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Eagles snap counts: It appears Birds have a new feature back

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Eagles snap counts: It appears Birds have a new feature back

If it seemed like Jay Ajayi was playing well enough early on Sunday to earn some extra carries, the Eagles' coaches saw it too. 

Through the first half at the LA Coliseum, LeGarrette Blount had six carries for 10 yards, while Ajayi had four for 49. Seems pretty obvious what the Eagles needed to do. 

Blount got just one more carry in the game, while Ajayi finished with 15 for 78. 

Perhaps more importantly, Ajayi led the Eagles' running backs in snaps for the second consecutive week. Maybe it was just the flow of the game again, but it sure appears the team has a new feature back. 

Ajayi got 43 snaps (47 percent) in the 43-35 win over the Rams, while Corey Clement got 27, Blount got 15 and Kenjon Barner got six. 

Through five games with the Eagles since the trade, Ajayi has averaged a gaudy seven yards per carry. 

The Eagles finished Sunday with 91 snaps, the most of the Doug Pederson era. That's way more than normal. The previous high under Pederson was 80 last season. They also controlled the ball for 39:12. Of the nine games in the NFL this season where a team has controlled the ball for over 39 minutes, the Eagles have two. 

Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jason Kelce played all 91. 

Carson Wentz played 68 snaps before leaving with his knee injury. Nick Foles played the remaining 23. That's a new season-high for Foles ... for now. 

Without Zach Ertz, Trey Burton played 48 snaps and Brent Celek played 47. 

Left guard Stefen Wisniewski played 31 snaps before leaving with an ankle injury. From there, Chance Warmack played 17 before giving way to Isaac Seumalo, who played 44. 

On defense, the Eagles played just 48 snaps and were in nickel or dime for the entire game. That meant Najee Goode, who would have filled in for Joe Walker at MIKE, didn't get on the field. 

Six players were in for all 48 defensive snaps. Chris Long played just 18 snaps, but made the biggest play of the game, with the strip sack of Jared Goff. 

Here are full snap counts from Sunday afternoon: 

Offense
Lane Johnson - 91 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks - 91 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai 91 (100)
Jason Kelce - 91 (100)
Alshon Jeffery - 86 (95)
Nelson Agholor - 77 (85)
Carson Wentz - 68 (75)
Torrey Smith - 67 (74)
Trey Burton - 48 (53)
Brent Celek - 47 (52)
Isaac Seumalo - 44 (48)
Jay Ajayi - 43 (47)
Mack Hollins - 38 (42)
Stefen Wisniewski - 31 (34)
Corey Clement - 27 (30)
Nick Foles - 23 (25)
Chance Warmack - 17 (19)
LeGarrette Blount - 15 (16)
Kenjon Barner - 6 (7)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 48 snaps (100 percent)
Patrick Robinson - 48 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 48 (100)
Jalen Mills - 48 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 48 (100)
Ronald Darby - 48 (100)
Mychal Kendricks - 38 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 37 (77)
Brandon Graham - 36 (75)
Vinny Curry - 30 (62)
Chris Long - 18 (38)
Derek Barnett - 17 (35)
Beau Allen - 14 (29)
Corey Graham - 10 (21)
Destiny Vaeao - 9 (19)
Jaylen Watkins - 1 (2) 

Eagles snap counts: Jay Ajayi leads way for RBs vs. Seahawks

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Eagles snap counts: Jay Ajayi leads way for RBs vs. Seahawks

For the first time since joining the Eagles at the trade deadline, Jay Ajayi had more snaps than the Birds' other running backs. 

In Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Seahawks, Ajayi played 31 snaps (41 percent), while Corey Clement got 28 snaps, LeGarrette Blount got 14 and Kenjon Barner got two. 

Ajayi carried the ball nine times for 35 yards (3.9), Blount carried it eight times for 26 yards (3.3) and Corey Clement carried it three times for seven yards (2.3). The Eagles got behind in this game and they were finding more success through the air, so the rushing numbers were down.

Ajayi didn't have a great game, but seeing his snap count increase isn't surprising. It's just surprising it took this long. Last week against the Bears he had 22 snaps, which was his previous high with the Birds. 

Barner was on the field just twice on offense, but was out there on that key 4th-and-3 passing play late in the third quarter. The Eagles would have had an easy first down, but Barner stumbled and couldn't get to the ball. The Eagles haven't been afraid to use any of their running backs in any given situation. 

The Eagles entire offensive line and Carson Wentz played all 75 snaps. Zach Ertz played 45 snaps before leaving with a presumed concussion. 

On defense, Najee Goode got 18 snaps (29 percent) without Joe Walker (neck). The Eagles opened in their nickel package, so Goode technically wasn't a starter. Dannell Ellerbe, active for his first time as an Eagle, played just one defensive snap and it came in the first quarter. 

