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Eagles snap counts: Jason Kelce's impressive streak comes to an end

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Eagles snap counts: Jason Kelce's impressive streak comes to an end

When center Jason Kelce was taken out of Sunday's game along with Carson Wentz for the final nine snaps, a pretty impressive streak came to an end. 

Before that, Kelce had played 3,345 consecutive snaps. 

He was taken out after 61 snaps in the Eagles' 33-10 win over the lowly 49ers. 

It was a streak that dated back to 2014, when he was taken out for the final six snaps in a blowout win over the Panthers. Before playing the first 550 snaps of this season, Kelce didn't miss a play in all of 2015 or 2016.

Here's how his streak broke down by year: 

2014: 506 snaps
2015: 1,156 snaps
2016: 1,133 snaps
2017: 550 snaps

After Kelce was taken out, Stefen Wisniewski slid to center and Chance Warmack took over at left guard. 

Streaks aside, Marcus Johnson played a career-high 21 snaps (30 percent), while Mack Hollins played a career-high 18 snaps (26 percent) on Sunday afternoon. 

It seems like the Eagles want to give them more chances because they have been performing well. 

On the flip side of that, Torrey Smith played a season-low 32 snaps. In each of the last two games, he has just one target and zero catches. He did, however, draw a big defensive pass interference against the 49ers that put the Eagles on the 1-yard line. 

If it seemed like Wendell Smallwood was barely on the field against San Fran, you're right. He had just 13 snaps (19 percent). LeGarrette Blount had 35 of 70, Corey Clement had 19 and Kenjon Barner had four. 

On defense, Patrick Robinson played just 18 snaps before leaving with a concussion. In his absence, Dexter McDougle played 32 snaps (48 percent). His previous season high was seven. He actually played two more than Rasul Douglas. Jaylen Watkins chipped in with 27. 

The other corner numbers were high because the Eagles used a dime defense at times with Jenkins acting like a linebacker. 

Mychal Kendricks played 52 snaps (79 percent) in his return from a hamstring injury. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field on defense. They played all 66. 

Here's a full look at Sunday's snap counts: 

Offense
Brandon Brooks - 70 snaps (100 percent)
Lane Johnson - 70 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 70 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 69 (99)
Zach Ertz - 64 (91)
Carson Wentz - 61 (87)
Jason Kelce - 61 (87)
Alshon Jeffery - 48 (69)
Nelson Agholor - 36 (51)
LeGarrette Blount - 35 (50)
Torrey Smith - 32 (46)
Brent Celek - 30 (43)
Trey Burton - 21 (30)
Marcus Johnson - 21 (30)
Corey Clement - 19 (27)
Mack Hollins - 18 (26)
Wendell Smallwood - 13 (19)
Chance Warmack - 10 (14)
Isaac Seumalo - 9 (13)
Nick Foles - 9 (13)
Kenjon Barner - 4 (6) 

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 66 snaps (100 percent)
Rodney McLeod - 66 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 66 (100)
Jalen Mills - 61 (92)
Mychal Kendricks - 52 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 45 (68)
Brandon Graham - 44 (67)
Derek Barnett - 34 (52)
Chris Long - 33 (50)
Dexter McDougle - 32 (48)
Vinny Curry - 32 (48)
Rasul Douglas - 30 (45)
Joe Walker - 29 (44)
Beau Allen - 29 (44)
Tim Jernigan - 29 (44)
Jaylen Watkins - 27 (41)
Patrick Robinson - 18 (27)
Destiny Vaeao - 17 (26)
Corey Graham - 14 (21) 
Najee Goode - 1 (2) 

Eagles reach decision at offensive coordinator

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Eagles reach decision at offensive coordinator

Doug Pederson has made his decision. 

The Eagles are promoting wide receivers coach Mike Groh to offensive coordinator, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the move.  

On Monday, Pederson interviewed Groh and running backs coach Duce Staley for the vacant offensive coordinator job after Frank Reich became the Colts' head coach earlier this month. 

Groh, 46, just joined the Eagles last offseason, taking over for Greg Lewis. In his first year in Philly, he did a masterful job with the Eagles' receivers and had a bigger role in the offense and game-planning than a typical receivers coach. 

There had been a report that Pederson was thinking about not having an official offensive coordinator for the 2018 season. He already calls the plays. But it looks like he saw the value in filling Reich's old spot. 

It'll be interesting to see how this goes over with Staley, who has been with the Eagles as a coach since 2011 and has been in his current role as running backs coach since 2013. He has previously expressed interest in moving up the ladder. 

When Pederson hired Reich to be his offensive coordinator, he said he was interested in what Reich could bring to the downfield passing game. If that's still important, it would make sense for him to hire a receivers coach with a background as a quarterback over a former running back and running backs coach. 

The 2018 staff is starting to come together. Press Taylor is expected to be named the team's quarterbacks coach (filling in for John DeFilippo), Groh is OC and Staley will stay with the running backs. The last shoe to drop appears to be filling Groh's old post of receivers coach. 

Eagles might lose backup defensive back

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Eagles might lose backup defensive back

Jaylen Watkins' time in Philadelphia might just be coming to an end. 

The Eagles don't plan to tender Watkins, who is a restricted free agent, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Watkins, 26, played a decent role with the Eagles in 2017. He came into the summer as a safety, but when the team needed him at corner, he began to fill in there. He offered them a backup at multiple spots. 

So why won't the Eagles tender him? 

Well, if the Eagles did place a tender on Watkins, it would have been an original-round tender. He was drafted in the fourth round back in 2014. So teams could have negotiated with Watkins as a RFA but if the Eagles didn't match the offer sheet, they'd get back a fourth-round pick. Sounds great, except for one thing. 

The problem with the original-round tender is that it would bring back Watkins on a one-year deal worth just over $1.9 million. That's a projection after last year's number was just under $1.8 million. 

Watkins proved to be a valuable backup for the Eagles in 2017, but $1.9 million is probably just a little too pricey, especially as the Eagles are sitting around $9 million over the cap and have to trim that number down. 

And the Birds should have plenty of younger depth at corner in 2018. 

Not tendering Watkins doesn't necessarily mean he won't be back. What it does mean is he'll be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 14. He will be able to negotiate with any team freely, but that will also include the Eagles, who might be willing to bring him back for a lesser price.