Three should've-been Eagles that thrived in Week 1 (and three who struggled)

Former potential Eagles trade and draft prospects did work in Week 1. What we saw was a mixed bag! We're glad some of these guys were ignored.
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Some of those 'should've been Eagles' put in work during Week 1's game.

We made our lists. We checked them twice. Here's a look at a few former desired free agents and rumored trade targets. Check out how they did in their openers.

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Browns

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
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Oh yeah... We know you don't want Deshaun Watson now, but we kept the receipts. We told you Jalen Hurts would be fine, but many of you wanted this guy. Watson played well in Week 1, but we'll stick with our guy.

The Cleveland Browns disposed of the Cincinnati Bengals and did so by way of a 24-3 final score. Watson completed 16 of 29 passes and tossed a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 45 yards on five carries and scored another TD with his legs. Verdict: Pass

2. Calvin Ridley, WR, Jaguars

Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Here's one of those guys that Howie Roseman and the Eagles organization wanted. Truthfully, we're glad that didn't work out. We wouldn't have A.J. Brown on the roster if it did.

The suspension is over. Calvin Ridley is going to be fine. Trevor Lawrence is throwing him the ball now. Doug Pederson is his coach. He racked up 101 yards and a touchdown catch on eight receptions. This will be a big year for him. We can be quoted. Verdict: Pass

3. Bijan Robinson, RB, Falcons

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They may never admit this, but the Atlanta Falcons may be asking themselves why they didn't draft a quarterback right now. Anywho, how about a hand for Bijan. He put some nice stuff on tape today.

He hit all of the buttons on the controller to reach the end zone for the first TD of his career. He finished with 56 yards rushing on ten carries, 27 yards receiving on six receptions, and the aforementioned TD. Verdict: Pass

That TD deserves another look. We're still happy with Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith being on the Eagles' roster (even though Atlanta removed the temptation to take the former Texas Longhorns running back by taking him eight overall). There's a lot of talent to marvel at here though! Hopefully, he can stay healthy.

And, with that, we move along to some guys that disappointed in Week 1.