Good, bad, then ugly NFL week one full recap : Eagles vs Washington


It would have probably been in Carson Wentz’s
Best interest if he filed for a restraining order against Washington’s defense Sunday evening. The panic button wasn’t hit at least for most of Sunday as an Eagles Fan. After a 17-0 lead by Philadelphia cut to 17-7 at half the Eagles were playing solid football, then the second half came. Carson Wentz was harassed all day long by the Washington Pass rush as the(Washington) team notched a combined 8 sacks and of course hyped up rookie 2nd overall draft pick Chase Young had some to do with that. After all, you didn’t think he would take long making a name for himself in the NFL did you? Chase young notched 1.5 sacks in his NFL debut. After a quiet 3rd quarter which resulted in just a touchdown by Washington, the score was 17-14.as a side note despite the loss of Zach Ertz in this game Philadelphia is gifted with one of the best Te duos in the league as Godert finished with 8 receptions 101 yards and a touchdown. Then the 4th quarter is where it got ugly. Washington scored 13 in the 4th quarter and it propelled them to a 27-17 comeback victory against Philadelphia. Leading some to think maybe it would have been better off if they stayed in the Locker Room at half time or maybe Chase young will be a massive spark plug for a franchise that has little to no expectations this coming season. It’s way too earlier for Eagles fans to hit the panic button, for now, their best bet will probably just have to assume it was just a bad Sunday. Philly travels home to host the La Rams next week while Washington travels to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.

“Wentz” Did It Go Wrong?

17-0…17-24

*sighs*

For those who are unaware, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost to the Washington Football team. In rather embarrassing fashion might I add, squandering a 17-0 lead. Last year it was the Eagles who came out of the tunnel after halftime and rode hot handed DJAX to a eventual comeback of their own. This year, the Eagles came out hot, and lost all steam once Jack Driscoll was removed from the game.

The negatives of this game are abundant, and positives are few and far between, but, there are a few;

Jack Driscoll- The rookie tackle had a few hiccups, none resulting in anything catastrophic and all fixable mistakes. He’s a bright spot simply because once Mailatta was forced to replace him, the drop off was VERY evident. Overall, at this point Jack Driscoll is no Lane, true. I think more importantly we know he’ll be at worst servicable down the road, pending his injury diagnosis.

Defensive Line- Realistically Washington didn’t light us up offensively, Haskins took advantage of numerous short field situations. A product of our either a interception or failed 4th down conversion. The defense held up and players like Josh Sweat and Malik Jackson made some big plays, this is huge to see as they are key contributors going forward.

Wentz and DJAX are OK- As trivial as it sounds, we have to be happy two of our “projected” key contributors stood healthy. We have to assume they will move on to week 2 eager to erase the memory of the week 1 loss.

Rams are next….Let’s just say if this offensive line isn’t in tact by then, Aaron Donald may have a field day.

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The Philadelphia Flyers, The right team in the right place at the wrong time

For far too long the Flyers have just been there. Never a problem making the playoffs, But always a problem making noise once they are there. The Flyers finished 41-21 this year with 89 points and had strong confidence behind young star goalie Carter Hart. The coronavirus pandemic gave the NHL an alternate situation in their resumption of the league as they announced Qualifying Rounds and a Round Robbin tournament. The Flyers annihilated the Round Robin tournament blasting the Eastern Conference on a 4-0 record. This put them in a position to “in theory” play the worst remaining team to win the Qualifying Round which happened to be the Montreal Canadians. Outside of a game 2 slip up the Habs never really belonged against the Flyers as (Philly) punched their ticket to the second round in 6 games. Then at that moment, they were really tested. An Islanders team that finished much lower in the seeding caught fire at the right time and sometimes that’s all it takes. While in theory the series (the Flyers) were sent packing went 7 games it felt New York was far ahead of Philly almost every minute. Through 4 games The Islanders were dominating with a 3-1 lead. It seemed every goal the Flyers made the Islanders matched and for the first time, Carter Hart and the Flyers looked vulnerable. The Flyers fought with their life and won back to back games in overtime to nod the series up and force a series-deciding game 7. In the most important game of the season, the Flyers failed to show up. From puck drop to the final horn the Islanders controlled all aspects of the game and won 4-0. In all honesty, it’s easy for Flyers fans to be upset but I believe exactly what most do, The Islanders are on a warpath and unfortunately, this very good Flyers team was standing like a deer in headlights on the tracks. Just remember the right team, right place, wrong time.

Casey Toohil 7th Round Steal

Casey Toohil Earns Roster Spot

The ink is beginning to dry, leases are being signed, and moving trucks are being rented. The Philadelphia Eagles have announced their 53 man roster, and while there were many surprise cuts made, one man defied the odds and earned his spot.

