Chance Warmack got the start with Isaac Seumalo benched, but the Eagles didn’t completely stick with the former first round pick. They rotated Warmack with Stefen Wisniewski. The latter was much more effective while the former struggled. The Eagles should really stick with Wis for now. It remains to be seen if that’ll be the case. Doug Pederson was non-committal on Monday:
Yeah, I think there were some positives with both players. Chance had a couple of opportunities, missed opportunities early in the game, but bounced back and in the run game was effective. And at the same time Wis getting an opportunity -- listen, Wis is that veteran player you can just -- you know when you put him in that he's going to execute and do some nice things for you. It's something we'll evaluate this week again going forward at that position, and by Sunday, we'll have the best five out there.
Wendell Smallwood received the most playing time out of any Eagles running back. The Darren Sproles injury opened up an opportunity for more snaps. After only playing 6% of the snaps in Week 2, LeGarrette Blount played 29% this week. Corey Clement was in for 9% of the snaps.
Here’s a look at how all of the running backs performed.
Smallwood — 12 carries, 71 yards, 5.9 average, 0 TD, long of 20
Blount — 12 carries, 67 yards, 5.6 average, 1 TD, long of 20
Clement — 6 carries, 22 yards, 3.7 average, 1 TD, long of 15
Sproles — 3 carries, 11 yards, 3.5 average, long of 11
Smallwood made a case for being more involved. He’ll likely get that opportunity with Sproles out. Blount also made the case for receiving more than zero carries, which is what happened in the Eagles-Chiefs game.
The running back rotation is something we’ll continue to monitor throughout the season.
Chris Maragos, who usually doesn’t play any defensive snaps, was forced to play 100% of the snaps due to the myriad of safety injuries the Eagles are dealing with.
Rasul Douglas played 100% of the snaps in Week 3 after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. Injuries have forced him into the picture, but the Eagles aren’t taking it slow with him. Douglas has played well.
Beau Allen’s playing time increased due to the Fletcher Cox injury.
Mychal Kendricks’ snaps went up from 38% last week to 70% this week. The Jordan Hicks was a factor there. Najee Goode and Joe Walker also got in on some defensive snaps with Hicks out.
Trae Elston, the safety the Eagles claimed last week, played several special teams snaps.
DID NOT PLAY
The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, Ronald Darby, Destiny Vaeao, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means.
The following player(s) were active but did not play: Nick Foles.