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Eagles snap counts: Why didn’t Golden Tate play more?

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Eagles snap counts: Why didn’t Golden Tate play more?

The Eagles traded away a third-round pick for a 30-year-old receiver with just eight games left on his contract. 

Then they didn’t play him. 

At least the Eagles didn’t play Golden Tate much in his debut. Tate played just 18 snaps or 29 percent of the Eagles’ offensive plays. 

That simply doesn’t make any sense. The Eagles made a move to bring this new weapon in and then had extra days to get him caught up because of the bye week. But they decided to bring him along slowly like the sky isn’t falling around them and the season isn’t beginning to circle the drain. They've already wasted an 1/8 of Tate's time with the team. 

This is what Doug Pederson said after the game about Tate’s usage: “We had a certain number of plays for him and wanted to get him into the game and just get him some touches. … As we go, we'll continue to increase the things we do with him.”

That’s spoken like a coach who has the benefit of time. The Eagles don’t. That’s spoken like a coach whose team has built up a lead in its division. The Eagles haven’t. That’s spoken like a coach who doesn’t see the need for urgency. All the Eagles should have is urgency. 

In those 18 snaps, Tate caught two passes for 19 yards. He also played five special teams snaps and had a 12-yard punt return. 

Other offensive snap count notes 

• Dallas Goedert and Corey Clement each played 18 snaps, just like Tate. They’re all a part of the “They Should Probably Play More” club. 

• Wendell Smallwood (21 snaps) led the way for running backs, followed by Josh Adams (19) and Clement (18). 

• Jordan Matthews started the game and played 37 snaps, while Zach Ertz didn’t leave the field, playing all 62. 

• The entire OL and Carson Wentz played all 62 snaps. That included Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who started for Lane Johnson. This is just the second time all season the whole OL and QB played for every offensive snap (the other was against the Colts in Week 3). 

Defensive snap count notes

• Tre Sullivan (22 snaps), Chandon Sullivan (19), T.Y. McGill (15) and Treyvon Hester (11), played a combined 67 snaps for four guys who either didn't start the season with the Eagles or haven't spent much time on the roster. 

• Chandon Sullivan played his 19 snaps after Ronald Darby went down. Darby played 49 (71 percent) before injuring his knee in the third quarter. 

• DE rotation: Brandon Graham (55 snaps — 80 percent), Michael Bennett (50 snaps — 72 percent), Chris Long (46 snaps — 67 percent), Josh Sweat (6 snaps — 9 percent). The Eagles said they want to get Sweat more involved; they didn't. But he did come into this game with a hip injury. 

• Malcolm Jenkins, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham played all 69 defensive snaps. Avonte Maddox played 68, while Rasul Douglas played 67. Hicks is 644/644 this season. 

Here are a full look at snap counts from Sunday night: 

Offense
Isaac Seumalo: 62 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 62 (100)
Brandon Brooks: 62 (100)
Jason Kelce: 62 (100)
Jason Peters: 62 (100)
Carson Wentz: 62 (100)
Zach Ertz: 62 (100)
Alshon Jeffery: 60 (97)
Nelson Agholor: 55 (89)
Jordan Matthews: 37 (60)
Wendell Smallwood: 21 (34)
Josh Adams: 19 (31)
Corey Clement: 18 (29)
Dallas Goedert: 18 (29)
Golden Tate: 18 (29)
Stefen Wisniewski: 1 (2)
Shelton Gibson: 1 (2)

Defense 
Malcolm Jenkins: 69 snaps (100 perent)
Jordan Hicks: 69 (100)
Nigel Bradham: 69 (100)
Avonte Maddox: 68 (99)
Rasul Douglas: 67 (97)
Fletcher Cox: 56 (81)
Brandon Graham: 55 (80)
Michael Bennett: 50 (72)
Ronald Darby: 49 (71)
Chris Long: 46 (67)
Haloti Ngata: 38 (55)
Corey Graham: 28 (41)
Tre Sullivan: 22 (41)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 20 (29)
Chandon Sullivan: 19 (28)
T.Y. McGill: 15 (22)
Treyvon Hester: 11 (16)
Josh Sweat: 6 (9)
Nate Gerry: 2 (3)

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

Lane Johnson finally got the Pro Bowl nod he deserves.

Johnson will replace injured Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith in the annual AFC-NFC All-Star game, scheduled for this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Johnson was originally snubbed when the team was announced in December.

This is Johnson’s second straight Pro Bowl selection. He was unable to play last year because the Eagles were on their way to the Super Bowl.

Johnson is the fifth Eagle now represented on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox were on the original roster and Malcolm Jenkins was also an injury replacement. 

The Eagles’ current starting line now has a total of 13 Pro Bowls to their name. Jason Peters has been picked to seven and Johnson, Brooks and Jason Kelce two apiece.

That’s a far cry from the nearly two-decade period from 1982 through 2000, when the Eagles didn’t have a single offensive lineman selected to a Pro Bowl.

After serving a 10-game suspension for a positive test for a banned substance in 2016, his second suspension, Johnson vowed that he would be as good a player without taking supplements as he was before his suspensions.

Since then he’s played two full seasons and made the Pro Bowl in each one.

The Eagles are 26-9 with Johnson in uniform during the regular season since 2016 and 50-29 with him in uniform since the Eagles drafted him in the first round in 2013. Including the playoffs, they’re 54-30 when Johnson plays. 

Johnson has a Pro Bowl escalator in his contract, which increases the base salary of each remaining year of his contract by $500,000, so his base goes from $790,000 this year to $840,000 and increases by $500,000 the next three years also — to $11,150,000 in 2019, $9,335,000 in 2020 and $8,815,000 in 2021.

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