5 Philadelphia Eagles positives, negatives, not including Carson Wentz

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Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
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player. 54. . . . Miles Sanders, running back. 1

Second-year Eagles running back Miles Sanders was once again solid in his performance. His 107 yards from scrimmage is further proof of why this team’s coaches believe he can handle the full workload if giving the opportunity. The question is how long can he withstand the beating that he’s been taking. We already know that he isn’t indestructible.

Ball securement and his vision are both much improved versus last week as he was able to gain solid yards and solidify himself as one of the top backs in the league.

player. 54. . . . Darius Slay, cornerback. 2

The offseason acquisition of cornerback Darius Slay is proving to be one of the best moves the Eagles have made over the course of the last few years. The three-time pro-bowler only saw a few passes thrown in his direction as he held Bengals wide receiver A.J Green to only five catches for 36 yards. It has been a long time since the ‘Birds’ have had a corner like Slay.

He missed a brief spell in Week 3 with an injury, but he toughed it out and was one of the main reasons this team had a chance to win this game.

. . Brandon Graham, defensive end. 3. player. 54.

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham had a day with two pivotal sacks and three tackles for a loss. He was a consistent disruption upfront for a rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, and it seems like when the Eagles need a play on defense, there’s a good chance that Brandon Graham will do everything that he can to make one.

player. 54. . . . The special teams unit . 4

Philly’s special teams had a great day as well. Jake Elliot was good on all three of his field-goal attempts and made both extra points. Cameron Johnston also had a solid day with a punt average of 47 yards. The coverage team prevented the Bengals from having any big punt returns and won the field-position battle. That’s all that you can ask for.

. . . Greg Ward, wide receiver. 5. player. 54

One of the heroes of the 2019 season, Greg Ward, has become one of this team’s most reliable weapons on offense. In Week 3, he hauled in eight catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, and like Graham, he gives this team everything on every play.