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Eagles vs. Dolphins snap counts: Disappointing draft pick developments

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It’s time for a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 37 to 31 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season.

OFFENSE

  • The Eagles lost to the Dolphins despite Carson Wentz and the starting offensive line playing the entire game. That shouldn’t happen.
  • Alshon Jeffery wasn’t very limited in his first game back from injury. He caught nine of his 16 targets for 137 yards (15.2 average) and one touchdown.
  • Miles Sanders took the bulk of the Eagles’ running back snaps with Jordan Howard missing his third straight game. Sanders logged 17 carries for 83 yards (4.9 average) and five receptions for 22 yards and one touchdown.
  • Zach Ertz’s playing time was only slightly limited by the hamstring injury he was working through. Ertz had one of the worst games of his career with two red zone drops that took at least seven points off the board. Ertz finished with three receptions for 24 yards on six targets.
  • After all the talk of JJ Arcega-Whiteside having an increased role in the offense with Jordan Matthews gone, he ended up being outsnapped by Greg Ward. JJAW scored his first NFL touchdown on a Wentz throw that came out of structure, so that was good. But it’s not exactly ideal that the team’s 2019 second-round pick is being outsnapped by a practice squad call up who hadn’t even logged an NFL reception until last week. Ward only had one reception for five yards on three targets.
  • Is it just me or does Jay Ajayi look kinda cooked? Not exactly a shock considering he’s had injury issues and he was still available on the free agent market in November. Just looks like he’s lacking burst. Ajayi also failed to block anyone on the Wentz sack that occurred before Jake Elliott’s first missed goal of the season.
  • Mack Hollins’ last nine games: 248 snaps, 1 reception, 13 yards, 0 TD. Still hasn’t caught a pass since September. Hollins has fewer touchdown receptions this season than the Dolphins’ kicker.

DEFENSE

  • Malcolm Jenkins still hasn’t missed a single defensive snap since Week 17 of the 2017 season.
  • Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby were victimized by DeVante Parker (seven receptions, 159 yards, two touchdowns) and Mike Gesicki (five receptions, 79 yards, one touchdown).
  • Brandon Graham played the most defensive line snaps but only had two total tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. Needed more than that from him.
  • Derek Barnett notched his sack when the Dolphins put their backup left tackle in. In addition to that, he finished the game with six solo tackles, four quarterback hits, and two tackles for loss. Encouraging?
  • Kamu Grugier-Hill overtook Nathan Gerry as the Eagles’ second linebacker this week.
  • Josh Sweat has two sacks and three quarterback hits in his last four games.
  • Cre’Von LeBlanc saw some rotational playing time in the slot in his first game back from injury. Strap also replaced Rasul Douglas in the Eagles’ dime package.
  • Genard Avery’s snap counts since the Eagles traded a 2021 fourth-round pick for him prior to the deadline: 3, 10, 2, 5. He’s logged zero stats in his last three games played. Amazing trade by Howie Roseman.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • 2017 third-round pick Rasul Douglas has been relegated to only playing special teams. He’s the fifth corner on the roster. Meanwhile, 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones was a healthy scratch for the second time this season. He’s the seventh corner on the roster. Douglas and Jones have (reasonably) been deemed worse options than Mills and Darby, who were getting shredded on Sunday. Real great draft class.
  • Craig James continues to play well on special teams.
  • Joshua Perkins only played on special teams after being called up from the practice squad on Saturday.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Jordan Howard, Sidney Jones, Nate Sudfeld, Daeshon Hall, Shareef Miller, Matt Pryor, Nate Herbig

ACTIVE: Josh McCown

Barring further injury, Jones will continue to be a healthy scratch for the remainder of the season. Pretty disappointing development.

Herbig is on pace to go through the entire 2019 season without being active for a single game. Glorified practice squad member.