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Eagles vs. Packers snap counts: Jordan Howard excels with increased role

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Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season.

OFFENSE

Carson Wentz and the starting offensive line playing 100% of the snaps is always a recipe for success.

Nelson Agholor played the most of any skill position player on Thursday night but he only saw one target and didn’t log a single reception.

Alshon Jeffery wasn’t too limited in his first game back from a calf injury. He didn’t look 100% but it seems good that he was able to handle a lot of playing time.

The Eagles went with a lot of 12 personnel in this game as you can see from Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert playing often. Running the ball with two tight ends on the field works well for this team.

Last week, Jordan Howard played one fewer offensive snap than Miles Sanders. This week, Howard played 11 more snaps than Sanders. Howard also saw 18 total offensive touches to Sanders’ 11. Howard finished the game with 15 carries for 87 yards (5.8) and two rushing touchdowns in addition to three receptions for 28 yard and one receiving touchdown. Sanders gained 72 yards on his 11 carries. Sanders is the more dynamic player but the veteran Howard is much more consistent and he’s likely going to continue to be the team’s red zone back.

Darren Sproles’ usage has gone way down since the Eagles relied on him way too much in Week 1. Sproles only had one carry for four yards. He’s now just 31 all-purpose yards away from moving into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s playing time took a huge hit with Jeffery back.

For the second week in a row, Alex Ellis had a big block on a Howard touchdown. The Eagles have a fullback!

Halapoulivaati Vaitai — not Andre Dillard — continues to be the sixth offensive lineman in heavy packages.

DEFENSE

Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod are the Eagles’ only two defensive players who haven’t missed a single snap this season.

Avonte Maddox played outside cornerback after Sidney Jones suffered a hamstring injury early in the game. Note that Jones had only played in 27% of possible games entering this season.

Andrew Sendejo only played 38% of the Eagles’ snaps against the Lions. He was much more involved this week, which led to mixed results.

For the second game in a row, Josh Sweat has slightly outsnapped Vinny Curry.

Kamu Grugier-Hill was indeed limited in his first game back from injury. One would think we’ll see his playing time increase as he gets healthier.

The Eagles were using Johnathan Cyprien as a nickel corner at times since Maddox had to play on the outside.

Craig James made his playing time count by deflecting a pass to create the game-sealing interception.

Daeshon Hall saw his first two defensive snaps of the season. He had a good rush but Aaron Rodgers got it out quickly anyway:

SPECIAL TEAMS

L.J. Fort has failed to log a single defensive snap this season. Weekly reminder: the Eagles will lose the opportunity to get a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick if he’s on the roster past Week 10.

Corey Clement only played on special teams in his first game back from a shoulder injury. He didn’t get his kick returner job back as the Eagles opted to go with Sanders instead. Clement has yet to log an offensive touch this season.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: DeSean Jackson, Ronald Darby, Timmy Jernigan, Shareef Miller, Nate Herbig, Matt Pryor, Nate Sudfeld

ACTIVE: Josh McCown