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The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2017 season at 7-9, last place in the NFC East. While they missed the playoffs after a 3-0 start to the season there is a lot to be excited about in Philadelphia. Here are my 2016 end of season grades for the Eagles Offense.
LT Jason Peters: Grade: A-
The Body Guard has been solid at Left Tackle all season but several false starts have hurt the Eagles during drives. He has totaled 9 false starts and 2 holding penalties on the season. Without all of the false starts he would get an A+.
LG: Allen Barbre: Grade: B
Allen Barbre has been solid at Left Guard this season but with all of the injuries and absences on the Eagles O-line he has been moved to Right Tackle until either Halapoulivaati Vaitai or Lane Johnson comes back. He has become a liability at Right Guard in both Vaitai and Johnsons absence. My grade for him at Left Guard would be an A, but at Right Tackle I would give him a D. To even it out he gets a B.
C Jason Kelce: Grade C+
He finished the season strong but at the beginning of the season he was a mess, and that’s putting it nicely. Holding, false starts, and even Illegal Block in the Back penalties were a weekly occurrence. He had a much better second half performance, but his first half of the season performance makes it hard for me to give him anything above a C+.
RG Brandon Brooks: Grade A+
Brandon Brooks has been the Eagles best and most consistent Offensive Lineman so far this season. He was given a lucrative 5-year contract this past offseason and has been worth every penny. He missed two games due to illness. It’s really hard for me to give the guy anything less than an A+.
RT Lane Johnson: Grade: B-
Lane Johnson played the first 4 games of the Eagles season and was a brick wall at Right Tackle. But he was suspended week 6 for breaking the NFLs substance abuse policy. Leaving the Eagles no choice but to start rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai at Tackle. I give Johnson an A for his play on the field but the suspension brings him down a whole letter grade.
Back-up Offensive Lineman:
LG Stefen Wisniewski: Grade: C-
Wisniewski stepped in at Left Guard when Barbre was moved to Right Tackle after Vaitai went down with an injury. He has been average, he actually made Eagles fans prefer Allen Barbre at Left Guard (which is a hard thing to do).
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Grade: B+
Vaitai was forced into a starting role after Lane Johnson was suspended in week 6. He was roughed up in his NFL debut by Ryan Kerrigan and the Washington Redskins. Since then he has been great, allowing very few pressures from opposing pass rushers. He almost deserves an A but he went down with an injury against the Seahawks which doesn’t help his case.
QB Carson Wentz: Grade: B-
Stats: 3782 Passing Yards, 16 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions, 79.3 Rating
I love Carson Wentz and if we were entering week 5 right now he would be an A+ but the fact of the matter is; the second half of his rookie season was one I’m sure he would like to forget. Through the first 3 weeks Wentz threw for 5 touchdown passes and 0 Interceptions. Since then he has thrown 11 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions. He is rookie and he is still learning but I cant give him anything above a B- for his rookie struggles. But make no mistake this guy is the future for the Philadelphia Eagles at the Quarterback position.
RB Ryan Mathews: Grade C
Stats: 661 Rushing Yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 2 Fumbles, 11 Receptions, 94 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Ryan Mathews has actually single-handedly won and lost a game for the Eagles this season. He fumbled the football against the Lions with 2 minutes and 16 seconds left in the game. The lions would score and then Carson Wentz threw his first career interception moments later. The fumble gave the Eagles their first loss of the season. He also supplied the Eagles with practically their entire offense against the Atlanta Falcons. He put up 108 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to give the Eagles a win. He has had trouble holding on to the football. For that and his inconsistency he gets a C.
RB Darren Sproles: Grade: A-
Stats: 438 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdown, 45 Receptions, 387 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown, 1 Fumble
Darren Sproles is still one of the best dual threat offensive weapons in football. He can run the ball from anywhere, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, you can split him out wide as a receiver, he returns punts, kicks and everything in-between. He’s the most versatile player in football. He has very close number in both rushing and receiving and a touchdown in both phases. He hasn’t been as big a factor as of late and that is where the minus comes from but none the less he deserves an A.
RB Wendell Smallwood: Grade B-
Stats: 312 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 6 Receptions, 55 Receiving Yards, 1 Fumble
Smallwood has proven that when given room to run he can be dangerously explosive. When the line doesn’t block for him it’s a whole other story. He only has one rushing touchdown (he also has a kick-return Touchdown as well), he hasn’t been a huge part of the Eagles offense and for that reason I cant really give him above a B-.
