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November 23, 2020

Eagles snap count analysis: Week 11 vs. Browns

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Avonte Maddox is not an outside corner.

In their Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles played 68 snaps on offense, and 67 on defense. Let's just get right to the snap counts.

Quarterback 

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68 snaps: Carson Wentz

• 1 snap: Jalen Hurts

Analysis: The status of Wentz going forward will be debated heavily all week (and beyond), so we'll skip that here. Hurts rushed once for 6 yards, and as usual, Wentz remained in the game and lined up outside on the play for no good reason.

Give Hurts a series! Really, what's the downside? If he's bad, the quarterback controversy calms down. If he's good, then hey, maybe you have a good quarterback. But at least give yourself a glimpse of what he is. You took the guy in the second round, ffs.

Offensive line

• 68 snaps each: Isaac Seumalo and Matt Pryor

• 64 snaps: Jason Kelce

• 47 snaps: Jason Peters

• 41 snaps: Lane Johnson

• 26 snaps: Jordan Mailata

• 17 snaps: Sua Opeta

• 6 snaps: Jack Driscoll

• 4 snaps: Luke Juriga

Analysis: Seumalo's return to the lineup resulted in the ninth different offensive line combination in 10 games. Let's go ahead and update those:

 VersionLT LG RG RT 
1.0 - Week 1Jason Peters Isaac Seumalo Jason Kelce Nate Herbig Jack Driscoll 
 2.0 - Week 2Jason Peters Isaac Seumalo Jason Kelce Nate Herbig Lane Johnson 
 3.0 - Week 3Jason Peters Nate Herbig Jason Kelce Matt Pryor Lane Johnson 
 4.0 - Weeks 4 and 5Jordan MailataNate Herbig Jason Kelce Matt Pryor Lane Johnson 
 5.0 - Week 6Jordan Mailata Nate Herbig Jason Kelce Jamon Brown Jack Driscoll 
6.0 - Week 7 Jordan Mailata Sua Opeta Jason Kelce Nate Herbig Lane Johnson 
 7.0 - Week 8Jason Peters Nate Herbig Jason Kelce Matt Pryor Jordan Mailata 
8.0 - Week 9Jason Peters Sua Opeta Jason Kelce Matt Pryor Lane Johnson 
 9.0 - Week 10Jason Peters Isaac Seumalo Jason Kelce Matt Pryor Lane Johnson 


Both Peters and Johnson did not finish the game. Johnson left with a shoulder injury. No injury was announced for Peters. Doug Pederson was asked if Peters took himself out of the game, and Pederson said it was an injury.

Driscoll went in initially for Johnson, but was soon after replaced by Mailata. The assumption here is that Driscoll got hurt. If so, he has an abnormal number of injuries relative to his snap counts this season.

Overall, nine(!) offensive linemen played. Depending on the status of Peters and Johnson (Peters should be benched regardless, but won't be), we could have starting combo No. 10 in 11 games Week 12.

Running back

• 41 snaps: Miles Sanders

• 27 snaps: Boston Scott

Analysis: Sanders' fumble really was a deflating killer, but it wasn't a good reason to almost completely abandon the run thereafter. As we noted in our 10 awards post, the Eagles ran it 9 times with their backs on their first drive of the game. They only ran it 12 more times with their backs on drives 2 through 13, or once per drive.

Wide receiver

• 65 snaps: Travis Fulgham

• 63 snaps: Jalen Reagor

• 46 snaps: Greg Ward

• 5 snaps: Alshon Jeffery

• 1 snap: John Hightower

Analysis: Eagles receivers had 18 targets. They made 8 catches for 69 yards and no TDs. 3.8 yards per target. Fulgham had 1 catch for 8 yards on 7 targets, mostly going up against Denzel Ward, who had him on lock. 

The Eagles used a roster spot on Jeffery for the first 10 weeks of the regular season instead of putting him on the PUP list, where he wouldn't have counted. Now that he's actually getting into games, he is providing negative value. His 2 targets on Sunday resulted in a drop and an INT. There's no good reason to continue to have him suit up on Sunday.

Tight end

• 68 snaps: Dallas Goedert

• 22 snaps: Richard Rodgers

Analysis: The tight ends were actually quite productive in the passing game: 8 targets, 7 catches, 125 yards, 2 TDs. Of course, a Richard Rodgers' missed block helped lead to a pick six. 

Goedert played every offensive snap.

Defensive line

• 53 snaps: Brandon Graham

• 49 snaps: Javon Hargrave

• 45 snaps: Fletcher Cox

• 38 snaps: Derek Barnett

• 34 snaps: Josh Sweat

• 32 snaps: Malik Jackson

• 14 snaps: T.Y. McGill

• 9 snaps: Joe Ostman

Analysis: Josh Sweat and Fletcher Cox each had a sack. We got a little glimpse of "elite-level Cox" on his sack fumble that led to an Eagles TD. Overall, the D-line until created adequate pressure, and did a good job against the Browns' outstanding rushing offense. 

The one big play the Browns did get on the ground was a "welcome to the NFL" moment for Joe Ostman, who learned that thudding fourth string scrubs in training camp isn't quite the same as tackling Nick Chubb.

That 54-yard run aside, the combo of Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 71 yards on 32 carries.

Linebacker

• 67 snaps: Alex Singleton

• 47 snaps: T.J. Edwards

• 46 snaps: Duke Riley

• 18 snaps: Davion Taylor

Analysis: Singleton had 11 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery that he tried to scoop and score. While his play was encouraging, and he shouldn't lose his job whenever/if Nate Gerry returns, the Eagles still clearly need linebacker help.

Cornerback and safety

• 67 snaps: Rodney McLeod

• 64 snaps: Jalen Mills

• 51 snaps: Darius Slay

• 44 snaps: Avonte Maddox

• 25 snaps: Nickell Robey-Coleman

• 14 snaps: Will Parks

• 13 snaps: Cre'Von LeBlanc

• 5 snaps: K'Von Wallace

• 2 snaps: Marcus Epps

Analysis: Here's what Howie Roseman said about Maddox back in March.

"I grew up admiring the Darrell Greens and Aaron Glenns of the world, and these guys, they’re explosive, twitched-up guys who had an incredible vertical, and it’s hard to get the ball on them. Avonte’s got a lot of those same characteristics, if you look at his profile, his height, his length.

"And so nobody is talking about kinda him in the same way. This is a guy who has started on the outside for us in playoff games. He has the ability to have sticky coverage with receivers inside or out. Obviously, he’s also played on the back end. He’s got a great mentality, and he’s got a great physical skill set. He’s an explosive, twitched-up guy as well, so yeah, we feel like he’s a guy who can play all over the secondary and certainly feel comfortable with him outside as well."

Having watched the first 11 games of this season, I think we can all see that Maddox is not an outside corner. He can be fine as a slot corner, or maybe as a safety, but CB2 is major need this offseason, as always.

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