Eagles in the NFL: October Recap
By: Bryan Bruwer
With the NFL regular season already reaching its halfway point this past weekend, it’s time for another update on how some of BC’s most prominent NFL products have performed as of late.
Matt Ryan (QB) Atlanta Falcons: Although the Falcons have struggled record wise, Ryan is not the reason for their slow start. He’s having a season that rivals his 2016 MVP season, having tossed 15 touchdowns in comparison to only two interceptions. Ryan is also on pace to set career high marks in completion percentage and passing yards. Don’t let the fact that Julio Jones hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season dissuade you from the fact that Ryan is having an outstanding year.
Luke Kuechly (LB) Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have played good football so far this year, and Kuechly is a big reason why. It’s a surprise to no one that Kuechly is arguably the best linebacker in all of football, and he’s lived up to the hype thus far. Kuechly has accumulated 47 solo tackles so far, putting forth a standout performance in Carolina’s come-from-behind victory against the Eagles in Week 7 in which he racked up 13 tackles and a QB hit.
John Johnson III (S) Los Angeles Rams: John Johnson III has done a lot to build on an exceptional 2017 campaign. In the last month, Johnson III recorded two interceptions and three pass deflections, making up for a slight decrease in his tackle numbers as of late. As of right now, Johnson III is rated as the third best safety in all of football by PFF, setting the stage for what could be an all-pro caliber season for the former Eagle. Look for Johnson III’s efforts to get more press if the Rams continue their push towards an undefeated regular season.
Matt Milano (LB) Buffalo Bills: Speaking of second year former Eagles who’re making an impact, Matt Milano is currently ranked as the 7th best linebacker in the NFL according to PFF. Since our last update, Milano has racked up nearly 30 tackles to go alongside a fumble recovery, and he has emerged as a bright spot for an otherwise unsurprisingly lackluster Bills team.
Justin Simmons (S) Denver Broncos: Now in his third year with the Denver Broncos, Justin Simmons has settled in as a lynchpin in their defense, which isn’t as strong as it was a few years ago. Although Simmons doesn’t look like he’ll ever be a world-beater in the NFL, he’s at least developed into a solid starter. Over the last month, Simmons recorded 20 combined tackles in addition to an interception this past week in a narrow loss to Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Chiefs. Simmons and the Denver defense will face a familiar face this week in the form of recently Bronco Demaryius Thomas, who was shipped off to Houston earlier in the week.
Harold Landry (LB) Tennessee Titans: After recording a key strip sack of Carson Wentz in a game that made the Titans look like contenders in the AFC, Landry, much like the Titans, has gone silent. Since that win over the Eagles on September 30th, Landry has recorded only 5 combined tackles and a pass deflection. However, he has only seen action on 46% of the Titans defensive snaps, signaling that a bigger workload for the talented edge rusher is at least partially to blame for his lack of production.