clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Philadelphia Eagles Week 3 PFF Grades: Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews go off

New, comments

The best and worst player performances from the Eagles' 2014 Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Rich Schultz

Pro Football Focus is everyone's favorite site that grades NFL player performances. Let's take a look at what they had to say about the performances from the Philadelphia Eagles 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins. [Recap]

PFF offers explanation on their grading system on their website. Read more about that here.

OFFENSE

Best

Jeremy Maclin +2.7
Nick Foles +1.6
James Casey +1.1
Jordan Matthews +1.1

Analysis:

Jeremy Maclin had a day: Eight receptions on 10 targets for 154 yards (19.3 average) and one touchdown. 83 were from YAC (yards after catch) and Maclin would have had even more if his screen reception for a touchdown had not been called back.

Nick Foles obviously played heck of a game: 28 completions on 42 attempts (66.7%) for 325 yards (7.7 average), three touchdowns, and a 113.7 passer rating. Foles was lethal when he wasn't blitzed; all three touchdowns came when he wasn't pressured.

James Casey not only made the clutch 19-yard grab to seal the game but he also graded out positively as a run blocker.

Rookie wideout (and future Hall of Famer) Jordan Matthews burst onto the scene with eight receptions on exactly eight targets for 59 yards (7.9 average) and two touchdowns. Matthews looked great in the redzone.

Worst

Andrew Gardner -6.4
LeSean McCoy -4.9
David Molk -4.8
Zach Ertz -4.8
Todd Herremans -2.0
Jason Kelce -1.3
Darren Sproles -1.2

Analysis:

The Eagles patch-work offensive line did not allow a sack but they did allow pressure. Andrew Gardner was marked down for six hurries and one quarterback hit allowed. He also had one penalty. David Molk allowed three hurries and one hit. Todd Herremans allowed one hurry and one hit. Tight end Zach Ertz allowed two hurries in just two pass block snaps.

Running back LeSean McCoy barely finished with more yards than attempts: 19 carries for 22 yards (1.2 average). McCoy's longest run of the day was nine yards and he even fumbled a ball that luckily went out of bounds. McCoy just didn't look right after getting hit hard in the head early in the game. His run blocking also wasn't great.

Darren Sproles gained 20 yards on two attempts but he fumbled and turned the ball over.

DEFENSE

Best

Malcolm Jenkins +2.5
Brandon Boykin +1.5

Analysis:

Starting safety Malcolm Jenkins was only targeted once and didn't allow a catch. He also recorded an impressive diving interception along with making three tackles and one stop. A number of people criticized the Eagles' signing of Jenkins in the offseason because his PFF grades were poor in past years. Through three weeks, Jenkins is the fifth highest graded safety on PFF. Other top free agent safety options are much lower: Jarius Byrd is 54th, Donte Whitner is 54th, Michael Mitchell is 50th, T.J. Ward is 45th, Chris Clemons is a free agent. Keep in mind Jenkins was signed at only three-year, $15.5 million while a top option like Byrd (six-year, $54 million) was much more expensive.

Brandon Boykin continues to excel in limited playing time. He was targeted four times and only allowed one catch for 10 yards. Boykin had a crucial pass defensed on third down late in the game that forced Washington to go for it on fourth down and fail to convert.

Worst

Nate Alllen -3.4
Fletcher Cox -3.3
Bradley Fletcher -2.5
Cedric Thornton -2.2
Brandon Bair -2.1
Cary Williams -2.0
Vinny Curry -1.4
Nolan Carroll II -1.3
DeMeco Ryans -1.1

Analysis:

Yeah, there's a lot of bad here. Unsurprisingly, most of the negative grading came in pass rush and pass coverage.

The biggest struggles came from the starting members in the secondary not named Malcolm Jenkins. Bradley Fletcher: 16 targets, nine catches, 104 yards, two touchdowns. Cary Williams: 10 targets, seven catches, 98 yards. Nate Allen: Seven targets, five catches, 110 yards, one touchdown.

Fletcher Cox graded negatively as a pass rusher and a run defender and he also committed a penalty. Cedric Thornton struggled as a pass rusher. Brandon Bair's run defense was not favorable, and the same could be said for Vinny Curry who was marked down for two missed tackles.

...

To buy tickets, visit the NFL Ticket Exchange.