Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Bucs
The Eagles gave up five touchdown passes by Jameis Winston and allowed Doug Martin to rush for 235 yards.
This was brutal and the report card reflects the effort put forth on the football field in this one.
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Brent Celek - Celek followed up a big game last week with another solid performance. He saw extra action with Zach Ertz leaving early due to a concussion. Celek was targeted 10 times and caught seven passes for 79 yards.
Darren Sproles - Sproles saw more touches in this game due to the absence of injured running back Ryan Mathews. He showed off his speed on a well designed screen pass and everyone knew when he caught it that it was going to go for a 35 yard touchdown. Sproles carried the ball six times for 21 yards and caught three passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. Sproles typically is pretty calm and collected on the sideline but was clearly frustrated after Mark Sanchez threw a pick six late in the game. The pass was intended for Sproles but throw closer to the sideline. Sproles argued with Sanchez for several minutes about the play before members of the staff broke it up.
Josh Huff - Huff was able to show off his speed on the opening drive of the game when Mark Sanchez hit him in stride on a crossing route. Huff continued across the field until he saw a seam and broke away from the defenders for a 39 yard touchdown. It was his only reception of the game. He showed a couple of poor decisions in the kick return game when he took the ball out of the endzone. On one of those returns he failed to make it to the 10 yard line.
DeMarco Murray - Murray fumbled on his first carry of the game. The Bucs recovered it but fumbled it right back. Murray nearly fumbled another one later in the game that was reviewed and determined that he was down prior to the fumble. He must hold onto the ball better and protect it. Murray carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 27 yards.
Nelson Agholor - Agholor is not producing the way a first round pick should at this point as a wide out. He did a nice job of catching two passes in the first four plays of the game, but only managed one more reception throughout the rest of the game. Agholor broke the wrong way on a third down play in the second quarter showing he is still trying to learn this offense. He went inside when he was supposed to go outside. Agholor finished the game with three receptions for 11 yards.
Chip Kelly - Kelly has failed to take control of the team he put together. He wants to create a certain culture on the team, but there appears to be no culture or accountability from the players at this point. He called a nice opening drive for the offense and then promptly appeared to go away from what worked. In my opinion, he needed to instruct Billy Davis to do more to disrupt Winston. Kelly has done a good job of making adjustments at halftime, but the last two games there have not been many and the offense has failed to ignite a spark. Kelly has got to get control of the locker room and is dangerously close to losing his players if he can't right the ship.
Mark Sanchez - Sanchez opened the game by completing his first five passes on an 86 yard touchdown drive. It was mostly downhill from there. Sanchez did throw one more touchdown pass to Darren Sproles. However, when the Eagles needed to come away with some points at the end of the first half he threw an interception at the edge of field goal range. He added another interception later in the game. Bottom line, Sanchez was inconsistent and led way too many three and outs. He needed to show he had control of the offense and instead lost his composure following a pick six he threw late in the game. Sanchez threw the ball closer to the sideline on a screen pass to Darren Sproles and the two argued about where the pass was supposed to be thrown. It continued for a couple of minutes before members of the staff broke it up. Sanchez finished the game completing 26 of 41 passes for 261 yards 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Billy Davis - Davis did a horrible job of putting his players in position to have success. He was not aggressive in trying to bring any extra pressure on rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. As a result, Winston had all kinds of time to dissect the Eagles defense and deliver well thrown pass after well thrown pass. The Eagles made Winston look like an All-Pro. Winston threw four touchdown passes in the first half and there appeared to be no adjustments at halftime. The Eagles could not get off the field on third down allowing the Bucs to convert 10 of 16 third downs. You name it on defense and the Eagles did not do it. They allowed 283 yards rushing, 238 yards passing for 521 total yards in this game.
Defensive Line - Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton are usually pretty reliable at stopping the run. Those four players missed too many tackles at the point of attack and failed to stuff running lanes that allowed the Bucs to rattle off 283 rushing yards in this game. They also could not generate much of any pressure on Bucs Quarterback Jameis Winston.
Linebackers - The Eagles have had success stopping the run due in large part to the ability of their linebackers to shoot the gap and wrap up the running back. DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin all seemed to miss tackles and allow the Bucs to rack up a lot of yards after contact. Barwin did bat several passes down and nearly intercepted one of them.
Defensive Backs - It is hard to ask defensive backs to cover for more than 4 or 5 seconds, but that is what they needed to try and accomplish as Winston had all day to wait for receivers to come open. There were a few times they appeared to be in position to make some plays and failed. Byron Maxwell looked to be able to possibly pick off a pass that instead was complete for a touchdown. Malcolm Jenkins looked to have a shot at picking off a pass at the goal line, but could not come up with it. Walter Thurmond did do a nice job of recording a sack and forcing a fumble early in the game, but was pretty quiet afterwards. Nolan Carroll did a great job of saving touchdowns on some of Doug Martin's big runs, but struggled to make some tackles in the game.