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.
DeAndre Hopkins, Philadelphia Eagles
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Every coin has two sides, and Eagles fans should be pleased that some of the guys they fawned over aren't here.

Talk about a mixed bag! Week 1 featured a few guys that Eagles fans and the media expressed interest in. Thank goodness the Birds are led by a capable general manager,

We saw guys that performed decently but, at the same time, below a standard that they should have. Remember when these guys were a part of the discussion?

4. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Titans

DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans
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We tried to tell you! The DeAndre Hopkins many of you wanted Philly to trade for this offseason isn't the DeAndre Hopkins we enjoyed watching from 2017 to 2020, but we'll give him a passing grade for his debut with the Tennessee Titans.

13 targets only led to seven catches, which alone looks strange, but he produced 65 yards receiving and a 9.3 yards per reception average.

Again, that's a decent stat line, but that isn't good enough for someone who is as talented as Hopkins is. Then again, Ryan Tannehill is his quarterback, so there's that. Verdict: Incomplete

5. Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
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There's regression, and there's falling off of the proverbial cliff. Russell Wilson has managed to do the latter.

His new head coach, one he wanted, seems to be turned off by his diva personality. His teammates have felt that way for a while. Russell is a man on an island, a very lonely island, and he has done nothing to prove that he is worth the huge salary that he was given.

He completed 27 of 34 pass attempts and threw for 177 yards while tossing two touchdowns. He also crafted a 108 passer rating, but sometimes, the stats don't tell the story. This relationship, Danger Russ and Sean Payton, simply isn't going to work.

Verdict: Fail

6. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seahawks

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
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We're fine with D.K. being in the Pacific Northwest now. Had Philly taken him instead of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, DeVonta Smith probably wouldn't be an Eagle.

Still, there's a desire to peek and see what he's producing for the Seattle Seahawks. Lately, he hasn't done much. Following a Pro Bowl nod and a Second-Team All-Pro designation in 2020, he seems to be headed in the wrong direction.

Three receptions on five targets for 47 yards and a TD reception. Really? Those are very unimpressive numbers for a guy that's this good. Verdict: Fail