Eagles vs. Ravens: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Philadelphia

Cody Swartz@cbswartz5Senior Writer ISeptember 16, 2012

Eagles vs. Ravens: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Philadelphia

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    In a matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens that had all the makings of a playoff game, the Eagles prevailed by one point, 24-23.

    For the second straight week, the Eagles utilized a last-minute touchdown drive by quarterback Michael Vick and a terrific stand by their defense in improving their record to a perfect 2-0 on the season.

Quarterback

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    Michael Vick: B+

    Quarterbacks are ultimately judged on wins and losses, and Michael Vick got the job done for the second straight week.

    He threw for 371 yards—the second-highest single-game total of his careerand his 11.6 yards per attempt average was the third-best mark of his career. Vick threw for a touchdown and ran for one, although he did throw two interceptions.

    He was pressured an inordinate amount of time, but that’s come to be expected behind the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line, especially as they are without All-Pro tackle Jason Peters and now starting center Jason Kelce. Vick did account for over 400 yards of offense, and that’s a very impressive total.

Running Backs

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    LeSean McCoy: C+

    It wasn’t one of LeSean McCoy’s best games, but as usual, when McCoy carries the ball at least 20 times, the Philadelphia Eagles win the game. They won this one and McCoy carried 25 times. He only amounted to 81 rushing yards, a yards per carry average of just 3.24, and he lost another fumble, but he did score a touchdown.

     

    Bryce Brown: C

    Three carries for seven yards really didn’t make or break the game either way, and it would be nice if Bryce Brown was a little better running the ball that he could spell McCoy more.

     

    Stanley Havili: B

    Stanley Havili will probably never be a great runner but he’s a solid lead blocker for McCoy, which is all the Eagles ask for from their fullback.

Wide Receivers

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    DeSean Jackson: B+

    DeSean Jackson didn’t break any long plays, as has been his trademark in Philadelphia, but he quietly had an efficient game as a receiver. He caught seven passes for 114 yards, helping the Eagles come back from a late fourth quarter deficit to win, 24-23.

     

    Jeremy Maclin: C+

    The fact that Jeremy Maclin only caught one pass probably means he was much more injured than DeSean Jackson. Maclin did catch a really nice touchdown though on his lone catch, one in which Michael Vick threw it perfectly and Maclin held on in the corner of the end zone.

     

    Jason Avant: B

    Jason Avant isn’t going to break any receiving records but he’s a solid third receiver, and he has a decent enough game. He totaled two catches for 33 yards.

     

    Damaris Johnson: B

    Damaris Johnson is filling in for Riley Cooper as the fourth receiver, and he’s not going to be the focal point of the offense. But one catch for 13 yards isn’t bad.

Tight Ends

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    Brent Celek: A+

    Game ball goes to… Brent Celek. The Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end hauled in eight receptions for 157 yards, including a highlight reel play in which he hurdled All-Pro safety Ed Reed. Celek was instrumental in the Eagles’ final touchdown drive to come away with a victory, and his 157 receiving yards are a new career-high.


    Clay Harbor: B-

    I’ve always wanted Clay Harbor to play a bigger role in the team’s offense, but a reception for 19 yards down the stretch isn’t a bad output.

Offensive Line

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    King Dunlap: D

    It's really tough to replace Jason Peters, but King Dunlap has not been doing a good job it. He was flagged for a penalty today and then left the game with an injury.

     

    Evan Mathis: C

    Message to Evan Mathis: Stop committing penalties. Mathis made two more today, which brings his season total to four. This is after a fabulous 2011 season in which he committed just four penalties all year.

     

    Jason Kelce: C

    While there's nothing he could have done about it, part of being a great NFL player is staying healthy, and Jason Kelce didn't do that. It's unfortunate because I'm really enjoying seeing him progress as a run and pass blocker.


    Danny Watkins: D

    Blocking Haloti Ngata is no easy task, but the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Danny Watkins in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft for the very reason of standing tall against the game's best interior defensive linemen. Watkins was not able to do that today against Ngata, getting beat relentlessly and allowing Michael Vick to take more than his fair share of hits.


    Todd Herremans: B-

    I don't think Todd Herremans is playing at the level he showed in 2011 but then again, the entire line has taken a hit with Peters out. Herremans seemed to play relatively well both as a pass and a run blocker in today's game, and I'm sure he was pleased he didn't have to match up against reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs.


    Dallas Reynolds: C

    It's difficult to come in and replace a starter as a rookie having never really seen any NFL experience but Dallas Reynolds held his own, and was able to help the Eagles score a late fourth quarter touchdown in the win.


    Demetress Bell: C+

    It's safe to say Demetress Bell coming in to play when the second-stringer gets hurt is not the situation the team envisioned when they signed him to a five-year deal this past offseason. Bell was adequate in his limited snaps, and there's a good chance he will work his way into the starting offensive line at some point this season.

Defensive Line

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    Trent Cole: A

    The stat sheet shows Trent Cole as having just one tackle but he made one of the biggest plays of the game, strip sacking Joe Flacco early on a play that teammate Cullen Jenkins fell on to give the Philadelphia Eagles the ball.

