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Eagles snap counts: Mack Hollins has become invisible

Eagles snap counts: Mack Hollins has become invisible

Remember when Mack Hollins had nine catches for 112 yards in a two-week span? 

It actually happened in Week 2 and Week 3 — of this season! — but that feels like it was years ago at this point. 

Since then, Hollins has disappeared and the former fourth-round pick was completely invisible again in Sunday night’s 37-10 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. 

Hollins, 26, played 30 snaps and was targeted just once. He didn’t catch a pass. 

That means that in the last four weeks, Hollins has played 138 offensive snaps. All he has to show for it is one catch for 13 yards on six targets. In the last three games, he’s played 98 snaps without a catch. 

It seems nearly impossible for someone playing as much as Hollins to be a complete non-factor, but here we are. 

And to make matters worse, since Hollins is playing so much on offense, he isn’t playing special teams, where he’s supposedly good. He had just three special teams snaps Sunday. 

More offensive notes 

• To be fair to Hollins, there wasn’t a ton of offensive production from anyone on Sunday aside from Dallas Goedert, who had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on 36 snaps (but he did fumble). 

Nelson Agholor: 57 snaps, 2 catches, 24 yards, 4 targets
Alshon Jeffery: 57 snaps, 2 catches, 38 yards, 5 targets
Zach Ertz: 49 snaps, 2 catches, 38 yards, 5 targets 

• For the first time since the Lions game, Miles Sanders (33) had more snaps than Jordan Howard (23). Sanders again struggled on the ground, picking up 21 yards on six carries. Howard went 11 for 50. 

• The entire O-line played every snap, including Andre Dillard, making his first-career start at left tackle. 

Offense

Andre Dillard: 61 snaps (100%)
Isaac Seumalo: 61 (100%) 
Brandon Brooks: 61 (100%) 
Lane Johnson: 61 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 61 (100%)
Carson Wentz: 61 (100%) 
Nelson Agholor: 57 (93%) 
Alshon Jeffery: 57 (93%) 
Zach Ertz: 49 (80%) 
Dallas Goedert: 36 (59%) 
Miles Sanders: 33 (54%) 
Mack Hollins: 30 (49%) 
Jordan Howard: 23 (38%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 (20%) 
Boston Scott: 8 (13%)

Defensive notes

• Sidney Jones was not on the injury report all week, but still didn’t play on Sunday. Craig James got four snaps over Jones. It seems like Jones might have been benched. Ronald Darby, coming back from a hamstring injury, didn’t play at all either. 

• In his first game action in nearly a year, Jalen Mills played 64 snaps (91%) and held up fairly well. It was impressive he was able to play as much as he did. 

• Nate Gerry played all 70 defensive snaps, followed by Kamu Grugier-Hill (59) and T.J. Edwards (22). In addition to his 70 defensive snaps, Gerry played 17 on special teams. That’s a really heavy workload and Gerry struggled on defense. 

• In addition to Gerry, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod played all 70 snaps. For the season, Jenkins is 475/475. 

• Since Hassan Ridgeway got hurt, Akeem Spence played 47 snaps, his highest total yet with the Eagles. 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 70 (100%)
Nate Gerry: 70 (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 70 (100%)
Jalen Mills: 64 (91%) 
Rasul Douglas: 63 (90%)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 59 (84%)
Derek Barnett: 53 (76%) 
Fletcher Cox: 51 (73%) 
Brandon Graham: 50 (71%) 
Akeem Spence: 47 (67%) 
Orlando Scandrick: 36 (51%) 
Vinny Curry: 26 (37%) 
Andrew Sendejo: 24 (34%) 
Josh Sweat: 23 (33%) 
Hassan Ridgeway: 23 (33%) 
T.J. Edwards: 22 (31%) 
Daeshon Hall: 9 (13%) 
Duke Riley: 5 (7%)  
Craig James: 4 (6%) 
Rudy Ford: 1 (1%)

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Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

A few years ago, Rick Lovato was working in his family’s restaurant, Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, in Lincroft, New Jersey, just waiting for a chance.

