LeSean McCoy aced it. So did Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin and a couple others.
Ellis Hobbs flunked. Reggie Wells and Akeem Jordan almost flunked.
Mike Bell got kicked out of school, booted off campus and exiled to Cleveland.
Eagles bye week means it’s time to hand out midterm grades. Grades are based on how well a player carried out the responsibilities asked of him and not purely on production. For example, Chad Hall hasn’t played that much, but he gets an A because when he has played, he’s made something good happen. Brent Celek has a lot more receptions and yards than Riley Cooper, but compared to his 2009 season, Celek has been disappointing, so he gets only a C.
Adding everything up, the offense had a 2.86 GPA, which is a B-, and the defense a 2.37, which is a C+. Lots and lots of room for improvement, but certainly no one has hit the panic button or suggested implementing No Eagle Left Behind!
Eagles Grades By position:
QB = 3.67 (A-)
WR/TE = 3.58 (A-
RB = 3.42 (B+)
OLine = 2.22 (C+)
DLine = 2.72 (B-)
DB = 2.33 (C+)
LB a 2.0 (C).
Maybe we graded the defense too tough? This is the ninth-ranked unit in the NFL. However, grades were calculated a few days after your unit allowed 20 points in the 4th quarter against Tennessee. Bad timing.
David Akers: Was the Falcons game an aberration or a sign that the 35-year-old Akers is fading? Other than Atlanta, he’s looked great – especially his monster kickoffs. B-
Nate Allen: He’s had some good games and some bad games, just like you’d expect from a rookie starter. Long-range, he’ll be terrific. B-
Jason Avant: If he had hung onto that final pass in the Washington game, he would have been a legend. He’s still very good at what he does. B
Joique Bell: Former Bills practice squad tailback has played only special teams so far. INC
Stewart Bradley: It’s been a gradual process back to his pre-injury level. Bradley looks better lately but still has a ways to go. C
Eldra Buckley: His fumble against the Packers may have cost the Eagles a win. He did run hard and tough to help run out the clock against the Falcons. C+
Brodrick Bunkley: Bunkley’s grade drops from B- to C- because of how well Antonio Dixon has played in his spot. Dixon’s production has made Bunkley look worse. C-
Jorrick Calvin: Decent returner with a decisive first step and good speed. Fumble vs. Titans, he was trying to do too much. B
Brent Celek: Celek just hasn’t looked like himself all year. Way too many drops and then there’s that missed block on fourth down against the Redskins. Disappointing. C
Jamar Chaney: Rookie linebacker has been mainly a special teamer … so far. Look for him to play more on defense as the year goes on. Inc.
Keenan Clayton: Rookie linebacker has been inactive for every game. Inc.
Nick Cole: Cole has had chances at both the right guard and center spots so far this year but did nothing to win either. Just another mediocre backup lineman. C-
Trent Cole: Has played consistently tremendous football all year, six sacks so far. Needs seven more for career-high 13. Should get it. A beast. A
Kurt Coleman: Rookie seventh-round safety has played a lot – probably too much. He’s a hitter but has looked overmatched at times early on. C-
Riley Cooper: Rookie receiver was slowed by concussion but showed his potential with breakout game against Titans. Will be a good one. B
It took Bunkley’s injury for Dixon to get a chance to start, but he’s made the most of it. Very strong player. A
Jon Dorenbos: No snaps over anybody’s head yet, so A
King Dunlap: Held his own in relief of injured Jason Peters. Not as talented as Peters but the effort is far better. B-
Moise Fokou: Has played well since regaining the strong-side linebacker spot. B+
Omar Gaither: One-time starter has faded into obscurity and appears now to be backup only at weak-side. Hasn’t distinguished himself on special teams either. C-
Brandon Graham: Has been OK but not dominant. Needs a strong second half. C
Chad Hall: Former Air Force star has been a surprise as part-time back and receiver since promotion from practice squad. A
Joselio Hanson: Adequate slot guy who’s best suited to play inside. Good special teamer. C
Clay Harbor: Late-round rookie still waiting his turn. Inc.
