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Eagles snap counts: Miles Sanders gets increased load without Jordan Howard

Eagles snap counts: Miles Sanders gets increased load without Jordan Howard

Without Jordan Howard in action Sunday against the Patriots, Miles Sanders played the most snaps in any game of his young career and didn’t end up with much to show for it in the Eagles’ 17-10 loss

Sanders played 64 snaps. He had 11 carries for 38 yards (3.45) and two catches for nine yards. Sanders’ previous high for snaps in a game was 36 in the opener.

Meanwhile, Boston Scott played a career-high 14 offensive snaps and had seven carries for 26 yards (3.7). 

That means Sanders touched the ball on 20 percent of his snaps and Scott touched the ball on half of his. Something seems off here. Sanders is one of the Eagles' only explosive players; it would have helped if the coaching staff found a way to get him more involved. 

If you’re wondering, Jay Ajayi did suit up on Sunday but didn’t play. 

More offensive notes

• We do this every week, but the receiver production wasn’t there again. Nelson Agholor played 66 snaps and caught four passes for 40 yards, which is tremendous production compared to the other receivers. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside played 19 snaps and eventually hauled in that big 29-yard pass. 

But Jordan Matthews (64 snaps) and Mack Hollins (13) combined to play 77 snaps and had a total of one catch for six yards on seven targets. 

Overall, Eagles receivers played a total of 162 snaps and had six catches on 17 targets for 75 yards. 

• Lane Johnson played 25 snaps before leaving the game with a concussion in the second quarter. The offense scored its 10 points with him on the field. 

• Jason Peters played 73 of 75 snaps. He left the game briefly, but was able to return. But this means he’s played every snap in just two of seven starts this season. 

• Since Johnson left the game early, Jason Kelce is the only offensive player to not leave the field this year. He’s 724/724 on the season. 

Offense 

Brandon Brooks: 75 snaps (100%) 
Isaac Seumalo: 75 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 75 (100%) 
Carson Wentz: 75 (100%) 
Jason Peters: 73 (97%) 
Zach Ertz: 67 (89%) 
Nelson Agholor: 66 (88%) 
Jordan Matthews: 64 (85%) 
Miles Sanders: 64 (85%) 
Dallas Goedert: 61 (81%) 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 51 (68%) 
Lane Johnson: 25 (33%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 19 (25%) 
Boston Scott: 14 (19%) 
Mack Hollins: 13 (17%) 
Andre Dillard: 8 (11%)

Defensive notes

• The core secondary was pretty much on the field all game and that unit has really stabilized. Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills played all 74 snaps and Ronald Darby played 70. 

On the season, Jenkins is now 656/656 on defense and has chipped in 58 snaps on special teams. 

• The Eagles used two varieties of dime on Sunday. Some with four corners, some with three safeties. Rasul Douglas played 18 snaps, while Rudy Ford played 15. Ford had played just one defensive snap this season before Sunday, so maybe this was just a specific game matchup thing. 

• Genard Avery played 10 snaps after playing three in his Eagles debut two weeks ago. Jim Schwartz is building on the package for Avery. 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 74 (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 74 (100%) 
Jalen Mills: 74 (100%) 
Nathan Gerry: 73 (99%) 
Ronald Darby: 70 (95%) 
Fletcher Cox: 66 (89%) 
Brandon Graham: 65 (88%) 
Derek Barnett: 65 (88%) 
Avonte Maddox: 63 (85%) 
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 40 (54%) 
Timmy Jernigan: 29 (39%) 
Josh Sweat: 24 (32%) 
Rasul Douglas: 18 (24%) 
Anthony Rush: 18 (24%) 
Rudy Ford: 15 (20%) 
Vinny Curry: 14 (19%) 
T.J. Edwards: 11 (15%) 
Genard Avery: 10 (14%) 
Albert Huggins: 8 (11%) 
Duke Riley: 3 (4%)

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Doug Pederson hoping to mix new face Jay Ajayi into Eagles' running attack

Doug Pederson hoping to mix new face Jay Ajayi into Eagles' running attack

Doug Pederson said he hopes to get recently re-acquired running back Jay Ajayi more involved in the offense as the Eagles head into the stretch run.

