Peters, Beau Allen are bright spots against Redskins
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Not a lot went right in Landover Sunday for the Eagles but there were a number of bright spots, starting with those on the offensive line not named Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jason Kelce.
Veteran left tackle Jason Peters were graded as Philadelphia’s top offensive player, according to ProFootballFocus.com, in the team’s NFC East road loss to the Washington Redskins and he was followed by the guy right next to him, Allen Barbre. Meanwhile, right guard Brandon Brooks was also in the top five.
Unfortunately, their solid efforts were offset by the poor performances of Vaitai in his NFL debut and Kelce, who continues to get mauled when in the phone booth with more powerful players and has also been far too penalty prone this season.
Vaitai played turnstile to Ryan Kerrigan for much of the afternoon and was credited with allowing two sacks, another quarterback hit, and two hurries in only 29 dropbacks, many of them with significant help. PFF gave Vaitai a miserable 32.0 out of 100.0 grade. By way of comparison, the suspended Lane Johnson had amassed an 87.2 grade through four games as the top-graded right tackle in football.
Kelce, meanwhile, has already committed six penalties in five games after piling up two more against the ‘Skins and is now rated No. 33 of the 34 centers who have played enough to be graded, ahead of only Cleveland’s Cameron Erving.
Receivers Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham rounded out Philadelphia’s top five offensive players on Sunday.
Carson Wentz had his worst performance to date, which is understandable when you mix in the constant pressure he was under but from a technical standpoint the rookie held up well and was actually graded higher than his counterpart Kirk Cousins (72.0 to 69.6).
On defense, the Eagles top-graded player was Bennie Logan but the defensive tackle only played 17 of a potential 74 snaps due to a groin injury suffered early. Beau Allen was pretty stout as one replacement and Philadelphia’s No. 2 defender in 43 reps but rookie Destiny Vaeao and right end Connor Barwin were often caved in by impressive Redskins left tackle Trent Williams.
Others in the defensive top five were defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, although none of those three played up to their reputations.
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