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Eagles’ defense plays record number of snaps

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Eagles’ defense plays record number of snaps

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Cowboys were on the field for 45:33 in the Eagles’ 29-23 overtime loss at AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

It was the second highest time of possession ever against the Eagles. 

And it certainly showed up in the snap counts. 

The Eagles’ defense played an incredible 99 total snaps. Thirteen of those plays came in overtime, but even if this game ended in regulation, the Eagles still would have played a season high. 

As it turns out, the 99 defensive snaps are the most the team has played under Jim Schwartz or previous defensive coordinator Billy Davis. The previous high under Schwartz was 89 vs. the Giants in 2016. Davis’ defense once played 95 against Oakland in 2013. 

This game came the week after the defense played just 45 snaps, the fewest in the Schwartz Era. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham, Rasul Douglas and Nigel Bradham played all 99 on Sunday.

Other defensive snap count notes: 

• Josh Sweat left the game with an ankle injury after six snaps, which left a three-man DE rotation. Brandon Graham played 83, Michael Bennett 74 and Chris Long 58. 

• Fletcher Cox played 79 snaps. His previous season-high was 65. But, then again, a lot of players had season highs in snaps Sunday. 

• Sidney Jones played 37 snaps before getting pulled again late because of his lingering hamstring injury. De’Vante Bausby replaced him and played 61 snaps. Both players were beaten on touchdowns by Amari Cooper. 

Offensive snap count notes: 

• Darren Sproles led the way for running backs with 22 of 52 snaps (42 percent), while Josh Adams had 21, Wendell Smallwood had four and Corey Clement had four before leaving with a knee injury. Adams had a big run early but finished with just seven carries for 36 yards.

• Alshon Jeffery played 51 snaps and had six catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor had 49 snaps with two catches for 49 yards. His long was a 42-yarder that set up the touchdown at the end of regulation. 

• Dallas Goedert played 31 snaps and made the most of them. He had four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown and should have had a 75-yarder that got called back for a bogus OPI. 

• Golden Tate played just 20 snaps (38 percent) and had one catch for seven yards. Hard to not look across the sideline and see what Amari Cooper did. He played 90 snaps and had 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Safe to say that trade is looking better than the Tate trade. 

Offense 

Brandon Brooks: 52 snaps (100 percent)
Lane Johnson: 52 (100)
Carson Wentz: 52 (100)
Jason Peters: 52 (100)
Alshon Jeffery: 51 (98)
Nelson Agholor: 49 (94)
Jason Kelce: 49 (94)
Zach Ertz: 44 (85)
Dallas Goedert: 31 (60)
Stefen Wisniewski: 30 (58)
Isaac Seumalo: 25 (48)
Darren Sproles: 22 (42)
Josh Adams: 21 (40)
Golden Tate: 20 (38)
Jordan Matthews 11 (21)
Wendell Smallwood: 4 (8)
Corey Clement: 4 (8)
Richard Rodgers: 2 (4)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 1 (2)

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 99 snaps (100 percent)
Corey Graham: 99 (100)
Rasul Douglas: 99 (100)
Nigel Bradham: 99 (100)
Brandon Graham: 83 (84)
Fletcher Cox: 79 (80)
Michael Bennett: 74 (75)
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 71 (72)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 64 (65)
De’Vante Bausby: 61 (62)
Chris Long: 58 (59)
Haloti Ngata: 46 (46)
Sidney Jones: 37 (37)
Treyvon Hester: 32 (32)
Tre Sullivan: 31 (31)
Nate Gerry: 29 (29)
Bruce Hector: 20 (20)
Josh Sweat: 6 (6)
LaRoy Reynolds: 1 (1)
Deiondre’ Hall: 1 (1)

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Andre Dillard's switch from left tackle to right tackle is like trying to write left-handed

Andre Dillard's switch from left tackle to right tackle is like trying to write left-handed

How challenging is it for Andre Dillard to move from left tackle to right?

"Think about it like this," Dillard said. "You probably write with your right hand, right? So all of a sudden, say you had to write a big essay with your left hand. Right now. That's basically it. Write with your left hand. Think about how that would feel."

