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Eagles rookie report card: Kelee Ringo shows potential in loss to Seahawks

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The Eagles dropped their third straight game in what has been an exhausting and embarrassing losing streak. This loss came to Drew Lock and the Seattle Seahawks and there is plenty of blame to go around. That being said, there are a few bright spots among the Eagles rookies to note.

Jalen Carter: B

Jalen Carter got his first sack since November 5th and it came on an impressive pressure where Carter basically threw a guard out of the way to get to Drew Lock. That is the kind of dominant player Carter can be when he wants to be. Otherwise, Carter kept the heat on Drew Lock when he was on the field. He failed to make much of an impact as a run defender as Kenneth Walker seemingly cut through the Eagles defense with ease. The Eagles need Carter making a three-down impact.

Nolan Smith: B

This was Nolan Smith’s best all around game as a pro, so far. He was on the field quite a bit and played his butt off on every snap. He is still working on making an impact as a pass rusher, but he played the run very well and made some great tackles on the perimeter and space. Smith got banged up on a tackle late in the game, but was able to keep playing. Hopefully this is a sign of more good play to come from the first rounder.

Sydney Brown: C

Sydney Brown had an unlucky game more than a bad game. He was constantly in the position to make plays and the plays just didn’t happen. More than once he lost one on one tackling opportunities against Kenneth Walker. Both would have been no-gain plays or even gone for a loss if Brown could’ve finished the tackle but Walker ran around him or through him. Brown also gave up a crucial big play down the field to DK Metcalf. He was just a bit late over the top, still made a hit and Metcalf was able to somehow hang on for what was the Seahawks game winning drive. Brown’s aggressive playing style is welcomed, but it needs to be tempered a bit when it comes to finishing as a tackler.

Kelee Ringo: B+

Kelee Ringo got his first NFL start and impressed mightily. He hung around in coverage with Seattle’s impressive receivers, including breaking up a pass to DK Metcalf early in the game. Ringo also impressed as a tackler, playing the run fearlessly. After 15 weeks of really nothing much to speak of, Ringo was a revelation in this game. It looks like the Eagles can depend on Ringo to fill in for Darius Slay while the veteran is recovering from surgery.

Eli Ricks: B-

Eli Ricks rotated in as a third cornerback during this game. He had some nice plays in coverage. This is an encouraging development as he has struggled the last two months. Ricks leaves a lot to be desired as a run defender. Notably, he was bullied downfield on Kenneth Walker’s touchdown run. Need to see more physicality than that.

The Rest

  • Tyler Steen didn’t play despite Cam Jurgens being out with injury. The Eagles went back to Sua Opeta to play right guard who had previously been benched in favor of Steen earlier in the season. Curious decision.
  • Tanner McKee was inactive despite Hurts’ health being in a precarious decision. They must’ve been really confident that Hurts was good to play four quarters.

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