2. This Philadelphia Eagles defense needs an answer for Mark Andrews.
While Mark Andrews’ stats might not be eye-popping thus far, he is almost always open. He’s beginning to emerge as one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the league. While he isn’t a great blocker, he more than makes up for it in the passing game. In five games, he’s put up 18 receptions for 222 yards and five touchdowns. The six-foot-five, 256-pound tight end is going to be a massive problem in the red zone for the ‘Birds’.
Not only is Andrews a problem but so is this Eagles defense versus tight ends. With a weak linebacker core and injuries at safety, this could get ugly. Tyler Higbee put up 54 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 as fans remember.
The good news is that Will Parks is expected to make his Eagles debut this weekend which could be a huge help. He can’t take on Andrews every snap, but he can make some plays here and there. It would be smart for the Eagles to double team Andrews. However, they will likely have to have one linebacker or safety spying Lamar. Then, they will also need help in the middle of the field and overtop for Marquise Brown if Darius Slay is not cleared to play. Then, Duvernay is starting to get integrated into the offense more and more which is another problem.
Someone needs to step up and limit Andrews. Hopefully, Parks can be that guy or maybe with Duke Riley out a young linebacker like Shaun Bradley or Davion Taylor will step up.