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Without Dannell Ellerbe, Eagles went small on defense

Without Dannell Ellerbe, Eagles went small on defense

Here's the most important thing you need to know about Eagles' snap counts from Sunday night: Nate Sudfeld got three snaps. 

He carried the ball three times for negative-four yards. Victory formation. 

The Eagles are heading to Super Bowl LII. And this is the play time recipe that got them there: 

On defense, the Eagles were without starting MIKE linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, so Najee Goode started but played just six snaps. 

Without Ellerbe the Eagles elected to go with a smaller lineup. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod didn't leave the field, playing 67 defensive snaps. Patrick Robinson played 56 and Corey Graham played 35. Getting a big lead in this game played into the Eagles' hand. They probably wanted to get to a smaller lineup. 

Fletcher Cox played 53 of 67 snaps (79 percent). He played 90 percent in the last game, but the Eagles' huge lead in this one certainly allowed for more rotation. 

Rookie Derek Barnett actually played 33 snaps, two more than Chris Long. But both players came up with huge plays in the 38-7 win. 

On offense, the entire offensive line played all 65 snaps, while Nick Foles played 62. He was pulled early and got a huge ovation from fans who watched him slice and dice the NFL's best defense all evening. 

Jay Ajayi led the way in snaps for running backs with 30 and finished with 99 all-purpose yards. Corey Clement got 21 snaps, while LeGarrette Blount had just 11. But Blount made the most of his snaps; he had that big 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Eagles the lead. 

Here are full snap counts from the NFC Championship Game win: 

Offense
Lane Johnson - 65 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 65 (100)
Brandon Brooks - 65 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 65 (100)
Jason Kelce - 65 (100)
Nick Foles - 62 (95)
Alshon Jeffery - 59 (91)
Zach Ertz - 53 (82)
Nelson Agholor - 46 (71)
Torrey Smith - 41 (63)
Jay Ajayi - 30 (46) 
Brent Celek - 28 (43)
Corey Clement - 21 (32)
Mack Hollins - 15 (23)
Trey Burton - 13 (20)
LeGarrette Blount - 11 (17)
Isaac Seumalo - 8 (12)
Nate Sudfeld - 3 (5)

Defense
Rodney McLeod - 67 snaps (100 percent)
Malcolm Jenkins - 67 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 67 (100)
Jalen Mills - 67 (100)
Ronald Darby - 66 (99)
Patrick Robinson - 56 (84)
Brandon Graham - 53 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 53 (79)
Mychal Kendricks - 37 (55)
Vinny Curry - 36 (54)
Corey Graham - 35 (52)
Derek Barnett - 33 (49)
Chris Long - 31 (46)
Tim Jernigan - 27 (40)
Beau Allen - 24 (36)
Destiny Vaeao - 11 (16)
Najee Goode - 6 (9)
Nate Gerry - 1 (1) 

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: 

Offense
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)

Defense
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)

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. 

Offense
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)

Defense
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.