Jerome Harrison: Was acquired for woefully unproductive tailback Mike Bell, who had clinched an F-minus when he was traded to Browns. Will play more after bye. INC
Todd Herremans: Always solid guard having another steady season. B+
Ellis Hobbs: He wasn’t great even before the fourth quarter against the Titans. F
Austin Howard: Young undrafted rookie free agent tackle hasn’t played yet. INC
DeSean Jackson: Even though his numbers aren’t quite where they should be, it’s not his fault. A+
Max Jean-Gilles: Upgrade over Stacy Andrews, Cole and Reggie Wells, but not a dominating player. C+
Akeem Jordan: Lost starting job to Fokou. D
Winston Justice: Has done a pretty good job in his second year as a starting right tackle. B-
Mike Kafka: Rookie QB hasn’t played yet. Inc.
Kevin Kolb: Good stuff interrupted by some really bad stuff. B
Trevor Laws: Backup defensive tackle has shown some athleticism and playmaking ability. B-
Trevard Lindley: Rookie corner hasn’t played since game-saving interception vs. 49ers. Don’t be surprised if his playing time increases soon. B
Jeremy Maclin: Making a case for himself as Co-No. 1 and not a No. 2. A
LeSean McCoy: One of the most exciting young running backs in the game. On pace for 1,090 rushing yards and 670 receiving yards. A+
Mike McGlynn: Although a blown assignment caused the turnover that likely cost the Eagles a win in Nashville, McGlynn overall has been fine as a first-year starter. B-
Quintin Mikell: Smart, steady safety has been much better than in disappointing 2009 season. B
Garrett Mills: Backup tight end hasn’t played much since joining team after Packers game but has made a few plays. INC
Juqua Parker: Parker had four sacks in first three games, none since. Always streaky defensive end needs to be more consistent. B
Dimitri Patterson: Unspectacular but consistent corner could replace Hobbs as a starter after the bye. B
Mike Patterson: Won’t give you much pass pressure but always good against the run. B
Jason Peters: You can live with the penalties if he’s dominating at the line of scrimmage. This year, he hasn’t dominated. He’s been a huge disappointment. D-
Statistically, the best punter the Eagles have ever had. Strong leg and has developed a terrific knack inside the 20. A
Asante Samuel: Has three interceptions in seven games but has dropped another three or four he should have had. Tackling has been better. B+
Street free agent has come in and produced after season-ending injury to his former Seahawks teammate, Leonard Weaver. B
Ernie Sims: After a tough start, he’s been adequate the last few weeks. But he remains a living, breathing, walking NFL suspension waiting to happen. C
Darryl Tapp: Offseason pickup has made a few plays. C
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim: Rookie hasn’t made an impact yet in limited snaps. Inc.
Michael Vick: When he’s played, he’s been brilliant. If Vick can stay healthy the rest of the year, the Eagles will be in the playoffs. A+
Reggie Wells: Blew his one chance to start. Probably won’t get another. D
About the Author
Written by Christopher Rowe
Contributing writer Comcast Sports, NY Times contributing stringer 1996-2000, Contributing writer Yahoo Sports (2001 World Series). Contributing writer Newsday Long Island (1992-1994, Jets Training Camp) and Newak Star Ledger. Freelance Copywriter, Editor/Founder Atlantic Times Weekly (1993-2003) fantasy football magazine, produced screenwriter and general humorist. Hofstra University grad, Marist College honorary alum, Salesian; Purveyor of the Value and Valor of Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship; Adrent believer that Eagles could have won Super Bowl XV...and Super Bowl XXXIX...plus modern decade of Eagles 5 NFC Championships... Believer in the Broad Street Bullies and the 1983 Sixers... Witness to Philadelphia Phillies World Series championships 1980 & 2008, Suffered Phillies first pro sports team to reach 10,000 losses,witnessed "1980 Cardiac Kids," 1983 "Wheeze Kids," 1993 "Macho Row" and many, many, many not-so-memorable seasons in-between... until the Philadelphia Baseball Renaissance of 21st Century, Five NL East division titles 2007-2011, 3 NLCS appearances 2008-2010, 2 consecutive World Series berths 2008 & 2009. 2008 World Champions of baseball [miss ya Harry and Richie]; "collector" of MLB ballparks (42 stadiums including 15 which are gone); Fantasy Football & Baseball player since 1992. Always a sports fan... Tenui Nec Dimittam Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org