Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Ravens
Quarterback Sam Bradford and Running Back DeMarco Murray both played their first game in an Eagles uniform. Both looked good and both earned good grades for their efforts.
Here is the latest installment of Grayson's Grades.
Nolan Carroll - Carroll has done a very nice job through two games as a starting corner. He made a big play early in this game with solid coverage on the Ravens first possession and deflected a deep ball by Joe Flacco. It was intercepted by Walter Thurmond. Why was Bradley Fletcher a better choice at that position last year? I guess it really doesn't matter.
Walter Thurmond - Thurmond is doing a nice job so far at safety. He is a versatile player with the ability to play both safety and corner. He was trailing Nolan Carroll perfectly in coverage on a deep ball that was deflected and intercepted by Thurmond.
Sam Bradford - Bradford made his Eagles debut and looked pretty solid. He only got to play one offensive series, but any doubts about his knees were answered in a big way. he took two major league hits. One looked like a borderline dirty play by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on his knees. The other was a solid legitimate hit on his upper body in a pass play. Bradford kept getting up and led the Eagles on an 11 play touchdown drive covering 84 yards in less than four minutes. He finished the game 3 of 5 passing for 35 yards.
Ryan Matthews - Matthews looks like a perfect fit in this offense. His running style is a great compliment to what Chip Kelly is looking for out of that position. He hits holes quickly and found the endzone untouched from 14 yards out to cap off the Eagles opening drive. Matthews recorded 19 yards on 3 carries and a touchdown.
DeMarco Murray - Murray made his first appearance in an Eagles uniform and also looked like a great fit for this offense. He made a 14 yard reception to show his versatility as a receiver. Murray also hit the hole quickly and rarely went down on the initial hit. He finished the game with 5 carries for 17 yards including a two yard touchdown run.
Byron Maxwell - The Eagles needed to upgrade the cornerback position and Byron Maxwell was one of Chip Kelly's offseason targets. He has shown good coverage ability through the first two games. Maxwell picked off a pass early in this game to help set the tone.
Kenjon Barner - Barner logged a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown. He returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown last week. Barner has a reputation as a strong special teams player and is proving his worth so far in the preseason.
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Kevin Monangai - Anytime a running back averages 8.7 yards per carry that player will earn an 'A' unless he turns it over. Monangai ran well racking up 87 yards on 10 carries but did put the pigskin on the turf once resulting in a turnover. It is the only blemish on an otherwise strong night. Turnovers will not be tolerated and if he has any hopes of making the team he can ill afford any more this preseason.
Mark Sanchez - Sanchez had a better game than he did in the opener. His accuracy was still a little off but within range of his receivers. He missed an open Jeff Mahle in the endzone and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. Sanchez completed 14 of 20 passes for 118 yards.
Nelson Agholor - The first round pick continued to look good and put together another decent game. Agholor caught 4 passes for 49 yards and nearly had another reception on the Ravens sideline but could not maintain control of the ball as he hit the ground resulting in an incompletion.
Rasheed Bailey - Bailey is emerging as a pretty reliable receiver. He has made some difficult catches in the first two games and looks to be a serious possibility at making this team. He runs nice routes, presents himself as a solid target and usually finishes the play. Bailey caught 4 passes for 37 yards.
Eric Rowe - All in all, not a bad game for Rowe. He did get beat on an inside move again, but his closing speed is extremely impressive. When he does get beat he quickly recovers to keep it from becoming a huge play. Rowe seems to be winning the starting nickel spot at this point.
Tim Tebow - Tebow has not shown me much with his passing through the first two games. However, you can't argue with his running ability. He nearly scored a rushing touchdown for the second game in a row. Earlier he broke off a 26 yard run which appeared to open more for the running backs because the Ravens had to respect Tebow's running ability. It seemingly makes everyone else on offense a little better. That is what separates Tebow from Barkley in my opinion. While Tebow has not wowed by any stretch with his passing, you do have to remember he is throwing passes to guys who will likely not be on the 53 man roster.
Matt Barkley - If Chip Kelly is shopping Barkley to other teams, than this was not a good night for trying to broker a deal. Barkley did not look nearly as good as he did last week. He tried to thread the needle a few times with no success. He also appeared to rush going through his reads. Barkley finished the game completing 6 of 14 passes for 86 yards.