Off practice squad, WR Travis Fulgham lifts short-handed Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham was signed off the practice squad Saturday. A day later, he elevated to the role of hero on "Sunday Night Football."

Carson Wentz found Fulgham down the left side for a 42-yard touchdown with 4:08 remaining to lift the Eagles (1-2-1) over the San Francisco 49ers 25-20 and into sole possession of first place in the downtrodden NFC East.

"After we broke the huddle, Carson said, 'Get ready,' so I knew there was a good shot he'd get the ball to me," Fulgham said after the victory in Santa Clara, California. "[I] came off the line, beat the corner, do what I do every day in practice. We just executed.

"At first, I lost the ball. But since Carson gave me a great throw, I was able to locate it, and it was right in the bread basket."

Wentz said he and Fulgham had the opportunity to rep that play only once in practice, and they hit on it.

"So we're 2-for-2 on that one," Wentz said with a smile.

"It's just cool. We broke the huddle, I told him to be ready. I've seen him with this team for a while now, going up against our defense on scout team and what he does to our defense. ... I was just proud of him for coming out here tonight and making the plays when asked to."

Fulgham, a 2019 sixth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions out of Old Dominion, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers in August before being cut by the Eagles and then placed on their practice squad. He was brought up this weekend out of sheer necessity, as injuries have ripped through the offense.

"It's been a long offseason," Fulgham said. "But I came here to Philly, and they gave me an opportunity to work with Carson."

Wentz, in a reprise of late last season, was working largely with bottom-of-the-roster players and practice squad call-ups and found a way to muscle his team to a win. He was without four of his top four wide receivers (DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside), tight end Dallas Goedert and left tackle Jason Peters.

Right tackle Lane Johnson was in and out of the game with a lingering ankle injury that required surgery this summer.

"We're ready, guys are stepping up," Wentz said. "Lots of young guys on the O-line who are doing amazing. [I'm] proud they're staying ready."

It was tough sledding for Wentz, who finished 18-of-28 for 193 yards with two touchdowns (one rushing) and an interception, but he took advantage of the opportunity his defense presented him when Cre'Von LeBlanc stripped Niners quarterback Nick Mullens, setting up the Eagles in San Francisco territory. Seven plays later, Wentz and Fulgham connected, giving Philadelphia its first fourth-quarter lead of the season.

"He just has the confidence in us. With that, we're just able to play our game and not worry about other things," Fulgham said. "Just trusting our quarterback."

An Alex Singleton pick-six on the subsequent possession helped ice it for the Eagles, who had to fend off a late Niners surge.

The Dallas Cowboys (1-3), Washington Football Team (1-3) and New York Giants (0-4) all lost Sunday, dropping the NFC East's overall record to 3-12-1. Despite struggles from Wentz & Co. out of the gate, the Eagles are now a half-game up in the division, with a trip next Sunday to play the Pittsburgh Steelers upcoming.

Wentz set a career high with his third rushing touchdown of the season, and he became the first Eagles quarterback with a rushing TD in three consecutive games since Michael Vick did so in 2010.