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Eagles vs. Panthers snap count analysis: No playing time for Rasul Douglas

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Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 21-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season.

OFFENSE

Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery are clearly the Eagles’ most trusted offensive weapons. They almost played the entire game. On 21 total targets, the two players combined for 16 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown.

Jason Peters briefly missed some time near the end of the first half but otherwise played through his torn biceps injury.

Nelson Agholor played 88% of the snaps but only had six receptions for 20 yards (3.3 average) to show for it. For whatever reason, he just hasn’t been producing like he was last year.

Dallas Goedert saw an increase in playing time this week. It paid off as he had four grabs for 43 yards and one score.

Wendell Smallwood led all Eagles running back in playing time at 55%. He had nine carries for 32 yards (3.6 average) as a runner and two receptions for five yards as a receiver. Could be worse but still underwhelming.

Corey Clement had the same amount of receptions and only one fewer rushing attempt than Smallwood despite the fact he played 10 fewer snaps. Clement’s rushing efficiency was very bad as he had eight carries for a mere six yards. And he fumbled once too. Clement hasn’t taken the Year 2 step forward that many expected.

Jordan Matthews played 43% of the snaps and wasn’t even targeted once. I mean, the Eagles can’t give some more of those snaps to Shelton Gibson, who at least theoretically presents a deep threat? Especially given how the Eagles are sorely lacking in the big play department?

Josh Adams made the most of his limited playing time. The undrafted rookie running back had four carries for 17 yards (4.3 average). He didn’t touch the ball at all in last week’s Giants game.

DEFENSE

With Sidney Jones out, the Eagles kept Avonte Maddox back at safety and had Dexter McDougle — who only re-signed with the team last Tuesday — play nickel cornerback. Meanwhile, Rasul Douglas can’t even get a single defensive snap. It’s not like I’m saying Douglas should be playing full-time in the slot; I agree with the coaching staff that he doesn’t belong there. But shouldn’t there be some effort of trying to get your best players on the field? Or maybe it’s not on the coaching staff because Douglas is giving them legitimate pause based on what they see in practice. In that case, the 2017 third-round pick isn’t looking so great for the personnel department. Either way, there’s a side that deserves blame here. Frustrating to see Douglas can’t even get playing time while running backs (such as James Conner and Tarik Cohen) the Eagles passed up on in that range could be really helping right now.

Michael Bennett and Chris Long led Eagles defensive ends in playing time last week. This week it was Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett who led the way. Maybe Bennett should’ve gotten more playing time the way he was getting pressure.

Treyvon Hester went from being on the practice squad a few weeks ago to now playing 58% of the team’s defensive snaps. The only stat he recorded is one tackle. The Eagles’ defensive tackle situation is ... not ideal.

Not a lot of base defense in this game, which is why Kamu Grugier-Hill only played nine snaps.

LaRoy Renyolds gave up the go-ahead touchdown to Greg Olsen on the only defensive snap he played.

SPECIAL TEAMS

As previously mentioned, zero defensive snaps for Douglas.

The Eagles are carrying Chance Warmack at a $2 million cap hit. He’s played one garbage time offensive snap and 11 special teams snaps through seven games. Just not an efficient use of resources.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Darren Sproles, Sidney Jones, Corey Graham, Haloti Ngata, D.J. Alexander, Nathan Gerry, Matt Pryor.

ACTIVE: Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Mailata.

The REAL problem with the Eagles? No snaps for the Australian native.