Eagles vs. Colts snap count analysis: Philadelphia’s backup running backs

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Eagles vs. Colts snap count analysis: Philadelphia’s backup running backs

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OFFENSEThe Eagles are going to win a lot when Carson Wentz and the entire offensive line plays the entire game. Good to see Jason Peters making it through his first full game this season after he had to leave early in Week 1 and Week 2. Peters was a force out on the edge.With the Eagles being so depleted at the skill positions Cheap Sidney Jones Jersey , Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor basically had to play the entire game.Great to see Dallas Goedert much more involved here after he only logged 22% of the snaps in Week 2. The rookie tight end caught all seven of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. With the Eagles being so depleted at the skill positions, it’s a no brainer to throw his way.Corey Clement took the most snaps of any Eagles running back. He had 19 combined touches (16 carries and three receptions) while Wendell Smallwood had 13 combined touches (10 carries and three receptions). These two guys combined for 112 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards, and one rushing touchdown. Josh Adams only played eight snaps but he made the most of them by taking six carries for 30 yards. That’s a nice NFL debut for the undrafted rookie. Kamar Aiken outsnapped Jordan Matthews but failed to register a target. I wouldn’t just assume it’ll be Aiken who goes to the bench if/when Alshon Jeffery comes back this week. It could be Jeffery and Aiken on the outside with Agholor in the slot. JMatt could still get some playing time but I don’t think Aiken is just going to the bench, although he probably should. It’ll be much better when the Eagles offense is at a point when they don’t have to play Joshua Perkins for 38% of the snaps.It’s really disappointing to see that Shelton Gibson can only get one measly snap while the Eagles are missing three of their top four wide receivers. Not to mention that Philadelphia’s offense needs a field-stretcher and Gibson has the speed to do that. We saw as much in the preseason. For whatever reason, the coaching staff just doesn’t trust him. DEFENSEMalcolm Jenkins, Jordan Hicks, and Ronald Darby played the entire game. Hicks continues to be the Eagles’ dime linebacker. He finished the day with a team-high eight tackles and two passes defensed. Jalen Mills would’ve played the entire game if he didn’t have to come out for a little bit to get checked up on after breaking up a pass. Rasul Douglas briefly filled in for him.Last year, the Eagles made an effort to conserve Fletcher Cox by limiting his playing time to some extent. Hasn’t been the case this year with the Eagles being thinner at defensive tackle.Corey Graham had to play a lot more than usual with Rodney McLeod leaving the game early due to a knee injury. McLeod indicated he’s going to be OK but we’ll see. Nigel Bradham had to leave the game at one point because he had the wind knocked out of him after colliding with Jenkins. Brandon Graham received the fifth most snaps of any defensive lineman. He played the most snaps of any Eagles defensive end in 2017. A reminder that the Eagles’ weakside linebacker spot isn’t incredibly important: Kamu Grugier-Hill played nine defensive snaps on Sunday. The Eagles don’t really trust undrafted rookie free agent Bruce Hector to play much. The defensive tackle options behind Cox just aren’t very inspiring, which is why we see Michael Bennett get a lot of interior work. SPECIAL TEAMSAvonte Maddox is tied with Grugier-Hill for the Eagles’ lead in special teams tackle with two. D.J. Alexander got flagged for running into the Colts’ punter. Thankfully it didn’t end up costing the Eagles a third down stop.Nathan Gerry didn’t see a single defensive snap for the first time this season.DID NOT PLAYInactive: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-chris-long-jersey , Alshon Jeffery, Nate Sudfeld, Chance Warmack, Jordan Mailata, Matt PryorActive but did not play: Nick Foles, Josh Sweat Before the Eagles took the practice field on Wednesday, quarterback Carson Wentz spent some time talking to reporters about his newest teammate Golden Tate, and what he brings to the team on and off the field. He also talked a bit about his development as a quarterback and what he’s preparing to face from the Dallas defense on Sunday night. Wentz admitted he always gets excited to play under the light on Sunday Night Football and is looking forward to a fun home environment.Here’s what the QB had to say:On Golden Tate’s additionWentz talked about how he’s excited for what Tate will