Eagles’ Draft Class Depends on Rookie Sidney Jones
A quick overview of the rookies who played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 season shows that preparing them for the job takes many years of dedicated training.
Falcons at Eagles
Saturday, January 13, 4:30 pm ET
Lincoln Financial Field
Line: Falcons -3 -105 O/U41
There is a lot of hope and promise for this draft class even though one also has to consider some injury disappointments that could affect Eagles odds. The most notable one is that of cornerback Sidney Jones who suffered a hamstring injury and has been rested as confirmed by the injury report presented on Wednesday.
Thus comes just a few days before taking on the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC Divisional Round game on Saturday, with such unveilings, it is important to note the following highlights.
To start with, the Eagles rookie group deserves an average overall grade.
Defensive end Derek Barnett:
Best Rookie
The 6’3” foot and 257lbs. defensive end was the Round 1 pick for the Eagles after impressing their scouts during his tenure at the University of Tennessee. With his strong hands and fast pace, the Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz heavily depends on Barnett for his defensive line rotation. In the regular season, the rookie managed to record five sacks, nine tackles and 32 quarterback pressures as well as two fumble recoveries that led to a TD. In the offseason, the Eagles wanted to trade DE Derek Barnett for the Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. If they continued to pursue the move, they would have lost a first-round pick that could affect Eagles Odds.
Cornerback Sydney Jones:
Most improved rookie
The cornerback did not manage to play for the better part of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon. Even though his health was a setback in 2017, Jones remains one of the most polished and consistent cornerbacks in the draft class. GM Howie Roseman risked picking the rookie in the second round with the intention of capitalizing on his abilities as soon as he heals. In the final game of the regular season, Doug Pederson played Jones as the team took on the Dallas Cowboys. The cornerback worked tirelessly to record 29 defensive snaps, which not only boosted the Eagles confidence regarding his future, but also Eagles Odds.
Wide receiver Shelton Gibson:
Most unsatisfactory rookie
Even though running back Donnel Pumphrey should be the one taking this title, the performance of wide receiver Shelton Gibson was just disappointing compared to the former’s and he deserves it. The running back suffered a torn hamstring during practice, which forced him to rest as an injured reserve. The inactive status of wide receiver Shelton Gibson during the season also made him struggle in training camp and the fifth-round pick only managed to record two catches for 11 yards.
Cornerback Rasul Douglas:
On the Jury
When fellow CB Ronald Darby dislocated his ankle in the opening game, Douglas replaced him and showed everyone that the Eagles can count on him at any time in the course of Darby’s absence. The third-round pick intercepted 11 passes and made two interceptions, and since then, he has gradually developed into one of the most a reliable CB in the NFL.
RB Corey Clement:
Undrafted rookie assessment
Running back Clement joined the Eagles from Wisconsin, and it seems coach Doug Pederson has made him a regular starter in the offense. He managed six TDs in the regular season and 4.3 yards per carry, which makes him a promising player in the NFL. It is important to mention that after replacing the injured Caleb Sturgisafter, placekicker Jake Elliott executed some notable kicks in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. His 61-yarder led to a massive victory against the Giants in Week 3.
Betting Trends for the Game
Atlanta is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Philadelphia is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
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Philadelphia is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games

Wild Card Playoffs

Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons
-3 -105
O 41
+3 -115
U 41

Draft Picks

Name Round/Pick Pos College
Derek Barnett 1/14 DE Tennessee
Sidney Jones 2/43 CB Washington
Rasul Douglas 3/99 CB West Virginia
Mack Hollins 4/118 WR North Carolina
Donnel Pumphrey 4/132 RB San Diego State
Shelton Gibson 5/166 WR West Virginia
Nathan Gerry 5/184 S Nebraska
Elijah Qualls 6/214 DT Washington


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