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Let’s see how former Eagles around the NFL performed in Week 6

Carson Wentz required surgery, DeSean Jackson signed with the Ravens, Vinny Curry made his return, and more!

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There was plenty of news about former Eagles coming out of Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season, including Carson Wentz undergoing surgery, DeSean Jackson signing with a team, Vinny Curry making his return after nearly 18 months, and Jordan Poyer taking a long drive to play in a game he wasn’t cleared to fly for.

Here’s how some of the former Eagles around the league fared in Week 6:

Carson Wentz had surgery on Monday

The Commanders played in yet another fairly boring Thursday Night Football game in Week 6, facing off against the Bears, and winning 12-7. Washington was pretty close to losing, but they managed to finally score a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, and kept Chicago from coming back in the final minutes of the game.

Still, Wentz’s performance wasn’t all that impressive. He finished the game 12-of-22 for 99 yards and zero touchdowns — although, to his credit, he didn’t have any interceptions or fumbles for the first time this season. After the game it was revealed that the QB suffered a fractured finger, and ended up having surgery days later.

With Wentz sidelined, Taylor Heinicke will be the starter for at least Week 7. No timetable has been given for Wentz’s return, and the team hasn’t announced whether they plan to put the QB on IR while he recovers.

When the Colts traded Wentz to Washington, part of the deal was a conditional second or third round draft pick depending on playing time. Indianapolis might not end up getting a second rounder depending on how long the quarterback is out.

DeSean Jackson is not done yet

The 2x former Eagles wide receiver isn’t retiring just yet, having signed a deal to join the Baltimore Ravens for his 15th NFL season.

‘Monday Night Football’ standouts

The NFL really committed to giving the Denver Broncos plenty of primetime games this season — of course, this was before they found out that Russel Wilson would only play mediocre ball and the team would be one of the worst in the league. Still, the Broncos faced the Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 6 and several former Eagles were highlighted.

The Chargers ended up winning 19-16, with WR DeAndre Carter finishing the night with three catches for 17 yards, plus 2 kick returns for 45 yards and 3 punt returns for 39 yards. Backup QB Chase Daniel didn’t see any playing time, which is probably helpful, considering he had to leave the game and go directly to his second job in the studio.

For the Broncos, LB Alex Singleton had the busiest game of his career, recording 21 total tackles, 19 of which were solo, plus a pass breakup. On offense, tight end Eric Tomlinson had one catch for 16 yards.

Jordan Poyer goes the extra (1,000) mile

Poyer has been dealing with a rib injury the past few weeks with varying availability, but apparently he was determined not to miss the Bills’ Week 6 revenge game against the Chiefs. Despite not being medically cleared to fly due to altitude and pressure concerns in an airplane, the safety rode 15 hours in a vehicle chartered by the team.

He didn’t just make the trip for support, either. Poyer played 100 percent of the defensive snaps and a season-high 26 percent of the special teams snaps. He made four total tackles in the outing, before getting back on the road for a 15-hour drive back to Buffalo.

Vinny Curry is finally back on the field

The Jets embarrassed the Packers in Week 6, 27-10, and on their way to victory, they welcomed back former Eagle great, DE Vinny Curry. Curry hasn’t played a game since he was with the Eagles in 2020, despite signing with the Jets in 2021. When he signed with the Jets, the team doctors discovered that Curry had a rare blood disorder that also required his spleen be removed.

Curry played lined up for 23 percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday against the Packers and recorded three total tackles, including one for loss.

Other notables

  • Week 6 had several teams on bye, including the Detroit Lions (Nate Sudfeld), Houston Texans (Kamu Grugier-Hill, Cam Johnston, Steven Nelson, Tremon Smith), Las Vegas Raiders (Mack Hollins), and Tennessee Titans (Andrew Adams, Le’Raven Clark).
  • Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was inactive for the Patriots on Sunday as he deals with a hamstring injury, and quarterback Nick Foles was a healthy scratch for the Colts in Week 6 as he was demoted to QB3 and Sam Ehlinger was promoted to backup.
  • Ahead of the Eagles-Cardinals game earlier this season, Zach Ertz was asked whether he expected to be the first TE in Arizona to record a 100-yard game since 1980. Ertz admitted he expects to hit that mark soon, and he almost did it in Week 6, notching 70 yards on 7 catches against the Seahawks.
  • The Vikings beat the Dolphins this week, and Jordan Hicks had another big performance for Minnesota’s defense. The linebacker made 11 total tackles, including two QB hits, one sack and one PBU. Chandon Sullivan also contributed on defense with four total tackles, one for loss, and one PBU. On offense, Vikings WR Jalen Reagor only had one offensive snap, but wasn’t targeted, and had three punt returns for 36 yards.
  • Other notable defensive performances around the league include Patriots safety Jalen Mills (four tackles and one interception), Colts safety Rodney McLeod (five tackles, including two for loss), and Niners DT Hassan Ridgeway (five tackles).

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