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RB Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles

5-10, 208Born: 0-0-1994College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 5

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Week 12: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Eagles backfield continues to be as much of a rotation as we have seen in the NFL this season. Last week, LeGarrette Blount led the team in both snaps and carries with 50% of the snaps and 13 carries, while Corey Clement played 30% with six carries and Jay Ajayi played 22% with seven carries in his second game with the team. Ajayi has yet to exceed 25% of the snaps since joining the Eagles, and this came as a huge surprise last week as Ajayi busted off a 71-yard run midway through the third quarter last week but just saw one more carry in the game after that play. LeGarrette Blount was relatively ineffective outside of one 30-yard run last week as he continues to be the Eagles' top bruising back used in goal-line situations. This situation should continue to be tough to predict as the Eagles legitimately have five running backs who are worked in on a regular basis in this scheme. The Bears defense has been up and down against the run this season. After giving up 160 rushing yards against the Packers in Week 10, the Bears stifled the Lions last week, allowing just 2.7 yards per attempt for a total of 65 rushing yards on the day. Interior defender Mitch Unrein has been the Bears best run defender this season, and actually one of the better run defending linemen in the league this year as he ranks near the top of the league in run-stop percentage. The Bears lost linebacker Leonard Floyd late in last week's game as he suffered a knee injury trying to defend a run. Floyd is week to week and will definitely miss this week's game, leaving a weakness on the left side of that defensive front. The strength of the Eagles offensive line is definitely their right side with Brandon Brooks playing very well at right guard this season, so that bodes well for their chances to make some plays against the Bears up and down run defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs SF 13 1 5 0 2 1 9 0 0 1.4
9 vs DEN 6 5 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.5
12 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 8 vs SF (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Wendell Smallwood was largely a non-factor in this game as he only saw 13 snaps in this one. Smallwood who is primarily the receiving back of this team was just not needed due to the early lead of the Eagles and they went with Blount and Clement

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (10 / 34 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Smallwood led the Eagles running backs in snaps this past week as he was on the field for 44% of the time. Smallwood did not have as much success running the ball this week as he did last week, but was able to score his second career touchdown on the ground on a three-yard run which was encouraging to see as dating back to college he had not had a touchdown inside the five-yard line since 2014. While it is hard to expect that he will continue to see touches inside the five, it was a nice bonus this week. Smallwood led the receivers in the passing game with four receptions while being targeted six times and answered the question who would replace Darren Sproles after his injury.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (12 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Smallwood appears to be in the best spot to take over in this backfield even though he got off to a slow start in this game as his first four carries he only had seven total yards. He ended up finishing this game strong as he led the Eagles backfield with 43 snaps and saw 12 carries averaging 5.9 yards per carry in this game including a 20 yard run late in the fourth quarter to setup a game tying field goal.


Latest News

Eagles | Philadelphia Week 11 inactives (Sun Nov 19, 07:01 PM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared LB Dannell Ellerbe, DT Elijah Qualls, QB Nate Sudfeld, WR Shelton Gibson, LB Steven Means, RB Wendell Smallwood, OT William Beatty inactive for Week 11.

Our View: Smallwood being scratched means that there are only three active backs, which could help raise the floor of Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement.

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