     

    Cullen Jenkins: B-

    For too much of the game, I thought Cullen Jenkins and the interior defensive line allowed Ray Rice to run down the field. Jenkins was particularly beat on a run by Vonta Leach early on, getting shoved back about six yards by guard Marshal Yanda. Jenkins did however fall on a fumble that Cole forced.

     

    Fletcher Cox: A

    The Philadelphia Eagles are reaping the rewards they expected when they made Fletcher Cox their first round pick in this past year's draft. Cox was a relentless pass rusher against the interior offensive line of the Baltimore Ravens, finishing with five tackles, one for a loss, and multiple instances of being in Joe Flacco's face.

     

    Jason Babin: C+

    Jason Babin is a one-trick pony, as he can rush the passer and that's about it. So when he finishes the game with no sacks and just one tackle (and leaves early with an injury), it's a disappointing performance.

     

    Derek Landri: B

    As a run stopper, Derek Landri was subpar, allowing Ray Rice to run at will up the middle of the field. As a pass rusher, Landri was superb, constantly pressuring Flacco, never more so than on a play late in the fourth quarter that may have saved a touchdown.

     

    Brandon Graham: B

    He certainly isn't seeing as many snaps as you would prefer for a first round pick that went in the first half of the 2010 draft, but Brandon Graham had a solid game as a pass rusher against Joe Flacco, hitting him particularly hard on one play.

Linebackers

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    Mychal Kendricks: A

    I have never been so happy that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted a linebacker high this past year. Mychal Kendricks had a terrific day, registering five tackles, including one for a loss. Without Kendricks on the Eagles, I think Ray Rice would have put up at least 200 total yards.

     

    DeMeco Ryans: A+

    DeMeco Ryans' statline for today was a dream for Eagles fans: seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, and an interception. That might be the best single-game performance by an Eagles linebacker since the days of Jeremiah Trotter in his prime.

     

    Akeem Jordan: C

    Akeem Jordan is really not much more than your dime a dozen linebacker, and his performance today was just average: two tackles and nothing else.

     

    Jamar Chaney/Brian Rolle/Casey Matthews: F

    Did these two guys play? I thank Andy Reid for drafting Kendricks and trading for Ryans because Chaney and Rolle combined for zero tackles, zero sacks, and zero big plays.


Defensive Backs

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    Nnamdi Asomugha: D

    For a $60 million cornerback, I expected better from Nnamdi Asomugha. He committed a brutal illegal contact penalty late in the fourth quarter that nearly cost the Philadelphia Eagles. He got burned bad on a touchdown early that went to Jacoby Jones, as Jones' double move completely faked out Asomugha. And Asomugha was beaten again for a score by Jones late in the game, although this one was called back.

     

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: B

    DRC didn't make any big plays today and finished with just one tackle but he did cover Torrey Smith primarily and held him to two receptions for 51 yards.

     

    Brandon Boykin: A+

    Brandon Boykin is legit. Did you see his performance today? He was all over the field, knocking down passes, including one in the fourth quarter when I think he might have leapt six feet off the ground. Boykin has the speed to cover anyone in this league, and I think he's going to be a force for the Eagles for years to come.

     

    Nate Allen: A

    Nate Allen finished the game with a team-high 10 tackles today and played extremely well in pass coverage, sticking tight with any receiver he was tasked with covering. In particular, Allen had a huge knockdown of a pass to Ed Dickson on a third down pass.

     

    Kurt Coleman: A-

    When your safeties get 17 tackles, it's probably because your defensive line isn't stopping the opposing ballcarrier. And that was certainly the case in today's matchup, but Kurt Coleman did finish with seven tackles, which is a pretty good number, and Ray Rice didn't score a touchdown.

Special Teams

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    Alex Henery: A

    His kickoffs were good and he converted his only field goal attempt.

    Chas Henry: F

    Chas Henry followed the best game of his career with arguably the worst, averaging a meager 39 yards per punt. Take away his 56-yarder and he averaged 35 per punt.

    Brandon Boykin: D

    Two kick returns for 24 yards is not what the Philadelphia Eagles had in mind when they made Brandon Boykin the kick returner.

    Damaris Johnson: F

    Damaris Johnson's decision to return that punt right before halftime rather than letting it bounce into the end zone directly led to three points for the Baltimore Ravens, but fortunately, it didn't cost the Eagles.

    Jon Dorenbos: A

    Another day in the life of Jon Dorenbos: You had no idea he was there.

Coaching

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    Andy Reid: B

    I wasn't thrilled with Andy Reid's decision to run the ball three straight times before halftime and then punt the ball, but I did like his overall pass-run ratio. Reid handed the ball to LeSean McCoy 25 times and the end result of today was a win

     

    Juan Castillo: A-

    Ray Rice finished with too many rushing yards and total yards but the Philadelphia Eagles defense came up strong when the team really needed it. The defensive line was relentless in the face of Joe Flacco, pressuring him constantly, never more so than the final series when Flacco had almost no time to throw.

     

    Bobby April: D

    Bobby April better get something out of Brandon Boykin and Damaris Johnson because I haven't seen anything from them so far as returners. But the coverage unit looked better today than it did last week and Alex Henery converted his only field goal attempt.