The Philadelphia Eagles have returned from their bye week as they now prepare to take on their NFC East rivals. With losses to both the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, they will take on each of them once more after meeting with Washington.
Ranked 10th in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, the Eagles also now fighting for a playoff spot with the help of some key players. As Philadelphia enters Week 15, below are the top ten highest-graded Eagles players.
TOP TEN HIGHEST-GRADED EAGLES PLAYERS
Dallas Goedert: 85.9
After taking over the TE1 position, Goedert signed a four-year extension with the Eagles last month. Since then, he’s been one of Philadelphia’s leading players. This season he’s recorded 41 receptions for 596 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Jason Kelce: 84.3
Is there a better center? Jason Kelce is the epitome of the Eagles. He has played 119 consecutive games and was named as Philadelphia’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of Year award this season. Kelce was selected to four Pro Bowls and is on his way to number five after finishing first among NFC centers with 98,380 votes.
Darius Slay: 83.0
Slay has had a big season this year. He is the third highest-graded cornerback according to Pro Football Focus. He’s recorded three interceptions for 72 yards and a touchdown, and two fumble recoveries for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Fans should expect to see him in the Pro Bowl.
Jordan Howard: 82.9
Howard is on his second stint with the Eagles. The running back was promoted to the active roster and has been a big contribution to Philadelphia’s rush game. In four games, he’s completed 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
After injuring his knee, Howard is supposed to be return this week against Washington.
Jordan Mailata: 82.8
Left tackle Jordan Mailata has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s favorite players. He’s played 719 offensive snaps and has only allowed two sacks, one quarterback hit, and 18 total pressures this season.
According to PFF, he’s graded as the eighth highest tackle this season.
Jalen Hurts: 80.0
Hurts as had an interesting season this year. Though he hasn’t always been consistent, the quarterback is playing in the pocket more and has a tremendous run game. Hurts remains the leading rusher with 695 yards and eight touchdowns.
After enduring a high ankle sprain during the Giants game three weeks ago, he missed his first game of the season last week. There is no word on whether he will start Tuesday night.
Lane Johnson: 77.1
Johnson has always held a huge presence in Philadelphia. After missing three games this season due to mental health issues, Johnson returned and has continued to excel. As the 22nd highest-graded tackle, he has allowed zero sacks, one quarterback hit, and ten total quarterback pressures.
DeVonta Smith: 75.7
Smith had a slow start this season but has really shown up. In 13 games, the wide receiver has completed 701 yards and is on track to break DeSean Jackson’s rookie receiving record of 912 yards.
If he wants to one-up that, Smith needs to average 75 yards per game for the remainder of the season to become the Eagles’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2004.
Isaac Seumalo: 74.8
This goes to show just how good of a player Seumalo was before he was injured. After suffering a Lisfranc injury in Week 3, the offensive guard has been out ever since.
Avonte Maddox: 74.6
Maddox is having the best season of his career. In 13 games, he has a career-high 62 total tackles and three quarterback hits. He also has one interception and two forced fumbles. Last month, the cornerback signed a three-year contract extension with Philadelphia.
The Eagles game, which was supposed to be played yesterday was postponed to Tuesday at 7 PM. Philadelphia will begin their final stretch against NFC East rival the Washington Football Team. Both teams are 6-7 and fighting for a wildcard playoff spot.