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.
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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.
3. Darren Sproles
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.
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3. Rodney McLeod
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