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Philadelphia Eagles snap counts: Position battle updates after Preseason Week 1

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Who played the most and the least for the Eagles in preseason Week 1?

Jonathan Daniel

While the score may not matter when it comes to NFL preseason football, it's still interesting to take a look at not only how players performed but how often they played. Here are some snap count observations from the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28 loss to the Chicago Bears on Friday night. (Recap)

Starters

Leading up to this matchup, head coach Chip Kelly said he only planned on playing the starters for 10 to 15 snaps depending on how the game went. The Eagles went a little over that number but generally stayed on pace: most full time starters played only about 18 snaps (24%).

Safety battle

Veteran safety Nate Allen started the game on the first team defense and ended up playing 42 snaps because he stayed in the game with the second team defense. Second year safety Earl Wolff only played 24. Those snaps came playing on the second team defense with Allen. It's clear the veteran still has the lead in this battle until Wolff does something to separate himself from the pack. (Pun intended.)

Kicker non-battle

The Eagles competition that isn't really a competition continues not to be a competition. Alex Henery (9 special team snaps) handled all the kickoffs and extra points for Philadelphia. Undrafted free agent rookie kicker Carey Spear AKA Murderleg was active but he didn't even play.

Backup Offensive Line

This was the primary Eagles backup offensive line on Friday night.

OT Andrew Gardner - 41

OT Lane Johnson - 41

OG Dennis Kelly - 41

OG Matt Tobin - 41

C David Molk - 41

Rookie Draft Picks

OLB Marcus Smith II - 46

CB Jaylen Watkins - 42

WR Jordan Matthews - 37

WR Josh Huff - 34

DE Taylor Hart - 31

S Ed Reynolds II - 22

NT Beau Allen - 13

Quarterbacks

Matt Barkley - 24

Nick Foles - 18

Mark Sanchez - 17

G.J. Kinne - 15

Players who played a lot

At least 49% snaps:

Offense

The second string offensive line, as noted above, all played 41 snaps (55%). Jordan Matthews played 37 (50%).

Defense

Roc Carmichael played 51 (59%) which was more than any player in the entire game. Marcus Smith II played 46 (53%), Curtis Marsh played 45 (52%), Travis Long played 44 (51%), and both Nate Allen and Jaylen Watkins played 42 snaps (49%).

Players who played but did not play a lot

Offense

Darren Sproles only played 7 snaps (9%).

Undrafted rookie tight end Blake Annen played 7 special teams snaps but did not record a snap on offense.

Defense

Undrafted rookie safety Daytawion Lowe only played 6 snaps (7%).

Played, left early, did not return (Injury)

RB Matthew Tucker (hamstring) - 25

ILB Casey Matthews (lower back) - 17

Didn't Play (Injury)

WR Riley Cooper (foot)

NT Bennie Logan (hamstring)

WR Jeff Maehl (ankle)

RB Chris Polk (hamstring)

ILB Jake Knott (hamstring)

CB Nolan Carroll II (hamstring/groin)

C Julian Vandervelde (back)

Offense Snap Counts

Position Player Snaps Snap%
OT Andrew Gardner 41 55%
C David Molk 41 55%
OG Dennis Kelly 41 55%
OT Lane Johnson 41 55%
OG Matt Tobin 41 55%
WR Jordan Matthews 37 50%
WR Josh Huff 34 46%
TE James Casey 31 42%
RB Matthew Tucker 25 34%
WR Will Murphy 24 32%
TE Zach Ertz 24 32%
QB Matt Barkley 24 32%
WR Ifeanyi Momah 21 28%
OT Allen Barbre 18 24%
OG Evan Mathis 18 24%
OG Todd Herremans 18 24%
OT Jason Peters 18 24%
WR Jeremy Maclin 18 24%
C Jason Kelce 18 24%
QB Nick Foles 18 24%
WR Arrelious Benn 17 23%
QB Mark Sanchez 17 23%
RB David Fluellen 16 22%
TE Brent Celek 15 22%
WR Damaris Johnson 15 20%
OT Kevin Graf 15 20%
OG Josh Andrews 15 20%
OT Michael Bamiro 15 20%
OG Karim Barton 15 20%
OG Donald Hawkins 15 20%
QB G.J. Kinne 15 20%
WR Quron Pratt 15 20%
RB Henry Josey 15 20%
RB LeSean McCoy 11 15%
WR Brad Smith 10 14%
WR Kadron Boone 10 14%
WR B.J. Cunningham 9 12%
TE Trey Burton 8 11%
TE Emil Igwenagu 7 9%
RB Darren Sproles 7 9%

