On Sunday night both Quez Watkins and Jalen Hurts scored their first-ever touchdowns in the NFL. Both were scored spectacularly too. Watkins ran a bubble screen on a third and forever, and following a smart spin move he managed to find space before sprinting untouched into the end zone. For Hurts', he managed to drag Budda Baker into the end zone with him for a seven-yard touchdown. It was a great evening for this Eagles rookie class, and for two rookies to score their first touchdowns in the same game, it is quite unusual. Having realised this, it inspired me to look at other notable Eagles players and when they scored their first touchdown for the team.
This article will delve into some of the more notable names in recent Eagles history to look at when their first touchdown was , and seeing when they scored their last one for the team.
Cunningham was drafted by the Eagles in the 1985 season but did not become the full-time starter till 1987. However, he did play relief to Ron Jaworski and scored his first-ever Eagles rushing touchdown during his second season in 1986. His first score would come in the Week 10, 17-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Cunningham would score five touchdowns in total during the remainder of that season where the Eagles went 5-10-1.
Cunningham would spend 11 years in Philly where he was branded 'The Ultimate Weapon'. He was very much a quarterback before his time, and helped pave the way for quarterbacks like Mike Vick, Russell Wilson and even Jalen Hurts. His last rushing touchdown would come in 1994 during the 28-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. In total, Randall would score 33 touchdowns for the team.
The current Eagles running backs coach, spent seven years with the franchise between 1997 and 2003. As has been a common theme, he would not score his first touchdown with the team until his second season. He scored the team's first touchdown of the season running in from one-yard out against the Atlanta Falcons. Philly would lose that game 17-12, and they would end the season 3-13. Duce would account to six of the Eagles 17 touchdowns that year.
He became a centrepiece of the team's offense after that as Andy Reid began to mould his legacy in Philly. The running back would score 37 touchdowns during his time in Philadelphia, and his last one would be a seven-yard reception during the Divisional Round win against Green Bay.