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Eagles Week 3 Snap Counts: Marcus Smith II makes his NFL debut

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Here's a look at how often each player saw the field in the Eagles victory over the Redskins.

Rob Carr

These are the player snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles 37-34 victory (recap) over the Washington Redskins.

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.

OFFENSE

Position Player Snaps Snap%
OG Todd Herremans 73 100%
OT Andrew Gardner 73 100%
OG Dennis Kelly 73 100%
QB Nick Foles 73 100%
WR Jeremy Maclin 68 93%
WR Riley Cooper 67 92%
OT Jason Peters 55 75%
RB LeSean McCoy 54 74%
WR Jordan Matthews 46 63%
C David Molk 46 63%
TE Brent Celek 46 63%
TE Zach Ertz 38 52%
C Jason Kelce 27 37%
RB Darren Sproles 21 29%
OG Wade Smith 18 25%
TE James Casey 15 21%
WR Jeff Maehl 7 10%
WR Brad Smith 3 4%

Notes:

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.

DEFENSE

Position Player Snaps Snap%
S Malcolm Jenkins 78 100%
CB Cary Williams 78 100%
ILB DeMeco Ryans 78 100%
S Nate Allen 78 100%
CB Bradley Fletcher 78 100%
OLB Connor Barwin 67 86%
DE Fletcher Cox 65 83%
OLB Trent Cole 62 79%
DE Cedric Thornton 53 68%
NT Bennie Logan 42 54%
OLB Brandon Graham 27 35%
ILB Emmanuel Acho 27 35%
CB Brandon Boykin 27 35%
ILB Casey Matthews 24 31%
DE Vinny Curry 21 27%
ILB Marcus Smith II 16 21%
NT Beau Allen 13 17%
DE Brandon Bair 13 17%
CB Nolan Carroll II 11 14%

Notes:

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.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Position Player Snaps Snap%
S Chris Maragos 31 82%
OLB Bryan Braman 31 82%
TE James Casey 28 74%
TE Trey Burton 23 61%
RB Chris Polk 22 58%
S Malcolm Jenkins 18 47%
WR Brad Smith 18 47%
CB Nolan Carroll II 16 42%
OLB Brandon Graham 16 42%
K Cody Parkey 15 39%
TE Zach Ertz 15 39%
NT Bennie Logan 14 37%
LS Jon Dorenbos 12 32%
P Donnie Jones 12 32%
ILB Casey Matthews 11 29%
CB Bradley Fletcher 11 29%
ILB Emmanuel Acho 10 26%
CB Cary Williams 10 26%
S Nate Allen 9 24%
CB Brandon Boykin 8 21%
OG Todd Herremans 7 18%
OG Dennis Kelly 7 18%
OT Andrew Gardner 7 18%
OG Wade Smith 7 18%
OLB Trent Cole 7 18%
ILB DeMeco Ryans 7 18%
DE Cedric Thornton 7 18%
DE Brandon Bair 7 18%
NT Beau Allen 7 18%
ILB Marcus Smith 7 18%
RB Darren Sproles 4 11%
OLB Connor Barwin 1 3%
WR Jordan Matthews 1 3%
WR Jeff Maehl 1 3%

Notes:

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.