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Eagles Snap Counts: Doug Pederson had a reason for pulling starters early against Dolphins

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Playing time breakdown.

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The snap counts are in from the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-31 preseason win against the Miami Dolphins.


Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks, Brandon Graham, Destiny Vaeao, Paul Turner, Josh Andrews, Billy Brown, Sidney Jones, Beau Allen

Active but did not play

Darren Sproles, Victor Salako, Tyler Orlosky, Keevan Lucas


The starting offense logged 19 snaps. The first team defense was around 20.

Normally, starters play at least the first half of the preseason and sometimes into the third quarter. Doug Pederson explained he felt the players got enough work in practice this week, however, so he kept them on a shorter leash.

Yeah, they got a lot of great work for two days. You think about it, we really don't play full football games on 48 hours rest, and Monday and Tuesday was pretty intense for both teams. I felt like we got some good work, so that was part of the reason why I was able to pull them out sooner.

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Derek Barnett - 18 defense and 4 special teams

Sidney Jones - Inactive

Rasul Douglas - 28 defense and 15 special teams

Mack Hollins - 51 offense and 15 special teams

Donnel Pumphrey - 25 offense and 3 special teams

Shelton Gibson - 18 offense

Nate Gerry - 15 defense and 16 special teams (left game early with hamstring injury)

Elijah Qualls - 34 defense and 5 special teams


Matt McGloin - 56

Carson Wentz - 19

Dane Evans - 8

Players who played a lot

Offense: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Dillon Gordon, Chance Warmack, Stefen Wisniewski, Matt McGloin, Mack Hollins, Marcus Johnson, Darrell Greene

Defense: Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Terrence Brooks, Rasul Douglas, Alex McCalister, Joe Walker, Najee Goode, C.J. Smith, Corey Graham, Justin Hamilton

Special Teams: Joe Walker, Trey Burton, Chris Maragos, Mack Hollins, Anthony Denham, Rasul Douglas, Nate Gerry

Quick observations

  • The Eagles really gave Mack Hollins some extensive work last night. He looked good.
  • Shelton Gibson being a non-factor on special teams doesn’t help his roster chances.
  • Lots of playing time for the Eagles’ backup offensive line.
  • Perhaps the Eagles are trying to hide Tyler Orlosky, Philadelphia’s top undrafted free agent signing, by buring him as deep as they have. Or maybe he’s just really not in a good spot to make the team.
  • Mychal Kendricks continues to remain in the game once the starters are pulled.