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Let’s see how former Eagles looked in Week 7 of the NFL regular season

It was a better week for some Philly alums than it was for the Eagles in Dallas.

Arizona Cardinals v New York Giants Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

I don’t really want to talk about the Eagles game on Sunday, so instead let’s focus on what some of the players that used to suit up in Philly did in Week 7 of the 2019 regular season.

Some notables got the week started on Thursday Night Football when Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs bested the Denver Broncos. Things took a bad turn when QB Patrick Mahones left the field with an injury, but with Matt Moore in as the backup, running back LeSean McCoy had 12 carries for 64 yards and 2 receptions for 12 yards. Offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski played 4 snaps when Shelden Rankin left the field briefly.

Let’s see how some other former Eagles fared in Week 7:

Jordan Hicks’ first INT of the season

It wasn’t just Hicks’ first interception with his new team, it was also the Arizona defense’s first pick of the entire — and it happened early against the Giants.

The NFC East team is no stranger to Hicks from his years in Philly, and the linebacker is now embarrassing the next generation of Giants QB, Daniel Jones. During the first quarter, Jones attempted a pass to a very-covered Golden Tate, and Hicks got the takeaway (pretty easily).

In addition to his interception, which he returned for 14 yards, Hicks made 7 total tackles in the contest, making it an even 70 so far this season. Since Week 1 with the Cardinals, Hicks has lined up for 100% of the defense snaps, and more than a handful each week on special teams.

On the other sideline, wide receiver Golden Tate caught 6-of-11 targets for 80 yards for the Giants.

Cody Parkey’s return

Good, but not great. The kicker and former Eagle, who was forced to make his ceremonious exit from Chicago last season after the Double Doink — which was totally tipped by Treyvon Hester vs. a botched kick — was finally signed two weeks ago by the Titans.

In Week 7, Parkey made one field goal from 45 yards, and also made 2-of-3 extra point attempts.

Michael Bennett suspended

I wrote last week about how Bennett has seen a significant reduction in snaps over the first few weeks of the season, and was predominantly used in garbage time in Week 6’s matchup over the Giants. Now, it looks like things have gone from bad to worse, with the defensive end being suspended one game by the Patriots for conduct detrimental to the team.

He’ll be eligible to return in Week 8 against the Browns, but we’ll have to see what kind of role he has with the defense moving forward. The Patriots have been giving playing time to younger guys, and with Bennett making waves, could continue with that plan.

Najee Goode injured

But, then...

Najee Goode was eventually ruled out, and head coach Doug Marrone noted that he has some type of turf toe injury. But with Goode (and Quincy Williams) out with injury, another former Eagles linebacker, DJ Alexander got the snaps. Alexander went on to make 5 tackles.

Other notables

  • The Packers had a big win over the Raiders on Sunday, 42-24, but it wasn’t for lack of trying to former Eagles’ cornerback Daryl Worley, who notched 7 total tackles for Oakland. And for Green Bay, Chandon Sullivan had 2 tackles — and as earned more defensive and special teams snaps the past three weeks.
  • Washington went with a very run-heavy offense this week against the 49ers, and failed to put any points on the board. But, with a commitment to the ground game, former Eagles’ running back had 5 carries for 23 yards and 1 reception for 18 yards.
  • Linebacker Mychal Kendricks have 5 tackles for the Seahawks in their loss to the Ravens.
  • The Saints ended up winning in Week 7, 36-25, over the Bears. For New Orleans, former Eagles’ linebacker Kiko Alonso had 2 total tackles. And for Chicago’s offense, tight end Trey Burton had 2 catches for 11 yards, and he notched a tackle, too.
  • Aside from their (surprising) win over the Eagles, the Falcons have been struggling. But, one player finding his own, running back Kenjon Barner, who has earned kick return duties. On Sunday, Barner had 2 returns for a total of 65 yards.
  • Another former player who has found success on special teams is WR DeAndre Carter, now with the Houston Texans. This week against the Colts, Carter had 3 kick returns for 63 total yards, and 1 punt return for 3 yards.

Injuries, Inactives and Bye weeks