The Eagles miraculously pulled out a win in Carolina despite a rough start to the game. Here’s a look at how the young guys performed.
DeVonta Smith: A
A big question coming into this game was if DeVonta Smith could follow up his 122 yard game against the Chiefs with another strong game. DeVonta Smith answered with a seven catch, 77 yard performance. While the stats aren’t flashy, Smith came up big on almost all of his catches. He was attacking the football and making plays on not-so-ideal passes. Smith put a cherry on top of his game with a two-point conversion catch in the back of the end zone.
Smith is making plays that no other Eagles receiver can make at this point. It is not just that he’s fast, but that he is reliable and much more cerebral than his peers. Smith’s strong, consistent game a big reason the Eagles stayed in the game.
Landon Dickerson: D
After a strong showing last week against Kansas City, Landon Dickerson looked rough in Carolina. Starting again at left guard, Dickerson was giving up pressure on what felt like a regular basis and couldn’t really get a push in the run game. Factor in a false start penalty and Dickerson did more harm than good for the Eagles. It was expected that the Carolina defensive line was going to be a challenge, but Dickerson had to show more than he did today. Worth mentioning that he did not finish the game in the starting line up.
Milton Williams: B
The Eagles defense played some of their best football against an explosive Carolina offense and Williams had some bright moments. Not only did he look solid taking up space as a run defender, but he also got some pressure as a pass rusher. It’s been a wait for Milton Williams to start flashing as a playmaker and the Eagles got a glimpse of his upside against the Panthers.
Zech McPhearson: N/A
Another game where McPhearson was relegated to special teams duty where he did not make much noise.
Kenneth Gainwell: C
Kenneth Gainwell’s production dipped this week, but he still continues to be on the field quite a bit for the Eagles. In key moments, Gainwell delivered. He had a third down conversion where he ran an out route from the slot and late in the game he had a long run to keep the clock running. He only had three touches, but Gainwell continues to contribute whenever the Eagles have him on the field.
Marlon Tuipulotu: N/A
Did not dress for the game.
Patrick Johnson: N/A
Did not see the field very much against Carolina while Genard Avery probably had his best game as an Eagle.
Tarron Jackson: N/A
Did not see a lot of playing time
Jack Stoll: N/A
Did not see a lot of playing time.