Snap counts: Darren Sproles gets double the number of other backs

Snap counts: Darren Sproles gets double the number of other backs

Darren Sproles didn't just play more than the Eagles' other running backs. He doubled their combined snap total in Sunday's 27-20 loss at Arrowhead Stadium. 

Sproles played 50 of 72 snaps (69 percent) Sunday, while Wendell Smallwood played just 14 (19 percent), LeGarrette Blount played six and Corey Clement got in for one. 

This is the second week in a row to start the season that Sproles has led the Eagles' running backs in snaps. But last week there wasn't such a big disparity — he played 33 to Blount's 23. 

Against the Chiefs, Sproles was also the back that got the bulk of the work. He had 12 touches, while Smallwood and Blount combined for just four. Sproles had 10 rushing attempts for 48 yards and caught two passes for 30 yards. 

It's clear Sproles is on the field so much because of his versatility. He can run the ball, catch the ball and — perhaps more importantly — is solid in pass protection. 

Meanwhile, Carson Wentz and his entire offensive line played all 72 snaps. Jason Peters, who left the opener after one half with a groin injury, made it through Sunday afternoon. 

Rookie Mack Hollins picked up 17 snaps in his second career game and had his first three catches. 

On defense, second-round pick Rasul Douglas, who was inactive in the opener, played 39 of 53 total snaps (74 percent). Douglas was expected to have a role and was needed even more after Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins went down with hamstring injuries

McLeod played just 12 snaps before a hamstring injury forced him out of the game. Corey Graham took over and played the remaining 41. Patrick Robinson played 32 snaps and Watkins played 14 before his hamstring injury occurred. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Jalen Mills, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field, playing all 53 defensive snaps. 

As far as the defensive line rotation goes, Brandon Graham led the way with 38 snaps, followed by Vinny Curry (33), Derek Barnett (21) and Chris Long (20). 

In his first-career game, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls played nine snaps. He was filling in Sunday for fourth-stringer Destiny Vaeao, who was out with a wrist injury. 

Here's a full look at the Eagles' snap counts from Sunday: 

Isaac Seumalo - 72 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks - 72 (100)
Lane Johnson - 72 (100)
Jason Kelce - 72 (100)
Jason Peters - 72 (100)
Carson Wentz - 72 (100)
Torrey Smith - 62 (86)
Alshon Jeffery - 61 (85)
Zach Ertz - 60 (83)
Nelson Agholor - 55 (76)
Darren Sproles - 50 (69)
Mack Hollins - 17 (24)
Brent Celek - 17 (24)
Trey Burton - 14 (19)
Wendell Smallwood - 14 (19)
LeGarrette Blount - 6 (8)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 3 (4)
Corey Clement - 1 (1)

Malcolm Jenkins - 53 snaps (100 percent)
Jalen Mills - 53 (100)
Jordan Hicks - 53 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 53 (100)
Fletcher Cox - 44 (83)
Corey Graham - 41 (77)
Rasul Douglas - 39 (74)
Brandon Graham - 38 (72)
Vinny Curry - 33 (62)
Patrick Robinson - 32 (60)
Tim Jernigan - 32 (60)
Derek Barnett - 21 (40)
Mychal Kendricks - 20 (38)
Chris Long - 20 (38)
Beau Allen - 15 (28)
Jaylen Watkins - 14 (26)
Rodney McLeod - 12 (23)
Elijah Qualls - 9 (17)
Najee Goode - 1 (2)

Eric Rowe tracker
We are keeping an eye on Rowe in New England all season. If he plays more than 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season, that 2018 fourth-round pick the Eagles got in exchange for him will turn into a third-rounder. 

Week 1: 37 of 69 snaps
Week 2: 34 of 65 snaps

2017: 71 of 134 (52.985 percent). 

So far, so good. 

More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

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More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

The Eagles have given veteran defensive end Chris Long a raise, but according to one report, Long is concerned enough about his playing time with the Eagles that he's mulling his options regarding his future.

