The halfway point of the season has arrived and we are still no closer to knowing exactly who these Philadelphia Eagles are. They are 4-4 and off for another week.
Maybe the second half will bring more clarity.
For now, here are some midseason awards:
Zach Ertz. The Eagles’ offense has struggled to score points this season, averaging nearly nine points fewer than they did during their Super Bowl run in 2017, but it isn’t due to lack of production from Ertz. The tight end is the most effective weapon on the Eagles and among the NFL leaders in catches and yards. His 61 receptions are tied for second most in the league with Odell Beckham and behind Adam Thielen, who has 74. His 644 yards (10.6 yards per catch) are more than any other tight end in the league, though Kansas City’s Travis Kelce is right behind at 642. Ertz has three touchdowns in his last four games, but is still a strong second half away from equaling or surpassing his career high for TDs in a single season with the eight that he had last year.
RUNNER-UP: Linebacker Jordan Hicks. He has played every snap for the team this season, and leads them in tackles.
Dallas Goedert. The Eagles are set at tight end for the foreseeable future with Ertz and now Goedert, the team’s first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Without a number one pick, the Eagles traded up in the second round to grab Goedert from South Dakota State and his chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz, who went to North Dakota State, have Eagles fans referring to Wentz and Goedert as the Dakota Boys. Goedert has three receiving touchdowns this season, which are the most by an Eagles rookie since Ertz had four in 2013. Goedert has 18 catches this season for 188 yards.
RUNNER-UP: Defensive back Avonte Maddox. Got some strong consideration for my “best rookie” award after what he has done so far after an in-season switch to safety.
Jalen Mills. The fourth-year cornerback from LSU was the posterchild for the team’s deficiency in the secondary, because he repeatedly gave up big plays. Four receivers totaled more than 100 yards receiving in the Eagles’ first five games: Julio Jones, DeSean Jackson, Corey Davis, and Adam Thielen. Many of those yards came against Mills, because defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz prefers to play his cornerbacks on one side of the field, meaning that the team’s best cover corner, Ronald Darby, does not always match up with another team’s top receiver. Also, Mills does not have a single interception this season. Last year he had three of them.
RUNNER-UP: Offensive line. Again, this could have been my “biggest disappointment” award, because this unit simply isn’t as good as it was last year. Injuries, though, have played a role, and that had to be factored in.