RB Kenjon Barner: Grade: C-
Stats: 129 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 3 Receptions, 17 Receiving Yards
Kenjon Barner almost has nothing to do with the Eagles offense as a whole. He comes into the game in certain situations and runs back kick-returns which is where he makes his living. For his little participation in the Eagles offense but huge part in the Special Teams unit he gets a C-.
RB Byron Marshall: Grade: B
Stats: 64 rushing Yards
Byron Marshall was called up from the Practice Squad after Wendell Smallwood went down with an injury and was placed on IR. He has shown that he can be a Darren Sproles type player, but has also shown that he has a lot of work to do in order to secure a spot on the roster in the future. He was called up late season, and split carries with several other backs so for the numbers he put up in very little playing time, he gets a B.
RB Terrell Watson: Grade: B
Stats: 28 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdowns
Terrell Watson was added to the roster from the Practice Squad 2 days before the Eagles final game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys because Ryan Mathews went down with a neck Injury and was placed on IR. He was not expected to have much of an impact on the offense. He made the most of his time on the field in one game he got the ball 9 times and ran for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 4th quarter. It’s hard to give him anything less than a B for his one game.
WR Jordan Matthews: Grade: B-
Stats: 73 Receptions, 804 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving Touchdowns
Jordan Matthews is the best receiver that the Eagles have, there is no question about that. The offense isn’t the same without him. He led the team in receptions, yards per catch, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He goes down a whole letter grade because of problems with drops and also the fact that he missed three games (Green Bay, Cincinnati, Dallas) with an ankle injury.
WR Nelson Agholor: Grade D-
Stats: 36 Receptions, 365 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns
This was every Eagles fans favorite topic this past season. What are we going to do with Nelson Agholor. He led all NFL receivers in dropped passes, wasn’t even in the top 75 in receiving yards, and has 3 career receiving touchdowns. He was a healthy scratch against the Packers due to his issues with drops. He had a good few games after his benching but did drop another two passes in the Thursday night game against the Giants (to go along with a 40-yard Touchdown Reception) his play after the benching is what keeps him from an F.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham: Grade: C
Stats: 36 Receptions, 392 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns
When word got out that the Eagles has acquired 6’5 Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in a trade with the Titans this preseason there wasn’t a single Eagles fan without a smile on their face. He was not a very big part of the Eagles offense at the beginning of this season but as the season went on he became a bigger piece of the Eagles offense. He still finished third on the team in receiving yards, but 2 touchdowns for a guy that we thought would be a sure thing if you threw to him in the red zone is a big disspointment.
WR Bryce Treggs: Grade D
Stats: 3 Receptions, 80 Receiving Yards
Bryce Treggs was brought up from the practice squad to be something the Eagles have lacked all year… a deep threat. Someone who can create separation with great speed. On paper Treggs is just that but he only has three receptions for 80 yards, 59 of them on one play against the Giants. Granted he didn’t get many targets but I cant really give him any higher of a grade.
WR Paul Turner: Grade C+
Stats: 9 Receptions, 126 Receiving Yards
Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner were both brought up from the practice squad Treggs finished with 80 receiving yards in 9 games. What made Turner better this season was that he had more receiving yards than Treggs while playing in 2 fewer games. Turner also has six more receptions than Treggs while playing in three fewer games. Its hard for me to say that he is worthy of a higher grade when he was inactive for 2 games after he was brought up.
TE Zach Ertz: Grade: B+
Stats: 78 Receptions, 816 Receiving Yards, 4 Receiving Touchdowns
Zach Ertz missed 3 games after getting hurt in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns. The games he did play in at the beginning of the season, he didn’t surmount more than 37 receiving yards. Since then he has complied 685 Receiving yards and 4 Receiving Touchdowns. He finished the season as the Eagles leader in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns. But the missed games keep from an A.
TE Brent Celek: Grade C
Stats: 14 Receptions, 155 Receiving Yards
He has truly only been used as a blocking Tight End this season. Wentz usually targeted either Ertz or Trey Burton unless Celek was able to slip away and was wide open. I would give him an A for his blocking but a D for his very little involvement in the offense.
TE Trey Burton: Grade: B+
Stats: 37 Receptions, 327 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Trey Burtons future was considered unknown in Philadelphia. We hadn’t really seen much of him in the offense, largely impart to the fact that he has two very good Tight Ends in front of him. Carson Wentz and the Eagles have found lots of ways to get the ball in his hands. When Celek leaves the Eagles will have two good young Tight Ends on their hands. His stats cant even begin to explain how good a year Trey Burton had for the Eagles, he became a security blanket for Carson Wentz and was even the teams long snapper for one play against the Washington Redskins. His subpar stats are the only thing keeping him from an A.