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Eagles re-sign DT Bruce Hector, release WR Kamar Aiken

Eagles re-sign DT Bruce Hector, release WR Kamar Aiken

With only two healthy defensive tackles on the roster, the Eagles on Friday morning signed undrafted rookie Bruce Hector from the practice squad.

Hector spent the first four weeks of the season on the active roster before being released on Oct. 2 and joining the practice squad two days later. Hector played 18 snaps on defense the first four weeks of the season and 12 more on special teams.

To make room for Hector, the Eagles released wide receiver Kamar Aiken, who played 131 snaps on offense after rejoining the team after the opener but caught only six passes for 53 yards — just 1 for 14 the last four games. 

The Eagles originally signed Aiken on July 25, released him Sept. 1 and re-signed him on Sept. 12.

Veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and has been limited in practice this week.

The only other defensive tackles on the roster before this roster move were all-pro Fletcher Cox and Trayvon Hester, who was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 2 — replacing Hector on the 53.

Whether Hector dresses out Sunday for the Eagles' game against the Panthers depends on whether Ngata will be healthy enough to play.

Hester has played 26 snaps on defense the last two weeks. He was a seventh-round pick of the Raiders last year and averaged 25 snaps per game at defensive tackle in 2017 for the Raiders.

With Aiken gone, the Eagles are down to five wide receivers — starters Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery, plus DeAndre Carter, Shelton Gibson and Jordan Matthews. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Eagles aren't fundamentally sound enough to be good

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Eagles aren't fundamentally sound enough to be good

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks give their thoughts on an embarassing Sunday night loss to the Cowboys.

Why the Eagles aren't fundamentally sound enough to be a good football team. Should the blame be placed more on the coaching staff or the players?

Also, what's the best record the guys can see the Eagles finishing?

1:00 - Loss especially frustrating due to a lack of fundamental football.
5:00 - Blame on players or coaches?
10:00 - Why do the Eagles keep losing close games?
14:00 - What went wrong on the Corey Clement screen?
19:00 - Now the Eagles have to travel to New Orleans.

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Doug Pederson second-guesses Josh Adams' workload

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Doug Pederson second-guesses Josh Adams' workload

The usual pattern with Doug Pederson is that at his regular Monday press conference he’s asked why he didn’t run the ball more the day before. 

And then he says, yeah, he should have.

This week was different.

Pederson didn’t wait to be asked why impressive rookie Josh Adams didn’t get more work.

He brought it up himself.

“Do I think he can have a few more touches? I do,” he said. “So that’ll answer everybody’s question right there. I do feel like he can touch the ball a few more times.”

That clears that up.

Adams was 9-for-61 in London against the Jaguars and followed that with a 7-for-47 performance Sunday in the loss to the Cowboys.

Overall, the rookie from Warrington and Notre Dame is averaging 5.7 yards on 27 carries.

“For the limited amount of touches, I thought Josh played well, and he’s improved each week,” Pederson said.

Let’s take a quick look at Adams’ performance so far:

• Even though he has far fewer carries than Wendell Smallwood (62 carries, 4.2 average), Corey Clement (55 carries 3.3 average) and injured Jay Ajayi (45 carries, 4.1 average), Adams leads the Eagles with four runs of 15 yards or more.
 
• Adams’ 5.7 average is sixth-highest in the NFL among backs with at least 25 carries.
 
• Even though he’s accounted for only 12 percent of the Eagles’ carries, he has four of the Eagles’ seven-longest runs this year.

• Over the past month, he’s averaging 6.3 yards per carry, second-highest in the NFL during that span behind only Aaron Jones of the Packers (7.5 average).

Clement, the Super Bowl hero last year, has battled a quad injury recently and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry so far. Smallwood has come back to Earth a bit and is averaging 3.0 yards per carry in his last four games after sitting at 6.0 through five games.

The Eagles don’t run very much. But when they do, Adams has been by far their most productive back.

“I think Corey played with a little more sense of urgency (Sunday),” Pederson said Monday. “I think he’s feeling fresher coming off the break and his body’s feeling healthy. Wendell’s been steady, he’s been consistent there.”

And Adams?

“I think Josh has been the spark the last couple weeks,” he said. “We’ll continue to give him a few more opportunities.”

The Eagles’ 16 carries Sunday were their fewest since a game against the 49ers in 2014 when they ran just 12 times in a 26-21 loss.

They haven’t had a back with 20 carries since Ryan Mathews in 2016, and they haven’t had a RB with back-to-back games with double-digit carries since LeGarrette Blount against the Cowboys and Bears last November.

It sure seems like the Eagles have a weapon in Adams. To what extent Pederson uses him remains to be seen.

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