Eagles snap counts: Jason Kelce's impressive streak comes to an end

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Eagles snap counts: Jason Kelce's impressive streak comes to an end

When center Jason Kelce was taken out of Sunday's game along with Carson Wentz for the final nine snaps, a pretty impressive streak came to an end. 

Before that, Kelce had played 3,345 consecutive snaps. 

He was taken out after 61 snaps in the Eagles' 33-10 win over the lowly 49ers. 

It was a streak that dated back to 2014, when he was taken out for the final six snaps in a blowout win over the Panthers. Before playing the first 550 snaps of this season, Kelce didn't miss a play in all of 2015 or 2016.

Here's how his streak broke down by year: 

2014: 506 snaps
2015: 1,156 snaps
2016: 1,133 snaps
2017: 550 snaps

After Kelce was taken out, Stefen Wisniewski slid to center and Chance Warmack took over at left guard. 

Streaks aside, Marcus Johnson played a career-high 21 snaps (30 percent), while Mack Hollins played a career-high 18 snaps (26 percent) on Sunday afternoon. 

It seems like the Eagles want to give them more chances because they have been performing well. 

On the flip side of that, Torrey Smith played a season-low 32 snaps. In each of the last two games, he has just one target and zero catches. He did, however, draw a big defensive pass interference against the 49ers that put the Eagles on the 1-yard line. 

If it seemed like Wendell Smallwood was barely on the field against San Fran, you're right. He had just 13 snaps (19 percent). LeGarrette Blount had 35 of 70, Corey Clement had 19 and Kenjon Barner had four. 

On defense, Patrick Robinson played just 18 snaps before leaving with a concussion. In his absence, Dexter McDougle played 32 snaps (48 percent). His previous season high was seven. He actually played two more than Rasul Douglas. Jaylen Watkins chipped in with 27. 

The other corner numbers were high because the Eagles used a dime defense at times with Jenkins acting like a linebacker. 

Mychal Kendricks played 52 snaps (79 percent) in his return from a hamstring injury. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field on defense. They played all 66. 

Here's a full look at Sunday's snap counts: 

Brandon Brooks - 70 snaps (100 percent)
Lane Johnson - 70 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 70 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 69 (99)
Zach Ertz - 64 (91)
Carson Wentz - 61 (87)
Jason Kelce - 61 (87)
Alshon Jeffery - 48 (69)
Nelson Agholor - 36 (51)
LeGarrette Blount - 35 (50)
Torrey Smith - 32 (46)
Brent Celek - 30 (43)
Trey Burton - 21 (30)
Marcus Johnson - 21 (30)
Corey Clement - 19 (27)
Mack Hollins - 18 (26)
Wendell Smallwood - 13 (19)
Chance Warmack - 10 (14)
Isaac Seumalo - 9 (13)
Nick Foles - 9 (13)
Kenjon Barner - 4 (6) 

Malcolm Jenkins - 66 snaps (100 percent)
Rodney McLeod - 66 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 66 (100)
Jalen Mills - 61 (92)
Mychal Kendricks - 52 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 45 (68)
Brandon Graham - 44 (67)
Derek Barnett - 34 (52)
Chris Long - 33 (50)
Dexter McDougle - 32 (48)
Vinny Curry - 32 (48)
Rasul Douglas - 30 (45)
Joe Walker - 29 (44)
Beau Allen - 29 (44)
Tim Jernigan - 29 (44)
Jaylen Watkins - 27 (41)
Patrick Robinson - 18 (27)
Destiny Vaeao - 17 (26)
Corey Graham - 14 (21) 
Najee Goode - 1 (2) 

Eagles hoping no-risk, high-reward veteran signings can rekindle past success

Eagles hoping no-risk, high-reward veteran signings can rekindle past success

When you’re in salary cap hell, you have to be creative when building a roster.

And one tactic Howie Roseman used when putting together the Eagles team that begins training camp Thursday is signing a handful of no-risk, high-reward guys.

Players trying to revive their careers. Players trying to reclaim past glory. Players running out of chances.

These are no-risk, high-reward guys. They could become contributors, but if it doesn’t work out? The Eagles can release them before the season with modest or no cap ramifications.

When you’re in salary cap hell, you can’t sign all the free agents you want. So you sign the free agents that you can. And you do that by signing players nobody else wants. Guys with no leverage.

One tool Roseman likes to use is the NFL’s minimum-salary benefit, which gives teams some salary cap relief when they sign veteran players to certain deals.

