Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Jets
The Philadelphia Eagles played their worst game of the season and suffered their first loss 20-14 to the New York Jets. It was also the first time in franchise history the Eagles have ever lost to the Jets.
The Eagles beat themselves turning it over four times. Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions while D'Andre Swift lost a fumble. Despite those four turnovers, the Eagles still had a chance to win in the final two minutes of the game. However, they failed to move the ball and turned it over on downs when Hurts pass deep over the middle fell incomplete to DeVonta Smith.
It may serve as a wake-up call to this team as it starts to enter a more difficult part of the schedule. The Eagles are now 5-1 and will host the 5-1 Miami Dolphins Sunday night.
Here is the latest edition of Grayson's Grades:
Haason Reddick - Reddick has put together a solid few weeks lately and this game was part of it. He is looking like shades of his big season a year ago. Reddick is getting off the line quickly and beating his man in the rush to the quarterback. He racked up 2.5 sacks against the Jets. Reddick was tied for second on the team with five tackles. He added 3 quarterback hits and two tackles for a loss.
James Bradberry - Bradberry had to carry the load at Corner with Darius Slay out. He did pretty well and broke up several passes in the game. Bradberry was unselfish and moved inside after the initial injury to Avonte Maddox. However, I think Bradberry is so good outside that he needs to stay there. I like the way he plays the position and he is usually very effective. Bradberry finished tied for second on the team with five tackles. He also successfully defended two passes.
Josh Sweat - I liked what I saw out of Josh Sweat in this game. He appeared to find another gear on his pass rush similar to what he had last season. Sweat was creating some pressure on Zach Wilson and even got a sack. He helped to collapse the pocket. It's a good sign for one of the better pass rushers on the team. Sweat finished with two tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and three quarterback hits.
AJ Brown - Brown is on quite a tear. He now has four straight games with at least 125 yards receiving. He is a steady and reliable receiver and proving that he is in fact, 'Always Open'. Brown was targeted nine times. He caught seven passes for 131 yards. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of what he is doing is the large amount of yards after the catch that he is adding to these plays. Brown is fourth in the league with 232 yards after the catch.
Milton Williams - Williams continues to put together a solid season in the middle of the Defensive Line. He can win his battle at the line of scrimmage and help to create pressure on the Quarterback. Williams showed that in this game when he met a teammate at Zach Wilson for a half of a sack. Williams had four tackles, half of a sack, one tackle for a loss and a pair of quarterback hits.
Jordan Davis - I love watching Jordan Davis work. He is so big and agile for his size. Davis makes trying to run the ball in his vicinity almost an impossible task. He also uses his size and strength for a very effective bull rush on pass plays. Davis had half of a sack in this game. He also added three tackles with one quarterback hit.
Sean DeSai - DeSai had to have his defense play at a high level just to keep the Eagles in the game. I thought they did a really good job of dealing with all of the adversity the Eagles offense kept dealing them. They only allowed three points off of four turnovers. On top of that, the only touchdown the Eagles gave up was one they intentionally allowed to get the ball back with a chance to win. This week against Miami will be a big measuring stick game for DeSai's defense. Unfortunately, they may be a little shorthanded due to injury.
DeVonta Smith - Smith had an uncharacteristically average game. He has great hands and rarely every drops a ball. However, he was wide open over the middle of the field with the nearest defender at least ten yards away. It could have gone for a big gain but instead fell incomplete. Unlike the last game in Los Angeles, Smith was targeted but visibly frustrated with his lack of production. He was targeted 11 times and caught five passes for 44 yards.
Dallas Goedert - Goedert had his typical game. He will be targeted a handful of times and likely catch about that many passes. However, the usually sure-handed Goedert had one pass bounce off his hands and into the waiting arms of a defender for an interception. Goedert finished with five catches for 42 yards.
Jalen Hurts - This was one of the worst games I have seen out of Hurts in some time. However, I do not feel his Offensive Coordinator did him any favors with the plays that were called. Hurts appeared to frequently deal with a rapidly collapsing pocket and had to extend plays toward the sideline. He threw the ball 45 times which is entirely too many. Hurts threw three interceptions, but I put two of them on him and do not blame him for the one that bounced off of Dallas Goedert's hands. Hurts held the ball too long resulting in his arm getting hit as he threw for one of the interceptions. The other he forced into a bad spot on the field and telegraphed the throw. Hurts completed 28 of 45 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also ran it eight times for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Offensive Line - The offensive line did not look good in this game. Yes, they were facing a good front four for the Jets. They also had to deal with losing Lane Johnson on the opening drive. There were too many pressures and hurries on Jalen Hurts. I also felt that Hurts rarely had a clean pocket to try and step into to deliver passes.
Nick Sirianni - I got a sense in the middle of the week that Sirianni was a little worried his team might come out a little flat when he put them through a fully padded practice on Wednesday. He rarely does that. To his credit, they did not come out flat jumping out to a 14-3 lead. However, they appeared to lack energy and intensity throughout the second half. I would love to know if he ever discussed or questioned Brian Johnson about his play calls throughout the game and especially in the second half. Far too much passing, especially with a frequently collapsing pocket.
Brian Johnson - The eye test tells me Johnson panicked when Lane Johnson left the game on the opening drive. To his credit, Brian Johnson had a well-designed opening script. The Eagles marched 91 yards in 19 plays and capped off that drive with a touchdown. However, it looked to me like he abandoned whatever the original game plan was with Lane Johnson out. He had Jalen Hurts throw it 45 times, which is entirely too many for a team that had the lead until the final two minutes. Johnson abandoned the run and asked this line which had two backups playing on the right side to try and carve out a pocket for Jalen Hurts. It failed.