By Mary Cunningham
Eagles legendary running back Brian Westbrook is one of the most perceptive ex-jocks on radio and TV, so of course CSN fired him from “Eagles Postgame Live”!
But B-Wes knows a casual effort when he sees one.
“Maybe we will get a better Rueben Randle during the regular season,” Westbrook said recently on 97.5 FM The Fanatic.
“From what I saw from him last night, he looked slow. He looked like he didn’t have any interest. He lacked explosion. He looked like he didn’t really want to catch the football.
“You can’t come onto a new team being a free agent acquisition for a team that needs you and look the way he did in that game. This football team needs Randle to produce.”
Prior to signing with the Eagles on a one-year deal this spring, Randle hauled in 57 receptions for 797 yards and eight touchdowns — which would have led the Eagles last season — and came 62 yards shy of eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2014.
The Eagles are desperate for a reliable, sure-handed target on the outside, but if Randle truly soured the coaching staff following his perceived lollygagging on routes not designed with him as a primary option against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason opener, he might just need to have strong showings in the final preseason games just to hold down a roster spot.