He wasn’t the best at making pizza, but Lovato could make a mean breakfast sandwich. 

Maybe he still can, but Lovato won’t have to worry about picking up an apron again anytime soon. He’s in the middle of what might end up being a long and profitable NFL career. 

The Eagles on Tuesday signed the 27-year-old long snapper to a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2023 season. 

Lovato has been playing this season on a one-year deal he signed in February and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s worth noting that kicker Jake Elliott and punter Cameron Johnston are also in the final years of their contracts, so perhaps another move or two will be coming. 

While this deal won’t break the bank the way Brandon Brooks’ extension did last week, the Eagles seem interested right now in re-signing some players they want to keep around. 

The Eagles initially signed Lovato in December of 2016 after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. Lovato performed well enough that the Eagles traded Dorenbos the following August and made Lovato their full-time long snapper. 

Lovato has played in 45 regular-season games and five playoff games with the Eagles, including Super Bowl LII. He has a giant Lombardi Trophy tattooed on his side. 

Being a long snapper is kind of like being an offensive lineman in some ways. The less you hear about the long snapper, the more likely he’s performing well and not making mistakes. So, for Lovato’s sake, hopefully this is the last time you hear his name for a few years.  

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Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

We've got some overall defense, some Zach Ertz and some Miles Sanders in this week's edition of 10 Roob Stats.

Yes, we can always come up with positive stats even when the Eagles lose!

—> The Eagles have held three straight opponents to 17 or fewer points and fewer than 300 yards. This is only the second time that’s happened in the last 11 years. They also did it against the Steelers, Bears and Browns — the first three games of the Doug Pederson Era. Only the Patriots and 49ers have also had such streaks this year.

—> Carson Wentz’s current streak of 13 straight games with a touchdown pass is 3rd-longest in Eagles history, behind Wentz’s 22-game streak over the 2016 through 2018 seasons and Randall Cunningham’s 18-game streak in 1987 and 1988.

—> Wentz played his 50th career game Sunday. Among all QBs in NFL history in their first 50 games, he ranks 9th in most TD passes, 9th in passing yards, 12th in accuracy, second in completions and 3rd in interception percentage and has the 4th-highest passer rating.

—> Zach Ertz’s nine catches Sunday give him 55 this year. He’s the first player in Eagles history with six straight 50-catch seasons. Keith Byars [1988-92], Jeremy Maclin [2009-14], and Brian Westbrook [2004-08] had five.

—> Zach Ertz now has 17 career nine-catch games. Only Tony Gonzalez [25] and Jason Witten [20] have more in NFL history among tight ends. The last two games mark the fourth time in his career he’s had nine catches in consecutive games. The only other players in Eagles history to do that once are Pete Pihos in 1955 Terrell Owens in 2005.

—> One more Ertz: He’s increased his career total to 492 receptions, 20th-most in NFL history by a tight end. He only needs 14 to pass six more tight ends and move into 14th place. At his current rate, he’ll be in the all-time top-10 by Week 3 of next season.

—> The Eagles allowed 14 TD drives of 60 yards or more the first six games of the season. They’ve allowed 4 the last four games.

—> They’ve also held six straight home opponents under 100 rushing yards, the 6th-longest streak in franchise history and 3rd-longest since 1955.

—> The Eagles are on pace to allow fewer than 1,400 rushing yards ad fewer than 3.8 per carry in the same season for only the second time since 1991 and the sixth time since 1955.

—> He didn’t have a huge game Sunday, but Miles Sanders did add 47 scrimmage yards to his 2019 total and now ranks second among all rookie NFL running backs with 688 scrimmage yards, behind only Josh Jacobs of the Raiders, who has 1,067 (and 97 more touches).

—> Sanders’ 688 yards are most ever by an Eagles rookie running back after 10 games (35 more than Lee Bouggess in 1970) and second-most by any rookie, behind only DeSean Jackson (732). Sanders needs to average 52 yards from scrimmage the rest of the season for 1,000. The only Eagles rookie to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards was Jackson (1,008 in 2008). The most by a running back was LeSean McCoy’s 945 in 2009.

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