Rookie Report Cards After 6 Games

Of the eight rookies that made the Eagles 53-man roster, a few have shown tremendous capabilities, becoming indispensable members of the squad. Others still wait for their launch.

NOTE: Take these grades with a grain of salt; they are not an indication of future success or failure; just a snapshot of what six games has shown us in each rookie.

LB Marcus Smith

Starts: 0, Active: 4

The much-ridiculed first-round pick has yet to record a tackle this season in 50 snaps. Outside of a few quarterback pressures (namely teaming with Trent Cole to get a hit on Eli Manning with Sunday night's game not in doubt), Smith's virtually invisible. You'd be forgiven if you saw No. 90 roaming the defensive side of the ball and immediately thought of Corey Simon first. Smith's a purported 'work in progress', so this won't be his final judgement.

Six-Game Grade: D

WR Jordan Matthews

Starts: 4, Active: 6

Not quite the demigod that the Eagles internet community was playfully making him up to be (at least not yet), Matthews has been a source of consistency ever since his breakout two-touchdown day against the Redskins. Currenty third on the team in receiving yards, Matthews puts on a display of the basics: take a short catch in the flat, and beeline toward the marker on the sidelines. Matthews averages near ten yards a completion; he doesn't put on a fireworks display, but he gamely keeps the convoy moving.

Six-Game Grade: B-

WR Josh Huff

Starts: 0, Active: 2

Seldom seen, getting a late start after sitting four games (and much of the preseason) with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Huff's total offensive output includes one nab for four yards against the Rams, while dropping the only other pass thrown in his direction. His short tenure has also included some wincing moments, like accidentally kneeing a muffed punt out of the end zone against the Giants. Huff has only been targeted twice in 33 snaps, an inauspicious start.

Six Game Grade: D

CB Jaylen Watkins

Starts: 0, Active: 2

Has only played special teams due to the secondary logjam (Watkins can also play safety, but even back-up Earl Wolff has been limited behind Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen). Watkins recorded his first tackle on Sunday against the Giants, bringing down Odell Beckham during a return, but has been scarce otherwise.

Six Game Grade: Incomplete

DE Taylor Hart

Starts: 0, Active: 0

Improved play on the defensive line has made Hart a long-termer on the gameday inactives list. Remember that rumor that Chip Kelly was talked out of taking Oregon alum Hart in the third-round?

Six Game Grade: Incomplete

NT Beau Allen

Starts: 0, Active: 6

Thor-like Allen didn't replace Bennie Logan at starting nose tackle as some preseason viewers were hoping, but he's been fairly sturdy as a back-up. In 93 snaps (no less than 15 snaps in each of the last three games), Allen has recorded three tackles, three pressures, and a stop in the run game. He's far from a liability, and shows the raw talent to continue improving. He was once owning the mighty Jason Kelce in bull-rush drills in camp, which projects quite a ceiling.

Six Game Grade: C

TE Trey Burton

Starts: 0, Active: 6

Burton went from, "Geez, I'd hate to see him get cut" to "Good thing we're keeping four tight ends." His lone offensive output has been taking handoffs at surrogate for an injured Darren Sproles to run clock on Sunday night, but as a special teamer, he's helped to turn Dave Fipp's unit into the class of the league. Burton blocked Andy Lee's punt against the 49ers for a touchdown, and was in there with James Casey when Johnny Hekker's boot was deflected a week later. Burton's all energy with tremendous instincts and drive. And he was undrafted!

Six Game Grade: B-

K Cody Parkey

Active all 6

Speaking of undrafted, "Love-Parkey" has been everything Alex Henery never could be and, in some ways, what David Akers sometimes struggled to be. Going 12 of 13 to start your career, with two boots beyond 50 and another of 45, is highly reassuring for when he's needed late in games. If he's needed to kick the final field goal twice, as evidenced in Indianapolis, he can do that as well. If you ask what was a better trade, a fifth-rounder for Sproles or David Fluellen for Parkey, I may need a moment to think. What about you?

Six Game Grade: A

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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