Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles return to the practice field at 12:30 p.m. today. Doug Pederson has a 10:30 a.m. news conference, and players will meet with reporters at 2:30 p.m., including quarterback Nick Foles.
— Zach Berman
Let's take a moment to recognize the improbability that this question would have been asked during the spring. Corey Clement, who was an undrafted free agent, has played well enough this season that it's championship week, he's coming off a game in which he played 24 percent of the snaps and a regular season in which he played 23 percent of the snaps, and there are questions about whether he should play more. That says something about Clement. He was a find for the Eagles and is a key member of the team.
I don't think Clement is being held back. They're using him mostly as a third-down back for the reasons you mentioned. It's pretty clear Jay Ajayi should be playing. He's their best, most explosive running back. And LeGarrette Blount has earned carries and playing time, too. Clement has had a good season, but I don't think he should be getting significantly more work. Maybe a bit more, especially with how well he's caught the ball. The way he was used against the Falcons seems like a good way to play him. He had five catches and one rush on 16 offensive snaps, which is a 37.5 percent usage rate. That shows the Eagles value his blocking, because Ajayi touched the ball on 62.1 percent of his snaps and Blount on 45 percent of his snaps.