“Have a night rook”! How’s that for analysis? If you’re like us, that’s what you kept saying while you watched Philadelphia Eagles rookie Reed Blankenship do work versus the Green Bay Packers after stepping in to relieve an injured Chauncey-Gardner Johnson.
First of all, everyone hopes that C.J. is okay. He was carted off after suffering a rib injury and wouldn’t return to Week 12’s game. Fingers are crossed, but until he can return, it’s time to employ the ‘next-man-up’ mentality.
In terms of Reed’s performance, it’s too early to tell what he’ll become or how he’ll develop, but one thing is certain. One day, when he’s hanging out on the porch and talking with his grandchildren, he’ll have to tell them about the time he picked off a future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in front of a national audience on primetime television.
Reed Blankenship gives Eagles fans reason to smile in Week 12 versus the Packers.
Well, in the end, we found out that Darius Slay’s goal of picking off Aaron Rodgers and placing the ball on his ‘Mount Rushmore’ will have to wait. He did, however, have an assist on Philly’s first of two total interceptions thrown by the reigning two-time MVP.
Josiah Scott snagged the first pick of his career thanks to Big Play’s pass deflection during Green Bay’s first drive. Reed Blankenship made a nice read to snag the other on The Pack’s fourth offensive series.
Here’s a look at both.
Reed Blankenship had one misstep in what was otherwise an impressive showing, a personal-foul penalty during the third quarter. Still, it was a solid night for Number 32.
When the night was over, the rookie safety tied T.J. Edwards for the team lead in total tackles (six). Three of which were solo. He also notched a pass breakup.
Again, one game does not an NFL career make, but it’s nice to know if C.J. is forced to miss an extended amount of time, that the Birds have some insurance. Reed is most certainly good enough to help the Eagles fill the void in the meantime.