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December 10, 2019

Eagles snap count analysis: Week 14 vs. Giants

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Sidney Jones made the most of his one snap against the Giants.

In the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 14 win over the New York Giants, the offense was on the field for 89 snaps, while the defense was on the field for 52. Let's see how those snaps were distributed, with analysis.

Quarterback and offensive line

• 89 snaps each: Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, and Brandon Brooks

• 63 snaps: Halapoulivaati Vaitai

• 28 snaps: Lane Johnson

• 2 snaps: Andre Dillard

• 1 snap: Matt Pryor

Analysis: Going forward, the health of Johnson will be of extreme importance, as the Eagles will need him against DeMarcus Lawrence and Dallas Week 16. However, the Eagles do not have to worry about Ryan Kerrigan killing Vaitai Week 15. He's out.

Running back

• 50 snaps: Miles Sanders

• 39 snaps: Boston Scott

• 5 snaps: Jay Ajayi

Analysis: In my view, Scott's performance wasn't just an oddball, stat-sheet filling game by a back who simply had big holes to run through. He showed legitimate quickness and make-you-miss skills. There's a role for him in this offense.

Wide receiver

• 80 snaps: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

• 77 snaps: Greg Ward

• 20 snaps: Alshon Jeffery

Analysis: One of the biggest storylines of this game was that the Eagles were paper thin at wide receiver, as they only suited up the above three players, when Nelson Agholor unexpectedly could not go. 

My guess is that Jeffery played his last game as an Eagle, and Agholor's last game in midnight green isn't far behind.

Arcega-Whiteside has a lot of work to do in terms of being where he needs to be and running crisper routes, but he did make a nice catch against the Giants. Progress:

Tight end

• 79 snaps: Zach Ertz

• 60 snaps: Dallas Goedert

• 30 snaps: Josh Perkins

Analysis: Perkins was more of a wide receiver than a tight end in this game, and so was Ertz, for that matter. Credit Ertz for bouncing back after one of his worst games as a pro last week.

Defensive line

• 49 snaps: Fletcher Cox

• 45 snaps: Brandon Graham

• 39 snaps: Vinny Curry

• 26 snaps: Josh Sweat

• 23 snaps: Timmy Jernigan

• 14 snaps: Anthony Rush

• 10 snaps: Daeshon Hall

Analysis: Cox played 94 percent of the snaps, but a lot of that had to do, I'm sure, with the major discrepancy in snap totals between the offense and defense. Still, I expect more of the same the rest of the season. 

Curry came up big in relief of Derek Barnett with 2 sacks.


• 52 snaps: Nigel Bradham

• 33 snaps: Nate Gerry

• 7 snaps: T.J. Edwards

• 2 snaps: Duke Riley

Analysis: Bradham had 4 tackles. In 6 of the 9 games he has played, Bradham has failed to register at least 5 tackles, despite typically playing all (or almost all) the snaps. I can't imagine the Eagles will have him on their cap at almost $10 million next season with that kind of production.

Defensive backs

• 52 snaps each: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and Ronald Darby

• 44 snaps: Avonte Maddox

• 43 snaps: Jalen Mills

• 16 snaps: Marcus Epps

• 8 snaps: Rasul Douglas

• 4 snaps: Cre'Von LeBlanc

• 1 snap: Sidney Jones

Analysis: I meant to mention Sidney Jones in our 10 awards after the game, but I guess it was late and I was tired or something, and I just forgot him. That starts with me. I have to be better. 

Anyway, Jones, who has been one of the bigger disappointments this season, hasn't played a defensive snap since the Buffalo game. When his number was called late in the game Monday night, he was ready, and he made a huge play.


Darby can't tackle.

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