The following players were inactive: Mychal Kendricks, Earl Wolff, Josh Huff, Matt Tobin, Kevin Graf, Taylor Hart, Matt Barkley.
The following players were active but did not play: Mark Sanchez
James Casey played a season-high 21% of the team's offensive snaps. He had the first catch of the game (but was canceled by a penalty on Washington) and the last catch of the game. Casey's final 19-yard reception sealed the game for Philadelphia. Casey had a clutch game-sealing reception like that against the Green Bay Packers last season. Just call him clutch.
Darren Sproles played about 10% less snaps than he did in each of the first two games. Chip Kelly admitted that Sproles was used less because the Eagles were struggling to run the ball.
David Molk filled in for an injured Jason Kelce at center. Wade Smith entered the game when Jason Peters was ejected.
Brent Celek played more often than Zach Ertz. The opposite was true last week.
|ILB||Marcus Smith II||16||21%|
|CB||Nolan Carroll II||11||14%|
First round draft pick rookie linebacker Marcus Smith II played his first NFL snaps. He spent time at inside linebacker along with a rotation of Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews. The Eagles did not burden the absence of Mychal Kendricks on any one player; they used a committee approach to replace him.
Five defensive players played 100% of the team's snaps.
|CB||Nolan Carroll II||16||42%|
Not too much out of the ordinary here.
Brad Smith and Casey Matthews were crucial on Chris Polk's touchdown return. Not only did both players execute their blocks but they ran down field to shield away trailing Washington players from chasing Polk down from behind.
Trey Burton placed a lot of special teams snaps and played well. He had at least three special teams tackles according to Pro Football Focus.
The fact that starting safety Malcolm Jenkins plays special teams (and does it well) has to be one of the reasons the Eagles wanted to sign him in free agency.