Philadelphia Eagles: Grading Players After First Quarter of Season

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Philadelphia Eagles: Grading Players After First Quarter of Season
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The first quarter of the first season under new head coach Chip Kelly is in the books, and one thing is for sure, it’s been an interesting ride.

The Philadelphia Eagles kicked their season off with a triumphant 33-27 win over the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins in front of a national Monday Night Football audience. And then the Birds proceeded to drop three straight, during which the offense struggled, the defense was exposed and the special teams shockingly underperformed.

Remarkably, the Eagles are still right in the thick of the NFC East hunt. The New York Giants have bottomed out at 0-4, while the Washington Redskins (1-3) and Dallas Cowboys (2-2) sure haven’t run away with the division. Considering Philly plays the winless Giants next week and the Cowboys take on the red-hot Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos, Kelly’s team may be tied for first in less than a week.

There’s plenty to work on though, namely that awful defense. The quarter grades for the Birds’ players and coaches reveal those players exceeding expectations, those falling significantly short and those right in between.

*I did not rank defensive players that have appeared on fewer than 30 snaps.

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