2013 Philadelphia Eagles: Some Observations After Week Three
A breakdown of observations and a look at some of the numbers for the Philadelphia Eagles after three weeks of play in the NFL.
After three weeks of the season….
According to Pro Football Focus Evan Mathis is the top offensive lineman in the league with a rating of 12.9. Mathis and Jason Kelce, who rates as the second best overall and best run-blocking center in the league are huge reasons why the Eagles lead the league in rushing at 209 yards per game.
The Eagles are on pace to rush for a mind-boggling 3,344 yards while LeSean McCoy is on pace for 2,107 rushing yards and 635 receiving yards.
Todd Herremans looks like a guy who has little left to give. Chip Kelly says the injury that prematurely ended his season in 2012 is not hampering him in any way, but one wonders whether it truly is or not. Herremans looked over-matched against the Chiefs and has sub-par performances in all three games. He has allowed 9 hurries and two sacks and his run-blocking has only been so-so. Unless Herremans turns things around the Eagles could be in the market for a guard next spring.
Riley Cooper is, at best, a #4 receiver in this league. The only reason he starts is because Jeremy Maclin and Arrellious Benn are injured and Jason Avant is better in the slot than he is on the outside. If not for his contributions as a blocker there would be no reason to play Cooper. Pro Football Focus (PFF) rates him the second best blocker, behind only Josh Morgan, at the WR position.
Fletcher Cox is off to a solid start in his first year as a 3-4 defensive end. He has notched two sacks and currently ranks as the 8th best 3-4 end in the league.
Cedric Thornton currently rates as the 4th best 3-4 end against the run.
Trent Cole is the top-rated 3-4 OLB against the run but he is not giving the team much by way of rushing the passer. He has just one sack and his six hurries rank him in the middle of the pack.
Connor Barwin has been a bit of a disappointment thus far giving the team just one sack and only five hurries.
Both Barwin and Cole could be in danger of losing snaps to Brandon Graham. Graham has one sack and four hurries in just 52 snaps, while Barwin has played 231 snaps and Cole 195.
Corner play has been vastly improved thus far. Cary Williams had an awful game against the Chargers but was solid against the Redskins and Chiefs. He was huge reason Bowe was held to just one catch in that game.
Safety play has been atrocious so far with Nate Allen, Patrick Chung, and Earl Wolff combing for a -10 rating on PFF. Chung has, by far, been the worst of the three. His six missed tackles rank second amongst safeties and he has a 148.8 opposing passer rating.
Mychal Kendricks may very well be the worst starting defensive player in the league right now. He carries PFF rating of -15.9 and he is on pace to miss a mind-boggling 42 tackles.