Defense Snap Counts

Position Player Snaps Snap%
CB Roc Carmichael 51 59%
OLB Marcus Smith II 46 53%
CB Curtis Marsh 45 52%
OLB Travis Long 44 51%
S Nate Allen 42 49%
CB Jaylen Watkins 42 49%
ILB Najee Goode 38 44%
ILB Jason Phillips 37 43%
CB Brandon Boykin 33 38%
ILB Emmanuel Acho 31 36%
DE Taylor Hart 31 36%
S Earl Wolff 24 28%
OLB Brandon Graham 24 28%
NT Wade Keliikipi 24 28%
OLB Bryan Braman 22 26%
S Chris Maragos 22 26%
S Ed Reynolds II 22 26%
S Davon Morgan 22 26%
DE Alejandro Villanueva 22 26%
DE Joe Kruger 22 26%
DE Frank Mays 22 26%
DE Vinny Curry 21 24%
OLB Trent Cole 19 22%
S Malcolm Jenkins 18 21%
CB Cary Williams 18 21%
CB Bradley Fletcher 18 21%
DE Brandon Bair 18 21%
DE Cedric Thornton 18 21%
OLB Connor Barwin 18 21%
ILB DeMeco Ryans 18 21%
DE Fletcher Cox 18 21%
ILB Mychal Kendricks 18 21%
ILB Casey Matthews 17 20%
S Keelan Johnson 16 19%
OLB Josh Kaddu 13 15%
NT Beau Allen 13 15%
NT Damion Square 12 14%
S Daytawion Lowe 6 7%

Special Teams Snap Counts

Position Player Snap Snaps%
CB Roc Carmichael 16 52%
OLB Bryan Braman 15 48%
ILB Jason Phillips 15 48%
S Chris Maragos 14 45%
TE James Casey 13 42%
WR Arrelious Benn 12 39%
OLB Marcus Smith II 11 35%
ILB Najee Goode 11 35%
S Ed Reynolds II 10 32%
S Earl Wolff 10 32%
WR Josh Huff 9 29%
K Alex Henery 9 29%
P Donnie Jones 9 29%
LS Jon Dorenbos 9 29%
ILB Emmanuel Acho 9 29%
OLB Travis Long 8 26%
CB Brandon Boykin 8 26%
RB David Fluellen 7 23%
OLB Brandon Graham 7 23%
WR Damaris Johnson 7 23%
WR Brad Smith 7 23%
ILB Casey Matthews 7 23%
S Malcolm Jenkins 7 23%
TE Blake Annen 7 23%
CB Curtis Marsh 7 23%
S Nate Allen 7 23%
TE Emil Igwenagu 6 19%
RB Matthew Tucker 5 16%
NT Damion Square 5 16%
WR Will Murphy 5 16%
TE Zach Ertz 5 16%
OLB Josh Kaddu 4 13%
OT Andrew Gardner 3 10%
C David Molk 3 10%
CB Cary Williams 3 10%
CB Bradley Fletcher 3 10%
DE Brandon Bair 3 10%
OT Kevin Graf 3 10%
OG Josh Andrews 3 10%
CB Jaylen Watkins 3 10%
S Davon Morgan 3 10%
DE Vinny Curry 3 10%
NT Beau Allen 3 10%
DE Cedric Thornton 2 6%
OLB Connor Barwin 2 6%
ILB DeMeco Ryans 2 6%
OLB Trent Cole 2 6%
OG Dennis Kelly 2 6%
OT Lane Johnson 2 6%
OG Evan Mathis 1 3%
OG Todd Herremans 1 3%
OT Michael Bamiro 1 3%