Phillies Take On Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs in DC

Phillies Take On Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs in DC

The Phillies take on two members of the 2008 WFC team that set
Philadelphia ablaze with that most glorious parade down Broad Street.
Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs left the Phillies under very different
conditions, but they've both found their way to Washington, DC where
they'll be in the heart of the order for the Nationals tonight.

Werth's first game against his former team is most notable, of
course, due to his signing a gigantic 7-year, $126 million deal to play
for the lowly Nationals. Add on some friendly fightin' words directed
towards his former club, and the Phils-Nats rivalry has a little juice.

I'd except an influx of Phillis fans at Nationals Park tonight to
give both Werth and Stairs great ovations the first time they're
announced through the batting order in thanks for what they accomplished
here. After that, it's open season on the enemy. Something like the Pat
Burrell Treatment.

Joe Blanton (0-0, 14.54) will get his second turn through the
rotation and go up against the timeless Livan Hernandez (1-0, 4.76).

Much of the Phillies success last season came when they beat the
teams they were supposed to beat, including a 12-6 record against the
Nationals. Philly fans should expect nothing less from their squad this
season, especially with the revamped rotation and Washington likely
being without their ace for the entire season.

Charlie Manuel will go with the regular lineup this evening while the
Nats will go with a rag-tag bunch while Ryan Zimmerman rests up on the
DL and Adam LaRoche sits battling his own injuries. Werth is set to bat
third while Stairs, an unlikely first base backup, is set to bat

7:05 from dreary DC. Should be fun to see J-Dubs take on his former team.

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Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs, who hasn’t yet been active for a game, could be soon.

Treggs said after practice Thursday he got more reps with the first-team offense this week than he has all year.

“Way more,” Treggs said. “I feel like they’re comfortable with me now, where they don’t have to tell me what to do. I know the plays and I know where to be.”

Does that mean Treggs will make his NFL debut against the Vikings Sunday? Not necessarily. But it does mean he’s at least on the Eagles’ radar.

Treggs began his rookie preseason with Chip Kelly and the 49ers but didn’t play during the preseason because of a preexisting knee injury.

When the 49ers released him as part of final cuts, the Eagles claimed him. He was cleared medically last month and has been gradually learning the Eagles’ offense since. He’s been on the 53-man roster all year but inactive for all five games.

Treggs has 4.31 speed and ranked eighth in NCAA Division I last year with 21.2 yards per catch as a senior at Cal.

Treggs potentially could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked all year: a deep threat.

The Eagles have connected on just eight pass plays of 25 yards or more this year, and only five NFL teams have fewer.

Jordan Matthews has four of those, and running back Darren Sproles has two, which leaves just two for the rest of the Eagles’ other wideouts — one for Nelson Agholor, one for Dorial Green-Beckham and none for Josh Huff.

The Eagles have been using Green-Beckham more and more each week — he played a season-high 42 snaps in the loss to the Redskins Sunday.

Agholor has been a disappointment, with just 16 catches for 181 yards this year, no catches over 35 yards and no catches of 20 yards since opening day. In 18 NFL games, the former first-round pick has never had 65 yards in a game.

Treggs said he feels comfortable with both outside spots and the slot and has gotten practice reps at all three spots this week.

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Every injured Eagles player returned on Thursday except for one.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (left groin strain) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

If Logan can't play on Sunday, backup Beau Allen will get the start.

"Bennie was playing well [against Washington]," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "He was one of the few guys in this game that was playing well. You know, it will be more reps for guys like Beau [DT Beau Allen], and maybe even a little bit more for a guy like Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox]. We'd like to rotate those guys as much [as we can], but sometimes you're not able to. And then a guy like Destiny [DT Destiny Vaeao], who has been a part-time player and made a couple plays, but also he's given up a couple. He needs to be more consistent. We've also used some defensive ends inside the rush on third down. That helps alleviate a little bit."

While Logan was still out, several other key Eagles returned to practice after missing Wednesday: Jason Kelce (foot), Ron Brooks (calf) and Marcus Smith (groin). Brooks was the only limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Kelce missed Wednesday's practice because he got a cortisone shot on Monday.

Furthermore, several Eagles who were limited on Wednesday -- Jordan Matthews (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle), Mychal Kendricks (ribs) -- were full participants on Thursday.