Currently, there are 18 Eagles on an active NFL roster. Here’s everything you need to know about their week one performances.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons:
The most famous Eagle currently in the NFL struggled in his season debut. The Falcons managed just two field goals against the Eagles. Ryan passed for 164 yards and was running for his life the whole game. His offensive line looked completely outmatched, so this may become the norm for him in 2021.
Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons:
A very recent draft pick out of BC, Lindstrom also underperformed in his effort to protect Ryan. He was part of a unit that allowed a 41 percent pressure rate, and Pro Football Focus gave him an individual score of 66.3. Their next game is against the Buccaneers, so for Lindstrom and the rest of the Atlanta offensive line, the toughest battles are yet to come.
Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills:
Milano led a very solid Bills defense against an underrated Steelers team. While he only had four tackles, one of them for a loss, to go with a pass defended, he played 100 percent of his team's snaps on defense. He is a leader on the defense that only allowed 16 points (seven of the Steelers’ 23 points were scored on a blocked punt) in a losing effort. He will look to bounce back next week against a Dolphins offense that floundered against the Patriots in week one.
John Johnson III, Cleveland Browns:
In his first game with the Browns, Johnson III helped keep Patrick Mahomes in check for the majority of the game. He only had five tackles and a pass defended, but his impact was felt beyond the stats. In the first half, he helped his team hold the Chiefs to just ten points. However, Mahomes and Co. turned it up in the second half to come back and win. Luckily for Johnson, the schedule can only get easier from here on out.
Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos:
Simmons, a leader on a very solid Broncos defense, held Daniel Jones and the rest of the Giants’ offense to just 13 points. He played 100 percent of the defensive snaps, getting six total tackles. While he did not have the best game statistically, he helped keep the Giants to just 314 total yards. While he has a tougher schedule the rest of the season, he has an easier next couple of weeks with the Jaguars and Jets.
AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers:
Another very recent Eagle draft pick, Dillon is the backup to Aaron Jones of the Packers. His team had a very bad showing in week one, only scoring a single field goal. The Packers’ offense could never get anything going, but they should have considered running with Dillon more. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry on his four carries for 19 yards. Unless Jones gets injured, AJ is unlikely to see a very heavy workload this season.
Will Harris, Detroit Lions:
As the starting safety for the Lions, Harris is one of the better players on the defense. His team allowed 41 points in week one, but Harris was all over the field. He finished the game with seven tackles and played 100 percent of the defensive snaps. The 49ers are likely going to be one of the best offenses that Detroit plays this season, so Harris should be able to help his team keep their opponents to under 40 points in the future.
Harold Landry, Tennessee Titans:
Landry, a starting linebacker for the Titans, played well despite the poor outcome for his team. Even though his team allowed 38 points to the Cardinals, Landry made three tackles to go with a sack and a quarterback hit. He was one of the few players on the Titans' defense that disrupted the Arizona offense. The Cardinals have one of the most potent offenses this season, so the outlook for his team is much better for the rest of the year.
Played few meaningful snaps: Tommy Sweeney, Buffalo Bills; Wyatt Ray, Cincinnati Bengals; Isaac Yiadom, Green Bay Packers; Hunter Long, Miami Dolphins; Jeff Smith, New York Jets
Did not play: Zach Allen, Arizona Cardinals; Aaron Monteiro, Carolina Panthers; Isaiah McDuffie, Green Bay Packers; Kevin Pierre-Louis, Houston Texans; Michael Walker, Philadelphia Eagles