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Eagles vs. Football Team snap counts: What was going on with DeSean Jackson?

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Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Football Team Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

It’s time for a breakdown of the Philadelphia Eagles’ snap counts from their embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Washington Football Team.

OFFENSE

  • Nate Herbig didn’t miss a snap in his first NFL start, which came at right guard.
  • Jason Peters is now up to 100% of the offensive snaps played in 18 of his last 55 games.
  • Zach Ertz saw the most playing time of any skill player but only had three receptions for 18 yards and one touchdown. He was targeted seven times total.
  • Dallas Goedert made the most of his playing time with eight receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.
  • Jack Driscoll got the start at right tackle but left early due to cramping, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. He was replaced by Jordan Mailata, who saw his first NFL regular season game action.
  • Jalen Reagor played the most snaps of any wide receiver. He was targeted four times but only caught one of them, the 55-yard reception early in the game.
  • Boston Scott handled 11 total touches (nine carries, two receptions) with Miles Sanders out. Scott went back to the locker room at one point before later returning to the game.
  • Despite clearly being the team’s best wide receiver, DeSean Jackson only played 54% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps. What gives? He claims he’s not injured:

Regardless, Jackson didn’t look 100% in this game. It was odd. And pretty troubling if it’s going to continue to be this way.

  • J.J. Arcega-Whiteside played 41% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps and did not see a single target. JJAW looked improved in camp this year but it seems like Wentz still doesn’t trust him ... and/or he’s just not getting open.
  • John Hightower played fewer snaps than JJAW but saw four targets. He only caught one of them for negative two yards. He dropped a pass over the middle as he heard footsteps coming.
  • Clement logged eight total offensive touches (six carries, two receptions). He gained 21 yards on them.
  • It was surprising to see Jason Huntley get any playing time on offense after he only joined the Eagles this week. His sole touch came on a toss play and it went for one yard.

DEFENSE

  • Rodney McLeod is the only player with the chance to win the Malcolm Jenkins award for playing every defensive snap this season.
  • As expected, Nathan Gerry will lead all Eagles linebackers in playing time this year.
  • Duke Riley, not T.J. Edwards, is clearly the Eagles’ second linebacker.
  • It was a quiet day for Darius Slay in a good way. Terry McLaurin didn’t manage to torch the Eagles’ secondary like he did last year.
  • Fletcher Cox played the most snaps of any defensive lineman. He had two tackles and no sacks or quarterback hits.
  • Josh Sweat led all defensive ends in snaps played with Brandon Graham (concussion) and Vinny Curry (hamstring) leaving the game early. Sweat had a big strip-sack going up against Geron Christian.
  • Hassan Ridgeway got a good chunk of playing time as the third defensive tackle.
  • Genard Avery was forced into playing time with all of Philly’s edge rusher injuries. He was actually credited with 0.5 sacks!
  • Practice squad call up T.Y. McGill had 0.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for loss.
  • Strap, Alex Singleton, Shaun Bradley, K’Von Wallace, and Marcus Epps all saw playing time in different subpackages.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Rudy Ford made three special teams tackles; he looked pretty good on punt coverage. That was good to see. My apologies for doubting you in the past, Rudy.
  • Davion Taylor didn’t log a stat. The 2020 third-round pick did commit a special teams penalty.
  • Matt Pryor (not listed in the above graphic) went from being a projected Week 1 starter to only playing four special teams snaps.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Lane Johnson, Miles Sanders, Derek Barnett, Javon Hargrave, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Hurts, Casey Toohill

ACTIVE: Nate Sudfeld, Sua Opeta

  • Tough for the Eagles to be so banged up and also get no production out of their 2020 second-round pick.