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Eagles snap counts: So much for Arcega-Whiteside being the guy

Eagles snap counts: So much for Arcega-Whiteside being the guy

MIAMI — Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was “kind of the guy” at one of the outside receiver positions. 

So much for that. 

With the returns of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, Arcega-Whiteside played 27 snaps (38 percent), while Greg Ward played 29. 

I know they are very different players, but the fact that the second-round pick isn’t playing more than a former undrafted college quarterback who was on the practice squad two weeks ago, just doesn’t make sense. 

Arcega-Whiteside had one catch (the 15-yard touchdown), while Ward had one catch for five yards. 

For the most part, the way it worked on Sunday against the Dolphins was that when Ward was out there, Jeffery and Agholor were outside. When JJAW was out there, Agholor was inside. To me, that makes more sense. Play Agholor in the slot, where he’s been more successful in his career. 

At least the Eagles have finally taken away snaps from Mack Hollins. He played just seven on Sunday, but still managed to get a penalty to negate an 11-yard gain. Gotta respect his commitment to getting penalties. 

More offensive notes 

• The good news in this game was that the entire OL and Carson Wentz played the whole game (minus one missed snap from Peters). 

• Miles Sanders played 62 snaps, after playing 64 in each of the last two weeks. He also had a career-high in carries with 17 that went for 83 yards and added five catches for 22 and a touchdown. It still probably still wasn’t enough Sanders. Jay Ajayi played just nine snaps and Boston Scott didn’t get any. 

Sanders has 879 yards from scrimmage. That’s the most ever for an Eagles rookie through 12 games. 

• Playing through a hamstring injury, Zach Ertz played 53 snaps and Dallas Goedert played 40. Ertz had one of the worst games he’s had in a long time. It’s unclear if the hamstring affected him a ton. 

Offense 

Isaac Seumalo: 71 snaps (100%) 
Brandon Brooks: 71 (100%) 
Lane Johnson: 71 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 71 (100%)
Carson Wentz: 71 (100%) 
Jason Peters: 70 (99%) 
Alshon Jeffery: 64 (90%) 
Nelson Agholor: 63 (89%) 
Miles Sanders: 62 (87%) 
Zach Ertz: 53 (75%) 
Dallas Goedert: 40 (56%) 
Greg Ward: 29 (41%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 27 (38%) 
Jay Ajayi: 9 (13%) 
Mack Hollins: 7 (10%) 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 1 (1%) 
Andre Dillard: 1 (1%)

Defensive notes

• Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby played almost the entire game on Sunday and had an awful afternoon. Meanwhile, Sidney Jones was a healthy scratch and Rasul Douglas didn’t get on the field on defense. 

How’s that for a microcosm of the problems with the Eagles? They drafted these guys in the second and third rounds two years ago and in a game where the guys in front of them were awful, they couldn’t get on the field. Some of that is probably evaluation and some of it has to be coaching. 

• In his return from IR, Cre’Von LeBlanc had a somewhat significant role, playing 17 snaps. He split nickel reps with Avonte Maddox, who played 41 snaps. 

• After trading a fourth-round pick for Genard Avery, he has played 20 total snaps and has just two tackles and a half sack. Avery came up empty on his five snaps Sunday. The Eagles have him under contract for two more years, but it would be ideal to see him play a little more or contribute just a tad. 

• Tim Jernigan played a season-high 42 snaps on Sunday. He had 3 tackles, a TFL and a QB hit, but also got called twice for roughing the passer. The Eagles cut DT Albert Huggins on Saturday, so Jernigan’s snaps increased. 

• Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod played every snap. Jenkins is now 793/793 on the season. 

Defense

Malcolm Jenkins: 72 snaps (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 72 (100%) 
Jalen Mills: 71 (99%) 
Nigel Bradham: 69 (96%) 
Ronald Darby: 67 (93%) 
Brandon Graham: 58 (81%) 
Fletcher Cox: 57 (79%) 
Derek Barnett: 50 (69%) 
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 42 (58%) 
Tim Jernigan: 42 (58%) 
Avonte Maddox: 41 (57%) 
Nate Gerry: 39 (54%) 
Josh Sweat: 31 (43%) 
Anthony Rush: 27 (38%) 
Vinny Curry: 20 (28%) 
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 17 (24%) 
Genard Avery: 5 (7%) 
T.J. Edwards: 4 (6%) 
Duke Riley: 4 (6%) 
Marcus Epps: 4 (6%)

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Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has been cleared through concussion protocol and is expected to return to practice on Thursday and will be able to play against the Redskins Sunday.

The circumstances around Grugier-Hill’s injury are a little mysterious, since he played the entire Dolphins game and didn’t appear on the Eagles’ injury report Thursday, four days after the game.

The Eagles didn’t practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday after the Dolphins game because they had a long week leading up to the Monday Night Football game against the Giants this past Monday.

Grugier-Hill missed the Giants game, the fourth game he’s missed this year. He missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury that he suffered the first week of training camp. Thursday’s practice will be the Eagles’ first since the Giants game.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Grugier-Hill first reported concussion symptoms last Thursday morning when he reported to the Nova-Care Complex.

Grugier-Hill has averaged 33 snaps per game in the nine games he’s played, third-most among Eagles linebackers, behind Nigel Bradham (60) and Zach Brown (46), who’s no longer with the team.

The Eagles were required to issue an injury report on Wednesday even though they didn’t practice because of the Monday night game.

That report lists players’ status as projections based on whether they would have participated if the Eagles did have a practice Wednesday.

According to that report, Nelson Agholor (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) and Lane Johnson (ankle) would have missed practice.

Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is also listed on the injury report as “did not practice” since he is technically still on the 53-man roster, although his season is over and he’s expected to be placed on Injured Reserve later this week.

Agholor said on Wednesday that his knee injury has been an issue much longer than he had let on.

The Eagles also listed Jalen Mills (elbow) and Jordan Howard as limited, which means they would have participated in parts of practice if there were one.

Howard has missed four games but has been listed as limited throughout his shoulder injury since he’s cleared for non-contact drills but not contact.

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Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

The Eagles snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday night with a gutty 23-17 overtime win over the Giants. 

They were down 14 nothing and lost a few key players during the game, which was a big part of Doug Pederson’s postgame message. 

“I’ve been around a long time in this league as a player and a coach and I can’t tell you that I’ve seen a team hang together like we did all night long,” Pederson said in the video above. “The way you guys battled. Offensively through adversity. We lost a couple more guys tonight. Through adversity, you hang tough. Our young guys stepped up!”

Then Pederson mentioned six younger Eagles by name. Here they are in the order he said them:  

Greg Ward: A practice squad call-up earlier in the year, Ward caught four passes for 34 yards. 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: The second-round pick caught two passes for 29 yards, including what might have been the best catch of the season. 

Josh Perkins: Playing tight end and receiver, lining up all over the field, Perkins caught five passes for 37 yards. 

Boston Scott: The 5-6 running back had 128 yards from scrimmage and was the star of the night. 

Sidney Jones: He played just one snap but he made it count on a crucial third-down PBU. 

Halapoulivaati Vaitai: After Lane Johnson went down, Big V stepped in at right tackle. 

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