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Eagles snap counts: Tight ends get a ton of playing time

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Eagles snap counts: Tight ends get a ton of playing time

About time the Eagles finally used rookie tight end Dallas Goedert more.

Before Sunday’s 20-16 win over the Colts, the rookie had played just 34 snaps or 23 percent of offensive plays. He crushed that Sunday.

Goedert played 55 of 82 offensive snaps (67 percent). The only skill players to play more than him were Zach Ertz (81 snaps) and Nelson Agholor (80). 

And Goedert finally produced. He caught seven passes for 73 yards and his first NFL touchdown.

We know Ertz played nearly the entire game and Goedert played 67 percent, but even Josh Perkins played 31 snaps (38 percent) as the Eagles used 13 personnel to start the game and came back to it later. 

The three tight ends combined to have 13 catches for 156 yards. 

Other offensive snap count notes

• The Eagles’ played 82 snaps on offense. That’s a lot. That 17-play game-winning drive helped that. 

• Kamar Aiken saw his snaps decrease some, but he still played 45 and wasn’t targeted once. In the two weeks, he’s been back with the Eagles he’s played 107 snaps and has five catches for 39 yards. 

• Carson Wentz and the entire offensive line played all 82 snaps. If they can keep that going, it would obviously be huge. 

• Without Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles, Corey Clement led the way for the running backs with 45 snaps, followed by Wendell Smallwood (29) and Josh Adams (8). All three played roles in the win. Adams was particularly efficient, carrying the ball six times on his eight snaps for 30 yards. 

• Jordan Matthews, who signed during the week, played 33 snaps (40 percent). He caught two passes for 21 yards and, no, he didn't drop any. 

Defensive snap count notes

• It’s amazing how even the defensive end rotation has been. Here’s how it went Sunday: Derek Barnett 38, Chris Long 36, Michael Bennett 35, Brandon Graham 34. A little interesting to see Graham’s number dip, but this rotation keeps them fresh so when they’re not getting great pressure for a lot of the game, Barnett can come up with a huge sack at the end. 

• Malcolm Jenkins, Jordan Hicks and Ronald Darby played all 59 snaps. 

• Rodney McLeod played 34 before leaving with a knee injury. Corey Graham, who was already playing some, finished with 47 snaps thanks to the injury. 

• Fletcher Cox said he wanted to win Defensive Player of the Year and he’s starting off the season strong. He has 2 1/2 sacks through three games. But more impressively, after playing 52 snaps Sunday, he’s played 163 snaps of 187 (87.2 percent) so far this season. In games he played last regular season, Cox played 66.5 percent of the defense’s snaps. Then in the playoffs, he played 86 percent. So we’re seeing him take on that playoff percentage in this regular season and it’s made a difference. I wonder if it’s sustainable. 

• Josh Sweat was active for his first NFL game but didn’t get a defensive snap. 

Here are full snap counts: 

Offense

Carson Wentz: 82 snaps (100 percent)

Stefen Wisniewski: 82 (100)

Brandon Brooks: 82 (100)

Lane Johnson: 82 (100)

Jason Kelce: 82 (100)

Jason Peters: 82 (100)

Zach Ertz: 81 (99)

Nelson Agholor: 80 (98)

Dallas Goedert: 55 (67)

Corey Clement: 45 (55)

Kamar Aiken: 45 (55)

Jordan Matthews: 33 (40)

Josh Perkins: 31 (38)

Wendell Smallwood: 29 (35)

Josh Adams: 8 (10)

Isaac Seumalo: 2 (2)

Shelton Gibson: 1 (1)

Defense

Malcolm Jenkins: 59 snaps (100 percent)

Jordan Hicks: 59 (100)

Ronald Darby: 59 (100)

Jalen Mills: 55 (93)

Fletcher Cox: 52 (88)

Corey Graham: 47 (80)

Sidney Jones: 46 (78)

Nigel Bradham: 41 (69)

Derek Barnett: 38 (64)

Chris Long: 36 (61)

Michael Bennett: 35 (59)

Brandon Graham: 34 (58)

Rodney McLeod: 34 (58)

Haloti Ngata: 27 (46)

Destiny Vaeao: 13 (22)

Kamu Grugier-Hill: 9 (15)

Rasul Douglas: 3 (5)

Bruce Hector: 2 (3)

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Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that one of their home games in 2020 will take place at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which means the Eagles might play in Mexico City in 2020.

