Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington: 5 Matchups to watch in Week 1

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Darius slay vs Terry McLaurin. 1. player. 54. . .

Put the Philadelphia Eagles best cover man on their best receiver. Period.

Let’s make something totally clear. No one wants to see Darius Slay take on the other team’s second-best wide receiver and shut them down while the rest of the coverage rolls to limit that team’s biggest threat. If that does prove to be the gameplan, then so be it. We’ve all grown to trust Philly’s defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, by now. He’s forgotten more about defense than most of us will ever know.

This next sentiment comes strictly as someone that’s looking at things as a fan of the game. We all want to see Darius Slay match up versus the other team’s best receiver mano a mano and let the chips fall where they may. That’s why the Eagles brought him here. That’s what every fan wants to see, even if they don’t have a dog in the fight. That’s what the greats like Deion Sanders would have done.

Heck, let’s be honest. That’s what Darius Slay wants. Have you seen this guy compete?

If we get our wish, ‘Big Play’ (he hates to be called ‘Darius’) will draw the responsibility of shadowing Terry McLaurin. As a rookie, the latter hauled in 58 receptions for 919 yards and seven scores. If he comes to play on Sunday, it could be a long day for the Eagles’ secondary.