Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Redskins
The Eagles have come back from double-digit deficits in each of their first three games. They have also dealt with injuries to many of their starting offensive linemen. The Eagles also quickly defended their quarterback when he took a cheap shot.
Time to put on my professor hat and dish out this week's Grayson's Grades.
Nick Foles - Foles looked more like the Foles we saw last year in terms of accuracy. While his stats were good in the first two games, he was making some ugly throws. This game was vastly different. His chemistry with receivers looked right on time. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Jordan Matthews - Matthews had a coming out party against the Redskins. He made numerous difficult catches to help move the chains. Matthews followed up his first career touchdown with his second and finished the game with 8 catches for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns. He walked out of the locker room with both of the touchdown balls in his hands as mementos.
Chris Polk - Polk missed the entire preseason and the first two regular season games. He made up for lost time on special teams. Polk returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Eagles player in Lincoln Financial Field history. He later added a 35 yard kickoff return that helped give the Eagles good field position.
Jeremy Maclin - Maclin had a great performance in front of his former teammate, DeSean Jackson. He made some big catches including a touchdown to break a 27-27 tie. Maclin finished with 8 receptions for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. He would have had another touchdown, but it was called back due to a block in the back penalty by Jason Kelce.
Cody Parkey - Parkey has made Alex, what was his name, um... yes that's right, Alex Henery a distant memory. Parkey booted three field goals in the game from distances of 51, 38 and 33 yards. He also added several touchbacks on kickoffs. Parkey has been a great addition so far.
Bradley Fletcher - Fletcher was one of two corners dealing a lot with DeSean Jackson. He did a decent job when tasked with staying on Jackson.
Malcolm Jenkins - Jenkins appears to be a better offseason addition than many originally thought. He has taken complete leadership of the secondary and caught a big interception in the fourth quarter. Talking to other defensive players about Jenkins, they quickly mention his leadership and how important that has been for them.
Brandon Boykin - Boykin showed up big late covering DeSean Jackson and keeping him from catching the ball. He also batted away a big third down pass with less than two minutes to go in the game. Boykin has great patience and that is helping him find success when called upon. He does not get a ton of playing time, but when he is out there he makes the most of it. You have to admire that.
Jason Kelce - Kelce left this game early due to an abdominal injury and did not return. Before the injury, he committed a block in the back penalty that negated an 80 yard touchdown by Maclin. It was an unnecessary block.
Fletcher Cox - Cox committed a costly hands to the face penalty that kept a Redskins drive alive early in the game. He also struggled to impact the Redskins running attack until late in the game.
Darren Sproles - Sproles was a huge offensive impact in the first two games. He played a very minor role in this one. It is not all his fault. The Eagles did not run very many sets featuring both McCoy and Sproles, which might have helped both players have better games.
Cary Williams - Williams had to try and stay with DeSean Jackson when he was on his side of the field. He did okay for a while, but let Jackson get behind him in the second half and it resulted in an 81 yard touchdown. He also gave up some long completions later in the half. Williams has been playing well and should recover from this.
LeSean McCoy - McCoy struggled against the Redskins. It wasn't all his fault. I did not see many holes open up for him. When there were a few, he failed to hit them and break away for some solid gains. He just did not appear to have a feel for this one. McCoy finished with 20 carries for 22 yards. He also caught 1 pass for 0 yards.
Marcus Smith - Sports Bash Warm-Up Host and Sports Bash Co-Host Matt Segal has been begging me to dish out some F's, so for the first time I did that. Marcus Smith is three games into his NFL career. The first round pick was deactivated for the first two games. He did play in this one, but failed to make any real impact at all.
Pass Rush - Allowing Kirk Cousins to pass for 427 yards is inexcusable. The secondary can only be asked to cover those receivers for so long before there should be some reasonable expectation for pressure. That has been a problem for the Eagles and needs to be rectified as the season continues.