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  • Trey Perkins

Week 3 PFF Grades

We asked for the Eagles to not lose to the Cincinnati Bengals and they obliged in the most soul-destroying way possible. After a game where two teams proved themselves completely incapable of winning a game, let's breakdown some individual performance grades from Pro Football Focus.


Offense:


Best Grade: LT Jason Peters, 75.5

The Bodyguard, who in all original plans wasn't going to be on the team, posted the best grade on the offensive side of the ball. This isn't much to be excited about as he allowed two sacks and two hurries.


Worst Grade: WR John Hightower, 51.2

Technically the worst graded offensive player this week was QB Jalen Hurts but having only played three snaps, I don't feel as though that bad grade really has an impact. John Hightower, on the other hand, played 78 of 91 offensive snaps and earned a receiver grade of 53.2. Hightower had three catches (on three targets) for 19 yards.

Defense:


Best Grade: Fletcher Cox, 86.2

Not very much to breakdown here, Fletcher Cox played like he was the best player on the team on Sunday. Every time Joe Burrow closes his eyes this week he'll see #91 running towards him.


Worst Grade: CB Cre'Von LeBlanc, 48.7

LB Duke Riley received a 34.5 for his eight snaps but that sample size isn't large enough so enter Cre'Von LeBlanc. Whenever a cornerback has a lower pass coverage grade than Nathan Gerry, it's not a good thing at all. Since Avonte Maddox is going to miss time, "Strap" is going to need to step his game up.


Other Notable Grades:


Safety Jalen Mills is becoming an asset in the blitz game; Mills earned a 90.0 pass-rush grade on seven snaps where he was involved in the pass rush.


Carson Wentz's problem of holding on to the football was highlighted by the plays where he tucked the ball and ran for positive yards. Wentz got himself an 89.9 run grade with nine carries for 65 yards and a touchdown.

On one side of the coin, the Eagles are the second-best pass-rushing team in the league with an 83.4 grade through three weeks. The one place the team hasn't struggled is rushing the QB.


And on the other side, the worst graded receiving corps (57.5) belongs to Philadelphia. The PFF receiving grade isn't just based on catches, it also takes into account route running and the ability to get open.


After three weeks, the Eagles are still the 4th worst overall graded team with a 63.0.

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