Eagles QB Josh McCown was ready to play WR vs. Giants amid injuries
The Philadelphia Eagles were down to one healthy wide receiver on Monday night against the New York Giants. Backup quarterback Josh McCown was ready to fill in. McCown said after the game, the equipment team had gone as far as to get him a helmet without a radio because a team isn’t allowed to have two of them on the field at the same time.
“I was ready to go,” McCown told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark after the game. “We had the helmet ready to go. The equipment guys were all over it. Had the radio-less helmet because you can’t have two green dots on the field at the same time.”
Nelson Agholor was sitting out the game, and Alshon Jeffery went down with a knee injury. Later in the game, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside also went out, which left Greg Ward as the only healthy target for the Eagles.
If McCown had to play, it wouldn’t have been the first time he would have lined up outside. Back in 2006 with the New England Patriots, McCown played wide receiver catching two passes for 15 yards.
“We were ready to roll,” McCown said. “Shoot, I’d get in there and go. Obviously, as a quarterback, you know the offense. I guess it was like 12 years ago in Foxboro I had to go in and do it.”
McCown didn’t end up having to line up out wide but tight end Zach Ertz did, including on the game-winning touchdown pass.
With all the injuries, the Eagles are probably going to need to sign a wide receiver or two before their game against the Washington Redskins.