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Chris Long: Players calling Carson Wentz injury-prone 'should be ashamed'

Chris Long: Players calling Carson Wentz injury-prone 'should be ashamed'

Former Eagles lineman and Super Bowl champion Chris Long spent Wednesday in Center City, at an event with the Men's Warehouse on Chestnut Street. Long hasn't shied away from discussing NFL topics du jour since his retirement, including Carson Wentz's crushing head injury against the Seahawks.

Long defended Wentz from hot takes online during Sunday's game, and on Wednesday he came armed with more thoughts about Carson Wentz's injury in conversation with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Farzetta:

I just think it was kind of a cheap shot, and a shortcut, for media members trying to make hay,” Long said. “Down-talking a dude who just got drilled in the back of the head, with only the ground to stop the force, by a 280-pound man. Some of them played, and I think the guys that played should be ashamed of themselves. Because - you talk about a guy's battle back from injury, he's carried the team the last month of the season, and to bring up a pattern of injury? Sure, Carson has an injury history, but that concussion has nothing to do with any pattern.

It's hard to argue with Long here. Former players like Torry Holt and Brandon Stokely ran wild with Wentz's injury Sunday night, drawing connections that didn't exist. Stokely, whose career ended amidst a rash of injuries which included a concussion, attempting to call Wentz's durability into question over a random hit seemed particularly misplaced.

It doesn't seem, however, like the hit - which the NFL's former VP of officiating called 'a cheap shot', like Long - will cost Jadeveon Clowney, who made contact with Wentz's head on the play. The league said it was going to evaluate the play for a potential fine, but Clowney said Thursday afternoon he hadn't heard from the league about any potential punishment.

The Seahawks play the Packers on Sunday. We'll see if Long has more takes during the game. Eagles fans certainly will.

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NFL’s former VP of officiating calls Clowney hit ‘a cheap shot'

NFL’s former VP of officiating calls Clowney hit ‘a cheap shot'

If you think the Jadeveon Clowney hit that knocked Carson Wentz out of the Eagles’ playoff game on Sunday was a cheap shot, you’re not alone. 

FOX rules analyst and former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira was on 94WIP on Tuesday and he agrees with you. 

Here’s what Pereira said about the play: 

I think it was a cheap shot. And the reason that I base it on that is on regular speed video and not slow motion. … I mean, he takes a shot. Listen, I don’t think Clowney tried to hurt anybody but I do think he tried to punish him. That was my opinion of the play. Needlessly punish him. 

And for those who don’t think it was cheap, then I would say I respect your opinion, but do me a favor and go back and look at it in real time, the live shot, which seldom do the networks go back and show. Some of them don’t even record the original line feed. But go back and look at that and tell me it was not necessary. To me, unnecessary equates to cheap. That’s my view on the play. 

Pereira said he thinks the play should have resulted in a 15-yard penalty for hitting a defenseless player. 

He explained that, sure, Wentz loses certain protections as a quarterback when he becomes a runner. But Pereira argued that Wentz was going to the ground when Clowney hit him and Wentz was “absolutely” defenseless at that point. 

“I mean, Wentz is heading to the ground, he actually hit the ground about the same time as the contact occurs,” Pereira said. “You could look at it and say, you could make it somewhat similar to a quarterback giving himself up. The defender, talking about Clowney here, is beginning to start to make the tackle. And so you can say if he hit him in the body, if he hit him in the back, he would be OK. But as a defenseless player, since he’s on his way to the ground or on the ground, you have to stay away from the head or neck area.”

NFL Network on Tuesday reported that the league won’t suspend Clowney for the hit but is looking into the possibility of a fine.

Pereira is very interested to see if the NFL fines Clowney but thinks there’s a good chance it doesn’t because the refs are already on record saying it shouldn’t have been a penalty. 

Referee Shawn Smith told a pool reporter after the game there was not a penalty called because they deemed the contact “incidental.”

Pereira on Tuesday wasn’t buying that. He called the hit “unnecessary and forceful.” 

You can listen to the full interview here: 

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Eagles snap counts: 1 last sad WR performance from this season

Eagles snap counts: 1 last sad WR performance from this season

In the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, they got about as much production from their receivers as they have for most of the season.

