We are almost at the halfway point of the season, and while the Eagles are getting for their first trip across the pond, and trying to wash off the stink of that fourth-quarter collapse, some former players are celebrating their own late-game wins.
It was a good week for former Eagles on offense, but a somewhat lackluster week for defender alumni. Najee Goode (Colts) and Bennie Logan (Titans) had just one tackle each in their respective games on Sunday, and Beau Allen had two tackles on the day for the Bucs — although, Kiko Alonso is having a stellar year for the Dolphins, and had five tackles on Sunday.
Here’s how some other former Eagles performed in Week 7:
Burton’s big day for the Bears
The Chicago Bears were thiiiiiiiis close to pulling off a win over the New England Patriots, but despite falling short, former Eagles tight end Trey Burton had himself a day. Burton made a critical grab on 4th and 4 early in the game, and put the team within comeback range late in the fourth quarter.
All-in-all, Burton finished the day with nine catches for 126 yards, averaging 14 yards per catch, and one touchdown. He’s forming quite the rapport with Mitch Trubisky and has quickly become a favorite target of the young quarterback.
.@TreyBurton8 makes it a game.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 21, 2018
38-31 late in the 4th.#NEvsCHI | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/xJ0i1traKx
Jackson hits career milestone
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had just two receptions for 25 yards in Sunday’s game for the Buccaneers, but it was enough to get him to 10,000 career receiving yards — 10,013 to be exact. He hasn’t been in Philadelphia for five years, but a bulk of those career yards (6,117) came from his time in Eagles green.
1️⃣0️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ career receiving yards for @DeSeanJackson11. #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/IeEx0QsWXF— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 21, 2018
In Week 7, he may have only had two catches, but he also had a 14-yard rushing touchdown to get him into the endzone, in what should be a memorable career game for the wideout.
DeSean Jackson takes the handoff and runs it 14-yards for the touchdown! Bucs lead 9-2.#GoBucs | #CLEvsTB pic.twitter.com/qKldW4XuLL— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 21, 2018
Other offensive notables
As has been the recent trend, Panthers QB Cam Newton has focused on some of his younger offensive weapons, rather than to former Eagles WR Torrey Smith. Smith ended up finishing the day with four catches for 61 yards against his former team, as Carolina managed a comeback in the fourth quarter. (Gross.)
Down in Miami, the Lions had a pretty solid win in Week 7, 32-21, and running back LeGarrette Blount is still doing LeGarrette Blount things — like scoring up the middle for an easy touchdown. He finished the day with 10 carries for 50 yards.
Give 'em 6. @LG_Blount sneaks in for the touchdown. #OnePride pic.twitter.com/iCagIXiqwG— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 21, 2018
Mychal Kendricks update
Not much has happened since the NFL suspended Mychal Kendricks following his guilty plea to insider trading, but the linebacker — with the support of the Seahawks — is arguing that the league needs to set a finite number of games rather than leaving it open ended. Kendricks will meet with the NFL this week to discuss a more finite punishment.
“The league’s indefinite suspension of Kendricks was upheld on appeal, but arbitrator Harold Henderson’s written ruling indicated that a more specific punishment should come fairly quickly.”
— Mike Florio, ProFootball Talk
Kendricks isn’t due back in court until January, leaving plenty of football left for him to play before he sets his sights on the next big legal challenge, and whatever he faces afterward. Sure, there isn’t a ton of precedent set for white collar crimes like insider trading, but suspending him indefinitely seems a bit out of line with some of their other punishments — like six games for domestic violence or four games for PEDs.
Injuries, Inactives and Bye Week
LeSean McCoy had just two carries on Sunday for the Bills before he was sidelined; Coach Sean McDermott later confirmed McCoy was in the concussion protocol.
Just last week, Marcus Johnson had his first career touchdown, but thanks to a late hit out of bounds, ended up tearing a ligament in his right ankle and needing to undergo surgery. Johnson was quickly designated to the team’s IR — insert your weekly reminder that former Eagles Jaylen Watkins (Chargers) and Patrick Robinson (Saints) are also on IR.
Caleb Sturgis is still out for the Chargers, but in his place, Mike Badgley scored eight points in LAs one-point victory over the Titans on Sunday. Badgley went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts and hit both point afters, leaving Sturgis with less job security than he had three weeks ago.
Buccaneers DE Vinny Curry missed out on their Week 7 overtime win against the Browns, thanks to an ankle injury that kept him from practicing all week.
Sam Bradford has safely cemented himself on the inactive list, but the 20 million dollar man is still riding the Cardinals all the way to bank. So, bring on the Josh Rosen era.
Four teams were on bye in Week 7, including the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders (Daryl Worley), Pittsburgh Steelers, and Seattle Seahawks (Mychal Kendricks).