynn
as the main punt returner last week, but had just one return for 1 yard
along with two fair catches.
"We need to do a better job of blocking on kickoff returns," coach
Andy Reid said. "And our (punt and kickoff) returners have to hit it up
in there. Be a little more aggressive."
--QB Donovan McNabb, who is playing with a sports hernia, is feeling
better this week than he has following the last few games, according to
coach Andy Reid.
--QB Mike McMahon was the No. 3 quarterback Sunday. McMahon had had
exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his knee two weeks earlier.
--RB Brian Westbrook had a season-high 20 touches Sunday against the
Chargers, but 10 of them came on pass receptions. Westbrook continues to
be frustrated by his lack of rushing attempts.
--FB Josh Parry got more snaps Sunday than he has all season as the
Eagles tried to give injured Donovan McNabb extra protection. He'll
probably play a lot Sunday against Denver as well. Parry had two
receptions against the Chargers.
--WR Terrell Owens caught his 100th career touchdown reception
Sunday, but had an otherwise uneventful day. He caught seven passes, but
for only 53 yards. He'll probably spend a lot of Sunday going up against
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.
--WR Greg Lewis has 25 catches, but hasn't been the vertical threat
that injured Todd Pinkston was last year. Pinkston averaged 18 yards per
catch. Lewis is averaging 10.8.
--WR Reggie Brown, the club's No. 3 receiver, may see his playing
time reduced as the Eagles go with more two-tight end formations to
protect the injured Donovan McNabb.
--TE L.J. Smith has become Donovan McNabb's go-to guy as defenses
continue to focus on stopping Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook. Smith
already has 34 receptions, including six last week against San Diego.
--PK David Akers, who has missed the last three games with a torn
hamstring, could play this week, but it's more likely he'll be held out
until next week or the week after.
--DT Darwin Walker returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three
games with a thigh injury. While the injury still is causing some
discomfort, he was able to play with it and play well.
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