PHI-WAS Grades: Best outing so far for Sam Bradford
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Philadelphia–Washington game:
– The Eagles got off to a slow start versus Washington, but in the second half, the Eagles’ offense and Sam Bradford (+3.2) started to get going, as Bradford threw some pretty passes for touchdowns. In the first three weeks, Bradford didn’t complete any of his seven attempts over 20 yards. However, in Week 4 against Washington, he went four-for-eight for 176 yards and two touchdowns on passes over 20 yards.
– Rookie WR Nelson Agholor (-2.4) is still struggling to adjust to the pro game, as he continues his streak of four negatively graded games. This week, there were glimpses of his potential, as he hauled in a deep pass with one hand for 45 yards. However, on the next play, he dropped a pitch on a reverse to give Washington the ball back.
– The Eagles’ run defense gave up a 126 yards on the ground, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Philadelphia manhandled Washington’s offensive line in the run game, giving very little space to work. A lot of this had to do with the performance by both Bennie Logan (+3.7) and Beau Allen (+3.6) allowing 49 yards (minus the one run Chris Thompson had for 42 yards on third-and-long) between the tackles on 20 rush attempts for an average on 2.5 per carry. The Eagles forced Washington to win the game with Kirk Cousins’ (-0.4) arm rather than be beaten by the run game.
DL Vinny Curry (+4.8)
NT Beau Allen (+4.4)
NT Bennie Logan (+3.7)
OLB Brandon Graham (+3.3)
QB Sam Bradford (+3.2)
– Washington came into the game to try and help Kirk Cousins (-0.4) by getting the ball out of his hand quickly. On 66 percent of Cousins’ dropbacks the ball was out inside of 2.5 seconds, with only 11 passes over 10 yards, Washington tried to help Cousins out by getting the ball into the receivers hands and let them make plays, rather than Cousins attempting to take the top off the defense.
– First round rookie Brandon Scherff (RG -1.8) is not the top tier player that Washington wants right now; he has been near average as a run blocker, this week taking a slight step backwards even in that regard. The bigger story on Washington’s offensive line has been the play of Kory Lichtensteiger (C -10.7), who has struggled this season after grading out as a top-10 center last season. This season, Lichtensteiger has been the worst center by some margin, struggling in the run and pass game. After last season Lichtensteiger, has shown that he can perform well at center, but the struggles this season have to be of major concern for Washington going forward.
– After playing only 44 snaps in the first three weeks, sixth round rookie Kyshoen Jarrett (CB +3.1) was not overmatched versus the Eagles. Playing every defensive snap, Jarrett allowed three catches on seven targets for 23 yards. While his work in the passing game was very good, it was Jarrett’s work in run support that was impressive for a rookie corner; Jarrett had two stops in the run game on 17 run plays. If Jarrett is able to preform at a good level verse the run and pass, Washington should do well against teams that want to run outside.
OLB Trent Murphy (+6.1)
CB Kyshoen Jarrett (+3.1)
OL Trent Williams (+2.8)
CB Bashaud Breeland (+2.6)
OLB Ryan Kerrigan (+2.3)