We’re now over a quarter way through the 2021 NFL season and former Eagles are still putting in work throughout the league. Several former teammates faced off on both Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football, plus WR DeAndre Carter earned a starting spot for Washington Football Team.
Here’s how things went in Week 5 for some former Eagles:
Monday Night Football
The Indianapolis Colts (Matt Pryor, Andrew Sendejo, Carson Wentz) came this close to pulling out a win on Monday Night Football in a game against the Baltimore Ravens (Eric Tomlinson, Alejandro Villanueva) that went into overtime.
The Colts ultimately lost, 31-25, but Wentz was able to stay healthy enough to take 100 percent of the offensive snaps, and had a pretty good showing, throwing for 402 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The quarterback did record one fumble, and nearly had a second late in the game, but all-in-all, he’s playing well enough to keep the starting job even if the team is still just 1-4 on the season.
Former Eagles offensive tackle Matt Pryor earned his first start for the Colts in Week 5 and also took 100 percent of the offensive snaps. It was a considerable pump from his previous season-high of 42 percent, plus he took the field for a handful of special teams reps, as well. On the defensive side of the ball, safety Andrew Sendejo made his second start of the season for Indianapolis, and continued to try and make football violent again with a huge hit late in the game that ended up sending him to the medical tent for evaluation.
For the Ravens, former Eagles OT Alejandro Villanueva was on the field for 100 percent of the offensive snaps for the fourth time this season. Teammate tight end Eric Tomlinson didn’t get nearly the same kind of playing time, and only saw seven offensive snaps and two snaps on special teams.
DeAndre Carter named a starter in Week 5
Just a week after returning a kick for 100 yards and a touchdown, the Washington Football Team let Carter start at wide receiver on offense. He saw a huge jump in playing time and was on the field for 70 percent of offensive snaps, and went 4-of-8 for 62 yards, plus one carry for 11 yards. Impressively, three of the WR’s catches on Sunday were for 20-plus yards. Carter was still the guy for kick and punt returns as well, but it’s good to see the former Eagle finally get some opportunities to help out on offense.
Thursday Night Football
STAFFORD DESEAN JACKSON— PFF (@PFF) October 8, 2021
Jackson: 25th career catch of 60+ yards
DeSean Jackson’s big 68-yard reception came at the expense of his former Eagles teammate Sidney Jones. Jones is now a starter for the Seahawks and Thursday was his second game in a row taking 100 percent of the defensive snaps. Unfortunately, he only recorded six total tackles with those snaps, and hasn’t lived up to expectations.
#Seahawks CB Sidney Jones since taking over the starting corner role (per PFF)— MR Sports (@MRsports604) October 9, 2021
- 14 targets
- 11 catches allowed
- 270 yards given up
- 24.5 yards per catch
- 124 yards after the catch
- 2 touchdowns
- 158.3 passer rating when targeted #GoHawks #NFLTwitter pic.twitter.com/mvDVEXfvYB
- Malcolm Jenkins continues to be on the field the entire game for the Saints and notched seven total tackles in Sunday’s win over Washington.
- Nelson Agholor’s contributions continue to dwindle for the Patriots, with the wide receiver on the field for just 67 percent of offensive snaps — his lowest of the season. He caught three of four targets for 32 yards in New England’s win over Houston.
- Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill saw his most defensive snaps of the season for the Texans on Sunday, 100 percent, and recorded five total tackles, including one for loss.
- Jordan Hicks has been able to stave off the injury big he once had in Philadelphia, and had his third game in a row taking 100 percent of defensive snaps for the Cardinals, and has seen more than 90 percent of snaps in each of the first five games this season. He had six total tackles on Sunday, totaling 36 so far this season.
Inactives, Injuries and Roster moves
- With Andy Dalton back for the Bears, QB Nick Foles was inactive again in Week 5.
- Jalen Mills (Patriots) was out with a hamstring injury.
- Danny Amendola (Texans) is still sidelined with a strained hamstring, and missed his third game in a row on Sunday.
- CB Ronald Darby was back at practice this week for the Broncos after injuring his hamstring in Week 1, but he was inactive on Sunday as he works his way back onto the field.
- The Packers signed CB Rasul Douglas off the Cardinals’ practice squad earlier in the week, but he was inactive for the team in Week 5. New Packers teammate, and former Eagle, OT Dennis Kelly missed most of the week due to illness, and despite being active on Sunday, didn’t see any snaps.
- Kicker Cody Parkey signed with the Saints early last week and was already put to work on Sunday. He finished the day 3-for-5 field goal attempts, and also netted 195 yards on three kick offs in his 2021 debut. It doesn’t look like Parkey will get a chance to make up for those two misses either, as he was released on Tuesday.