The minimum-salary benefit can be used only for veterans with at least four years of experience who sign one-year minimum-wage deals with combined bonuses equalling $90,000 or less. 

Here’s a look at four of these no-risk, high-reward players the Eagles added this offseason.

Markus Wheaton

The Eagles signed Wheaton to a one-year deal with a $790,000 base salary (sixth-year minimum) with a $45,000 signing bonus, a $45,000 workout bonus but a cap number of $720,000, thanks to the minimum-salary benefit.

If the Eagles release Wheaton before the season, he would count just $90,000 against the cap, the value of his two bonuses.

Wheaton is only 27 and should be in his prime but has done nearly nothing the last two seasons after two very good years.

In 2014 and 2015, he combined for 97 catches for 1,393 yards, seven touchdowns and a 14.4 average. He had seven catches of 40 yards or more during those two years. Pretty good production.

But the last two years, Wheaton had just seven catches for 102 yards and one TD for the Steelers and Bears.

If he’s healthy and can be even half the player he was in 2014 and 2015, he could really help as a fourth receiver.

Matt Jones

The Eagles signed Jones to a two-year, $1.51 million deal that includes base salaries of $705,000 this year and $805,000 next year with no bonus money, which means no dead cap money if he’s released.

Even though Jones’ deal is not subject to the minimum-salary benefit, his base salaries of $705,000 and $805,000 are minimum wage for a third-year veteran in 2018 and a fourth-year vet in 2019.

Jones was one of the NFL’s best running backs the first half of 2016. Through seven games, he had 460 yards and a 4.6 average with three TDs. In a mid-October win over the Eagles at FedEx Field, he ran for 135 yards, the most rushing yards against the Eagles the last two years.

But he hurt his knee and never got his job back, then was released before last season. He resurfaced with the Colts but had only five carries all year.

Jones is only 25 and is a good enough receiver that he caught 19 passes for 304 yards and a TD as a rookie reserve.

With LeGarrette Blount gone, Jay Ajayi on a pitch count because of chronic knee soreness, Corey Clement’s role still undefined and Darren Sproles likely to be limited on offense at 35 years old, Jones will have a chance to work his way into the mix.

And if it doesn’t work out? No cap hit.

Richard Rodgers

The Eagles signed Rodgers to a one-year, $880,000 contract that includes a $790,000 base salary, a $45,000 signing bonus, a $45,000 workout bonus and a $720,000 cap figure, courtesy of the minimum-salary benefit rule.

If the Eagles release him, he’ll count $245,000 in dead money, the amount of guaranteed money in his one-year deal.

As recently as 2015, Rodgers caught 58 passes for 510 yards and eight touchdowns, which ranked him 12th among all NFL tight ends in catches and fifth in TDs. But he dropped to 30 catches in 2016 and just 12 last year.

Rodgers is only 26 and should be in his prime, but he’s reached only 30 yards twice in his last 31 games.

With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, the Eagles have a potent 1-2 punch, but if Rodgers can regain his form of 2015, it would give Doug Pederson even more options in a ridiculously talented array of skill players.

LaRoy Reynolds

The Eagles signed Reynolds to a one-year, $880,000 contract that includes a $790,000 base salary, a $90,000 roster bonus and a reduced $720,000 cap figure.

Because there’s nothing guaranteed in his contract, the Eagles would not absorb any dead money under the cap if they release him before the season.

Reynolds, now with his fourth team in four years, has played in 68 games with seven starts. He’s only 27 and is considered an above-average special teamer and adequate depth linebacker.

The Eagles have some big question marks at linebacker, with Paul Worrilow (Reynolds’ former teammate) out for the year, Mychal Kendricks now with the Browns, Nigel Bradham suspended for the opener and Jordan Hicks able to finish one of his first three seasons.

Reynolds will have a chance to work into that mix. If not? No harm done.

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In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, John Clark and Barrett Brooks are pumped for the start of training camp. Following MLB Commissioner's comments on Mike Trout's marketability, the guys discuss if it's on the player or the league to market an athlete? The Falcons said they will not give Julio Jones a new contract. At what point does a public contract negotiation become a distraction in the locker room?

1:00 - Guys are excited for the start of training camp.
4:45 - Is it on a player or a league to market an athlete?
11:00 - When does a Julio Jones contract situation become a locker room distraction?
18:00 - When money starts dividing a locker room.

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