Wednesday Morning QB: 10 Thought on the Eagles-Steelers All-22
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - It’s time to dive into the film again with 973espn.com offering up its own preparation that certainly mirrors that of a Carson Wentz or a Pete Thompson.
Here’s are our 10 weekly takeaways after ingesting the All-22 of the Eagles’ third straight impressive win to open the season, Sunday’s dominating performance against the highly-regarded Pittsburgh Steelers:
-After two so-so performances compared to the way he played last season, safety Malcolm Jenkins put together one of the best coverage games of his entire career against a top-tier passing offense featuring Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. “Big Ben” rarely looked Jenkins’ way and when he did, he found the Pro Bowl safety draped on his receivers.
-Jenkins’ running mate, Rodney McLeod, continues to show amazing range on the back end and he is quickly turning into one of the better free-agent signings in all of the NFL this offseason. Jim Schwartz said he expected Jenkins and McLeod to be one of the better safety tandems in the NFL and his words have been prophetic to this point.
-Continuing on the secondary theme, Nolan Carroll bounced back in a big way after poor games against Cleveland and Chicago, locking down one side of the field against Roethlisberger. When the Steelers did have success throwing the ball, more often than not, it was against rookie Jalen Mills.
-Fletcher Cox was a one-man wrecking crew in the middle of the field against what is the strength of Pittsburgh’s offensive line. Despite the sturdy competition, Cox got a consistent push with two sacks and at least four hurries.
-Brandon Graham also continued his breakout season with another well-rounded game in both phases. The ability of the front four to generate pressure without help from the blitz has been the key to Philadelphia’s early-season defensive success because it enables Schwartz to mask some deficiencies outside the numbers at cornerback.
-On offense, Wentz continued to excel when blitzed which speaks to the preparation Doug Pederson raved about and compared to Peyton Manning on Monday.
-The Eagles are going to miss Lane Johnson, who has been one of the best two or three right tackles in all of football through the first three games. Johnson has been lights out in pass protection and he and Brandon Brooks are starting to really gel when it comes to combination blocks in the run game.
-Johnson’s prospective replacement, Allen Barbre, continues to dominate at left guard, perhaps the single biggest surprise outside of Wentz for the Eagles this season.
-Jason Peters, on the other hand, continues to struggle a bit and that’s something to keep an eye when you consider his age and injury history. At this stage, his failings have mainly been while run blocking, traditionally a Peters’ strength.
-Good or bad, it wouldn’t be an Eagles game if there weren’t some drops and Trey Burton was the culprit against the Steelers with two miscues. That brings our unofficial count to eight on the season and you can really argue 10 if you count a couple of balls Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham should have come down with earlier in the season.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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