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This game happened. The Eagles started out lucky…what should have been 2-3 sacks of Wentz turned escapes and desperation dumps to broken plays and an early score. After that, no such luck for Philly. Green Bay just beat them down…partly because GB is good, and mostly that the Eagles are swirling down the drain at light speed. From Super Bowl hopeful/team on the rise to possibly one of the worst in the league in just three years. Sorry to be depressing Eagles fans. I was with you, what seems like many years ago.
The player notes…
— I am not wrong on Carson Wentz (4-4 for 56 yards, 1 TD/0 INT). Some saw brilliance in his 4-for-4 performance, a TD drive on the first series. I saw a guy almost get sacked twice, did get once…when he escaped the sacks he then desperately touch pass/lobbed throws to ditch the ball to guy open because the coverage broke down in the near-sack melee. When Wentz was in the pocket it was more of the same – short, safe passes delivered with that slow wind-up and release/velocity.
Wentz isn’t terrible, he’s just not very good. He has a good mind, but terrible mechanics and instincts. It’s not fixable. It just is who he is. I don’t know how many years will go by with people making excuses until a chance is realized. Next up will be a coaching change or O-C change that will supposedly fix him. See: Blake Bortles in Jacksonville.
— Speaking of terrible Philly things…LeGarrette Blount (4-9-0)…wow. Has he been hanging out with Eddie Lacy at Krispy Kreme this offseason? Maybe it’s the Philly ‘away’ uniform adds 10 pounds. Five carries for Blount on the first drive and three of them negative runs. This is the offense – Wentz softballs minus his favorite target (JMatt) and heavy Blount?
You know who looked a lot better than Blount – Corey Clement (7-13-0). Actually, you know who looked good for the Eagles – no one really, besides new Buffalo Bills #1 WR Jordan Matthews. Minus the QB rushing totals, the Eagles ran for 43 yards on 17 carries.
I love my ‘under’ win total bet with the Eagles even more now.
— If the Eagles had a real QB like Brett Hundley (8-15 for 90 yards, 1 TD/1 INT), I’d be more hopeful. They probably could have had him for nothing during the draft but how can you pass on Donnel Pumphrey (4-5-0, 5-12-0/6)? Yep. My ‘under’ bet is looking pretty, pretty good.
Hundley looked fine. Had a bad pick. Burned by a few drops. He’s an NFL starter, but not sure he’ll get a chance…but if Mike Glennon could get a big deal out of nowhere anything is possible.
— Rapid fire player comments:
Rookie RB Jamaal Williams (4-14-0) was less than electric. It’s going to take a lot of injuries for him to be fantasy relevant. Ty Montgomery (3-0-0, 1-8-0/1) looked exactly like he did last season. Aaron Jones (2-0-0, 1-0-0/2) supposedly played in this game as well, but it may just be a rumor.
I can’t wait until Trey Burton (3-19-0/3) hits free agency and becomes some team’s Jordan Reed.
Mack Hollins (4-64-1/5) got all kinds of accolades after this game. I mean, I guess…he caught a short pass coming across after coverage broke because Wentz looked to be sacked — and then he ran past a guy and scored a TD. It was good, but not like ‘wow’. I’ll die laughing if this moment is what helped Philly brass feel like they got their Jordan Matthews replacement. Good luck with that.
I’d rather have Green Bay rookie WR DeAngelo Yancey (3-67-0/4) loved him since the first time I laid eyes on him. If Jeff Janis is traded/dumped (finally), Yancey is part of the reason why – he’s ready for that #4 spot and starting if emergency hits.
Green Bay rookie IDPs Josh Jones (4 tackles) and Kevin King (5 tackles) tackled/hit people better than expected. King has that real thin frame but he will get after you…and he did nicely in his debut. Jones stepped up too…a player who has had an issue with lax play in college, he gave effort in his debut (as you would expect).
Eagles top rookie IDP Derek Barnett (4 tackles, 2 sacks) had two sacks but I didn’t see a wow factor on the rush. He’s good, but not ‘wow’ Not yet to me. He may just be a subtle assassin, but he was handled well on snaps I watched him…except the two sacks.