We started a series to get us through self-isolation yesterday, where we rank every player who took a snap for the Eagles in 2019. Part one covered everyone from Orlando Scandrick to Mack Hollins, but now it’s time to up the ante.
59: Robert Davis
He didn’t haul in a crazily deep pass like the two receivers above him on this list, but the former Redskins wideout made a minor impact as a depth wideout when the Eagles desperately needed able bodies down the stretch.
58: Shelton Gibson
In the biggest play of his career, Shelly returned to the Eagles and drew a crucial pass interference in the playoff game against Seattle. Was it better than his 48-yard reception in 2018? I’d say so.
57: Deontay Burnett
Burnett was probably the best in the band of misfit soldiers at wide receiver last year (excluding one man in particular). Burnett was able to haul in a couple of impressive receptions as the season drew to a close.
56: Marcus Epps
We’re going to kick things off with ‘Baby Sendejo’. The former Vikings Safety replaced the sporadic veteran but his role was a lot smaller. Epps played in around 25% of special teams snaps and played 98 defensive snaps, allowing 4 completions on 6 catches for 68 yards. A developmental name to watch this Summer.
55: Jordan Matthews
His return to the Eagles was nowhere near as impressive as it was for his second rodeo with the team, and that was disappointing. However, Matthews ended that stint with 4 receptions for 33-yards, notching a run a little more statistically stronger.
54: Daeshon Hall
He didn’t make the biggest waves after decimating the preseason, but who could forget the Philly-wide burst of joy when he notched a sack against the Jets in that iconic blowout?
53: Darren Sproles
The end of an era. Mighty Mouse didn’t get the farewell tour he wanted, but he at least got to see the field after working his way back from an injury suffered in 2018, making a few flashy plays along the way.
52: Rudy Ford
The Eagles acquired Ford in order to find a special teams spark, and that’s exactly what he provided. There was a memorable thump against the Green Bay Packers, and he pushed his way into seeing some defensive action later in the year.
51: Joshua Perkins
Perkins caught his first career touchdown in 2019, while five of his nine receptions moves the chains. He didn’t see the field all that much until the very end of the season, but it’s nice to see improvement from his game against Tampa Bay in 2018.
50: Duke Riley
The forgotten member of the Eagles linebacker corps, Riley was acquired in the trade that sent Jonathan Cyprien to the Falcons. He ended his first season as an Eagle with 14 tackles and spent most of his time grinding on Fipp’s special teams unit, tying second on the team’s ST tackle ranking with 9.
49: Matt Pryor
Big V’s big running mate at TCU may have only played 79 offensive snaps, but it’s contextual. Pryor was dropped into the deep end when the Eagles needed an instant release valve at guard. Pryor held his own and gave the Eagles a sense of serenity when it comes to the backup guard position. There was a lot to like about his play in a short window.
48: Andrew Sendejo
One last time for the people in the back – ‘Andrew SendeJOOOOO’. Yes, he may have been reckless and was responsible for the hit on Avonte Maddox, but the veteran had his moments, including a nice interception and close to 30 tackles.
47: DeSean Jackson
It almost feels criminal putting D-Jax this low, but then it also feels criminal putting him so high. The second half of the season opener was nothing short of sensational and without him, I don’t think the Eagles would’ve rallied back to win from such a deficit. However, the ‘he’s trending in the right direction’ window of the next 8 games, then the re-injury, unfortunately, leavse one of Philadelphia’s greatest ever athletes lingering at the mid-point of this list.
46: Zach Brown
The man who infamously criticized Kirk Cousins before being absolutely ruined by him and then cut, Brown was actually the team’s leading tackler at that point and the linebacking corps was atrocious from that moment on, with every name outside of TJ Edwards struggling to wrap opponents up. Credit where it’s due, Brown was oddly one of the team’s most reliable players until his mouth got the better of him.
45: Timmy Jernigan
Seeing Jernigan’s season end in injury yet again was a painful blow, but he did show some flashes of returning to his 2017-self, rallying to a pair of sacks and 10 tackles. The Eagles squeezed every last drop of production out of Jernigan, but it just wasn’t enough to keep him around.
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