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Eagles Rookie Report Card: Young guys struggle in Week 2 loss

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Grading time.

NFL: SEP 15 Eagles at Falcons Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Eagles dropped to 1-1 in a gritty Sunday Night Football loss to the Falcons. Philadelphia’s rookies were not huge contributors despite injuries befalling the Eagles on what felt like every other down. In a game where the first three picks from 2019 could have made a big impact, they were quiet.

Andre Dillard: B-

The Eagles went away from Dillard as a third tight end, instead using Halapoulivaati Vaitai in that blocking role. Dillard’s big spot in the game is when he came into relieve Jason Peters at left tackle for a play. Dillard held his own, but was replaced by Peters the following down. Peters, at 37, will probably get banged up throughout the season so it is good luck the Eagles have Dillard to just put in cold and we won’t be a liability.

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Grade Andre Dillard’s Week 2 performance

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  • 22%
    A
    (223 votes)
  • 54%
    B
    (535 votes)
  • 16%
    C
    (163 votes)
  • 2%
    D
    (22 votes)
  • 3%
    F
    (30 votes)
973 votes total Vote Now

Miles Sanders: C-

I had big hopes for Sanders tonight and he failed to deliver. Sanders led the team in rushing attempts but never got going. It’s clear he is still trying to make big plays where he should be getting four yards. He is still second guessing his reads and slowing his feet. Rookie mistakes and to be expected, but frustrating nonetheless. In his defense, the team never got the ground game going at all. The Eagles rushed 21 times for less than fifty yards against a defense that gave up over 170 rushing yards last week (on 38 attempts). Running backs often need a healthy dose of carries to get into a rhythm so play calling was doing Sanders (or his fellow backs) any favors. His being featured, snapwise, is encouraging for what the team thinks of him. I am not worried going forward.

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Grade Miles Sanders’ Week 2 performance

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  • 0%
    A
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    B
    (61 votes)
  • 40%
    C
    (505 votes)
  • 41%
    D
    (519 votes)
  • 13%
    F
    (164 votes)
1257 votes total Vote Now

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: D

The Eagles lost Alshon Jeffery and DeDean Jackson at the top of the game, so there was some eyes on JJ Arcega-Whiteside getting an opportunity to shine. Whiteside caught one pass on four targets for four yards. He was out-snapped by Mack Hollins. Arcega-Whiteside doesn’t look like he’s settled in yet. Looks apprehensive when the ball is coming his way. Not what you want from a big receiving target. Hopefully DNA can get back together again next week or Arcega-Whiteside will need to step up, quickly.

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Grade JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s Week 2 performance

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  • 0%
    A
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    B
    (15 votes)
  • 16%
    C
    (197 votes)
  • 46%
    D
    (556 votes)
  • 35%
    F
    (430 votes)
1203 votes total Vote Now