It was a big week for former Eagles throughout the NFL in Week 6, with Carson Wentz looking like his former self, Jason Peters leading the Bears’ OL, Jordan Poyer coming up big on Monday Night Football, and Jordan Hicks have a career-high game. It wasn’t all good though, either, with Nelson Agholor and Jalen Mills contributing to the Patriots’ overtime loss to the Cowboys, and some injuries keeping guys on the sideline.
Here’s how things went in Week 6 for some former Eagles:
Colts win big, Wentz looks great
Sure, the Indianapolis Colts played the Houston Texans on Sunday, so a 31-3 victory may not be quite as impressive, but Carson Wentz looked every bit as dynamic as he did back when Eagles fans were drooling over the QB in 2017.
For the fifth time this season, Wentz was on the field for 100 percent of snaps — inching closer to the Eagles getting the Colts first round draft pick in 2022 — and had his second highest QB passer rating of the year (127.7). The box score doesn’t really make the case for the what the highlights prove, but Wentz finished the day 11-of-20 for 223 yards and two touchdowns — he also didn’t turn the ball over on Sunday, which is notable itself.
It's against the Texans so it doesn't count but ooooh baby Wentz had some peak plays in this game pic.twitter.com/hzXgAxNIEN— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) October 18, 2021
Wentz led his team to it’s second win of the season, but there was no denying the momentum building throughout the game and heading into their Week 7 road trip to San Francisco.
Similarly, former Eagle Matt Pryor made his second start for the Colts on Sunday, and was able to line up for 100 percent of snaps.
Wentz and Pryor saw many former teammates on the field on Sunday, facing off against safety Terrence Brooks (getting the start on defense, despite only getting 23 percent of defensive snaps and one tackle), linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (7 tackles and 100 percent of defensive snaps), and punter Cameron Johnston (5 punts for 212 yards).
Jason Peters still has it
Admittedly, things started rough for the league veteran when he signed with the Bears, but in the weeks since, he’s settled into his role blocking for Justin Fields and has quickly become an anchor for their offensive line.
#Bears OT Jason Peters was the team's highest-graded player on offense, according to PFF, in Sunday's loss to the Packers. He has the team's highest season grade among starters on offense, too. I was skeptical of the signing, but Peters is definitely working out so far.— Bryan Perez (@BryanPerezNFL) October 18, 2021
Career-high game for Jordan Hicks on Sunday
Linebacker Jordan Hicks spent the days ahead of the Cardinals’ Week 6 game celebrating being reunited with his best friend, Zach Ertz, and must’ve taken that momentum into Sunday’s game. Hicks recorded his first career game with two sacks against Cleveland, contributing to his six-total tackle game.
After 2.0 huge sacks yesterday at CLE, LB Jordan Hicks has 3.0 sacks thru 6 games & has matched his single-season high (2018 w PHI).— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) October 18, 2021
He also has a team-leading 42 tackles
Agholor’s playing time continues to drop
In Week 1, it appeared that wide receiver Nelson Agholor was going to be a big factor in the New England Patriots offense. In the week since, however, he taken fewer-and-fewer offensive snaps, in Week 6, saw his fewest at just 32 (59 percent). He was also targeted just three times — tied for his lowest of the season — and made just one catch, albeit a big one for 27 yards. Sunday’s game against the Cowboys also marked the first game for Agholor this season that he was omitted from the starting lineup.
With Agholor dropping a huge opportunity for the Patriots in overtime against the Cowboys, he wasn’t the only former Eagle who led to the team’s loss. Safety Jalen Mills was back in the starting lineup in Week 6, and finished the game with eight total tackles — unfortunately, one of those tackles wasn’t against CeeDee Lamb on what became the final play of the game.
Mack Hollins had a day in London
The wide receiver turned special teamer saw his most action on Sunday morning when the Miami Dolphins faced the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Hollins had just his second start of the season on offense, but this time, ended up getting 97 percent of the offensive snaps — his previous season-high was 29 percent. He made the most of his opportunity, as well, finishing the game catching 4-of-5 targets for 61 yards. Hollins also had his best day on special teams this year, recording three tackles with his efforts.
Jordan Poyer gets 2nd INT of the year on MNF
- Ronald Darby returned for the Broncos in Week 6 after missing four games with a hamstring injury. He was back in the starting lineup for Denver and managed 100 percent of the defensive snaps, recording five total tackles on the day.
- Cornerback Rasul Douglas saw his first playing time this season on Sunday for the Packers. He didn’t get the start, but was on the field for 85 percent of the defensive snaps, and recorded five total tackles against the Bears. Douglas also spent time on special teams and should see consistent contributions to both as the season continues.
Injuries, Inactives, and Bye Weeks
- Cornerback Sidney Jones had six total tackles for Seattle on Sunday Night Football before being sidelined with a chest injury.
Sidney Jones walking off very slowly across the field to #Seahawks sideline with training putting a hand on his back to steady him.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 18, 2021
- Wide receiver Danny Amendola was inactive again for the Texans, marking his fourth game in a row missed due to a hamstring injury.
- Colts’ safety Andrew Sendejo is still in the concussion protocol — after leading with his head on a huge hit in Week 5 — was inactive on Sunday.
- After suffering a pec injury two weeks ago, Raiders’ tight end and special teamer Derek Carrier will miss the remainder of the season.
#Saints K Cody Parkey, who injured his groin pregame and tried to kick through it, is going on Injured Reserve, source said. New Orleans will need a new kicker.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2021