Snap counts: Jalen Mills gets bulk of work in slot

Snap counts: Jalen Mills gets bulk of work in slot

ARLINGTON, Texas — With Ron Brooks out, the plan was to have Malcolm Jenkins play the slot and have Jaylen Watkins come in at safety. 
Apparently the plan changed. 
Seventh-round rookie Jalen Mills was the Eagles' primary slot corner in Sunday's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. He played 47 snaps (60 percent) on Sunday night, while Watkins played just 15 snaps (19 percent). 
Jenkins continued his iron man streak, playing all 78 snaps. He was joined by Nolan Carroll, Rodney McLeod and Jordan Hicks. 
For the second straight week, Brandon Graham (65 snaps, 82 percent) led the way for Eagles defensive ends. Connor Barwin for the second week in a row saw his snaps drop. He was at 53 (68 percent) on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz previously said he wanted to cut down Barwin's reps in an attempt to make him more productive. 
On offense, Nelson Agholor played more than any other receiver (71 snaps, 91 percent). To show for it, he had three catches on four targets for 25 yards. Dorial Green-Beckham's 51 snaps are the most he's had this season.
Darren Sproles, who became a workhorse on Sunday, led the way for running backs with 63 snaps, while Ryan Mathews had just eight. Kenjon Barner had six. Wendell Smallwood had just one snap and it wasn't a good one. He fumbled the ball away in the fourth quarter on his one offensive play. 
Sproles had 86 yards rushing, the most he’s had since 2011 and the fourth-best rushing performance of his career. 
Stefen Wisniewski played 69 snaps (88 percent) after the injury to Allen Barbre (9 snaps) early. 
Here's a full look at snap counts from Sunday: 
Brandon Brooks - 78 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 78 (100)
Jason Kelce - 78 (100)
Jason Peters - 78 (100)
Carson Wentz - 78 (100)
Nelson Agholor - 71 (91)
Jordan Matthews - 70 (90)
Stefen Wisniewski - 69 (88)
Zach Ertz - 63 (81)
Darren Sproles - 63 (81)
Dorial Green-Beckham - 51 (65)
Brent Celek - 23 (29)
Josh Huff - 19 (24)
Trey Burton - 12 (15)
Allen Barbre - 9 (12)
Ryan Mathews - 8 (10)
Kenjon Barner - 6 (8)
Matt Tobin - 3 (4)
Wendell Smallwood - 1 (1)
Malcolm Jenkins - 78 snaps (100 percent) 
Nolan Carroll - 78 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 78 (100)
Jordan Hicks - 78 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 77 (99)
Leodis McKelvin - 73 (94)
Brandon Graham - 64 (82)
Fletcher Cox - 64 (82)
Beau Allen - 54 (69)
Connor Barwin - 53 (68)
Jalen Mills - 47 (60)
Vinny Curry - 32 (41)
Destiny Vaeao - 28 (36)
Mychal Kendricks - 19 (24)
Jaylen Watkins - 15 (19)
Marcus Smith - 15 (19)
Stephen Tulloch - 3 (4)
Steven Means - 2 (3)

Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

The Eagles are bringing back wide receiver Marcus Green, who spent last season on their practice squad, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Green, 23, was among four Eagles released a week and a half ago. And now he’s coming back. NFL Network first reported the news.   

Green (5-8, 191) was a Falcons 6th-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe last year. After he was waived at final cuts, Green joined the Eagles in early September and spent the entire 2019 season on the Birds’ practice squad. 

In four years at Louisiana-Monroe, Green caught 202 passes for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had 51 rushing attempts for 492 yards (9.6) and 1 touchdown. He also returned kicks and punts in college. He’s less of a pure receiver and more of a playmaker. 

With Green back, the Eagles have a full roster at 80, although that includes Brandon Brooks and Alshon Jeffery who are both on Active/PUP and are not healthy enough to practice. That 80 does not include Matt Leo who has an International exemption. 

Still, the Eagles are at the 80-man limit to keep them from going split-squad at practices. The Eagles are still in the Acclimatization Period of their collectively bargained training camp. They won’t hold non-padded practices until Aug. 12 and the first padded practice won’t be until Aug. 17. 

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Eagles' Fletcher Cox keeps getting better and it's scary

Eagles' Fletcher Cox keeps getting better and it's scary

He’s going into Year 9 now, he’s made five straight Pro Bowls, and he’s at the point now where some veterans just coast through the rest of their career and pile up the honors and pocket millions of dollars and are OK with just being OK.

Not Fletcher Cox.

This guy will never be content.

“I just want to get better at everything,” Cox said Wednesday.

There’s a lot to admire about Cox. The intensity he plays with. The way he attacks practice. The ferocious physical nature of his game that rubs off on the rest of the team. The team-first mentality that’s built into his personality.

And there’s an impossibly high standard he’s constantly trying to live up to, a standard that drives him no matter how many honors he gets, no matter how many sacks he records.

The great ones all share that trait. Whether it was Reggie White, Seth Joyner or Eric Allen, they all had that burning determination to be even better, that refusal to be content with where they’re at as players.

And that’s the company Cox is in. One of the best in Eagles history. 

If you’re a young player or any player really and you see the highest-paid or most-honored players working their ass off every day, you’re going to follow in line.

That's what leadership really is. Not all that rah-rah stuff. It's setting an example for the people around you.  

That’s why veterans who mail it in are so damaging to any team. 

Because young guys are always going to follow the lead of the established veterans, and if those guys are taking shortcuts and not fully committed, that’s when you get disasters like the 2011 Dream Team.

Cox was at work at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday, self-scouting, watching tape of himself, and that’s all he could think about.

The plays he didn’t make.

I was watching film yesterday, we were all in there, and I saw some things I can get better at, and I’ve got to work on those things during training camp,” he said. “I feel like if I can get off of blocks [better], there are three or four or five [more] sacks out there for me. When you look at it on tape, man, if I would have gotten off a second sooner it’s a sack. Just little things like that. But not only me getting better but the whole group getting better.

Think about Cox’s career.

He’s got 48 sacks in eight seasons despite dealing with constant double teams. And he stuffs the run as well as anybody in the game.

And for a lot of his years here, he’s been a one-man wrecking crew. 

The Eagles haven’t had a double-digit edge rusher since Cox was drafted, although Brandon Graham has been close a couple times. 

And the defensive tackles he’s played next to the most — Bennie Logan, Timmy Jernigan, Cullen Jenkins, Haloti Ngata, Beau Allen, Derek Landri and Isaac Sopoaga — have all been either average, injured, disappointing or washed up. 

He’s never had the benefit of elite talent around him. 

In fact, the only Pro Bowlers Cox has ever taken the field with here are Malcolm Jenkins in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and Connor Barwin in 2014.

Reggie had Jerome, Seth, Clyde, Byron Evans, Wes and Andre and Eric Allen around him.

Cox has carried this defense for almost a decade. 

And all he talks about is getting better.

Last year wasn’t Cox’s best year. He spent the offseason rehabbing the toe injury he suffered in the Saints playoff game and wasn’t really himself until the last month or so.

He still made his fifth straight Pro Bowl just because he’s that good.

But this offseason, he was able to get back to his normal offseason routine, and now he has a healthy Malik Jackson and newly acquired Javon Hargrave next to him, more interior talent than he’s ever seen.

If there is football this fall, the NFL is going to see a Hall of Fame talent wearing No. 91 for the Eagles.

A healthy, motivated, driven Fletcher Cox is scary news for opposing offenses. 

We're lucky to have him.

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