When you think of 7th round picks, you think practice squad hopful, when Casey thinks 7th round pick, he thinks opportunity! The Eagles for much of their franchises life span has prided themselves on their ability to solidify the trenches. Our defensive line was a strength going into this year, while we knew there would be a couple people fighting for rotational spots, no one could have predicted the outcome.

At pick 233, The Eagles selected a 23 year old LB/DE out of Stanford. North of 240 pounds, Casey ran an impressive 4.6 40! Combine that with a 10.5 inch broad jump and some impressive cone drills, scouts took notice of the athleticism Casey possessed. At the time of the selection, the overlying issue was whether he’d be a stand up lb or DE at the next level.

Eagles signed him to add depth to a pass rush that is getting older by the minute. Anchored by veteran Brandon Graham, and a underwhelming Derek Barnett. Younger players such as, Shareef Miller, Genard Avery, Josh Sweat etc all fought for playing time. Well, that fight continued through training camp and Miller unfortunately was deemed the odd man out.

I’m excited to see what Casey can do, he needs to work on using his hands and becoming a solid run stopper, but let’s be honest if he can consistently get to the QB we can work with the rest.

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The Philadelphia 76ers, Where are they when you need them the most?

What once was a team full of lost hope , terrible seasons and a disconnected fanbase was rebuilt into what on paper should be one of the leagues best teams , however it’s a new year but the same problem in Philadelphia remains. That problem being what a Philadelphia team can do when it matters the most. No disrespect granted the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles miracle SUPERBOWL run , but outside of that it’s been quite a while. This 76ers Team reminds me quite a lot of The Dallas Cowboys ,a SUPERBOWL contender on paper but on game day and high pressure moments folds like a lawn chair after a picnic. The 76ers post season misery continued as they were swept last week in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs by The Boston Celtics. Granted this 76ers team was without the likes of Ben Simmons, with or without they most likely were not winning anyway. But the team never seemed to gel at all, all series. You would figure they could squeeze one by these Boston Celtics but no the 76ers laid down and gave Boston the floor for four games. And if anyone is to blame the 76ers want Brett Brown long gone .Brown still has 2 years left on his coaching contract, but after 400 million dollars spent in the offseason and a team geared for playoff success the 76ers never made it to a conference final under Brett Brown.This major blow of a first round sweep was a wake up call not only for 76ers fans but The front office as well . As of this writing, the 76ers have parted ways with Head coach Brett Brown. They will now have the task of finding a new head coach prior to next season, A hopeful Tobias Harris looked like he saw ghosts never connecting with his jump shot like he did in L.A. The 76ers remind me a lot of a brand new car being recalled by the company. It has a lot of nice features but problems that can’t be explained. An All Star roster with no chemistry. But after all these 76ers fans are expected to “Trust The Process” but is this really a process that’s trustworthy?

Is Jason Peters Worth A New Contract?

Will the body guard need to make his return to LT?

With the NFL kickoff mere days away, The Philadelphia Eagles face a major decision. As many may have heard second year LT, Andre Dillard, suffered a season ending bicep tear causing Philly to orchestrate a major reshuffle of their 2020 offensive line.

When announced Brandon Brooks would likely be out for the remainder of the season, Howie called upon old reliable. Jason Peters a perennial pro bowler, 6x all pro, as well as a part of the NFL all decade team is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Has his age finally become an issue though? At the ripe age of 38 the all world LT was called to fill the hole Brooks injury created. He did so on a team friendly low cap hit contract.

Now that we face a major injury at the position that earned him the moniker, “The Bodygaurd”, most eagle fans assumed he’d slide right back into his previous role. Well, not so fast, he’s not made clear that he is NOT willing to move back to LT without a revision to his contract.

One thing about me is, I’m a player first type of fan, but to me this mentality is selfish and unwarranted quite frankly. Jason Peters has not stayed healthy nor consistent the past few years. If we were to bet on a elite or even above average out put from him is in my opinion unrealistic.

My decision would be to give these young Lineman a shot and revisit the issue after game one if necessary. The future is now for Philadelphia Eagles and they need to treat this move with that in mind. Jason Peters needs to be a team player in this situation.

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Where Will Miles Sanders Rank Among Top Running Backs After This Season?

Miles Sanders, as all Eagles’ fans know, was drafted out of Penn State with the 53rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles’ fans were sure they were getting a promising, young player based on Miles Sanders’ stats from his recent year at Penn State, in which he totaled 1,413 yards from scrimmage (1,274 rushing the ball and 139 receiving the ball). They were right, but it didn’t seem like it from the beginning.

