Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Washington
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles ended the season with a controversial 20-14 loss to the Washington Football Team.
It was a competitive game that the Eagles had a chance to win. However, Doug Pederson pulled Jalen Hurts from the game after the third quarter. Washington led 17-14 at the time. The Eagles did not appear to try to win the game with this move. That brings with it a lot of criticism from around the league given the fact that they had a direct effect on the NFC Playoff Picture.
Nate Sudfeld came into the game for Hurts and turned it over twice. The loss gave the Eagles the sixth overall pick. Had they won they would have earned the ninth overall pick.
Given the changing personnel this is a limited edition of Grayson's Grades:
T.J. Edwards - Edwards played a solid game. He worked well in this one with Alex Singleton to provide decent play from the linebackers. Edwards finished second on the team with seven tackles and a pass defense. He also added a big interception in the game. It was one of two turnovers forced by the defense.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts looked okay in this game. Granted, he did not have many starters in the game with him, especially at wide receiver. He was also missing his starting Running Back in Miles Sanders. Hurts made some quick decisions once again as to when to evacuate the pocket, and even rushed for a pair of touchdowns. There is now a foundation to build on for Hurts and the organization as it tries to develop him. Hurts completed 7 of 20 passes for 72 yards and an interception. He also carried it 8 times for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Will Hurts be the starter week one of 2021? Will there be a quarterback competition with Carson Wentz? Certainly Hurts did enough to create that conversation and make for an interesting offseason here in Philly.
Boston Scott - Scott got to be the top back in this game with Miles Sanders inactive. He did pretty well averaging more than four yards per carry. He hit some holes with the quick burst of speed that he has and made some plays. Scott was clearly competing for a spot on this team or another team next season and put some more material on film. Scott carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside - JJAW has been inactive for about as many games as he played this season. To his credit, he was given a chance to perform in this game and made some difficult catches. He caught two passes for 40 yards. Arcega-Whiteside has been widely criticized for not panning out so far as a second-round pick in 2019.
Alex Singleton - Singleton was one of the few bright spots this season for the Eagles. He really asserted himself and emerged as a key player on defense. Singleton led the team in tackles nearly every game. He led them in tackles in this game with 14. Singleton added a sack, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit.
Zach Ertz - This was likely the last game in an Eagles uniform for Ertz. He is still under contract, but wanted a long-term deal before the season, got into a shouting match with Howie Roseman at a preseason practice and dealt with some injuries this year. If it is his final season with the Eagles, his time here should be remembered fondly. He helped win a Super Bowl and played through a lacerated kidney last season. That being said, he did not seem the same after returning from injury this season. He led the team with three receptions in this game totaling just 16 yards.
Doug Pederson - Karma can be something that I can't write here. Undoubtedly at some point the Eagles may find themselves in a position needing a team out of the playoffs to win a game and how upset would they be if the starting quarterback was pulled late in a close game? This was an awful decision. Pederson claimed his decision was based on a plan all week to get Nate Sudfeld some work. I get that, certainly it is understandable if the game was out of reach. But in a three point game, you cannot in the competitive nature of the sport, pull your starter if you are "trying to win." That move in my mind earns an 'F' without any other relation to the game.
Nate Sudfeld - Sudfeld looked like a guy who has been inactive essentially the entire season. Clearly he has not had many reps. His timing and accuracy were off. His mechanics were off. He did not look like a guy who "expected" to play in this game. Sudfeld entered with his team down by three and turned it over twice in one quarter including once on a fumbled shotgun snap. I understand Pederson wanting to give him some work and believe it was as a reward for the time he has put in with the Eagles; however, you cannot put him in with the game carrying weight for a playoff spot. Sudfeld completed five of 12 passes for 32 yards and an interception. He also fumbled it once.
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