What is certain is that at some point before March 15, Long signed a new contract with the Eagles that increases his 2018 base salary from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2½ million fully guaranteed.

However, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Monday that Long may decide he doesn't want to accept the new contract — which he already signed.

According to Silver, Long is concerned about how many snaps he would get as a third-down rusher following the addition of Pro Bowl pass rusher Michael Bennett.

The Eagles officially acquired Bennett on March 14, although the deal was reported a week earlier. Long's new contract was filed with the NFLPA on March 15, but there is a good chance he agreed to it and signed it before the Bennett acquisition.

Whether or not Long knew Bennett was coming to the Eagles when he signed the restructured deal is unknown. But at some point Long knew about their interest in Bennett and even gave Bennett a "glowing recommendation" when the Eagles asked, according to an interview Long gave to SBNation.  

Long wouldn't appear to have many options. He could retire, in which case he would have to return the $500,000 bonus he received from the Eagles last week.

He could request a trade, which would be bizarre for someone who signed a contract extension just a few days earlier.

Or he could simply play under the terms of the contract restructure and pay increase, which was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN and confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia with a source familiar with the renegotiation.

As for the contract itself, including that $500,000 roster bonus — which was also in the previous version of the contract — Long would receive $3 million guaranteed this year instead of $1.5 million non-guaranteed plus $750,000 in easily achieved roster bonuses.

Long had five sacks and forced four fumbles last year as a rotational defensive end. He wound up playing 496 snaps, 10th-most on the defense and only about 10 per game fewer than starter and Pro Bowler Brandon Graham and five per game fewer than starter Vinny Curry, who the Eagles released.

Long, who turns 33 next week, has 63½ career sacks. His 5.0 sacks last year were his most since 2013. He's won back-to-back Super Bowls the last two years with the Eagles and Patriots.

What happens next?

Long has demonstrated that the money is secondary to him. He donated his entire 2017 base salary to charity.

At some point very soon, the Eagles will need him to decide whether he's even going to have a 2018 base salary.

Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

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Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

A day after we found out that Brian Dawkins picked Troy Vincent to introduce him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer, Terrell Owens has picked his presenter. 

No surprise: It's not Donovan McNabb.

After alienating many people in the league throughout his tremendous career, Owens picked a name from his early days. Longtime NFL assistant coach George Stewart, who was Owens' receivers coach in San Francisco, will introduce T.O. at the 2018 induction. 

In a video released by the Hall of Fame, Owens said Stewart "knew what to get out of me."

Now special teams coordinator and assistant head coach for the Chargers, Stewart has been an NFL coach for three decades. He began his time in San Francisco in 1996 (Owens' rookie season) as a special teams coach but was their wide receivers coach from 2000-02.

"Things that George Stewart may say, it may be shocking to a lot of people, but not to him because he knows who I am," Owens said. "... To know who Terrell Owens is, you really have to spend some time with him. Fast forward, George Stewart became a father figure to me."

The first season Stewart became the 49ers' receivers coach, Owens went to his first of six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first of five times in his career. Owens was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in all three of the seasons that Stewart held the position in San Francisco. 

Of course, Owens' growth under Stewart led to his becoming one of the biggest stars in the NFL.

Eventually, Owens forced his way out of San Francisco and got to Philadelphia. With the Eagles, Owens had a short and tumultuous two seasons, but was also dynamic on the field and nearly helped them pull off a Super Bowl win over the Patriots. 

Owens averaged 93.5 receiving yards per game during his time in Philadelphia, the highest average in franchise history. It wasn't his play that led to his downfall in Philly. It was his beef with McNabb, along with his attempt to strong-arm the Eagles into a new contract. 

Owens was a divisive personality for his entire career. It's likely the reason it took him three tries to make it into the Hall of Fame. Because his numbers don't lie: He's one of the best receivers of all time.