Fun! (Probably.)

Just two years after playing the Jaguars in London, the Eagles are one of six possible opponents for the Cardinals' game in Mexico. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss is reporting Friday that the Lions and Dolphins will not be the opponent:

This will mark the fifth straight season that the NFL has a game scheduled for Estadio Azteca, and the 13th time a game has been scheduled at Estadio Azteca all-time.

The Eagles actually have a super interesting, and kind of wacky, history with Mexico City games. 

They were scheduled to face the Detroit Lions in an exhibition on Aug. 11, 1968, which would've marked the first football game ever played in Mexico City, but the game was cancelled - without much explanation, according to the Associated Press. Half the stadium's tickets were going for about 40 cents at the time, according to the AP.

Ten years later, the Eagles actually ended up participating in the first NFL game held in Mexico City after all, a 14-7 exhibition loss to the Saints. According to Ron Jaworski, the locker rooms were tiny and the goal posts were crooked, which sounds fun.

All-time, the Eagles are 2-3 in international games, a record that probably doesn't mean much because they've played outside of the country once since 1993 - and that was a win.

Vamos Eagles.

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How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

The 2020 wide receiver draft picture got a lot more interesting Thursday night.

Alabama’s Henry Ruggs did his thing and ran 4.28 when the receivers ran their 40's at the Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. He didn't break John Ross's record of 4.22, but he certainly did nothing to hurt his draft status. 

Neither did his college teammate, Jerry Jeudy, or Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. They remain the consensus top three receivers in the draft, and the Eagles, who have the 21st pick in the first round, would likely have to trade up to draft any of them.

But a few receivers helped themselves with their performances in Indy and a few may have hurt their stock as well, and it all could definitely affect the receiver-starved Eagles’ strategy in April.

HELPED THEMSELVES

JUSTIN JEFFERSON, LSU: Joe Burrow’s favorite target ran much faster than expected with a 4.43. We already know he’s productive - he caught a ridiculous 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns - and he backed that up with a faster 40 time than Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. How much that helps him remains to be seen, but he definitely helped himself.

CHASE CLAYPOOL, NOTRE DAME: There’s been talk about the 6-4, 240-pound Claypool moving to tight end, but then he went out and ran 4.42, which according to the Next Gen Stats twitter feed makes him the first receiver over 230 pounds to run sub-4.45 since Calvin Johnson in 2007. He also caught the ball well and performed well in the other drills. 

DENZEL MIMS, BAYLOR: Mims opened a lot of eyes with a 4.38 Thursday night to cap an overall excellent performance. Only Ruggs and Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins ran faster. Mims was generally considered a second-round talent before the Combine but running 4.38 at 6-3, 210 pounds could push him into the first round. 

HURT THEMSELVES

JALEN REAGOR, TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Reagor, whose father Montae played for the Eagles in 2007, said he planned to run faster than Ruggs: “That’s my plan. He runs after me. I’m going to set the bar for him.”  He also said he expected to run “high 4.2, low 4.3.”  Then he ran 4.47, a full fifth of a second slower than Ruggs. He followed that with a 4.50. How much that hurts him remains to be seen, but it wasn’t what anybody was expecting. 

TEE HIGGINS, CLEMSON: Higgins told reporters at the Combine that he was planning to prove a lot of people wrong with his 40:  “My goal is to hit a 4.4. A lot of guys think I’m gonna run a 4.5 or 4.6, but I’m excited to change people’s minds.” Then without explanation he didn’t run or participate in any drills Thursday night. Not good. 

LAVISKA SHENAULT JR., COLORADO: After a slower-than-expected 4.58 on his first try, Shenault skipped his second 40 and didn’t participate in the other drills, presumably because of the core muscle injury that cost him a couple games during the season. Shenault was considered a late first-round or early second-rounder. He’ll have a chance to bounce back at his pro day, but he didn’t help himself Thursday.

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