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Eagles just aren’t getting enough production from Mack Hollins

Eagles just aren’t getting enough production from Mack Hollins

MINNEAPOLIS — The Eagles simply aren’t getting enough from Mack Hollins. 

In Sunday’s 38-20 loss to the Vikings, Hollins played 39 snaps and didn’t have a catch on two targets. He should have probably caught a touchdown pass on the play before the Eagles tried that fake field goal in the second quarter. 

In the last three games, Hollins has one catch for 13 yards on five targets. He’s played 109 snaps in those games! The Eagles might like Hollins as a special teamer and as a blocker, but they need at least a little bit of offensive production from him. He’s been playing a lot. 

Against Atlanta and Detroit, Hollins actually made some plays. He had nine catches for 112 yards in those two games, but since then … almost nothing. 

And because of his expanded snaps on offense, Hollins didn’t even play on special teams Sunday. So now the Eagles are theoretically weaker on special teams, where Hollins supposedly thrives. 

Hollins, a former fourth-round pick, is basically DeSean Jackson’s replacement right now. So the Eagles have gone from one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL to a guy who occasionally throws a nice block or uses his big body to get in the way on a pick. 

Nelson Agholor didn’t have a great game on Sunday, but at least he had four catches for 42 yards. 

If you’re wondering about rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, he played just five snaps. Arcega-Whiteside is Alshon Jeffery’s backup, which is why he’s not playing. But you’d think with the struggles offensively, the Eagles would want to find a way to get him on the field. Maybe he’s just not ready, but that’s another problem. 

Other offensive notes

• Eagles rookie Andre Dillard played a career-high 47 offensive snaps. He came into the game with just 16 total under his belt. He played so much because Jason Peters played 18 snaps before leaving with a knee injury. Peters has played every snap in just two of six games this season. 

• Jordan Howard (41 snaps) led the Eagles’ running back rotation by a good margin. Miles Sanders had 19 snaps and Boston Scott had four. Scott got playing time late in the game, but now has more snaps and carries than Corey Clement, who is on IR. Sanders made the most of his plays by being a threat in the receiving game (3 catches, 86 yards, 1 touchdown). 

• Backup QB Josh McCown played the last four snaps of the game. He’s played in back-to-back games for very different reasons. 

Offense 

Isaac Seumalo: 65 snaps (100%) 
Lane Johnson: 65 (100%) 
Brandon Brooks: 65 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 65 (100%) 
Alshon Jeffery: 62 (95%) 
Carson Wentz: 61 (94%) 
Nelson Agholor: 56 (86%) 
Zach Ertz: 52 (80%) 
Andre Dillard: 47 (72%) 
Dallas Goedert: 46 (71%) 
Jordan Howard: 41 (63%) 
Mack Hollins: 39 (60%) 
Miles Sanders: 19 (29%) 
Jason Peters: 18 (28%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 5 (8%)  
Boston Scott: 4 (6%) 
Josh McCown: 4 (6%) 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 1 (2%)

Defensive notes

• Because of Nigel Bradham’s ankle injury (Bradham played 29 snaps before leaving), Nate Gerry played 62 snaps, Zach Brown played 58 and Kamu Grugier-Hill (still working back from his knee injury) played 35. Gerry’s previous career-high was 33. Through six games, Gerry has played 141 defensive snaps after playing just 134 all last season. Despite his expanded workload on defense, Gerry still had 25 special teams snaps, tied with Rudy Ford for most on the team. 

• Malcolm Jenkins played all 71 snaps against Minnesota and is now 405/405 on the season after not missing a single play in 2018. His durability is unmatched. 

• Rasul Douglas had a rough day but played the most of the corners (69 snaps), followed by Sidney Jones (52), Orlando Scandrick (13) and Craig James (5). 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 71 (100%)
Rodney McLeod: 71 (100%) 
Rasul Douglas: 69 (97%) 
Nathan Gerry: 62 (87%) 
Zach Brown: 58 (82%) 
Derek Barnett: 57 (80%) 
Brandon Graham: 55 (77%) 
Sidney Jones: 52 (73%) 
Fletcher Cox: 52 (73%) 
Hassan Ridgeway: 48 (68%)  
Akeem Spence: 37 (52%) 
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 35 (49%) 
Nigel Bradham: 29 (41%) 
Andrew Sendejo: 19 (27%) 
Vinny Curry: 18 (25%) 
Josh Sweat: 17 (24%) 
Orlando Scandrick: 13 (18%) 
T.J. Edwards: 10 (14%) 
Craig James: 5 (7%) 
Daeshon Hall: 3 (4%)

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Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

The Eagles-Seahawks game in two weeks at the Linc has been flexed out of its Sunday Night Football spot to an afternoon kickoff.

