By Michael Donovan
It’s now or never time for Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
At 6-5, 237-pounds, Beckham should be able to physically dominate opposing defensive backs. There are times when he can do so, especially when he is running a slant.
Beckham faced one on one coverage with no safety help last week against the Giants. It was almost as if New York dared Carson Wentz to go to him. Wentz targeted Beckham five times with no completions.
Fellow wideout Jordan Matthews has seen improvement in Beckham and feels an intense atmosphere in practice will transfer to game day.
“That is the next thing that’s going to take DGB to the next level,” Matthews said yesterday. “His routes have gotten crisper; he’s more focused, he’s learning the plays. Now, it’s just him bringing that dog out. It’s something that we have to continue during practice. I am going to motivate him to do that.”
Matthews brings intensity to everything that he does. It resonates when he talks at press conferences or when simply having a conversation at his locker.
The Eagles offense had some down practices when Matthews was out during training camp. His presence was certainly missed. The third-year receiver is well aware of how significant his role is when it comes to setting the tone in practice and games.
“To be honest, I felt a large responsibility when I was out,” Matthews said. “Practice will be on a whole different level. When I am in there, we are going to go out there full tilt. When I was out, I felt like we weren’t able to get that same intensity in practice at times. The intensity just had to be higher.”