3 former Eagles draft picks make big plays for their new teams
3 former Eagles Draft Picks are making great games for their new teams that originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are facing two fairly well-known problems in the 2020 season. They had injuries to the receiver and the cornerback.
And to add to the frustration, three of the guys who designed them to fix those positions in the long run are playing elsewhere.
When the Eagles lost 38-29 to the Steelers on Sunday, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and Nelson Agholor made big games for their new teams.
That can not be true.
That's not to say that the Eagles weren't necessarily wrong to part with either of them. Agholor was a free agent after five years in Philly, Jones was cut after another disappointing summer, and Douglas didn't do enough to make the team. (For what it's worth, I probably would have kept Douglas of the three as a backup.) But now seeing previous round first, second, and third picks succeed elsewhere must be frustrating for the Eagles' front office.
Jones had his best game as an NFL player on Sunday in the Jaguars' loss to the Texans. He started and played 38 defensive snaps (66%). Jones had three solo tackles, an interception, and four PBUs, one of which was picked up by his teammate.
According to ProFootballFocus, Jones was attacked five times on Sunday while covering Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller. He gave up a catch for nine meters.
And his third career interception was a beauty:
The Eagles drafted Jones in the second round in 2017 despite an Achilles injury. They hoped he would eventually develop into the star they thought was pre-injured, but that never happened in Philly. If it happens elsewhere, it's hard to swallow.
Then there is Douglas, who has already become the starter and leader of the Panthers and is 3-1 with him as a starter. Douglas has played every defensive snap in the last three games. On Sunday against the Falcons, Douglas had 8 tackles and a PBU in a 23:16 win.
With Julio Jones out on Sunday, Calvin Ridley was the Falcons' top recipient. According to the PFF, Ridley only had three catches for 25 yards against Douglas. When Douglas was not on him, Ridley had five catches for 111 yards. Overall, Douglas only gave up four catches for 38 yards on Sunday.
Of the three players we mentioned here, Douglas is the one I probably would have kept. He's already agreed to a contract reorganization and I don't know why the Eagles weren't expecting cornerback injuries. it happens every year. Before a quarter of the season was over, the Eagles had to push Jalen Mills back into the corner for security reasons.
I'm not saying Douglas is a pro bowler and he probably won't keep playing as well as he did in his time in Carolina, but he's at least a decent downhill run and the Eagles could have used that instead of cutting him.
Everyone knew Agholor's time in Philly was over after the 2019 season. It's been an injury-ridden year and the unlike Agholor guy had a much better season than the real Agholor.
But on Sunday, Agholor caught two passes for 67 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr, when the Raiders upset the Chiefs 40-32.
. @ DerekCarrQB goes to Nelson Agholor for 59 yard TD! #RaiderNation
?: #LVvsKC on CBS
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- NFL (@NFL) October 11, 2020
Agholor is not having a great season but he has 10 catches for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns in five games. And he started the last two for the Raiders.
Agholor was the Eagles' first choice in 2015. He's had some ups and downs in his Eagles career. His five years were like a perfect bell curve, with the Super Bowl culminating.
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