Eagles Studs And Duds: Week 1

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was the Carson Wentz show on Sunday!

The rookie quarterback dazzled in his debut going 22-37 with 278 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers. Wentz’s 278 yards passing yards were the most by an Eagles rookie quarterback in his first career start since at least 1960.

Related: Knee-Jerk Reactions: Merry Wentzmas!

Wentz is the stud of the game, there’s no doubt about that. But here are the other two studs and three duds from the Eagles’ 29-10 Week 1 win over the Browns.

Duds

 

 

3. Darren Sproles

 

Darren Sproles

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Darren Sproles #43 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball as Allen Barbre #76 of the Philadelphia Eagles blocks Jamar Taylor #21 and Derrick Kindred #30 of the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

It’s not that Sproles had a bad game, but by his standards, I’m sure he wasn’t pleased. He did have that vintage Sproles 40-yard punt return in the first half, but other than he struggled offensively.

Sproles actually out snapped Ryan Mathews by seven plays. He recorded just 12 rushing on five carries and two catches on five targets, including two blatant drops.

2. Mychal Kendricks

 

 

What happened to Mychal Kendricks?

The Eagles played a lot of nickel defense so Kendricks wasn’t on the field much, but when he was…he was sort of invisible. And when he was noticed, he was getting deked out of his shoes by RGIII.

1. Leodis McKelvin

 

None of the Eagles’ corners played particularly well, but McKelvin — who left the game early with a hamstring injury — struggled the most. McKelvin finished the game with just two tackles in his Eagles debut and he was among the three players who got caught starring at a Corey Coleman 58-yard under-thrown jump ball reception setting up a Browns field goal. The other two guys in that play — Nolan Carroll and Rodney McLeod — made some plays throughout the game. McKelvin never did.

Related: The Eagles’ Good, Bad & Ugly

 

Studs

 

3. Rodney McLeod

 

Rodney McLeod

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles intercepts a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins back there at safety is about as sturdy as it gets. McLeod was excellent in his Eagles debut, recording four tackles, one for a loss on a play where he shot into the backfield like a torpedo, a pass deflection, and an interception. His four tackles was the second most by an Eagle, as there weren’t many tackles to be made thanks to the Browns’ atrocious offense.

2. Zach Ertz

Jordan Matthews’ was excellent catching seven balls for 114 yards and a touchdown, dominating the middle of the field. But J-Matt did drop a few passes and caught just seven of 14 targets.

Ertz, however, was the most efficient Eagles pass catcher on Sunday with six catches on seven targets for 58 yards, including that sweet one-handed snag on the opening drive shown above and the game’s most critical catch on a key 4th-and-4 in the third quarter.

1. Carson Wentz

 

Carson Wentz

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Duh.

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