Even in playoffs, Eagles stay true to RB rotation

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Even in playoffs, Eagles stay true to RB rotation

For a while Saturday, it looked like the Eagles were really going to ride the JayTrain to a win over the Falcons. 

In the end, though, they stayed true to their running-back-by-committee approach. 

Ajayi ended up leading the backs in snaps — not a surprise — but not by a wide margin. He played 29 of 67 offensive snaps (43 percent). LeGarrette Blount played 20 (30 percent), Corey Clement played 16 (24 percent) and Kenjon Barner played one. 

Ajayi carried the ball 15 times (which tied his high from the regular season with the Eagles) for 54 yards, but that came after he had seven carries for 49 yards in the first quarter. It seemed like in the second quarter the Eagles went away from Ajayi; Doug Pederson said after the game it was just lack of opportunity when they didn't have the ball for long. 

Blount had nine carries for 19 yards. Clement had one carry for five yards but also had five catches for 31. 

The only member of the offensive line who didn't play all 67 snaps was Stefen Wisniewski. He played 66 because he lost his shoe on one play. 

Zach Ertz (59 snaps) and Alshon Jeffery (56 snaps) played most of the game, while Nelson Agholor played nearly as much (51 snaps). 

On defense, Malcolm Jenkins, Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field, playing all 63 snaps. 

The Eagles' well-rested defensive line showed up Saturday. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham each played 90 percent of the snaps (57 snaps), well above their season averages. 

Meanwhile, rookie Derek Barnett played just 16 snaps. It was pretty clear the Eagles wanted to ride their veteran playmakers in the biggest game of the year. It was a little surprising that Tim Jernigan played just three more snaps than Beau Allen (29 to 26). 

Dannell Ellerbe played 23 snaps, which means the Eagles were in their base defense for a good portion of the game. 

Here's a full look at snap counts from the Eagles' 15-10 win Saturday: 

Brandon Brooks - 67 snaps (100 percent)
Lane Johnson - 67 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 67 (100)
Jason Kelce - 67 (100)
Nick Foles - 67 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 66 (99)
Zach Ertz - 59 (88)
Alshon Jeffery - 56 (84)
Nelson Agholor - 51 (76)
Torrey Smith - 42 (63)
Jay AJayi - 29 (43)
Brent Celek - 26 (39)
LeGarrette Blount - 20 (30)
Corey Clement - 16 (24)
Mack Hollins - 16 (24)
Trey Burton - 14 (21)
Isaac Seumalo - 5 (7)
Kenjon Barner - 1 (1)
Chance Warmack - 1 (1)

Malcolm Jenkins - 63 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 63 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 63 (100)
Jalen Mills - 63 (100)
Ronald Darby - 61 (97)
Brandon Graham - 57 (90)
Fletcher Cox - 57 (90)
Vinny Curry - 47 (75)
Mychal Kendricks - 43 (68)
Patrick Robinson - 36 (57)
Tim Jernigan - 29 (46)
Beau Allen - 26 (41)
Corey Graham - 24 (38)
Dannell Ellerbe - 23 (37)
Chris Long - 20 (32)
Derek Barnett - 16 (25)
Najee Goode - 2 (3)

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”