Eagles snap counts: It appears Birds have a new feature back

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Eagles snap counts: It appears Birds have a new feature back

If it seemed like Jay Ajayi was playing well enough early on Sunday to earn some extra carries, the Eagles' coaches saw it too. 

Through the first half at the LA Coliseum, LeGarrette Blount had six carries for 10 yards, while Ajayi had four for 49. Seems pretty obvious what the Eagles needed to do. 

Blount got just one more carry in the game, while Ajayi finished with 15 for 78. 

Perhaps more importantly, Ajayi led the Eagles' running backs in snaps for the second consecutive week. Maybe it was just the flow of the game again, but it sure appears the team has a new feature back. 

Ajayi got 43 snaps (47 percent) in the 43-35 win over the Rams, while Corey Clement got 27, Blount got 15 and Kenjon Barner got six. 

Through five games with the Eagles since the trade, Ajayi has averaged a gaudy seven yards per carry. 

The Eagles finished Sunday with 91 snaps, the most of the Doug Pederson era. That's way more than normal. The previous high under Pederson was 80 last season. They also controlled the ball for 39:12. Of the nine games in the NFL this season where a team has controlled the ball for over 39 minutes, the Eagles have two. 

Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jason Kelce played all 91. 

Carson Wentz played 68 snaps before leaving with his knee injury. Nick Foles played the remaining 23. That's a new season-high for Foles ... for now. 

Without Zach Ertz, Trey Burton played 48 snaps and Brent Celek played 47. 

Left guard Stefen Wisniewski played 31 snaps before leaving with an ankle injury. From there, Chance Warmack played 17 before giving way to Isaac Seumalo, who played 44. 

On defense, the Eagles played just 48 snaps and were in nickel or dime for the entire game. That meant Najee Goode, who would have filled in for Joe Walker at MIKE, didn't get on the field. 

Six players were in for all 48 defensive snaps. Chris Long played just 18 snaps, but made the biggest play of the game, with the strip sack of Jared Goff. 

Here are full snap counts from Sunday afternoon: 

Lane Johnson - 91 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks - 91 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai 91 (100)
Jason Kelce - 91 (100)
Alshon Jeffery - 86 (95)
Nelson Agholor - 77 (85)
Carson Wentz - 68 (75)
Torrey Smith - 67 (74)
Trey Burton - 48 (53)
Brent Celek - 47 (52)
Isaac Seumalo - 44 (48)
Jay Ajayi - 43 (47)
Mack Hollins - 38 (42)
Stefen Wisniewski - 31 (34)
Corey Clement - 27 (30)
Nick Foles - 23 (25)
Chance Warmack - 17 (19)
LeGarrette Blount - 15 (16)
Kenjon Barner - 6 (7)

Malcolm Jenkins - 48 snaps (100 percent)
Patrick Robinson - 48 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 48 (100)
Jalen Mills - 48 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 48 (100)
Ronald Darby - 48 (100)
Mychal Kendricks - 38 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 37 (77)
Brandon Graham - 36 (75)
Vinny Curry - 30 (62)
Chris Long - 18 (38)
Derek Barnett - 17 (35)
Beau Allen - 14 (29)
Corey Graham - 10 (21)
Destiny Vaeao - 9 (19)
Jaylen Watkins - 1 (2) 

Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

The Eagles gave Nick Foles a little raise on Friday, reworking the Super Bowl MVP’s contract, a league source confirmed. 

Basically, the Eagles are rewarding Foles after he helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl a few months ago. 

Foles, 29, is still entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles, but the new deal also includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The mutual option will still allow Foles the possibility to test the free agent market next season, but could leave the door open to a possible return beyond this upcoming season. 

Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network first reported the revised contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus and “several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks,” according to Rapoport. 

That part makes a ton of sense. If for some reason Carson Wentz isn’t ready to play in 2018 or if he goes down again, Foles will have a chance to earn what might be closer to starter money. 

Foles was set to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2018, with a salary cap hit of $7.6 million on the contract before Friday’s renegotiation. 

Wentz and Foles grew very close last season — third-string QB Nate Sudfeld too — and have both been very selfless in a situation that would be awkward for many others in the league. But both have been incredibly selfless throughout the entire process. Just this week, Wentz admitted he had to fight jealousy but was truly happy for his teammate and friend, who became the Super Bowl hero (see story)

Earlier on Friday, Foles tweeted out this photo with his wife and daughter from the NovaCare Complex. That’s a $2 million smile. 

Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

It turns out winning the Super Bowl is pretty good for business. 

The NFLPA on Friday released its top 50 player sales list from March 1-Feb. 28 and the Eagles were the most represented team on the list, with five players ranking in the top 50. 

3. Carson Wentz 
17. Zach Ertz
22. Nick Foles
43. Alshon Jeffery
45. Jay Ajayi 

This list is a combined total of all officially licensed merchandise, not just jerseys. It shouldn’t be surprising that Wentz is near the top of this list, behind just Tom Brady (1) and Dak Prescott (2). Even though he was injured late in the year, he was having an MVP season before going down and is obviously the Eagles’ quarterback of the future. 

But Foles making the list at 22? That’s pretty impressive. Remember, for most of the 2017 season, Foles was just a backup on a two-year deal. He had to make a heckuva comeback once he took over for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles returned to the top 50 list after two years off of it. 

Weirdly, Foles sold more drinkware product from Wincraft than any other player — 10 times more than any other player!

And there are likely a lot of Eagles fans walking around the city with players on their legs. Five of the top 10 sellers of Strideline socks were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Ajayi and Jeffery. 

Only Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. sold more in Fathead decals than Wentz. 

Here’s the top 10: 

1. Brady
2. Prescott
3. Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr. 
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr