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Snap counts: How much did Derek Barnett play in his debut?

Snap counts: How much did Derek Barnett play in his debut?

In his first NFL game, the Eagles already trust first-round pick Derek Barnett to be a third-down specialist of sorts. 

In Sunday afternoon's 30-17 win over Washington, Barnett played 26 of 63 possible snaps (41 percent), with a bulk of that work coming on third downs. There were many third downs when Jim Schwartz seemed happy to have Barnett and Chris Long at end with Brandon Graham sliding in at tackle. 

Barnett played a decent amount but struggled against All-Pro Trent Williams (see story). Welcome to the NFL. 

Graham led the way in snaps for the Eagles' defensive ends, although several of his snaps came inside on third downs. He had 43 snaps (68 percent). Next up was Vinny Curry (37 snaps, 59 percent) and Long (26 snaps, 41 percent). The Eagles had four defensive ends up on Sunday; Steven Means was inactive. It's possible at some points in the season, the Eagles will go with a five-man rotation at DE. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Jordan Hicks, Jalen Mills and Nigel Bradham played all 63 snaps on Sunday. That's nothing new for Jenkins; he's missed just eight snaps in three years with the Eagles and missed just one in 2016. 

Ronald Darby played only 18 snaps before leaving the game with a dislocated right ankle. That meant Patrick Robinson played 52 and Jaylen Watkins, safety in title only, got 15 snaps at corner. 

Mychal Kendricks played 23 snaps (37 percent). He's still the odd man out in the Eagles' nickel package. 

On offense, Nelson Agholor played just 42 snaps (62 percent) on Sunday, but he certainly made the most of it. He had career highs in catches (six) and yards (86) to go along with the longest touchdown of his career (58 yards). Most of last season, Agholor was relied on as a starter, playing for most of games and not producing at all. Big change for him as the team's third option. 

Alshon Jeffery (60 snaps of 68) barely left the field, while Torrey Smith played 48 snaps (71 percent). 

Carson Wentz and his offensive line, sans Jason Peters, played all 68 snaps. Peters played 31 snaps before shutting it down with a groin injury. Peters after the game said he's fine and doesn't expect to miss any more time. In his absence, Halapoulivaati Vaitai played 45 snaps (66 percent), although some of them came as an extra tackle/tight end while Peters was still in the game. After Peters exited, Big V took over at left tackle. 

Darren Sproles led the way for running backs with 33 snaps, followed by LeGarrette Blount (23) and Wendell Smallwood (15). None of them had much success on the ground and the Eagles had just 24 rushing attempts compared to 39 passes. Corey Clement played on special teams but didn't get on the field on offense. 

Rookie Mack Hollins played just five offensive snaps in his NFL debut. Marcus Johnson played seven. 

Here's a full look at Eagles snap counts from Sunday: 

Offense
Isaac Seumalo - 68 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks - 68 (100)
Lane Johnson - 68 (100)
Jason Kelce - 68 (100)
Carson Wentz - 68 (100)
Zach Ertz - 60 (88)
Alshon Jeffery - 60 (88)
Torrey Smith - 48 (71)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 45 (66)
Nelson Agholor - 42 (62)
Darren Sproles - 33 (49)
Jason Peters - 31 (46)
Brent Celek - 25 (37)
LeGarrette Blount - 23 (34)
Wendell Smallwood - 15 (22)
Trey Burton - 14 (21)
Marcus Johnson - 7 (10)
Mack Hollins - 5 (7)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 63 snaps (100 percent)
Rodney McLeod - 63 (100)
Jordan Hicks - 63 (100)
Jalen Mills - 63 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 63 (100)
Patrick Robinson - 52 (83)
Brandon Graham - 43 (68)
Fletcher Cox - 43 (68)
Tim Jernigan - 40 (63)
Vinny Curry - 37 (59)
Derek Barnett - 26 (41)
Chris Long - 26 (41)
Beau Allen - 25 (40)
Mychal Kendricks - 23 (37)
Corey Graham - 18 (29)
Ronald Darby - 18 (29)
Jaylen Watkins - 15 (24)
Destiny Vaeao - 12 (19) 

Eric Rowe tracker
We'll keep an eye on Rowe in New England all season. If he plays more than 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season, that 2018 fourth-round pick the Eagles got in exchange for him will turn into a third-rounder. 

On Thursday night, Rowe played 37 of 69 defensive snaps — 54 percent. So far, so good. 

Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

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Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

We’ve officially reached the only sort of dead period on the NFL calendar. The Eagles are through their spring practices and won’t be back at the NovaCare Complex until July 25 for the start of training camp. 

That sounds far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. 

You guys were great and gave me a ton of questions, so I’ll answer half today and half Sunday. Let’s go: 

I’m tempted to say defensive tackle just for health concerns surrounding Tim Jernigan, but I have to answer linebacker. Jordan Hicks appears to be healthy after tearing his Achilles last year, but as good as he is when healthy, it’s just tough to count on him. Two years ago, he was able to play a full season and things were looking good, but then he suffered another serious injury. If Hicks and Bradham stay healthy, linebackers aren’t a concern. The Eagles will have either Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry or Corey Nelson take the weakside spot on base downs and they’ll be OK. 

But without Mychal Kendricks, it’s fair to be concerned about their depth at the position, especially after veteran pickup Paul Worrilow was already lost for the year. Kendricks came up huge last year as a fill-in; not sure the Eagles have that kind of depth this year. 

Not sure yet. What I can tell you about De’Vante Bausby is that he was impressive this spring and the coaching staff seems to love him. I remain very, very skeptical that he’s good enough to keep Sidney Jones off the field. With that said, I do think he’s talented enough to make the 53-man roster. We’ll get a better sense at camp when the pads go on, but I have him penciled in to make the team. 

Yes on both. The Nate Sudfeld hype is real. In our first extended looks at the young quarterback, he’s been incredibly impressive. It’s starting to make sense why the Eagles snatched him from Washington and then blocked the Colts from signing him last season. They kept him on the 53 in the second half of last year, so they’re completely prepared to keep three QBs on this year’s roster if Foles is still on the team. 

This is going to be the summer of Nate Sudfeld. We’re going to see him play a ton in those preseason games and that will let us know if he’s ready to be QB2 behind Carson Wentz. But the fact that the Eagles didn’t bring in a more experienced veteran after Wentz went down last year pretty much tells you all you need to know about what the Eagles think of him. 

We tried that. Didn’t work out well. We’re up for suggestions. 

You have no idea how out of water this fish is. This is like taking a fish from the ocean and dropping it in Kansas. 

How about Portugal? I’ll go with them because of Ronaldo. 

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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