The current Eagles continue to frustrate, but some former Eagles are finally having some success around the league. Return specialist DeAndre Carter ran the ball back for 100 yards and a touchdown, Carson Wentz and the Colts got their first win of the year, and quite a few former Eagle defenders are notching a lot of playing time for their new teams.
Here’s how things went in Week 4 for some former Eagles:
DeAndre Carter takes it 100 yards for a TD
Washington Football Team wide receiver DeAndre Carter gets most of his playing time as a kick and punt returner, with the occasional offensive snap, but he definitely made his roster spot worth it on Sunday against Atlanta by returning a kick for a touchdown.
Carter finished the day returning three kicks for 152 yards, and one punt for 6 yards, in addition to 24 yards on his one and only offensive target of the day. Despite his special teams success the past couple years, Sunday’s touchdown was actually Carter’s first of his career.
Colts get their first win of the season
It was a bit of a slow start for the Indianapolis offense in Week 4, but they pulled it together and got their first win of the year over the Dolphins. Carson Wentz played 100 percent of the offensive snaps, and by far had his best completion day of the year, going 24-of-32 (75 percent completion) for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He was forced to run the ball five times only netting eight yards, but he was also only sacked twice, so all-in-all, not a bad day for the quarterback.
Offensive guard Matt Pryor saw a big increase in his offensive snap count in Week 4, up to 42 percent from 28, and continued to get some playing time on special teams. On defense, former Eagle Andrew Sendejo got his first start of the season and saw 100 percent of the snaps, recording four total tackles and one pass breakup with the extra workload.
For the first time this season, CB Sidney Jones took the field on defense for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. Jones had been used solely in a special teams role through the first three games of the year, but was finally given an opportunity he didn’t waste, recording seven total tackles on Sunday through 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Similarly, his teammate, and another former Eagle, CB Ryan Neal saw his first time lining up with Seattle’s defense in Week 4. He took fewer snaps that Jones, 34 percent, but still managed five total tackles on the day.
Despite the Saints losing the Giants in Week 4, veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins is still balling out. He was on the field for 100 percent of the defensive snaps for the second week in a row, and recorded a season-high 12 total tackles — his most since mid-December 2020 —, including one for loss. When Jenkins was pressuring the Eagles for a new deal, a lot of fans balked at a big contract due to his age, but that hasn’t slowed him down, yet.
Another former Eagles player who saw 100 percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday was linebacker Jordan Hicks for the Arizona Cardinals. Hardly a surprise at this point, given that Hicks is reliably one of the team’s best defenders, but he still managed his second-most tackles of the season in Week 4 against the Rams with eight total. He had six games in 2020 in which he recorded eight or more total tackles, and has already claimed two through four games in 2021.
Former Eagles safety, Eric Rowe, has been a steady contributor to the Dolphins defense, recording six total tackles in Sunday’s loss to the Colts. It was Rowe’s second-most productive game this season, and the second-most defensive snaps he’s seen this year at 86 percent.
Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was back from injury for the Texans on Sunday, and recorded seven total tackles in his biggest role for the Houston defense yet. It was only his second-most productive day through three games, but he saw the most defensive snaps of the year, 85 percent. His teammates, and other former Eagles, continue to contribute mostly on special teams, with safety Terrance Brooks making three total tackles, and CB Tremon Smith making two tackles on the day.
- Inactives: SAF Jordan Poyer (Bills), WR Danny Amendola (Texans)
- Roster moves:
Former #Jets RB Josh Adams cleared waivers and has elected not to re-sign with the team’s practice squad, source said. A lot of RB-needy teams and he wants to see what other opportunities are out there.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 4, 2021
The 49ers hosted LB Mychal Kendricks on a visit. Kendricks was released off of IR last month, but a return to San Francisco could be on the horizon.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 4, 2021
- The Patriots lost in primetime on Sunday when Tom Brady returned with the Buccaneers to pull off a victory after a back-and-forth “meh” of a game. Jalen Mills was on the field for 100 percent of the defensive snaps, his most so far this season, but still only managed three total tackles. On offense, Nelson Agholor went 3-for-5 for 55 yards, and had one carry for 4 yards, but had his lowest snap count of the season for New England at 73 percent.