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Eagles-Patriots snap counts analysis

Playing time breakdown.

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The official snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason loss to the New England Patriots are in. Let’s take a look.

OFFENSE

  • Not totally sure what to make of Nate Herbig playing the entire game. Would the Eagles really play him the entire game if they are counting on him to be the top interior backup (especially with Landon Dickerson still on NFI)? Are the Eagles making Herbig prove he belongs on the team?
  • A lot of playing time for Brett Toth once again as the Eagles try to see if he can be a backup left tackle for them.
  • With Tyree Jackson injured and Jason Croom getting carted off, Jack Stoll saw a big jump from the five snaps he got last week.
  • Quez Watkins saw the most playing time of any Eagles wide receiver. He was only targeted once for zero receptions.
  • DeVonta Smith played a little bit more than I expected. He saw four total targets and caught two of them for 19 yards. Though not perfect, he looked better than his numbers would indicate.
  • Any Nick Mullens is too much Nick Mullens.
  • Jalen Reagor played the least of the Eagles’ projected starting wide receiver trio.
  • After failing to log an offensive snap last week, the Eagles’ running back injuries allowed Elijah Holyfield to get some playing time. Good for him. He’s unlikely to stick around here but maybe another team will give him a chance.
  • Kenny Gainwell made the most of his limited snaps with eight touches for 44 yards in 15 snaps played.
  • Travis Fulgham didn’t play until the second half and only saw one target for zero receptions. The arrow on him is certainly not pointing up right now.
  • John Hightower made his NFL preseason debut after missing last week’s game. Zero targets.
  • The Eagles used Kayode Awosika at right tackle again despite having him play at guard in practice. Really trying to hide him to get him through to the practice squad, it seems.
  • Jordan Mailata and Isaac Seumalo were the only two starting offensive linemen to play. It was a night for them after six snaps.

DEFENSE

  • Shaun Bradley led all defenders in playing time for the second week in a row. Eagles taking a long look at the 2020 sixth-round pick.
  • Long night for Zech McPhearson, who got picked on by the Pats. He did have a positive moment with a pass breakup on a two-point conversion.
  • The backup defensive line got a lot of playing time with the starters all out. Outside of Milton Williams, they did not fare so well for the second week in a row.
  • Matt Leo, who doesn’t count towards the roster, made his Eagles debut. He did not log a stat.
  • K’Von Wallace left the game early due to re-injuring his groin.
  • A little interesting that Eric Wilson and Alex Singleton saw the most playing time by far out of the defensive starters.
  • Does Genard Avery only playing eight snaps indicate his roster spot is locked in? Possible. But he’s also coming off a groin injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Arryn Siposs had five punts. And one kickoff with Jake Elliott not playing.

DID NOT PLAY

QB Jalen Hurts, CB Darius Slay, K Jake Elliott, LB JaCoby Stevens, CB Craig James, RB Jason Huntley, LB Davion Taylor, DE Brandon Graham, OT Le’Raven Clark, C Jason Kelce, OT Lane Johnson, OT Andre Dillard, OG Brandon Brooks, TE Tyree Jackson, DE Ryan Kerrigan, DT Fletcher Cox, DE Josh Sweat, LB Joe Ostman, DE Derek Barnett, DT Javon Hargrave

  • Hurts (stomach infection), Elliott (ankle), Stevens (hamstring), James (foot), Huntley (ribs), Taylor (calf), Clark (ramping up), Dillard (knee), Jackson (back), Kerrigan (thumb), Ostman (concussion), Barnett (shoulder), and Hargrave (ankle) all missed the game due to injury/ailment.
  • Slay, Graham, Kelce, Johnson, Brooks, Cox, and Sweat were rested.