Plenty of Eagles set career highs in snaps Sunday

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Plenty of Eagles set career highs in snaps Sunday

Because the Eagles' 6-0 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday had no playoff implications, plenty of backups got a lot of time on the field. 

In fact, of the 46 active Eagles, 11 set new career highs in offensive or defensive snaps. Five were draft picks this year. 

On offense, Mack Hollins (44 snaps), Nate Sudfeld (40), Marcus Johnson (39) and Shelton Gibson (13) set career highs. 

On defense, Jaylen Watkins (62), Destiny Vaeao (56), Kamu Grugier-Hill (53), Steven Means (39), Elijah Qualls (36), Sidney Jones (29) and Nate Gerry (20) all set new snap count highs too. 

For Sudfeld and Jones, Sunday was their first NFL game action. For Nate Gerry, it was his first time on the field on defense. Gibson had played just four offensive snaps before Sunday; he also made his first two career catches against the Cowboys. 

Jones, the second-round pick who came back from Achilles surgery, likely would have played much more than 29 snaps but he cramped up in his back and quad. After the game he said he was fine. 

Offensive tackle Will Beatty played his first snaps as an Eagle and his first in the NFL since last season. 

Left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai was the only offensive player to play all 59 snaps, while CB Rasul Douglas and S Corey Graham played all 68 on defense. 

Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 59 snaps (100 percent) 
Stefen Wisniewski - 51 (86)
*Mack Hollins - 44 (75) 
*Nate Sudfeld - 40 (68) 
Will Beatty - 40 (68)
Chance Warmack - 40 (68)
*Marcus Johnson - 39 (59) 
Brent Celek - 35 (59)
Nelson Agholor - 30 (51)
Trey Burton - 28 (47)
Jason Kelce - 27 (46)
Wendell Smallwood - 22 (37)
Lane Johnson - 19 (32)
Nick Foles - 19 (32)
Brandon Brooks - 19 (32)
Alshon Jeffery - 18 (31)
Torrey Smith - 15 (25)
Zach Ertz - 14 (24)
*Shelton Gibson - 13 (22) 
Corey Clement - 11 (19)
Kenjon Barner - 7 (12)

Rasul Douglas - 68 snaps (100 percent)
Corey Graham - 68 (100)
*Jaylen Watkins - 62 (91) 
Najee Goode - 59 (87)
*Destiny Vaeao - 56 (82) 
*Kamu Grugier-Hill - 53 (78) 
Dannell Ellerbe - 48 (71)
Vinny Curry - 43 (63)
Patrick Robinson - 42 (62)
Beau Allen - 41 (60)
*Steven Means - 39 (57) 
*Elijah Qualls - 36 (53) 
*Sidney Jones - 29 (43) 
*Nate Gerry - 20 (29) 
Mychal Kendricks - 15 (22)
Bryan Braman - 12 (18)
Ronald Darby - 6 (9)
Malcolm Jenkins - 6 (9)
Fletcher Cox - 3 (4) 

*New career high 

Eric Rowe tracker
We stopped the tracker a while ago because it became pretty clear Rowe wasn't going to hit 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps. If that happened, the fourth-round pick the Eagles got back for him in the upcoming draft would have turned into a third. It's staying in the fourth round. 

After a strong start, Rowe dealt with injury and missed a lot of time. He ended the regular season after playing 223 defensive snaps (22.2 percent) this season. 

Oh well. 

Eagles careful to maintain team culture through NFL draft

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Eagles careful to maintain team culture through NFL draft

Measuring their speed, strength and verticle jump, that’s the easy part.

The far more difficult aspect for NFL teams preparing for the draft or free agency is finding guys who can fit into what they want to do on the field, but who can also fit into a team’s culture.

And for an Eagles team coming off a Super Bowl championship, it’s one of the big challenges of the offseason.

The Eagles have built a powerful chemistry and culture over the past two years that was pivotal in their drive to the franchise's first championship in 57 years.

It was a remarkably close team, a remarkably unselfish team. And now the Eagles are in the process of trying to add talent without ruining that unique chemistry.

Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Thursday the Eagles’ scouting department spends a tremendous amount of time and resources not just evaluating players’ physical attributes but trying to determine whether they’re good fits for what the Eagles have built.

“I think that’s one of the conversations that we probably have the most,” Roseman said. “Background’s really important. We’ve had some guys who’ve come here, who’ve maybe had a (bad) reputation and fit really well, and there’s also the flip side of that.

“So you try to balance all of those and really rely on coach (Doug) Pederson and his leadership council and the ownership he gives them.”

Roseman revealed that he, vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Pederson actually involve players already on the roster in the decision-making process.

“We talk to our players about a lot of things, and we talk to them about guys that we’re going to potentially bring in,” Roseman said. “We try to pick their brain.”

It’s not a perfect process. Every team has been burned by a Darryl Worley. But the Eagles clearly are doing a better job than most teams getting 53 unique individuals to mesh together.

“I accept responsibility for the mistakes we made, that’s on me,” Roseman said.

“But we try to get a lot of information and then also talk to our players so a lot of these moves that we’ve made the last two years … and that’s probably not the norm in the National Football League, but that’s really from the leadership of coach Pederson and what he wants us to do.”

Roseman mentioned something called the “Co-habitation Matrix,” devised by Douglas and Eagles director of football administration Jake Rosenberg — "and Keanu Reeves," Roseman joked. That’s basically a way to connect anybody in any role within the organization that has had any previous experience at a previous spot with potential new additions.

It’s all a part of minimizing the risk of shattering the franchise’s powerful culture.

“That’s something that we work so hard to build and it could be the hardest thing to build and it could be the easiest thing to lose and that’s something that we have been working hard on, is just pinpointing the guys that can come in and just add to our culture,” Douglas said Thursday.

“Chemistry really isn’t a thing you can quantify. It’s not an objective thing, but you know when you’ve got it and obviously for us to do what we did last year we had it. So now it’s us trying to keep adding to it.”

Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

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Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

Now, everything is official.

After finding out in January the Eagles are headed to London, the NFL on Thursday morning confirmed the time and dates for its three regular-season games overseas this season.

The Eagles will square off at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28. Kick off is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

It will be the Eagles' first London game. Jacksonville has been playing in London in each of the past five seasons.

The other two games are the Titans and Chargers, played on Oct. 12, and the Seahawks and Raiders, set for Oct. 14. 

The NFL will announce its 2018 schedule Thursday night at 8 p.m.