Ajayi has eight carries for 25 yards and a 3.1 average in two games since returning to the Eagles following a year layoff. 

A Pro Bowler in 2016 with the Dolphins and a stud down the stretch during the Super Bowl season, Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 last year and didn’t play from Oct. 7, 2018, until Nov. 24, 2019, when he made his 2019 debut against the Seahawks.

Ajayi didn't have OTAs or a training camp and didn't even practice until the Wednesday before the Seattle game. 

It's a process with him, but we understand who he is and the injury that he's coming off of, so we're careful with that,” Pederson said. “But at the same time, he's a bigger, powerful guy that we can use in spots.

With Jordan Howard missing the last three games with nerve damage in his shoulder, rookie Miles Sanders has essentially been the entire running attack. But the Eagles are so hesitant to increase his workload significantly that it’s created a situation in which the Eagles just haven’t run the ball very much during their three-game losing streak because they haven’t had a viable second option.

During these last three games, Sanders has 40 carries, Ajayi eight and Boston Scott seven.

This is the first time the Eagles have leaned this heavily on one back in a three-game stretch since 2012. 

During a late-season three-game stretch in which LeSean McCoy was hurt, Bryce Brown got 52 carries and Dion Lewis had four.

The Eagles ran 45 percent of the time in the nine games Howard played and 31 percent since he got hurt. They’re 0-3 without him.

Miles has done a great job,” Pederson said Saturday. “I’d love to get Jay a few more touches and get Boston in the mix so we're not obviously wearing Miles down here this last month of the season.

The current stretch is the first in franchise history that the Eagles have thrown at least 40 times and run the ball 23 or fewer times in three straight games.

Howard hasn’t played since before the bye week and is out for the Eagles’ game Monday night against the Giants. 

Pederson said earlier in the week he doesn’t expect this to be a season-ending injury, but will Howard be able to pick up where he left off after such a long layoff even if he does return?

The Eagles began the season with Howard, Sanders, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles in what looked to be a deep running back rotation. 

Sanders is the only one of that group left. Can Ajayi make a difference after such a long layoff? Sounds like Pederson wants to find out.

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Eagles Injury Update: Latest on Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard

Eagles Injury Update: Latest on Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard

Updated: 3:39 p.m.

Derek Barnett and Nelson Agholor will likely be game-time decisions for Monday Night Football, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Saturday morning. 

Barnett (ankle) and Agholor (knee) both missed all three days of practice this week and are listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol. He was just placed in protocol on Thursday and won't play Monday night. 

And Jordan Howard (shoulder) has still not been cleared for contact; he can’t play until he is and that’s not happening before Monday. He's officially questionable. 

Lane Johnson also missed practice on Friday and Saturday for a non-injury reason but is expected to play on Monday. 

If Agholor is unable to play, the Eagles would be left with just three healthy receivers on the roster: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. 

“We’re very comfortable, obviously, with the guys we have,” Pederson said. “So if it’s three, it’s three. We brought up [Josh Perkins] a week ago to help us there, so it’s an addition there. We go and we go play. We’ll discuss those over the next couple of days leading up to the game. If we have to make a decision we will. We feel good with the guys we have in that receiver role.” 

If the Eagles do decide to make a roster move, they have three wide receivers on their practice squad: Robert Davis, Marcus Green and Marken Michel. 

While Agholor had his knee injury before last week’s game, Barnett got hurt during the loss in Miami, but was still able to play through the injury and play 50 snaps. Barnett has played the third-most defensive snaps on the team this year, so losing him for this game wouldn’t be insignificant. 

If Barnett can’t play, expect Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry to get more reps. After that, Genard Avery, Daeshon Hall and even Shareef Miller could see a few snaps. 

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