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Eagles rookie report card from 49ers game

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles dropped their second game of the season in an embarrassing fashion to the 49ers, getting blown out 42-19 at home. The loss was a team effort, or rather a team lack of effort. It really felt like a failure from top to bottom with the coaches and players all coming up short. Notable in the loss was how ineffective or invisible the Eagles rookie class was.

Jalen Carter: C-

In a game where the Eagles really needed Carter to turn in a big game, the talented rookie was middling at best. The Niners ran at will on the Eagles defense for much of the game, averaging over five yards a carry. Carter was getting pushed around by a physical Niners offensive line. He also failed to get much push as a pass rusher, a big reason why Brock Purdy was able to dice up the Eagles through the air. Obviously everything can’t fall on a rookie defensive tackle playing a bunch of snaps, but you want to see more from such a gifted player.

Nolan Smith: D

Nolan Smith continues to be a non factor when it comes to playing on the line of scrimmage. He made some hustle tackles down the field which is not for nothing, but he was overmatched when trying to run the passer or stop the run. He even got a handful more snaps tonight than he typically does.

Sydney Brown: C+

Sydney Brown gets credit for a nice tackle early in the game where he stoned Christian McCaffrey for no gain. Otherwise Brown was not really a factor either way.

Eli Ricks: F

Woof. A night to forget for Eli Ricks. He was physically overmatched against the tougher, stronger 49ers receivers. Jauan Jennings made Ricks look silly on a catch and run for a touchdown when he threw the rookie cornerback out of the game. Ricks has had a slate of tough match ups this season but this as his worst game yet. Hopefully he can rebound.

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