For the first half of the season, Miles Sanders would be listed behind Jordan Howard on the depth chart as RB2. In that stretch of games (leading up to Week 9 against the Chicago Bears), Miles Sanders totaled just 336 yards rushing the ball and 305 yards as a receiver. During that game, Jordan Howard suffered a mysterious shoulder injury and was diagnosed with a shoulder stinger. He was expected to miss some time, and due to this, Miles Sanders got promoted to RB1. What was supposed to be a short recovery became a painfully long one for Howard, giving Sanders the RB1 role for the remainder of the season. Sanders made the most of that opportunity through the remaining 7 games, totaling 482 yards rushing the ball, a significant increase in rushing production. He stayed relatively steady in receiving yardage in terms of averages per game (he went from roughly 34 yards per game to 29 yards per game).

The point is, Miles Sanders saw a massive increase in production as the lead back, and this increase was in a matter of 7 weeks. Miles Sanders totaled 818 yards on the field last season, and he himself said that he left ‘200 or 300 yards’ on the field as rookie.

In the upcoming season (2020-2021 NFL Season), Miles Sanders is set to be the lead back for the entirety of the season, barring anything unforeseen. If last season is any indication, Sanders should amass over 1000 yards. The question is, with those numbers, where will he rank among the league’s top running backs?

He isn’t in the Top 10 just yet, but with a good year, he can sneak into the league’s top 10 running backs. It took 1091 yards to break the Top 10 running backs solely based on rushing yards last year (Marlon Mack), and 1230 rushing yards to break the top 5 (Chris Carson). Miles Sanders is more than capable of topping these numbers.

As of now, Miles Sanders is a solid player, but we shouldn’t be surprised when he is in conversations with the league’s best backs.

Injuries…Already?

As the NFL gears up for its inaugural kick off, The Philadelphia Eagles rev the energy up at their training camp.

Due to the cancellation of preseason, this elongated training camp is looked to provide teams the opportunity to evaluate their young talent. The Eagles are doing just that, while young players like, Reagor, Watkins, and more begin to make their imprint on the team vets seem to be lagging behind.

Hargrave, Sanders, Peters, Lane, and more have all had to sit out multiple practices due to either injury or illness. When does this become a cause for concern, or is this the smartest play for the Eagles?

With less than a full month to go, the Eagles need to begin to build chemistry and solidify who will be starting where. While I’m not too concerned with the rest the vets are getting I am definitely keeping a trained eye on the progression of our depth chart. Still many questions left unanswered!

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Carson Wentz’s value and outlook for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020

Seldom too often we tend to give the “ your excused card” to an NFL Quarterback . But if any Quarterback deserved it in 2019 it had to be Carson Wentz. Going into the 2019 Season the Eagles and their fans had high expectations for a lethal offense and at the snap of a finger their entire receiving core was ravaged with injuries, putting Carson Wentz into an extremely difficult position. Not only Carson but putting extraordinary stress on the run game, All the respect but Miles Sanders was just a baby(rookie)

Come mid season the Eagles were in quite the slump (losing 2 of 4 in October and 3 of 4 in November,2-5 total)but December brought out a better version of Miles Sanders and a consistent Wentz as they ended the season on a 4 game win streak. They ultimately lost in the first round of the playoffs and sooner rather then later the injury bug caught Carson Wentz yet again, suffering a concussion early in the first quarter. But when it’s all said and done a quarterback without his Receivers is like peanut butter without jelly, it just can’t happen.The Eagles will look for health from Carson Wentz and most importantly a Receiving core that can stay on the field, along with some key additions to this teams defense there’s no reason to believe an NFC East Division title is unattainable in 2020,no matter how much those dirty Cowboys are hyped up again !

BATTLE BREWING FOR CB2

CB2 BATTLE

A lot has been made of the arrival of lockdown corner, Darius Slay, rightfully so. Yet with all the stability Slay adds to one side of the secondary, we face just as much doubt on the other.

Candidates for CB2 include familiar faces such as, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, and fan favorite Avonte Maddox. With the latter seemingly more fit to run slot does that make it a two man race?

I believe the three will battle for the CB2 spot well into the season, do not be surprised to see a rotation at CB2 even if only for the first few weeks. I feel as though Sidney Jones is the best on paper fit for the role, but will need to become far more consistent. Rasul, while having the prototypical size and arm length, he lacks the speed and overall ability to follow the Terry Mclaurin’s or even the Slaytons on our schedule.

Which brings me to Avonte Maddox, I believe he is our best CB outside of Darius Slay. I do, however feel due to his size being an outside corner may be a bit more than, the 5’9 183 pound 24 year old, can handle. Yet with the Nickel Roby-Coleman looking like all but a lock to start in the slot, the outside may be all that is left for Maddox.

Quez Watkins turns on the afterburners against CB Rasul Douglas in one on ones

My prediction is, Sidney Jones begins as the “#1 CB” but wouldn’t be surprised to see Maddox fight him the whole year for playing time. As far as Rasul goes, unfortunately I don’t see him being an Eagle much longer.

What are your thoughts? Who do you see winning the CB2 battle?

Written by; Joe Castro of Philly Philly The Podcast

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