It almost looked like Quez Watkins was playing dead to try and fool the defense. The Philadelphia Eagles speedster caught a 50-yard bomb from Jalen Hurts for a first down, then went down to the ground before getting back up and turning the burners back on.
One problem, Watkins stumbled and then fumbled the football. Washington didn’t take advantage of the turnover, but it stalled a promising third-quarter drive that could have resulted in a go-ahead touchdown. Ball security — not refs missing calls — doomed the Eagles on Monday Night Football.
Nick Sirianni took full blame for not having Quez Watkins fully coached up in ball security following his 50-yard catch and fumble: “I didn’t put Quez in that scenario in drills. We’ll get better from this as coaches, and I know Quez will as well.” #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly
— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) November 16, 2022
Head coach Nick Sirianni took the blame for Watkins’ immediately following the game. On Wednesday, Sirianni explained the botched play further and threw his full trust and confidence behind Watkins.
“He obviously had a big fumble this week in this game, and he knows that,” Sirianni told reporters. “We’ll work to fix that, and he’ll work to fix that, but we have a lot of confidence in him, and we have a lot — again, when I tell you we have confidence in somebody, that’s not blind faith. There were all the reps that we’ve had in practice with him last year, every rep this year where he’s taken advantage of that opportunity. He just continued to put his head down and work.”
“I was just trying to make a play. I didn’t get touched & I knew I had left him behind, so I just wanted to get up & get some extra yards. I didn’t have good ball security. It is always taught and I didn’t have it and it cost us”
-Quez Watkins on fumble
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 15, 2022
That one fumble won’t impact target shares. The Eagles are going to need to rely on the third-year receiver to take on a bigger role in the coming weeks with tight end Dallas Goedert hitting injured reserve. He’s out until at least Week 15.
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