Brandon Graham played 47 snaps to lead the defensive ends. Vinny Curry played 35, while Derek Barnett and Chris Long chipped in 26 apiece. 

Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins didn't leave the field, playing all 62 defensive snaps. 

Here's a full look: 

Offense
Lane Johnson - 75 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks - 75 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 75 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 75 (100)
Jason Kelce - 75 (100)
Carson Wentz - 75 (100)
Alshon Jeffery - 70 (93)
Nelson Agholor - 66 (88)
Torrey Smith - 58 (77)
Zach Ertz - 45 (60)
Jay Ajayi - 31 (41)
Corey Clement - 28 (37)
Brent Celek - 23 (31)
Trey Burton - 21 (28)
Mack Hollins - 17 (23)
LeGarrette Blount - 14 (19)
Kenjon Barner - 2 (3)

Defense 
Nigel Bradham - 62 snaps (100 percent)
Malcolm Jenkins - 62 (100)
Jalen Mills - 60 (97)
Rodney McLeod - 60 (97)
Ronald Darby - 56 (90)
Mychal Kendricks - 53 (85)
Fletcher Cox - 51 (82) 
Brandon Graham - 47 (76)
Vinny Curry - 35 (56)
Patrick Robinson - 32 (52)
Tim Jernigan - 31 (50)
Derek Barnett - 26 (42)
Chris Long - 26 (42)
Corey Graham - 23 (37) 
Beau Allen - 23 (37)
Najee Goode - 18 (29)
Destiny Vaeao - 13 (21)
Kamu Grugier-Hill - 2 (3)
Rasul Douglas - 1 (2)
Dannell Ellerbe 1 (2)

Snap counts: Mack Hollins plays career-high against Bears

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Snap counts: Mack Hollins plays career-high against Bears

Mack Hollins had just two catches for 12 yards in Sunday's 31-3 win over the Bears, but he played more snaps than he ever had before. 

After having just 10 snaps against the Cowboys last week, Hollins played a career-high 38 snaps (49 percent) against the Bears. His previous high was 30 snaps against the Broncos. 

Meanwhile, Torrey Smith had just three more snaps than Hollins. This is the second time Hollins was almost tied with Smith; the other instance came two games ago. 

LeGarrette Blount led the way for Eagles running backs with 37 snaps (47 percent) on Sunday. While Jay Ajayi got just five carries, he played 22 snaps (28 percent) and had more than Corey Clement (15 snaps) for the first time. Ajayi's percentage of snaps was up from 20 percent last week. Kenjon Barner was on the field for four plays. 

Shelton Gibson got four offensive snaps in his first NFL action. 

Brandon Brooks and Halapoulivaati Vaitai were the only players on offense to play all 78 snaps. 

The defensive end rotation on Sunday was very close. Brandon Graham got 34 snaps, Chris Long got 27, Derek Barnett had 26 and Vinny Curry had 26. That's pretty ideal. Steven Means also picked up six in his first action since the the Carolina game. 

With Beau Allen (knee) out, rookie Elijah Qualls picked up 17 snaps in his first action since the Arizona game. Rodney McLeod was the only defensive player on the field for every play. 

With another huge blowout win, the snap counts were a little different again on Sunday. The backups got some extra time in this one. 

Here's a full look: 

Offense
Brandon Brooks - 78 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 78 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 75 (96)
Lane Johnson - 67 (86)
Alshon Jeffery - 67 (86)
Jason Kelce - 67 (86)
Carson Wentz - 67 (86)
Zach Ertz - 65 (83)
Nelson Agholor - 65 (83)
Torrey Smith - 41 (53)
Mack Hollins - 38 (49)
LeGarrette Blount - 37 (47)
Brent Celek - 30 (38)
Jay Ajayi - 22 (28)
Corey Clement - 15 (19)
Chance Warmack - 14 (18)
Isaac Seumalo - 13 (17)
Nick Foles - 11 (14)
Kenjon Barner - 4 (5)
Shelton Gibson - 4 (5)

Defense
Rodney McLeod - 55 snaps (100 percent)
Malcolm Jenkins - 44 (80)
Nigel Bradham - 44 (80)
Jalen Mills - 44 (80)
Ronald Darby - 44 (80)
Patrick Robinson - 38 (69)
Mychal Kendricks - 38 (69)
Fletcher Cox - 35 (64)
Brandon Graham - 34 (62)
Chris Long - 27 (49)
Vinny Curry - 26 (47)
Tim Jernigan - 26 (47)
Derek Barnett - 26 (47)
Destiny Vaeao - 23 (42)
Corey Graham - 20 (36) 
Najee Goode - 17 (31)
Elijah Qualls - 17 (31)
Kamu Grugier-Hill - 11 (20)
Jaylen Watkins - 11 (20)
Rasul Douglas - 11 (20)
Joe Walker - 8 (15)
Steven Means - 6 (11)