Eagles Stock Report: Three Up, Three Down After Two Games
Carson Wentz has changed the national feel about the Eagles, that's for sure.
ESPN.com rankings move them from No. 20 to No. 15 after a preseason ranking of No. 25. Philadelphia has scored 58 points in two games and Wentz has been the highest rated quarterback in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.
At 2-0, there are certainly positives and negative after two weeks. You can say that about the entire league. Their are eight unbeaten teams in the league and the NFC is a mess, which should have the makings for a wild run to the wild card spots.
Let’s look at the good and the bad.
CB Jalen Mills. A Seventh-round pick, Mills played well enough to ship 2015 second-rounder Eric Rowe to New England. but he has backed the pay up on-the-field, getting an extended amount of time with the injury to Leodis McKelvin. He has shown the ability to tackle in the open field ( 8 tackles) and his coverage skills (one pass defended) have been good, save for a few expected hiccups.
Coach Pederson says: "This is a week, with the weapons they have on offense, you have got to stick to your guy and maintain discipline that way throughout the entire play."
DE Brandon Graham. He has been the top rated 4-3 defensive end in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus so far this season. Through two games his seven tackles, two sacks and forced fumble have made him one of the more disruptive players in the league so far..
TE Trey Burton. While he has only played one game, Burton showed the his training camp hype was warranted. Burton caught only three balls entering this season, but caught 5-of-7 targets for 49 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' Week 2 win over the Bears. Burton converted a couple of big third downs before finding the end zone from two yards out on a tight end screen. The Eagles are going to have to figure out ways to keep him involved in the offense, even when Zach Ertz returns.
Coach Pederson says: "To get a guy like Trey and his athletic ability and his ability to run and catch the ball and move him around a little bit, I'm excited."
C Jason Kelce. He had a tougher time Sunday wit ha 3-4 nose over-top him on the offensive line, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Kelce is a smaller center, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson insistent that he is sticking with his center.
Coach Pederson says: "Confidence is still high with him," Pederson said om Tuesday. "He's a tremendous center and he’s smart."
WR Nelson Agholor. Agholor's big play was a 35-yard touchdown catch when he beat Joe Haden down the right sideline. In Week 1 Agholor caught 4-of-5 targets for 57 yards and one touchdown, and in Week 2 he caught 4-of-7 targets for 42 yards but he could have had a much bigger night, he dropped what would have been at least a 47-yard pickup. His inconsistent hands have been an issue and might have him looking over his should at Dorial-Green Beckham.
Coach Pederson says: "I'm not going to stop calling plays to them (Agholor and Jordan Matthews) because I know they're explosive guys for us," Pederson said. "We've just got to continue to work."
WR Josh Huff. It looked like Huff was finally turning the corner and ready to become a weapon in the Eagles offense, but thus far through two games, the wide receiver has just one catch for -5 yards and just one carry for zero yards. One thing the Eagles have done is get a lot of different guys involved, but so far Huff hasn't been one of them.