PFF lists top graded Eagles vs. Redskins
A few Philadelphia Eagles players performed well despite the team's 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday. Pro Football Focus released the highest
A few Philadelphia Eagles players performed well despite the team's 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday.
Pro Football Focus released the highest graded Eagles players on offense and defense in Week 6 and started with their evaluation of quarterback Carson Wentz, who finished with a grade of 72.0 (on a scale of 100).
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Wentz finished 11-of-22 for 179 yards with zero touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 77.7 passer rating. The rookie quarterback was pressured on 13 of his 27 dropbacks, resulting in five sacks (a season-high). When not facing pressure, Wentz was 8-of-14 for 145 yards, but just 3-of-8 for 34 yards on 13 drop-backs.
PFF believes the Eagles future is still bright with Wentz as their quarterback.
"Despite some uncharacteristic accuracy issues, Wentz still found a way to remind the watching audience of his impressive talent," PFF wrote. "The rookie quarterback found a tiny window on an out route to Jordan Matthews early in the game, but a toe on the paint resulted in an incompletion. Wentz also showed off his understated mobility on one play in the second half, escaping a couple of sacks before hitting WR Dorial Green-Beckham with an off-balance throw. In the short-term, losing a divisional game is a significant setback, but the long-term future remains bright with Wentz at the helm."
The Eagles top graded players on offense were Jason Peters (76.4) and Allen Barbre (74.9), ironically the left side of Philadelphia's offensive line. 79 of the Eagles 94 rushing yards game from the left side of the offensive line, stating Peters and Barbre haven't missed a beat in the absence of Lane Johnson.
As for the right side of the offensive line? A completely different story.
"Rookie fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai, certainly could not fill it," PFF wrote. "The rookie gave up two sacks, a hit, and two hurries in 29 dropbacks, earning a 32.0 overall grade. Jason Kelce’s form is also becoming a concern. The Eagles’ center is having a terrible season, having already committed six penalties, and ranks dead last in our center grades."
While Kelce and Vaitai struggled, Brandon Brooks earned a grade of 72.5 despite being sandwiched between the two. Green-Beckham (73.4) and Matthews (74.0) earned high grades as well. Matthews finished with three catches for 75 yards while Green-Beckham had one catch for 23 yards.
Bennie Logan (82.2) and Beau Allen (79.2) were the Eagles highest-graded defensive players. The Eagles missed Logan when he was off the field, allowing 230 rush yards in the loss. Logan only played 23 percent of the Eagles defensive snaps, which showed on the Redskins big runs.
"Despite Washington’s dominance in the ground game, the Eagles’ defensive tackles generally enjoyed a productive day," PFF wrote. "On plenty of occasions, runs were disrupted in the backfield, only for a linebacker to over-pursue, resulting in a big play. Logan was critical to some early success, recording two stops from just eight run-defending snaps to go with a hurry from nine rushes. His early departure (Logan managed only 17 of 74 snaps) intensified the strain on the Eagles’ spine. The weight was too much to bear by the end, as Matt Jones sealed the game with a 58-yard carry."
Despite having zero tackles and zero sacks (including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty), Fletcher Cox finished with a grade of 74.9. Malcolm Jenkins finished with a 78.5 and Brandon Graham 76.9 to round out the Eagles defense.
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