The Eagles have had an impressive run over the last four weeks of play and it seems like in each game they are only getting better in critical situations. While the offense has yet to piece together a complete game and the defense has yet to find a way to stop the bleeding in the pass game. Several players have stood out which leads us to this week’s stock watch.
Let’s take a look at who’s rising and falling ahead of their week 5 matchup against the Rams.
WR A.J. Brown
Brown has been on a tear for Philadelphia thus far. The star wideout has put together back-to-back games with over 100 receiving yards. Against the Commanders, he went for a season-high 175 receiving yards and he scored his first two touchdowns of the season.
If the Eagles want the passing game to be complete then consider this phase of it to be completed. With Brown off to a hot start, I would expect a big game from Smith and Goedert to follow.
Edge Hassan Reddick
The Eagles’ best pass rusher has fully returned! After playing several games with his thumb being protected, the Eagles’ sacks leader from last season was told that he can now play without it. While the Commanders offensive line focused on the interior defensive line, Reddick found his way to Howell for his first sack of the season.
K Jake Elliott
Elliott is 13/14 on the season so far with field goals made. He’s been near perfect for the Eagles but his clutch ability has his stock peaking right now. The Eagles don’t want to have to rely on him as their expectations are higher than that but Elliott has done it all for the Birds this season.
DT Jalen Carter, Jordan Davis
This duo is incredible. From the amount of pressures that Carter has to the high run-stop win rate that Jordan Davis has put together. The Eagles have a unique balance in their defensive line rotation and these two have made Desai’s transition to Philly that much easier.
OC Brian Johnson
The playcalling is still not where it needs to be. While the passing game may have taken a step forward, there were moments where you questioned what the Eagles were thinking. For example, the Eagles dialed up a run play while on 3rd and 11 which made little to no sense.
Johnson and Hurts seem to not be on the same page as of yet and the pass game has yet to include Dallas Goedert. Goedert was heavily targeted by Hurts at the start of last season and has been nonexistent this season.
DC Sean Desai
While the Eagles defense has had great moments this season, their lowest moment came against the Commanders. Sam Howell was able to march down the field with ease while the game clock was winding down. To allow a “rookie” QB to pick apart your secondary in the final seconds of the game is a bit embarrassing.
Especially with the amount of cushion that the secondary was giving the wide receivers. I understand that the Eagles don’t want to give up the big plays but you have to find a way to limit the underneath stuff as well. There needs to be a balance there.
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