bring to the team’s offense, and lauded the receiver’s big play ability and his talents after the catch. He said they haven’t been on the practice field yet, but he’s excited to get to work and get to know Tate as a receiver and start building that rapport.The quarterback went on to say that he thinks Tate fits in really well with the culture the Eagles have established, and he’s looking forward to getting to know him both on and off the field.When asked if Howie Roseman or Doug Pederson had reached out for his opinion prior to trading for Tate Cheap Carson Wentz Jersey , Wentz admitted he leaves those kinds of decisions up to them. He was trying to get away and get a little break during the bye, and he’s comfortable (and has “full confidence”) with the decisions they’ve made up to this point and continue to make.Wentz then went on to talk about how he works to establish that on-field chemistry with a new receiver, and he said the first thing is obviously reps, but he’ll also study Tate’s film and try and start learning some his body language tendencies and what things he may be good at, and those kinds of things.He said that Pederson was the one to call him and let him know about the roster move, and that he reached out to Tate right away but didn’t cut his bye week short to start working with him. Wentz touched on how it was important for him and the rest of the guys to really get a break from the grind during the bye, and then come back refreshed.Later on, Wentz said that he loves that the team added another weapon, especially one like Tate who has those big play abilities, and that his addition adds the potential for more explosive plays on offense.The quarterback was also asked how he keeps all the different offensive players happy, especially after bringing in another weapon like Tate. Wentz talked about the greater culture the Eagles have established in being filled with team-first guys Cheap Jay Ajayi Jersey , who just want to win. At the end of the day, that isn’t something he’s really worried about because they have a bunch of self-less guys in the locker room. And he went on to say it’s a luxury to have so many targets and to be able to spread the ball around and do different things.On his development as a QBWentz was asked what he thought was the reason behind him being much more accurate this season, and the third year player attributed it to better decision making. He said he’s not trying to force the ball downfield and is learning how to take what the defense is giving him. He also said part of it was probably due to how defenses are playing them, and seeing a little bit more soft zone, so he’s just taking the underneath stuff and finding success there.After reviewing the film from the Jaguars game, particularly the fumbles, he said they weren’t attributed to one specific mistake, but just in general he just has to be better and try and get the ball out quicker in certain situations.Eagles’ QB coach Press Taylor had talked earlier in the week about “standards over feelings” and Wentz elaborated that it’s about being critical of each other and themselves in an attempt to improve and taking their emotions out of it. (Basically another way of saying “it’s not personal, it’s business”.)On Dallas prepWentz talked about heading into a challenging second half of the season, but said the team tries to take things one game at a time. Right now, they are focusing on the Cowboys Cheap Cameron Johnston Jersey , and he’s excited that they are coming to “our house” and that it’s a primetime matchup.He and Dallas QB Dak Prescott came into the league at the same time, and Wentz had an opportunity to get to know him as both a person and a player. Wentz lauded Prescott’s competitiveness, and noted that they are similar in that regard.On the Dallas defense, he said their play calling is a little different this season, singling out their starting point specifically. Wentz said the Cowboys have been playing a lot more one-high coverage this year, but they have some of the same players who fly around the field, and he mentioned that they are coached well and will provide a challenge for the Eagles on Sunday.Wentz was also asked about what the Dallas rivalry week means to him — specifically noting Jason Kelce’s brutally honest opinion earlier in the day — and the quarterback said he doesn’t like to make things bigger than they are. He went on to say that he knows the fans are probably more passionate about the rivalry, but he tried to keep his emotions in check and he’s just focused on having a game to win.The QB did admit that anytime the Eagles play on Sunday night in primetime, he gets a little more excited than usual, and knows and is looking forward to the fans rocking The Linc during the matchup.