WTS: Nelson Agholor Named The NFL’s Worst Player From Week 15
The Philadelphia Eagles dropped to 5-9 after losing to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday by a final score of 27 to 26. Now let’s see what the media has to say about the Birds.
Pro Football Focus lists Carson Wentz’s outing against the Ravens as one of top 10 worst performances from Week 15.
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – The mini Wentz revival this season was short-lived, and this may have been the worst game of his season so far. Wentz completed just 52.4 percent of his passes, and while for the season, his passer rating when pressured drops into the 30s from one in the 90s when kept clean, in this game it plummeted to just 8.3 when the heat was applied, and he completed passes for just 24 yards on those plays. Games like this make the highs of his season seem a long way away.
Wentz wasn’t the only Eagles player on PFF’s list, though. You’ll never guess who ended up at No. 1.
1. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – Agholor continues to disappoint for the Eagles, and this week in the loss to Baltimore was one of the worst performances of an ugly season. Agholor was targeted four times in the game and dropped twice as many passes (two) as he caught, with that lone reception going for just nine yards. In what typifies his season, Agholor also stepped out of bounds on a rushing attempt to try and pick up a key first down as he prepared to lunge forward for the first down markers, coming up short on the play.
NFL media’s Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles don’t plan to make major changes in the offseason.
“Coming into the season, they were expecting to be at least a year away, potentially even more,” Rapoport mentioned on NFL GameDay Morning First. “There’s a lot of reasons for that. First of all, take a look at what happened last offseason before Chip Kelly’s final year. They were simply gutted of personnel. They knew they needed to beef up the kind of skill players they had. They knew they needed a quarterback. So they made the decision as an organization to actively rebuild, find a quarterback and avoid the 9-7, are we good enough, are we not type of thing. They wanted to start over and try to restock.”
Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz offers some perspective on Wentz’s struggles.
It would be great if we could see Wentz getting better in obvious ways. That’s not the case. The circumstances have ruined any chance of that. I don’t think we should lose sight of what a strange season this has been for him. He went from #3 to starter in the most unexpected way. Wentz threw 612 passes in his college career. He’s thrown 540 so far this year and will likely end up with more than 612 on the season. He’s taking in all kinds of experiences right now and they will benefit him greatly in the future. We all thought Wentz could be effective this year in the right situation. That plan went to hell in a handbasket and Wentz is now trying to carry the team on his back.
If anything, I’m more impressed by Wentz now more than ever. You can fix his mechanics and work on his issues. We’ve seen a player that has taken everything that has been thrown at him and has handled it like a champ. No media meltdowns. No playing the blame game. No off-field issues. He goes out every Sunday and throws 40 or so passes, loses in the last minute and then goes right back to work. And don’t overlook that. It is easy to study tape at 5am when you’re winning. It takes a real professional to do that when the tape is going to be ugly.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com weighs in on Wentz.
I thought Wentz played some of his best football during a first-half stretch against Washington last week. That didn’t translate to Sunday, with the Eagles rookie quarterback battling falling rain, gusting winds and a feisty Ravens secondary to throw for just 43 yards in the first half. Wentz showed promise leading Philly to two fourth-quarter scoring drives, but he finished the game at a ridiculous 4.0 yards per attempt. With Baltimore’s secondary locking down passing lanes, Wentz — 22-of-42 for 170 yards — was repeatedly forced into second- and third-read checkdowns when he wasn’t fleeing Baltimore’s active pass rush. The No. 2 overall pick was coaxed into a killer interception on his first pass attempt and nearly threw another in the third quarter. It’s been a long season for the rookie, but you still see moments of arm strength, athleticism and playmaking to suggest a bright future. A full offseason should work wonders.
The Eagles earned a B- for their performance against the Ravens, via CBS Sports.
The Eagles actually looked decent against the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in Baltimore, but that decency went out the window every time Philly reached the red zone. The Eagles got inside of Baltimore’s 20-yard line FIVE times in this game, but only came away with two touchdowns. Any coach in the NFL will tell you that’s not going to cut it. Ryan Matthews had resurgent game, rushing for 128 yards on 20 carries. If Philly can figure out how to get Carson Wentz (22 of 42, 170 yards) to throw downfield, this could be a lethal offense next season.
John Harbaugh really regretted the Ravens’ decision to pass on the play where Jordan Hicks made his interception, via Pro Football Talk.
“All-time worst call ever. I’ll take responsibility for it,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “I should have vetoed it right away. … I like an aggressive mindset, but that was way too aggressive. It’s the worst play call we’ve had, and it’s my fault. It should have never happened. We should have never been in that situation as a result of that.”
Peter King of The MMQB used the Eagles to make a point about how unpredictable the NFL can be.
I think this is this week’s sign that Nobody Knows Nothin’ About the NFL: Philadelphia and Minnesota, on the morning of Oct. 15, were legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Combined record: 8-1. Since then, they’re 4-15.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation has the Eagles selecting a wide receiver in the first round of his 2017 NFL Mock Draft.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings) — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan.
The Eagles have used a lot of high draft picks on wide receivers in the last five years, and still don’t have an obvious No. 1 at the position. Davis can be that type of wideout. He’s been ultra productive at Western Michigan, and has the kind of physical playing style that teams will love.
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