The NFL can be both a simple and complex game sometimes. Think about it. Some theories will always be true: The running game is used to set up play-action. The screen pass is used to take advantage of over-aggressive teams that blitz a lot. Still, it doesn’t matter how many Philadelphia Eagles games you watch (or how much time you invest into analyzing the next opponent), there will always be a surprise or two on game day.
The Eagles are better than the Washington Commanders, but that doesn’t mean that they will take them lightly. There are stars on their roster. Look no further than Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Daron Payne, and Jonathan Allen. Sometimes, it’s those under-the-radar guys that surprise you though. Remember when we warned you about Eno Benjamin?
Though we expect an Eagles victory. There are guys on Washington’s roster that could cause some issues. We could name about ten, but we’ll place the spotlight on four that don’t get national attention.
Here are a handful of under-the-radar Commanders the Eagles should keep tabs on.
They won’t make the Pro Bowl. Some of them probably aren’t on your Fantasy football roster, but trust and believe these guys are good and worth the price of admission.
Brian Robinson, running back
Antonio Gibson is the star of Washington’s backfield, but the second and third guys on the depth chart are pretty good too. J.D. McKissic missed some practice time this week because of a neck issue, but his game-day status isn’t certain. It looks like Brian Robinson Jr. will go.
The latter has only appeared in five games, but he’s tallied 219 yards and a touchdown on 67 carries. He’s also caught all four passes that have been thrown in his direction. Keep an eye on him in both the running and passing games.
Curtis Samuel, wide receiver
It seems erroneous to state that Curtis Samuel is under the radar, but parts of his game go unnoticed. We know he’s a gifted receiver (45 receptions, 455 yards receiving, and three touchdowns on the season), but he’s also a gifted runner.
Through Washington’s first nine games, he’s taken 18 handoffs. That has resulted in 122 yards and 6.8 yards per carry.
Darrick Forrest, safety
Whenever conversations are held about the Commanders’ roster, you’ll often hear quite a few names mentioned before Darrick Forrest is brought up (if he’s brought up at all). This young safety is fifth on the team in combined tackles (40), but he also wrecks shop when bringing the ball carrier down falls squarely on his shoulders.
He’s also tied for fifth in solo stops (25). That includes a tackle for a loss (TFL). Add that to his four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception.
Montez Sweat, defensive end
Montez Sweat is another relatively recognizable name, but when your teammates along the defensive line are Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Chase Young (even if the latter is on the physically unable to perform list), sometimes you take the back seat.
Sweat can get hot though and make plays. On the season, he’s racked up 27 tackles including six TFLs. He’s also tallied three sacks and two pass breakups.
Jamin Davis, linebacker
Jamin Davis is sometimes overshadowed by fellow linebacker Cole Holcomb. No one is certain of Holcomb’s status for Week 10 though.
Still, the second level of Washington’s defense is in good hands if forced to rely on this young man. On the season, he’s stuck his head in on 44 total tackles. He’s also gotten into the backfield to tally three sacks.