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With Jay Ajayi playing more, one Eagles RB lost snaps

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With Jay Ajayi playing more, one Eagles RB lost snaps

Jay Ajayi keeps playing more and more. So someone had to lose snaps. 

On Sunday against the Giants, that someone was rookie Corey Clement. 

Clement played just 10 snaps in the Eagles' 34-29 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. It was the fewest snaps he's played since the Carolina game back on Oct. 12, when he also played 10 snaps. 

While Clement didn't play a ton, he got the ball on half of his snaps. He had four carries for 17 yards and one catch for one yard. 

For the third straight week, Ajayi led the Eagles' running backs in snaps. He's clearly getting in rhythm as the Eagles' top back (see story). He played 35 of 68 offensive snaps (51 percent) against the Giants. He was followed by LeGarrette Blount (17 snaps), Clement (10) and Kenjon Barner (6). 

The entire offensive line and Nick Foles played all 68 snaps. That includes Chance Warmack, who started in place of the injured Stefen Wisniewski. 

Trey Burton played just 11 snaps, his fewest in a game since the Chargers game in Week 4. But he made the most of them, catching a wide open touchdown in the second quarter. Zach Ertz played 60 snaps, Brent Celek played 23. 

On defense, Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field, playing all 88 snaps. 

The 88 snaps the defense played was easily the most of the season. The previous high was 82 against the Panthers. The Eagles' defense couldn't get off the field and gave up 504 total yards to Eli Manning and the Giants (see story). The 88 snaps was the second-highest total under Jim Schwartz. The only other time with more was 89 against the Giants in their second meeting last year. 

After Patrick Robinson with a concussion left after 47 snaps, veteran safety Corey Graham ended up playing 54 snaps (61 percent) and made the clinching play at the end (see story). That's the most he's played all season. He played just 10 snaps last week.  

Najee Goode got eight snaps at linebacker in the team's base package. That was a little surprising because Joe Walker returned from injury. Walker didn't get on the field on defense. 

Here are full snap counts: 

Offense
Lane Johnson - 68 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 68 (100)
Chance Warmack - 68 (100)
Brandon Brooks - 68 (100)
Jason Kelce - 68 (100)
Nick Foles - 68 (100)
Alshon Jeffery - 61 (90)
Zach Ertz - 60 (88)
Torrey Smith - 51 (75)
Nelson Agholor - 49 (72)
Jay Ajayi - 35 (51)
Brent Celek - 23 (34)
LeGarrette Blount - 17 (25)
Mack Hollins - 13 (19)
Trey Burton - 11 (16)
Corey Clement - 10 (15)
Kenjon Barner - 6 (9)
Isaac Seumalo - 4 (6)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 88 snaps (100 percent)
Nigel Bradham - 88 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 88 (100)
Jalen Mills - 85 (97)
Ronald Darby - 84 (95)
Fletcher Cox - 70 (80)
Brandon Graham - 63 (72)
Mychal Kendricks - 61 (69)
Corey Graham - 54 (61)
Patrick Robinson - 47 (53)
Vinny Curry - 46 (52)
Derek Barnett - 42 (48)
Tim Jernigan - 41 (47)
Chris Long - 39 (44)
Beau Allen - 32 (36)
Destiny Vaeao - 23 (26)
Najee Goode - 8 (9)
Jaylen Watkins - 7 (8)
Kamu Grugier-Hill 2 (2)

Forget empty Day 2 of draft, Eagles hoping to find gold in Day 3

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Forget empty Day 2 of draft, Eagles hoping to find gold in Day 3

The Eagles are scheduled to have a pretty boring Day 2 of the draft this year. Because after they pick at No. 32, they don’t have another selection until the 31st pick of the fourth round. 

That means 98 players will be taken between the Eagles’ first and second picks. And they’ll have to watch other teams pick that entire Friday (Rounds 2-3) without them … unless they make a move. 

“We’re not looking at it like we’re sitting out on Friday,” Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman said. “We’re going through our draft process looking at every scenario. When we get to Friday, we get to Friday.” 

Even if the Eagles don’t make a move, they’ll be plenty busy on Saturday, the final day of the draft. They have two fourth-round picks and one pick in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. 

Eagles personnel head Joe Douglas showed up to his media availability with a stat ready to go to illustrate the importance of Day 3. 

“We’re excited that we have five picks on Saturday,” Douglas said. “When you look at the Super Bowl, there’s 22 starters that were third-round picks or lower. Of those 22, 18 of them were fourth-round picks or lower. So 18 starters in the Super Bowl this year were fourth-round picks or lower, including six of them that were undrafted free agents. We choose to keep the glass half full.” 

Douglas is right on all those stats — 22 of 44 starters in the Super Bowl were drafted in the third or lower and 18 of them would be considered Day 3 picks. Not bad. 

Here’s how the Super Bowl starters broke down by round: 1-10, 2-12, 3-4, 4-4, 5-3, 6-3, 7-2, UDFA-6. 

The Eagles accounted for seven of the 18 players who were drafted in the fourth round or later, so the Patriots were the ones who found even more value late in drafts. And of those seven, just three were original Eagles — Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jason Kelce and Jalen Mills. 

Of the six undrafted players who started in the Super Bowl, two were from the Eagles — LeGarrette Blount and Rodney McLeod. Neither was an original Eagle, but the Birds also relied heavily on running back Corey Clement, who was an undrafted rookie last season. 

With a dearth of high draft picks, it would make sense if the Eagles attack the undrafted market following the draft, but Douglas thinks it won’t be as easy as many might think. 

“You would think because we’re coming off a Super Bowl, we don’t have a second or third round pick that it would be a lot easier after the draft,” Douglas said. “But my experience coming off a Super Bowl, it’s sometimes harder to get guys to commit to your roster because agents and players have a perceived notion that it’s going to be that much tougher to make the team. I think that’s going to be a challenge. I think that’s going to be a challenge for us and we know it and we’re going to attack it.”

The Eagles in recent years have shown a willingness to pony up significant money to entice undrafted players to sign with them and if Douglas is right, they might need to do it again to land some this year. 

Either way, the Eagles know how important Day 3 and beyond can be. So when they’re bored on Day 2, they don’t plan on losing focus. 

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.