Their five receivers combined to play 125 snaps on Sunday. They had four catches for 29 yards. 

Greg Ward: 50 snaps, 3 catches, 24 yards
Rob Davis: 48 snaps, 0 catches 
Deontay Burnett: 13 snaps, 1 catch, 5 yards 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 snaps, 0 catches 
Shelton Gibson: 2 snaps, 0 catches 

Sure, four of those guys were on practice squads earlier this season and they were getting passes thrown to them from a 40-year-old making his playoff debut. But one of those guys was a second-round pick. 

Arcega-Whiteside has been dealing with a foot injury but the fact that Ward, Davis and Burnett (the practice squad trio) all got more snaps than him isn’t a good sign. It was a disappointing season for the rookie from Stanford. During the regular season, he caught just 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He had one catch on Sunday but it didn’t count because the Eagles accepted a penalty. 

To make matters worse for JJAW in this game, fellow rookie D.K. Metcalf played 58 snaps and had seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. He was drafted seven spots after Arcega-Whiteside. 

Other offensive notes

• Josh McCown became the oldest player to ever make an NFL playoff debut. He played 60 snaps and performed fairly well. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards but he also held the ball way too long and was sacked six times. 

• Two weeks after suffering a serious ribs and kidney injury, Zach Ertz played 61 snaps. Pretty incredible. 

• The entire OL played all 69 snaps. That included Matt Pryor, who made his first NFL start. 

• Jordan Howard didn’t play a single snap. He was a workhorse earlier in the season but didn’t have strength back after that stinger. He played one snap in the last two games. Miles Sanders, despite an ankle injury, played 49 snaps, while Boston Scott got 21. 

• Including the playoff game, Jason Kelce played all 1,252 snaps this season. Isaac Seumalo played 1,250 of those. 

Offense 

Isaac Seumalo: 69 snaps (100%) 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 69 (100%) 
Matt Pryor: 69 (100%) 
Jason Peters: 69 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 69 (100%) 
Dallas Goedert: 67 (97%) 
Zach Ertz: 61 (88%) 
Josh McCown: 60 (87%) 
Greg Ward: 50 (72%) 
Miles Sanders: 49 (71%) 
Rob Davis: 48 (70%) 
Boston Scott: 21 (30%) 
Josh Perkins: 17 (25%) 
Deontay Burnett: 13 (19%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 (17%) 
Carson Wentz: 9 (13%) 
Richard Rodgers: 3 (4%) 
Shelton Gibson: 2 (3%) 
Andre Dillard: 2 (3%)

Defensive notes

• Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, the Eagles’ second- and third-round picks from 2017, didn’t play a single defensive snap. Instead, the Eagles went with Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc all game. 

• Derek Barnett played 56 snaps (88 percent), followed by Brandon Graham (38), Vinny Curry (25) and Josh Sweat (20) at defensive end. Genard Avery, whom the Eagles got in a midseason trade, was a healthy scratch. 

• At DT, Fletcher Cox played 53, followed by Tim Jernigan (35), Anthony Rush (22) and Bruce Hector (5). 

• Including playoffs, Malcolm Jenkins played all 1,098 snaps this season. Since the start of the 2017 playoffs, he’s played 2,484 consecutive snaps. And since his arrival to Philadelphia in 2014, Jenkins has been on the field for 6,818 of 6,909 possible defensive snaps — 98.7 percent. He has also chipped in 940 special teams snaps in that span. 

• Rodney McLeod played 1,096 of 1,098 snaps this season coming off an ACL tear in 2018. 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 64 snaps (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 64 (100%) 
Jalen Mills: 64 (100%) 
Nigel Bradham: 63 (98%) 
Avonte Maddox: 60 (94%) 
Derek Barnett: 56 (88%) 
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 54 (84%) 
Fletcher Cox: 53 (83%) 
Nate Gerry: 52 (81%) 
Brandon Graham: 38 (59%) 
Tim Jernigan: 35 (55%) 
Vinny Curry: 25 (39%) 
Anthony Rush: 22 (34%) 
Josh Sweat: 20 (31%) 
Marcus Epps: 13 (20%) 
T.J. Edwards: 10 (16%) 
Duke Riley: 6 (9%) 
Bruce Hector: 5 (8%)

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