Eagles playing time analysis vs. Chicago

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Eagles' running back Ryan Mathews (right) and teammate Darren Sproles celebrate Mathews' third-quarter touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 in Chicago.

Each week, we'll look at the playing time for each player on offense and defense and what it means. Here's a look at the playing time from the Eagles-Bears game on Monday:

OFFENSE 

QUARTERBACK

Carson Wentz: 72 plays (100%)

Analysis: Wentz once again played every offensive snap, with Chase Daniel as the only player on the Eagles who did not enter the game. But Wentz took a few big hits – especially when he scrambled – and the team is trying to emphasize to him that he needs to avoid hits if he’s going to stay on the field.

“We have those conversations on the sideline,” coach Doug Pederson said. “He understands. It’s something that we have to keep talking [about]. It’s not that I need that extra yard right now; just need him to protect himself. Get out of bounds when you can, throw it away when you can. And use that to his favor.”

OFFENSIVE LINE

Lane Johnson: 72 (100%)

Brandon Brooks: 72 (100%)

Jason Peters: 72 (100%)

Jason Kelce: 72 (100%)

Allen Barbre: 71 (99%)

Matt Tobin:16 (22%)

Stefen Wisniewski: 12 (17%)

Analysis: It was another week when the Eagles did not have to juggle their offensive line. Tobin and Wisniewski came in as extra blockers – Tobin throughout the game, Wisniewski in the fourth quarter – and that helped the Eagles’ running game. The starting five will likely have one more game together before Johnson might have to start serving his suspension in Week 5. Josh Andrews, Isaac Seumalo, Dillon Gordon, and Hal Vaitai remained inactive for the second consecutive week.

WIDE RECIEVER

Jordan Matthews: 71 (99%)

Nelson Agholor: 56 (78%)

Dorial Green-Beckham: 33 (46%)

Josh Huff: 14 (19%)

Analysis: Because Matthews can play inside and outside; he never needs to come off the field. That was apparent on Monday, with Matthews on the field for all but one of the offensive snaps. It’s different from the past two years, when he was mostly a slot receiver. Agholor is still the No. 2 wide receiver, but Green-Beckham is separating himself as the No. 3 receiver. Look for Green-Beckham’s playing time to continue to increase – especially if the Eagles use more three-receiver sets, depending upon the matchup.

TIGHT END

Brent Celek: 53 (74%)

Trey Burton: TE 31 (43%)

Analysis: With Zach Ertz injured because of a displaced rib and Burton active for the first time this season, the tight end distribution changed from Week 1. Celek saw an uptick in usage, but it was Burton who was the biggest beneficiary. He played the most offensive snaps of his career and impressed with five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Pederson indicated the Eagles would use all three tight ends on offense when Ertz returns.

RUNNING BACK

Darren Sproles: 41 (57%)

Ryan Mathews: 21 (29%)

Kenjon Barner: 8 (11%)

Wendell Smallwood: 5 (7%)

Analysis: Mathews’ decline in usage was noticeable here. The Eagles wanted to get Sproles on the field early and went with more of a passing attack. Plus, Mathews had an ankle injury during the week, so Pederson did not want to overburden him. Smallwood entered the mix, and Barner didn’t get much more work after an impressive debut. Look for Mathews to take more than 29 percent of the snaps moving forward. Sproles is clearly a valued player in the offense, but that would be the place where Mathews would chop into someone’s playing time.

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

Fletcher Cox: 42 (81%)

Connor Barwin: 41 (79%)

Brandon Graham: 37 (71%)

Bennie Logan: 31 (60%)

Vinny Curry: 24 (46%)

Marcus Smith: 12 (23%)

Beau Allen: 11 (21%)

Steven Means: 7 (13%)

Destiny Vaeao: 7 (13%)

Analysis: Jim Schwartz continues to rotate the defensive linemen. Cox barely comes off the field – the Eagles want him out there as much as possible. Curry still lags behind Barwin and Graham in defensive end snaps. That was the case in Week 1 while Curry nursed an injury, but it remained that way in Week 2. But the Eagles used Curry as inside rusher more on Monday, which was a way to get all three on the field with Cox. Smith and Means saw action as rotational defensive ends, with Vaeao and Allen getting work as the backup defensive linemen. Vaeao made a big sack and forced fumble.

LINEBACKERS

Nigel Bradham: 50 (96%)

Jordan Hicks: 39 (75%)

Mychal Kendricks: 20 (38%)

Stephen Tulloch: 12 (23%)

Analysis: Bradham continues to play in all packages, while Hicks came off the field for a series to be spelled by Tulloch. That was a way to give Hicks a breather and get Tulloch involved. Tulloch has experience in the defense, but Hicks is one of the Eagles’ most important players. Pay attention to whether this continues in coming weeks. Kendricks, who broke his nose, still only plays in base situations. He’ll need to get used to this type of playing time this season.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Malcolm Jenkins: 52 (100%)

Nolan Carroll: 51 (98%)

Rodney McLeod: 50 (96%)

Jalen Mills: 43 (83%)

Ron Brooks: 42 (81%)

Analysis: With Leodis McKelvin out because of a strained hamstring, Mills stepped up to play a bigger role. Even though the Eagles started with Brooks as the outside cornerback in base, Mills eventually took that work – that was why Mills took more snaps than Brooks on Monday. But it’s clear that all were involved. The Eagles didn’t need to bring an extra safety on the field because the team had only three cornerbacks. They played base and nickel, but not dime or quarters, so they only needed two or three cornerbacks.

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