The Eagles finally got their act together in the second half of the Week 1 matchup against Washington and were able to come away with the win. There are more than a few things the team needs to tighten up as they head into the season, but I’ll take a 1-0 start.
Here’s how a bunch of former Eagles fared in Week 1 of the 2019 regular season:
Nick Foles already on IR
Things did not go according to plan for the former Super Bowl MVP. In his first game as the franchise quarterback in Jacksonville, Foles suffered a broken left collarbone — to make matters worse, the injury came in the first quarter against the Chiefs.
It was after his first touchdown pass that Foles was sidelined, and reappeared from the locker room with his non-throwing arm in a sling. He finished the day 5-of-8 for 75 yards and one score.
Foles underwent surgery on Monday for the injury and was subsequently added to the team’s IR. The earliest he could return to the field will be in November, but will obviously depend on how his recovery goes.
Tough break for a good guy who was finally getting his chance to be the unspoken No. 1 quarterback and face of a franchise.
Other former Eagles turned Jaguars
Linebacker Najee Goode had 3 total tackles on Sunday against Kansas City, and D.J. Alexander had 1 tackle of his own.
Kenjon Barner a surprise returner
He wasn’t a big weapon on offense for the Falcons, but did turn out to be a special teams bright spot, according to The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight:
“On Sunday, Barner appeared to vindicate the Falcons’ decision to name him the returner. He looked the part of a savvy veteran, fielding four punts and generating positive return yardage on each of them. Barner showed off excellent field vision, instincts, and elusiveness as he navigated traffic to create good field position for Atlanta. The Falcons rarely took advantage of it, but Barner did his best to put the team in a good position to start their drives.
At the end of the game, Barner had 4 punt returns for 46 yards—which comes out to a very good 11.5 yard average. He wasn’t quite as electric on kickoff returns, with just 2 for 44 yards (22.0 average), but both were off well-placed kicks that were just short of the goal line. In a game where the Falcons struggled pretty much everywhere, Barner was one of the only consistently bright spots for the team.”
- Linebacker Jordan Hicks is back on the grind and made an impressive 14 tackles for the Cardinals against the Lions. Sure, the game ended in a tie, but former Eagles, Hicks and Joe Walker — who had 5 tackles of his own — were big contributors in Week 1.
- Cornerback Daryl Worley had two tackles in the Raiders win over the Broncos. And on the other sideline, De’Vante Bausby had one tackle for Denver.
- Kiko Alonso was active for the Saints in Week 1 despite having joined the team less than a week prior, but didn’t see any playing time. New Orleans CB Patrick Robinson didn’t log a single tackle in what has become a talented and deep secondary group.
- Wide receiver DeAndre Carter only had one reception for the Texans, and actually went backward a yard.
- Mychal Kendricks made seven tackles and had one pass defended for Seattle on Sunday against the Bengals. The linebacker is set to go back to court ahead of Week 4, so until then, he’s still in Seattle’s lineup.
Play of the Week
LeSean McCoy was a surprise cut by the Bills, but was quickly swooped up and reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City. The running back wasted no time getting back to his former self and in Week 1 against the Jaguars, had 10 carries for 81 yards — including a 31-yard long run — and had one reception for 12 yards.
SHADY making moves for the @Chiefs! @CutonDime25 #KCvsJAX— NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2019
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Over 100 offensive yards in the first game with his new team. Not too shabby (or Shady...)
Injured and Inactives
- Tight end Trey Burton missed the Bears’ regular season opener with a mild groin sprain — but it isn’t expected to keep him out for long.
- Destiny Vaeao signed with the Panthers in April, but didn’t play during the preseason and was placed on IR ahead of the final 53-man roster cuts with an undisclosed injury.
- Steven Means’ season was over early on this summer when he suffered an Achilles injury and was placed on the Falcons IR.
- Wide receiver Marcus Johnson was waived/injured by the Colts this past week.
- Linebacker B.J. Bello was waived by the Texans.
- Golden Tate sat out the first of his four-game suspension and won’t return to the Giants until Week 5.
[Editor’s note: BGN will usually have this series up on Monday mornings, but Alexis just had a baby, so, this one’s a little late!]
I’ve had a headache for 6 days but I think (and pray to all deities) it’s finally gone! Which means I can also look at my phone without wanting to throw up — which is all a long way to say that Ryan’s Eagles onesies didn’t fit but he was still dressed up for the team’s 1st win! pic.twitter.com/6rHov2hxjW— Alexis Chassen (@Lovelybuckeye) September 10, 2019