Midseason Report Card: Grading the Eagles offense by position
Before the start of the season, the Eagles were poised to have one of the quickest offenses in the league. Trading for Marquise Goodwin in addition to drafting 3 WRs, many believed that Carson Wentz was finally being given the tools to succeed.
DESEAN, REAGOR & GOODWIN HELL YEAH BROTHER. pic.twitter.com/qCae56Yvvs— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 25, 2020
The season hasn’t exactly gone the way the Eagles had hoped. Once again depleted by injuries, the Eagles still somehow hold a lead in the abysmal NFC East at 3-4-1. Here’s a breakdown of each position’s performance halfway through the season:
To say that Carson Wentz has been disappointing this season is an understatement. After throwing just 7 INTs in each of his last 3 seasons, Wentz leads the NFL with 12 of them after 8 games. His mechanics have regressed, his decision making has been dreadful and nobody has the faintest clue as to what it is his QB coach Press Taylor actually does.
After 8 games, Carson Wentz sits near the bottom of the league in multiple categories:
- Completion %: 58.4 (32nd)
- Rating: 73.2 (30th)
- INTs: 12 (1st)
- Fumbles: 7 (2nd)
- Yards/attempt: 6.2 (30th)
To be fair, Wentz’s offensive line has been in shambles all season and Pederson’s playcalling hasn’t been doing him any favors either.
Wentz has shown glimpses of brilliance at times. He has 3 game-winning drives on the year (one of them is a tie in this case) and he has willed his team to within a play or two of beating Pittsburgh as well as Baltimore.
I still believe that the Eagles’ best chance at winning is with Carson Wentz, but he is also a big reason why they’re struggling. At least Jalen Hurts has provided a spark when needed.
Look up the definition of clutch and you’ll find CARSON WENTZ. pic.twitter.com/7BidwrTOrq— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 23, 2020
The injury to Miles Sanders has been detrimental to the offense, to say the least. He’s currently second in the NFL amongst RBs in yards per carry at 6.4, just behind Phillip Lindsay. The Eagles didn’t add anyone prior to the trade deadline, so they’re left with Boston Scott & Corey Clement until he returns.
Scott has been more effective as of late whereas Clement has been next to useless. I’m still puzzled as to why the Eagles didn’t look to bring back Jordan Howard, especially after Miami just added DeAndre Washington to their roster. Regardless, the Eagles will be very happy to have Miles Sanders when he returns.
Miles Sanders 74 yards to the house on the #1 rushing defense. pic.twitter.com/pRFN8dsAb4— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 11, 2020
All the hype surrounded the new high-octane Philadelphia offense after the draft. Then Goodwin opted out, DeSean Jackson got hurt (shocker) and Carson Wentz had to start relying on their young talent at wide receiver.
Luckily for the Eagles, they discovered a diamond in the rough with Travis Fulgham. The Old Dominion product leads all NFL receivers with 435 yards since being promoted to the active roster in Week 4.
Rookie WR Jalen Reagor has been injured for much of the season but his explosiveness has been on display when available. 5th-round rookie John Hightower has looked promising as well, being the first WR in franchise history with 50+ yard catches in consecutive games.
Carson having a guy he can launch to on 3rd and long is REFRESHING. pic.twitter.com/NRwP6DxIT9— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) September 13, 2020
It’s anyone’s guess as to when Alshon Jeffery will return to the field this season. With the way the young receivers have been performing thus far, I wouldn’t be in any particular hurry to have Alshon or DeSean back.
Fulgham’s release is CRISPY. pic.twitter.com/k6Gnn2TbjM— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 2, 2020
Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert have both been injured for the majority of the season. Even prior to his injury, Ertz only had 5 catches for 15 yards on 11 targets over his last two games. Goedert had a big Week 1 against Washington with 100+ yards and a TD but wasn’t really a factor after that.
Richard Rodgers has had some big moments for the Eagles in the meantime, but he isn’t striking fear into any defense. For a team that runs 12-personnel more than any other team in the league, losing both of your top TEs isn’t ideal. Let’s hope Goedert can return to form after coming off IR last week.
If Carson Wentz is still standing by the end of the year, I’d be baffled. The Eagles have had 11 different offensive lineman trying to protect Carson Wentz this season, ranging from Jamon Brown to Jordan Mailata.
Jason Peters held the team for ransom just to get tossed around and inevitably injured. Lane Johnson has been playing on one knee for much of the season. Dillard & Brooks sustained season-ending injuries before the year even started.
This man Jason Peters held the team ransom for this? pic.twitter.com/Komk2GPBFI— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) September 29, 2020
Wentz has been sacked 32 times season and hit more than any other QB in the NFL. That isn’t to say the OL has been horrid all season. Mailata has only allowed 4 sacks on his first 357 career snaps this season and Nate Herbig has held his own at right guard.
The OL as a whole is going to have to give their QB more time down the stretch. Wentz is inaccurate enough on his own, let alone with less than two seconds to make a decision.
Eagles played with just 4 offensive lineman yesterday.— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 19, 2020
Jamon Brown has 0.5 sacks on the year. pic.twitter.com/aWQ8GKbox1
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