Dillard, a left tackle since he was 14, will make his first lifetime start at right tackle on Sunday when the Eagles face the Seahawks at the Linc.

Dillard said he's never played right tackle in a game on any level.

"Your brain kind of acts like a muscle in this case," he said. "You do one thing one way for 10 years, like I have, then everything about you is geared toward that. You flip it, your brain's like, 'Oh heck.' But this week's been a good week of preparation."

Dillard replaced injured left tackle Jason Peters in the second quarter of the Vikings game and stayed there through the Bills game, making his first three career starts and playing at a high level. Peters returned for the Patriots, but when right tackle Lane Johnson got hurt in the second quarter, it was Halapoulivaati Vaitai that entered the game at right tackle.

That didn't go so well. The Eagles, up 10-0, didn't score another point.

So Dillard spent this past week practicing at right tackle, and unless Johnson is somehow cleared through concussion protocol before Sunday, the rookie first-round pick will make his first career start on the right side against the Seahawks.

"Anytime you go from left to right side, it's a lot harder than people think," right guard Brandon Brooks said. "Not only are you flipping all the plays completely opposite but the muscle memory, your stance, everything's completely different. I have nothing but faith in Andre Dillard. Everything he's done, busting his ass out there, all the reps, all the extra time I've seen him after practice and stuff? It's different obviously. You don't replace Lane Johnson. He's a one-of-a-kind talent, a one-of-a-kind player. But at the same time, Dillard has more than enough talent. He's more than capable of handling his own out there."

The Eagles went with Vaitai to finish the Patriots game since Dillard hadn't taken any right tackle reps other than "a couple" in training camp and has never played the position.

"In the heat of the game I think Stout (offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland) for sure felt that Big V had more work on the right side," Jason Kelce said. "Andre, he's a tackle by trade and there's a little bit of a difference and a little bit of balance and body control that you have to get used to going on the right side, but he'll be able to get it done. He's a really athletic kid."

Now Dillard has had a full week of work on the right side, and he said the process of transitioning to a new position will continue up until game time as he watches film, works on his technique and talks to his teammates and coaches.

But so far?

"Smooth as can be," he said after practice Friday. "It's obviously going to be a challenge, but I'm up for it. I'm perfectly capable."

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Eagles vs. Seahawks 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

Eagles vs. Seahawks 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

The Eagles (5-5) are hosting the Seahawks (8-2) at the Linc on Sunday.

Here’s everything you need to know:

12 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
1 p.m.: Eagles vs. Seahawks on FOX
4 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP
6:30 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP

The FOX broadcast crew for this game is Kevin Burkhardt (play by play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Pam Oliver (sideline).

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.

The Eagles opened up as 2.5-point home favorites against the Seahawks.

The referee for this game is Walt Anderson. Anderson has been the ref for two Eagles games in the Doug Pederson Era: A win over the Giants in November 2018 and the first game under Pederson in 2016, which was a win over Cleveland. Oddly enough, the Eagles had seven penalties for 46 yards in each of those games.

You’ll get to sleep early

This game was initially scheduled to be an 8:20 p.m. start, but the Packers-49ers game was flexed into that spot, so the Eagles and Seahawks got bumped to 1 p.m. That’s good news for anyone who values their sleep going into a new work week, but bad news for out-of-town fans who were relying on a national broadcast.

Russell Wilson is a problem

Wilson was already a Hall of Fame quarterback before this year, but now he’s having the best season of his career. Lamar Jackson is probably the front-runner to be the league’s MVP, but Wilson is right in the mix.

In three career games against the Eagles, Wilson is 3-0 and the Seahawks have outscored the Eagles 74-39 in those games. Wilson has thrown six touchdowns with no interceptions in those three wins.

Things get easier from here

After this game, the Eagles’ schedule gets much easier. Coming off their bye week against the Patriots and Seahawks was a tough task. But check out the rest of their schedule after this:

Week 13: at Miami (2-8)
Week 14: vs. New York Giants (2-8)
Week 15: at Washington (1-9)
Week 16: vs. Dallas (6-4)
Week 17: at New York Giants (2-8)

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