As we sit here watching week 4 come barreling at us. It is definitely not sunny in Philadelphia. To say things have not gone well in Philly would be an understatement. Heading into San Francisco, to play Sunday night, the Eagles are down a ton of players due to injury. But to be honest even when a bit more healthy the team just hasn’t looked right. That is why I am here. While things have been a bit bleak, there are signs of life and a little room for hope. Scanning the roster, I found three rookies that could step in, and be a big help as the season moves forward.
1) S K’Von Wallace
Up until now the only thing worth smiling about, when it comes to the back end defense has been CB Darius Slay. Up to now he has only allowed 87 yards passing, and has been a man amongst boys back there. While S Rodney Mcleod, has been good, it has been the other safety spot that needs an upgrade. Jalen Mills, has been ok, but rookie K’Von Wallace, has the skills et to be great. Capable of playing all over the field, the youngster deserves a chance, to give this defense a boost. Eagles fans say the same thing about rookies “Well if they aren’t playing its because they couldn’t beat out the bad guy in front of him” I understand the idea, but the truth is Doug Pederson, just doesn’t give his rookies a ton of opportunities. If he were to give Wallace that shot, it may work out.
2) WR Quez Watkins
Besides Rookie wide-out, Jalen Reagor, and Greg Ward, the Eagles have had a real lack of help, from the WR group. Either injury or just isn’t helping, the other guys on this team, have been ghosts, for QB Carson Wentz. Rookie Quez Watkins was just taken off of IR. So he hasn’t had a chance because of it, but he has the skill set, to be both a deep threat and a possession receiver. he could easily be an upgrade over the ghosts on this team. A lot of hype was coming out of the short off-season the team had, about the young wide-out. Give him a shot, a real shot, I mean what could it hurt at this point? talent is talent. Play the rook.
3) LB Shaun Bradley
Arguably the worst position, and biggest disappointment this early season, has been the second line of defense. The linebacker core has been bad. Sorry but there is no nice way to say it, they have been embarrassed every week this year. So this is a no brainer to me, let the rookie get a chance. While he was the second LB the birds took in the draft (Davion Taylor), he is by far the most NFL ready of the two. Bradley has the skill set, play in space covering TE’s, and occasionally the slot, and can also come downhill and blow up run plays. Watching his tape at Temple, the one thing that stood out just happens to be the biggest problem cursing the Eagles LB core. He can diagnose a play quickly, and get to where he needs to be. All he needs is a real chance, let the kid cook.
It is not to say there won’t be mistakes made, but honestly, it can not get worse. These kids need to grow up in a hurry, and Doug needs to trust his rookies, these kids are talented and could be the change needed to get the Eagles back on track. Give me your thoughts, tell me what you think about these rookies, and who you think could help?