After playing in the first two games of the year, Kevin Curtis has not played a single snap. However, now would be a great time for him to come back and start contributing. With Jeremy Maclin being out at least a week (probably more), the Eagles have an immediate hole to fill in their roster. They did alright against the Giants on Sunday after Maclin left the game but are going to need someone to step up.
We saw Reggie Brown flash a little brilliance against the Giants, but I’m sure no one wants to have to rely on him to be a consistent contributor. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but it’s hard to believe looking into the past. Jason Avant had a pretty quiet game against the Giants and will also be looked at to step up in Maclin’s absence. We can tell that DeSean Jackson hasn’t had any setbacks with his concussion so we know he’s going to be his typical explosive self but the question lures about Curtis. Can he come back? How long is it going to take him to get into game shape? Will he be able to contribute immediately?
The good news for the Eagles is that they have their easiest game out of the three remaining coming up with a mediocre San Francisco 49ers team. This is the type of game where the Eagles should (keyword should) be able to jump out to an early lead and then be able to get some backups some reps. At this time, you’d really like to see Kevin Curtis get a lot of reps and get reacquainted with the speed of the game. You want to see him run some good routes, catch some balls, and make some cuts and show us the speed he once had. I don’t think Maclin’s injury is one that will fade away quickly so it would be great to get some contribution out of Curtis. The Eagles have persevered over many things this year and this appears to be just another hurdle for them to get over on their way to the playoffs.