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Eagles snap counts: 1 last sad WR performance from this season

Eagles snap counts: 1 last sad WR performance from this season

In the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, they got about as much production from their receivers as they have for most of the season.

Their five receivers combined to play 125 snaps on Sunday. They had four catches for 29 yards. 

Greg Ward: 50 snaps, 3 catches, 24 yards
Rob Davis: 48 snaps, 0 catches 
Deontay Burnett: 13 snaps, 1 catch, 5 yards 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 snaps, 0 catches 
Shelton Gibson: 2 snaps, 0 catches 

Sure, four of those guys were on practice squads earlier this season and they were getting passes thrown to them from a 40-year-old making his playoff debut. But one of those guys was a second-round pick. 

Arcega-Whiteside has been dealing with a foot injury but the fact that Ward, Davis and Burnett (the practice squad trio) all got more snaps than him isn’t a good sign. It was a disappointing season for the rookie from Stanford. During the regular season, he caught just 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He had one catch on Sunday but it didn’t count because the Eagles accepted a penalty. 

To make matters worse for JJAW in this game, fellow rookie D.K. Metcalf played 58 snaps and had seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. He was drafted seven spots after Arcega-Whiteside. 

Other offensive notes

• Josh McCown became the oldest player to ever make an NFL playoff debut. He played 60 snaps and performed fairly well. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards but he also held the ball way too long and was sacked six times. 

• Two weeks after suffering a serious ribs and kidney injury, Zach Ertz played 61 snaps. Pretty incredible. 

• The entire OL played all 69 snaps. That included Matt Pryor, who made his first NFL start. 

• Jordan Howard didn’t play a single snap. He was a workhorse earlier in the season but didn’t have strength back after that stinger. He played one snap in the last two games. Miles Sanders, despite an ankle injury, played 49 snaps, while Boston Scott got 21. 

• Including the playoff game, Jason Kelce played all 1,252 snaps this season. Isaac Seumalo played 1,250 of those. 

Offense 

Isaac Seumalo: 69 snaps (100%) 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 69 (100%) 
Matt Pryor: 69 (100%) 
Jason Peters: 69 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 69 (100%) 
Dallas Goedert: 67 (97%) 
Zach Ertz: 61 (88%) 
Josh McCown: 60 (87%) 
Greg Ward: 50 (72%) 
Miles Sanders: 49 (71%) 
Rob Davis: 48 (70%) 
Boston Scott: 21 (30%) 
Josh Perkins: 17 (25%) 
Deontay Burnett: 13 (19%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 (17%) 
Carson Wentz: 9 (13%) 
Richard Rodgers: 3 (4%) 
Shelton Gibson: 2 (3%) 
Andre Dillard: 2 (3%)

Defensive notes

• Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, the Eagles’ second- and third-round picks from 2017, didn’t play a single defensive snap. Instead, the Eagles went with Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc all game. 

• Derek Barnett played 56 snaps (88 percent), followed by Brandon Graham (38), Vinny Curry (25) and Josh Sweat (20) at defensive end. Genard Avery, whom the Eagles got in a midseason trade, was a healthy scratch. 

• At DT, Fletcher Cox played 53, followed by Tim Jernigan (35), Anthony Rush (22) and Bruce Hector (5). 

• Including playoffs, Malcolm Jenkins played all 1,098 snaps this season. Since the start of the 2017 playoffs, he’s played 2,484 consecutive snaps. And since his arrival to Philadelphia in 2014, Jenkins has been on the field for 6,818 of 6,909 possible defensive snaps — 98.7 percent. He has also chipped in 940 special teams snaps in that span. 

• Rodney McLeod played 1,096 of 1,098 snaps this season coming off an ACL tear in 2018. 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 64 snaps (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 64 (100%) 
Jalen Mills: 64 (100%) 
Nigel Bradham: 63 (98%) 
Avonte Maddox: 60 (94%) 
Derek Barnett: 56 (88%) 
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 54 (84%) 
Fletcher Cox: 53 (83%) 
Nate Gerry: 52 (81%) 
Brandon Graham: 38 (59%) 
Tim Jernigan: 35 (55%) 
Vinny Curry: 25 (39%) 
Anthony Rush: 22 (34%) 
Josh Sweat: 20 (31%) 
Marcus Epps: 13 (20%) 
T.J. Edwards: 10 (16%) 
Duke Riley: 6 (9%) 
Bruce Hector: 5 (8%)

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Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

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Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

Never one to be left out, Terrell Owens has chimed in with his own social distancing home workout challenge, and it will take Eagles fans back.

Owens, aiming for people spending extra time at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, launched the "COVID-19 Driveway Challenge" on Monday evening, piggybacking off recent home exercise social media trends like the "See 10, Do 10" pushup videos.

Owens attempted to start his own movement with a video, filmed in a driveway, eerily similar to the classic 2005 situps he did while holding out as a member of the Eagles:

"All y'all stayin' at home, stayin' safe, let's get this workout in," Owens says in the video. "I need 19 situps, just like I did back in '04, '05, when I did my situps in the driveway." 

Say what you will about Owens: he's nothing if not on brand, even during a global health crisis.

Owens didn't detail whether he's looking to raise money for COVID-19 research, or simply awareness about responsible social distancing.

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Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

ESPN's First Take is a build-your-own hot take generator, but former NFL quarterback and current ESPN personality Dan Orlovsky usually tries to stay away from saying stuff just for reaction.

Which is why Orlovsky's assessment Monday of the five best quarterbacks in the NFC generated so much... discussion? Fury? It was kind of both.

Orlovsky said, in no uncertain terms, that he ranks Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz as the fourth-best QB in the NFC, behind Russell Wilson (yep), Tom Brady (likely), and Drew Brees (yep). 

This, of course, puts Wentz ahead of Aaron Rodgers:

Unsurprisingly, Orlovsky had to deal with angry football fans all day, sifting through tons of tweets calling him out of whack and (kind of hilariously) demanding he be drug tested. You can go look at his timeline for the horror show.

I'm here to defend Orlovsky. Yes, Rodgers is one of the greats. And yes, in a vacuum there is zero comparison between the Packers legend and Wentz.

But heading into the 2020 season, knowing what we know about each QB, I'm also taking Wentz.

Rodgers has seen his completion percentage fall in each of the last four seasons, he posted the second-lowest yards-per-attempt mark of his career in 2019, and he turns 37 in December. Last year, he tossed too many errant passes on would-be easy completions. It felt like he'd turned the corner, and his prime was over.

Wentz, on the other hand, made do with embarassingly bad skill position players and led the Eagles to the playoffs with numerous clutch throws in December.

One of Rodgers' greatest remaining skills is his ability to avoid interceptions, throwing just six over his last 32 regular season games. You know who else has low INT numbers? Wentz, who posted a higher completion percentage than Rodgers in 2019 while working with you and me at wide receiver.

And Wentz, a decade younger than Rodgers and still growing as a passer, also has the added benefit of being an athletic, mobile quarterback.

The greats age, and eventually are no longer great. It happens, and it's happening here.

It took guts for Orlovsky to put Wentz ahead of Rodgers in 2020, but I'm glad he did - because now everyone else can do the same.

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