The Eagles will now host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 on FOX in Week 12.

From the NFL:

- Eagles-Seahawks moves from 8:20 p.m. on NBC to 1 p.m. on FOX.

- Packers-49ers moves from 4:25 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

This is good news for anyone who hates those late-night starts and values sleep, but bad news if you’re living out of town and wanted to watch the Eagles on national TV.

Before this change, the Eagles weren’t scheduled to have any of their remaining four home games as 1 p.m. starts. This also means the Eagles have just one more primetime game scheduled — Monday Night Football at home against the Giants on Dec. 9.

Here’s the Eagles’ updated remaining schedule as it stands now:

Week: 11: vs. NE on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: vs. SEA on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
Week 13: @ MIA on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Week 14: vs. NYG on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8:15 p.m.
Week 15: @ WAS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Week 16: vs. DAL on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: @ NYG on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

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Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Tom Brady was asked this week how long it took him to get over the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
 
“You’re saying I’m over it? Come on now,” Brady said. “That’s a lot of mental scar tissue from that year.”
 
Brady will face the Eagles Sunday for the first time since Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis.
 
Brady has played in nine Super Bowls, winning six. He’s won three of his last four. But on Feb. 4, 2018, the Eagles toppled Brady and Bill Belichick, setting off the greatest celebration in Philadelphia history.
 
“That was a tough game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston. “But you learn from that year, and we came back stronger the next year and won the Super Bowl. I think everything is a matter of perspective. When you play in that game and you play great teams you’re not going to win them all. This is not the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals. It’s all about tough competition against the best teams. They deserved it that year and now a couple years later we get a chance to play the organization again."
 
Brady was asked about the Philly Special, which gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead before halftime and has become not only the most iconic play in Philadelphia sports history but also one of the two or three most iconic plays in Super Bowl history.
 
“Tough play to stop,” Brady said. “They executed it well. Trick plays, when they run it as well as they did, they always seem to work and they give you a lot of momentum. They’re still talking about that play. That play will go down in history, just like a lot of those big plays in the Super Bowl have. So, good for them.”
 
The Patriots, of course, tried a trick play earlier in the second quarter, but Brady dropped a pass from Danny Amendola that would have given the Patriots a first down deep in Eagles territory.
 
Would the Patriots consider running the Philly Special Sunday against the Eagles at the Linc?
 
Don’t put it past them.
 
Mohamed Sanu has thrown four career touchdown passes, Julian Edelman is 3-for-3 passing in his career for 75 yards and Jakobi Meyers started his career at North Carolina State as a quarterback.
 
“There’s some good passers on our team,” Brady said. “We’ve got a lot of ex-quarterbacks. … They’ve all got good arms. These guys can throw the ball. You never know what we’ve got up our sleeve. Might have to go into our bag of trick plays and see what we come up with.”
 
The Eagles didn’t exactly shut Brady down that night 21 months ago at U.S. Bank Stadium. He threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns. 
 
In his career, Brady is 4-2 against the Eagles with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions, both in the 2015 game in Foxboro that the Eagles won three weeks before Chip Kelly was fired. Malcolm Jenkins got Brady for a 99-yard pick-six in that game, and Byron Maxwell had the Eagles’ other INT.
 
In two games at the Linc, wins in 2003 and 2011, Brady has six TD passes and no INTs.
 
Here’s a look at the highest passer ratings in Lincoln Financial Field history with a minimum of 50 attempts:
 
118.3 … Tom Brady
112.1 … Kirk Cousins
103.5 … Aaron Rodgers
100.0 … Carson Wentz
96.5 … Matt Schaub
96.4 … Cam Newton
96.0 … Jon Kitna
92.2 … Donovan McNabb
92.1 … Tony Romo
91.4 … Carson Palmer
 
The Patriots easily won both of Brady’s games at the Linc  — 31-10 in 2003 and 38-20 in 2011 (despite 400 passing yards from Vince Young).
 
The last time the Eagles beat the Patriots in Philadelphia was 1999. The Patriots’ head coach was Pete Carroll, their quarterback was Drew Bledsoe and the Eagles’ quarterback was Koy Detmer. His backup was Doug Pederson.
 
“Really tough environment,” Brady said of the Linc. “Should be a great Sunday afternoon for football. They’ve definitely got great loud fans. It’s a tough place to play. There’s a lot of loud places. Baltimore was loud, Buffalo’s loud. It gets to the point where you basically can’t hear.”
 
Brady has a 215-61 career record and an NFL-record 531 career touchdowns. 

He’s the greatest of all time, but he’s also dealing with a personal two-game losing streak against the Eagles, and the Eagles and their fans are going to do everything within their power Sunday to get that streak to three in a row.

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