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Eagles-Jets snap counts analysis

Playing time breakdown.

NFL: New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The official snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason tie against the New York Jets are in. Let’s take a look.

OFFENSE

  • The Eagles gave Jack Stoll a long look. The undrafted rookie caught two of his four targets for 14 yards. He had one bad drop.
  • The Eagles have used Brett Toth at both tackle and guard this summer.
  • Matt Pryor has played his last game with the Eagles. Or, at least, he should’ve.
  • John Hightower got in the game before Travis Fulgham did. But he also played a lot more, which might not actually be a good sign for his roster chances.
  • Elijah Holyfield was 16 for 60 (3.8 average) as a runner and 3 for 22 (7.3 average) as a receiver. Nothing overly impressive. He’s looking at a practice squad spot at best.
  • Le’Raven Clark got the second half at left tackle after Andre Dillard started and played the first.
  • Fulgham didn’t play until the second half. He finished the preseason with three targets for one reception, 18 yards, and a fumble that resulted in a turnover.
  • It was curious to see Nate Herbig play the entire game last week. His roster spot looks safe now considering he didn’t play in last night’s second half.
  • Kenny Gainwell was effective and efficient in limited playing time. He went 5 for 32 (6.2 average) and one touchdown as a runner and 4 for 27 (6.8 average) as a receiver. Gainwell finished the preseason with 5.6 yards per carry and 7.3 yards per reception, which are encouraging marks.
  • A little interesting to see Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor as the only offensive starters to take snaps in this game. And Watkins even played more than Reagor despite looking much better this summer than the 2020 first-round pick.
  • J.J. Arcega-Whiteside played the least out of the players presumably competing for fifth and/or sixth receiver spots. Seems like a good sign for him. Not to mention him catching his two targets for 57 yards and a touchdown.
  • Local guy Cary Angeline got a courtesy snap on offense and special teams after coming in to be a camp body for the Eagles this week.

DEFENSE

  • Michael Jacquet sure played a lot. He struggled in coverage. He did have a forced fumble but his decision to return the ball for a touchdown instead of diving on it caused the Eagles to tie instead of winning. Not that the outcome mattered since it’s preseason but it’s the principle that counts. Bad awareness.
  • Andrew Adams played a lot and did not look good enough to justify a roster spot.
  • Tarron Jackson was active with two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one quarterback hit, and one forced fumble.
  • JaCoby Stevens saw a decent chunk of playing time in his NFL debut.
  • T.Y. McGill has made his case for a roster spot this summer. The veteran journeyman dominated against the Jets with two tackles for loss, two sacks, one pass deflected, and four quarterback hits.
  • Interesting to see Hassan Ridgeway’s playing time so low. Is that because his spot is safe? The injury-prone Ridgeway has failed to impress this summer.
  • Marcus Epps not playing much seems to indicate he’ll be on the roster.
  • Not pictured in the preceding screenshot: Milton Williams played eight defensive snaps.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Arryn Siposs handled kickoff duties in addition to punting. Wonder how much of that was to give Jake Elliott a break after he previously missed last week’s game due to an ankle injury.

DID NOT PLAY

QB Jalen Hurts, CB Darius Slay, CB Steve Nelson, WR DeVonta Smith, RB Jordan Howard, RB Miles Sanders, S Anthony Harris, CB Avonte Maddox, CB Craig James, RB Jason Huntley, S Elijah Riley, S K’Von Wallace, LB Alex Singleton, LB Eric Wilson, LB Davion Taylor, DE Brandon Graham, OG Isaac Seumalo, LB Genard Avery, C Jason Kelce, OT Lane Johnson, OT Jordan Mailata, OG Brandon Brooks, TE Tyree Jackson, TE Zach Ertz, TE Dallas Goedert, DE Ryan Kerrigan, DT Fletcher Cox, DE Josh Sweat, DE 96 Derek Barnett, DT Javon Hargrave

  • James (foot), Huntley (ribs), Riley (?), Wallace (groin), Taylor (calf), Jackson (back), Kerrigan (thumb), and Barnett (shoulder) were unavailable due to injury. The latter two likely wouldn’t have played anyway.