Nnamdi Asomugha: F
Nnamdi Asomugha is an intriguing case. He thrived in Oakland because opposing quarterbacks literally didn’t throw to his side of the field. Asomugha played man-to-man as well as anyone in the game, including Darrelle Revis, and he allowed just one touchdown pass from 2008 to 2010.
In Philadelphia, opposing quarterbacks haven’t hesitated to throw Asomugha’s way, and he’s gotten burned regularly. He has given up 22 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns. He’s made just one interception, and that total comes out to a 112.4 passer rating.
This is for a corner that is being paid $60 million over five years, the largest contract in NFL history for a defensive back. He is an atrocious tackler and he’s already committed five penalties this season.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: B+
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is playing for a new contract in 2012, and he’s really playing like he wants it.
Opposing quarterbacks throwing DRC’s way have completed just 47.5 percent of their passes for 6.85 yards per attempt. He’s allowed only one touchdown and recorded three interceptions, while knocking down six passes. That’s a pretty nifty 46.3 passer rating.
Against Cleveland in week one, DRC was ridiculously successful, picking off two passes and allowing just one completion on seven attempts. He hasn’t given up more than 77 yards in any game, and that was against the New York Giants’ fearsome combination of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Brandon Boykin: C
The Eagles look like they made a pretty good selection with Brandon Boykin, an undersized corner that should excel in the slot.
Boykin has had his growing pains this year—he was beat pretty badly against the New York Giants. He’s also had some stellar moments, like the ridiculous knockdown against the Baltimore Ravens when he leapt about four feet in the air.
Brandon Hughes: F
Passing numbers against Brandon Hughes this year: quarterbacks are 7 of 9 for 115 yards and a touchdown. That’s a near-perfect 155.8 rating. Hughes had a huge part in the Eagles blowing the lead to Detroit in Week 6.
Curtis Marsh: D
It’s pretty apparent the Eagles screwed up by spending a third-round selection on Curtis Marsh. He hasn’t seen the field yet, although to be fair, it is still just year two for Marsh.
Nate Allen: B-
Against the Lions, the Eagles completely fell apart when Nate Allen got injured. That’s more of an indicator that the defense has little depth than Allen being a star.
Allen always makes a lot of tackles (third on the team), but he misses his share of tackles too. What will keep Allen on the team for several years is that he’s a fine contributor in the passing game—Allen has held opposing quarterbacks to a 45.5 completion percentage and a 56.1 passer rating.
Kurt Coleman: D
Kurt Coleman is overmatched as a starting strong safety in the NFL, and the Eagles were foolish to think they would be competitive with Allen and Coleman.
Coleman has never met a play-action fake he won’t bite on and he misses more tackles than Allen. As a third or fourth safety, Coleman would be fine, but not as a starter.
Jaiquawn Jarrett: F
Jaiquawn Jarrett had no business ever having been a second-round pick. He was released by the Eagles early in his second season and hasn’t signed with any team yet. Given the way he tackled, he won’t be getting any calls soon.
Colt Anderson: D-
As a special teams player, Colt Anderson is fantastic. As a safety though—which is how he’s being rated—he’s subpar. In fact, Anderson isn’t really even good enough to play safety at the NFL level.
He had to come in against the Lions when Allen got hurt, and the defense really took a hit.
David Sims: C
David Sims was thrust into action last week against the New Orleans Saints when Allen couldn’t play, and he held his own. Sims was tasked with covering Jimmy Graham—and that would give Brian Dawkins in his prime some trouble.