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December 31, 2018

Eagles snap count analysis: Week 17 vs. Redskins

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Fletcher Cox didn't get his usual workload, and he still got 3 sacks.

The Philadelphia Eagles went into Maryland, easy handled the Washington Redskins, and then watched as the Chicago Bears beat beat the Minnesota Vikings, paving the way for the Eagles to make the playoffs.

While steamrolling the Redskins, the Eagles held the ball for 43 minutes and 19 seconds, which amounts to almost three quarters of the game. As such, they had far more offensive snaps than defensive snaps. 

Let's take a look at the Eagles' snaps against the Redskins.

Quarterback and offensive line

• 71 snaps each: Stefen Wisniewski, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson

• 66 snaps each: Jason Peters and Jason Kelce

• 61 snaps: Nick Foles

• 10 snaps: Nate Sudfeld

• 7 snaps: Halapoulivaati Vaitai

• 5 snaps: Chance Warmack

Analysis: The offensive line has been the best part of this offense since they began getting hot over the last month and a half or so. Lane Johnson will have a major challenge next week in Khalil Mack, which is nothing new for him.

Sudfeld came in late for Foles, and the Eagles mostly ran the ball. Sudfeld did attempt one pass, which went for a touchdown.

Running back

• 27 snaps: Darren Sproles

• 26 snaps: Wendell Smallwood

• 18 snaps: Josh Adams

Analysis: The above trio was effective enough, I suppose, as they combined for 30 carries for 127 yards. Smallwood led the team in carries, with 12.

Wide receiver

• 64 snaps: Nelson Agholor

• 57 snaps: Alshon Jeffery

• 40 snaps: Golden Tate

• 19 snaps: Jordan Matthews

Analysis: Agholor and Jeffery both had productive days, and each receiver found the end zone. Jeffery showed great hands on his contested catch for a TD, while Agholor showed what kind of elusive runner he can be with the ball in his hands.

Tight End

• 53 snaps: Zach Ertz

• 44 snaps: Dallas Goedert

Analysis: Goedert continues to get around 60 percent of the snaps. The team has committed to getting him on the field, and he has rewarded them by being productive. On Sunday, Goedert had a 25-yard catch and run.

Defensive line

• 41 snaps: Michael Bennett

• 35 snaps: Brandon Graham

• 34 snaps: Chris Long

• 32 snaps: Fletcher Cox

• 14 snaps: Haloti Ngata

• 12 snaps: Treyvon Hester

• 9 snaps: Timmy Jernigan

• 3 snaps: Daeshon Hall

Analysis: Cox had 3 sacks while playing just 32 snaps. That was actually an easy day at the office for him, comparatively speaking this season. Brandon Graham also had a monster game, even if it didn't show up in the stat sheet.


• 45 snaps: Nigel Bradham

• 21 snaps: Jordan Hicks

• 1 snap: Kamu Grugier-Hill

Analysis: Bradham and Hicks have sort of flip-flopped roles, with Bradham staying on the field for the entire game while Hicks isn't 100 percent.

Cornerback and safety

• 45 snaps each: Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Malcolm Jenkins, and Corey Graham

• 42 snaps: Cre'Von LeBlanc

• 26 snaps: Tre Sullivan

Analysis: With Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, and Rodney McLeod out, the Eagles' backup defensive backs have stepped in and played some pretty solid football. The Eagles should have really nice depth next season when they get a number of those guys back.

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