Philadelphia Eagles talk: Grading each unit of the 53-man roster
The defensive line
This may be the best defensive line in all of football and this team’s biggest strength. We’re still not sure when Timmy Jernigan will return (he’s not even listed on the depth chart), but Philly should be fine in the capable hands of guys like Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett, Josh Sweat, Haloti Ngata and Destiny Vaeao.
On the surface, it would appear that Vaeao is their weakest link, but we’ve learned that he can play when forced into action.
Grade: A+ (100%)
Overall defensive grade: B+ (92%)
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Give longsnapper Rick Lovato an A- (93%) with room to get even better. We all know the story with Jake Elliott. He’s a B+ kicker (92%) who seems to come through when you absolutely need him to, but he struggles with the routine stuff.
Cameron Johnston (92%) scared some people early, but seems to have settled in. No one’s going to complain when Darren Sproles, Corey Clement and Nelson Agholor are your options at kick and punt returner. Give Philly an A+ (97 %) in the return game.
We won’t give them 100% because we’ve never truly seen Agholor in the return game, but it does sound like a nice idea though.
Overall special teams grade: A- (93%)
Overall team grade: A- (93%)