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Eagles Rookie Report Card: Miles Sanders’ signature game

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Checking up on the young guys.

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The Eagles are making what looks like a spirited postseason push after beating Washington 37-27 today to improve to 7-7 on the season. One rookie’s huge game catalyzed the Eagles offense and helped the Birds get the win.

Andre Dillard: B+

Despite not seeing the field much, I’m going to give Dillard a favorable grade here. He’s done everything to show he deserves starting time on this offensive line while the staff instead rides with Jason Peters. It’s hurting the offense and will prove costly down the line. Peters has picked up three false start penalties in the Eagles’ last three games.

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Who should the Eagles be starting at left tackle?

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  • 37%
    Jason Peters
    (888 votes)
  • 62%
    Andre Dillard
    (1491 votes)
2379 votes total Vote Now

Miles Sanders: A+

With the Eagles missing so much of their offense, they needed a spark and Sanders provided just that. Sanders had 19 carries for 122 yards and a score while adding six catches for 50 yards and another score.

Sanders was phenomenal carrying the football. He made a lot of good, tough runs while also chipping in explosive plays. He looks like a true feature back. Catching the football, he was his normal dependable self but there’s something to be said about his incredible touchdown play.

Wentz deserves the bulk of the credit for the improvisation, the field vision, and the incredible throw while Sanders deserves some due for being able to get open on Wentz’s scramble and making a great catch in the corner of the end zone.

Sanders is the Eagles’ best playmaker. That was true weeks ago and is even more evident now. With the offensive personnel banged up and Jordan Howard’s status up in the air for the rest of the regular season, it will have to be Sanders and Wentz who carry this offense to a potential playoff berth,

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Grade Miles Sanders

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  • 97%
    A
    (2524 votes)
  • 2%
    B
    (68 votes)
  • 0%
    C
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (3 votes)
2597 votes total Vote Now

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: F

After a few weeks of promising glimmers, JJ Arcega-Whiteside fell flat when the Eagles needed him. No catches, a bad touchdown drop, and not consistently gaining separation. The Stanford product needs to turn it around quickly because the offense still needs him.

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Grade JJ Arcega-Whiteside

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  • 0%
    A
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    B
    (19 votes)
  • 11%
    C
    (248 votes)
  • 32%
    D
    (674 votes)
  • 53%
    F
    (1121 votes)
2077 votes total Vote Now

TJ Edwards: B

Despite not seeing the field much, Edwards continues to be a steady contributor for the Eagles. He’s smart, playing physical and making good tackles. I think he should be seeing the field more.

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Grade TJ Edwards

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  • 6%
    A
    (76 votes)
  • 54%
    B
    (669 votes)
  • 36%
    C
    (443 votes)
  • 1%
    D
    (20 votes)
  • 1%
    F
    (20 votes)
1228 votes total Vote Now

Marcus Epps: C

Epps continues to get snaps as the Eagles third safety. He wasn’t a liability and the Eagles even used him as a blitzer. I doubt Epps is any sort of long term answer as a defensive contributor, but he could be a lot worse.

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Grade Marcus Epps

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  • 1%
    A
    (13 votes)
  • 20%
    B
    (200 votes)
  • 61%
    C
    (617 votes)
  • 15%
    D
    (150 votes)
  • 1%
    F
    (19 votes)
999 votes total Vote Now