CB - MIA
Eric Rowe is tied atop the leaderboard for the most solo tackles (nine) and is near the top with 11 total tackles after week one.
Not much went right for the Dolphins on Sunday, and it's hard to imagine Rowe having a much better game in the future in terms of total tackles. In fact, he already has more tackles this year than all of last year. Leave him on the waiver wire until further notice.
The Philadelphia Eagles have traded cornerback Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots for offensive lineman Josh Kline and a conditional 2018 draft pick, according to reports.
Rowe is the next of a line of Chip Kelly draft picks to be shipped away this offseason. Rowe has the requisite size and athleticism that teams now covet at the position, but the was not a fit under the new regime. With the Patriots, he has a chance to build off his ideal measurables and become a factor on defense in a year or two. Kline will provide some much needed depth for the Eagles along the offensive line.
Eric Rowe came up big for the Eagles defense on Sunday posting 2 tackles, and a couple of passes defensed to go along with his first career interception. "This is it, it's finally my time to get out there.'Maybe he thought I was a rookie and was trying to throw me up top, so it was a big confidence boost."
Rowe is showing some confidence in the Eagles secondary and making big plays like this interception will only help his cause to see the field a whole lot more.
Eric Rowe had a good start to the preseason and then struggled a big during the end. He will be forced into a big role in the Eagles secondary as the depth at the CB position is lacking. Rowe has a better advantage on the outside as he excels at jamming the WR's at the line and getting them off their routes early in the play.
Rowe expressed just that after the preseason game against the Jets. "With the bigger guy, I can get my hands on them, knowing that he's not going to run away from me. If it's a smaller guy, I have to get on my toes, gotta stay ready. He's not really going to try to play physical, but if I know it's a big guy and I can get my hands on him I feel like I can keep up with him."
The Eagles 2nd round pick Eric Rowe had a great game to start his NFL career. He made a great play to force a Phillip Dorsett fumble and showed some versatility playing both on the outside and in the slot.
To go along with the Forced Fumble, Rowe also recorded 5 solo tackles. If he can continue to post tackles as a cornerback, he might be a nice option to look at for down the road in IDP leagues that require you to start a CB.