The good news about having to wait until Monday night to watch the Eagles get pummeled by the Cowboys, was that there was plenty of other non-stressful football to enjoy in the days leading up to it. Throughout Week 3, several former Eagles made big plays, including DeSean Jackson’s grand entrance into the endzone, Malcolm Jenkins recording a pick-6, and Jordan Hicks putting on an impressive 60-minute performance.
Here’s how things went in Week 3 for some former Eagles:
DeSean Jackson still has it
Early in the Rams win over the Buccaneers, wide receiver DeSean Jackson had plenty of space from his defender but Matthew Stafford underthrew the ball. Fortunately, the duo connected a little later on, with Jackson going 75 yards to the house — and doing so while being completely true to his jovial self all the way into the endzone.
D-JAX. 75 YARDS. #RamsHouse— NFL (@NFL) September 26, 2021
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Jackson finished the game catching three of five targets for 120 yards and the touchdown. The WR also saw a season-high 32 percent of the offensive snaps on Sunday.
Malcolm Jenkins gets the takeaway and score
The veteran safety was back on the field for 100 percent of the Saints defensive snaps in Week 3 and made the most of them, recording seven total tackles, two pass breakups and returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.
.@MalcolmJenkins cruises for the Pick-6 #Saints— NFL (@NFL) September 26, 2021
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Jordan Hicks is still the LB that got away
Sure, Hicks had his share of injuries during his time in Philadelphia, but ever since signing with the Arizona Cardinals, the linebacker has been on a roll. Even with an offseason in which his team drafted a linebacker in the first round, Hicks has stayed a professional and is back to crushing offenses.
In the Cardinals’ Week 3 win over the Jaguars, Hicks recorded 12 total tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup and a sack. He was on the field for 100 percent of the defensive snaps, and handful of special teams snaps, as well.
#FFIDP Good play here by Jordan Hicks in coverage...sees the screen and closes in and prevents James Robinson from getting any yardage... pic.twitter.com/NViArTX4B8— Mike Woellert (@Mike_Woellert) September 27, 2021
Carson Wentz and the Colts
Miraculously, Wentz was able to rehab his way back from injuring both of his ankles in Week 2 and played all 57 offensive snaps for the Colts on Sunday. The team still lost to the Titans, 37-19, and are now 0-3 to open the season. Wentz finished the game 19-of-37 attempts for 194 yards, but threw zero touchdowns — to be fair, he also threw zero interceptions, so there’s that — and took two sacks.
Reich: Wentz re-aggravated the right ankle injury a little bit on the last drive, but otherwise came out of the game in good shape. #Colts don't believe they're stuck in a cycle of rehab without the injuring improving.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) September 27, 2021
The Colts subbed in Matt Pryor at right tackle early in the game, and the former Eagles lineman saw his most playing time this season. albeit that was still only 28 percent of offensive snaps and 22 percent of special teams.
There is Pryors first official snap. My god wtf are we doing out here boys. pic.twitter.com/wPS8XDEsmk— Tyler (@t_seabolt) September 26, 2021
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Andrew Sendejo got his first defensive snaps for the Colts in Week 3, and between some time on defense and on special teams, recorded his first tackle (for loss) this season.
- Inactives for Week 3 include: Danny Amendola (Texans), Kamu Grugier-Hill (Texans), Albert Huggins (Saints). Alternatively, Jets running back Josh Adams was active for the first time this season — however, he only saw special teams snaps and didn’t record any carries.
- Titans released defensive tackle Anthony Rush early in the week.
- With Andy Dalton inactive due to injury, the Chicago Bears are finally giving Justin Fields the starting QB spot. But, that also means that back-up Nick Foles was active in Week 3 for the first time this season — head coach Matt Nagy even suggested Foles could see playing time in Week 4. Fields ended up being sacked NINE TIMES in their loss to the Browns, and Jason Peters being matched up against Myles Garrett was a big reason for that.
jason peters never gave up, give him that pic.twitter.com/uyvUwLN1Cp— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) September 26, 2021
- Three former Eagles suited up for the Texans on Thursday Night Football, including cornerback Tremon Smith who got his first start of the season and saw 97 percent of the defensive snaps, in addition to a handful of special teams reps. Smith finished the night with three total tackles. Safety Terrence Brooks was predominantly used on special teams, and punter Cameron Johnston finished the game with six punts for 267 yards, and averaged 44.5 yards per punt.