Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 4:19p ET
Cornerback Byron Maxwell was burned on the field and roasted off it after a forgettable debut with the Philadelphia Eagles in their season opener.
One of Philadelphia's high-priced free-agent acquisitions in the offseason, Maxwell endured a nightmarish evening in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones singed Maxwell to the tune of nine receptions for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And, because the game was nationally televised, the carnage came in full view of an unsympathetic Twitterverse.
Maxwell's lavish contract – a six-year, $63 million deal – and his past success as a member of the Seattle Seahawks' bombastic "Legion of Boom" secondary may have caused some observers to revel more in his failures.
Maxwell's struggles certainly elicited some creative tweets, the most notable being a parody of the DirecTV "Don't Be Like This Me" marketing campaign that features brothers Eli and Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Randy Moss and Tony Romo.
The beleaguered Maxwell may get a reprieve this week. The reigning NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys are coming to town, but they will be without star wideout Dez Bryant, who suffered a broken bone in his foot in his season debut.
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