This was expensive Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell after getting torched by Julio Jones in Philly’s season opener. In the offseason, the desperate Eagles lavished the former Seattle cornerback with a 6-year, $63 million contract. He will receive $22 million in guaranteed money. Essentially, Maxwell won the lottery for playing in the same general vicinity as Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.
In week two Sunday, Maxwell caught a break – he wouldn’t have to defend Dallas star Dez Bryant, who is out until December.
Sadly, it didn’t matter. Maxwell was lit up again, culminating with Terrance Williams catching a 42-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach late.
Through two weeks, this is how badly Maxwell has been roasted: teams are 15-of-19 throwing at him for 240 yards and two touchdowns and a perfect (!) passer rating of 158.3.
He’s going to face Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker of the Jets next, unless the Eagles bench their $63 million man, or hide him elsewhere.
Wonder if Chip Kelly wishes he still had Brandon Boykin?
The Eagles are 0-2, but I’m sticking with my playoff prediction. The NFC East is a disaster with the Cowboys limping into Week 3. The Giants are 0-2. The Redskins can’t possibly be the favorites at this juncture.
The Colts were 0-2 last year and made the playoffs. Philadelphia can do that, but it obviously has to beat the Jets.