FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 10: Zach Cunningham #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Avonte Maddox #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after Cunningham's fumble recovery during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

One week down, and the Eagles are 1-0. That is the good news. The bad news is how that first win looked. Jalen Hurts had his worst game in a while. He was not awful, but he was nowhere near as crisp as we saw all last year. The O-Line was giving up way too much pressure, and not creating the holes in the run game we are used to. And the defense was getting picked apart across the middle of the field.  

Still, they did win. That is something 16 other teams can’t say after week 1. The ugliness only matters if it continues into future games. Many teams wish they were in the Eagles spot right now, meaning they survived a bad week 1 performance. The Chiefs and Bengals both struggled and lost. And even while the O-Line, Jalen Hurts, and a few other stars struggled, there were still some positive takeaways. 

So who looked good? Who looked bad? Which players came into week 1 and proved they belonged? Are there guys we should be concerned about even if it was just one week? Let’s find out in the week 1 stock report. 

I am leaving some notable names off it. Jalen Hurts struggled, but he has enough clout to see his value stay the same after one bad performance. The same can be said about the Eagles O-Line. But these are the names where we learned something about them in week 1. Whether it is learning they can be real players at this level, or learning that they may be an issue going forward. 

Here is your Eagles Week 1 Stock Report: 

  • Stock Up- Jalen Carter 

    It is hard to ask for more from Carter in his first game. His first career sack at a key moment of the game. 7 total pressures, the most by a Rookie DT in 5 years. His pass rush win rate was at 32%. He was not just the Eagles’ best defensive player, he was one of the most disruptive defensive players period this week. And he did all of this playing just under half of the team’s snaps.  

    PFF on Twitter: "Jalen Carter in his NFL debut:🦅 90.5 pass-rushing grade🦅 8 pressures (T-1st)🦅 1 sackWhat a start for the rookie 🤯 pic.twitter.com/5n0XyNeLEP / Twitter"

    Jalen Carter in his NFL debut:🦅 90.5 pass-rushing grade🦅 8 pressures (T-1st)🦅 1 sackWhat a start for the rookie 🤯 pic.twitter.com/5n0XyNeLEP

  • Stock Down- Brian Johnson

    I still have a lot of faith in Brian Johnson. But his first game-calling plays left a lot to be desired. There was very little creativity. The Eagles regularly got into 3rd and longs. Some of that is one the players. But the playcalling was also boring. And in those 3rd and longs, there were way too many throws short of the sticks. I still have a lot of faith in the guy. There was too much hype for him when he first got hired, and too many Smart Football people like him, for that to be who he is. But he needs to call a better game vs the Vikings. 


  • Stock Up- Jordan Davis

    Carter was not the only former Georgia DT making noise in week 1. Davis also had a hell of a game. 6 tackles, including one for a loss, .5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Like Carter, he played about half the snaps. But he made his presence felt every time he was out there. And most importantly, he was able to stay out there for every down, not having to come off on passing downs.  

    NFL on Twitter: "Jordan Davis forces the Ezekiel Elliott fumble 📺: #PHIvsNE on CBS📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/G4uoYVOqQn pic.twitter.com/J0IWariSDS / Twitter"

    Jordan Davis forces the Ezekiel Elliott fumble 📺: #PHIvsNE on CBS📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/G4uoYVOqQn pic.twitter.com/J0IWariSDS

  • Stock Down- Zach Cunningham

    Cunningham was being picked on a lot on Sunday. The Patriots targeted him 7 times and 71 yards. And he did not make up for it in run defense where he missed a few tackles and over-pursued the RB a few other times. He looked good in Pre-Season vs. backups. But now that he is facing NFL talent, he is having a lot of issues. He was the glaring weak spot on the field, along with Justin Evans.  

  • Stock Up- Josh Jobe

    Jobe played just 8 snaps on defense once James Bradberry had to come off the field. So he did not get a huge sample size to impress. But it was Jobe who made the final play on defense to seal the win. Jobe forced Boutte out of bounds before he could complete the catch, to get the turnover on downs. It was a heads-up play by a corner with very little experience coming into the game.  

  • Stock Down- D'Andre Swift (Or Whoever Decides the RB Rotation)

    This is not his fault. He just didn’t play. Just one carry and one catch. Gainwell had a monopoly on the snaps for some reason. Really this stock down should be reserved for whoever it is who sets the RB rotations now. I get why they like Gainwell. And Gainwell should play a big role in the offense. But Swift also needs to play a big part in the rotation.

    It is possible that they were holding Swift back, to keep him fresh for Thursday on a short week. I am not saying that is the right thing to do. But I can easily see them thinking that way, and wanting to make sure they have a RB who is fresh to have an advantage in a short week.

  • Stock Up- Jake Elliott

    Yes, he missed an extra point. But he also hit 4 field goals, in bad weather, one that was over 50 yards. The Special teams for the Eagles are a bit of a mess. But Elliott is as solid as any kicker in the league. Few guys are as dependable on long-field goals as he is.  

  • Stock Down- Justin Evans

    It was not a great Eagles debut for Justin Evans. He played the 3rd most snaps on the team, and it felt like he was involved in every big play the defense allowed. On that long TD, it was Bradberry who got beat, but Evans was nowhere to be seen protecting against the deep ball. Which is a problem, because it is the primary reason why he is playing over Sydney Brown. If Evans is also susceptible to the deep ball, why not just play the more talented Brown?  

    New England Patriots on Twitter: "Bourne for this.@BournePoly11 | @MacJones_10 📺: #PHIvsNE on @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/YtFXmMZG0l / Twitter"

    Bourne for this.@BournePoly11 | @MacJones_10 📺: #PHIvsNE on @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/YtFXmMZG0l

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