Man. Monday night was hard to watch. Nevertheless, it’s time to analyze the Philadelphia Eagles’ snap counts from their Week 3 blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
- Andre Dillard started in place of Jordan Mailata at left tackle while Landon Dickerson made his first NFL start at right guard filling in for Brandon Brooks.
- DeVonta Smith played nearly the entire game. Increased usage from playing 87% of the snaps in Week 1 and 84% in Week 2. Despite this, Smith (6) was actually third on the team in targets ... behind Jalen Reagor (8) and Zach Ertz (7). The rookie WR only had three receptions for 28. Need more from him.
- Reagor should not be first in targets or second in skill player snaps. It’s painfully obvious that he’s not better than Quez Watkins. Reagor ranks 45th out of 50 wide receivers (minimum 17 targets) in yards per routes run so far this season. He just does not pass the eye test at all. And it feels like’s only playing more than Watkins because he was a higher draft pick. Reagor had five receptions for 53 yards against the Cowboys but four recs and 46 yards came when the game was already out of hand and Philly was trailing by 20+ points.
- Isaac Seumalo played 39 snaps before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He’ll be placed on injured reserve. Not great.
- Quez Watkins’ playing time increased for the third straight week (48% > 50% > 66%). It’s still not enough, though. Again, he should be playing more than Reagor. Watkins is PFF’s fifth-highest wide receiver in terms of receiving grade this season. The impressive contested catch he made against Dallas wasn’t something unlike what we saw from him in training camp. More Quez!
- Miles Sanders played 35 snaps but only touched the ball six times with three carries and three receptions. That’s obviously not enough for him.
- Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz saw similar playing time for the third week in a row with the former continually leading the way. Goedert had more yards (66) but Ertz saw three more targets.
- Nate Herbig filled in for Seumalo at left guard. He’ll likely remain in the starting lineup moving forward.
- Most of Kenny Gainwell’s production came when the game was already over.
- Boston Scott saw his first offensive snaps (4) and touches (2) of the season. In garbage time.
- Anthony Harris is the only Eagles defender who hasn’t missed a snap this season.
- Not the strongest game for the Eagles’ starting cornerbacks. PFF had Darius Slay with a 136.6 passer rating allowed while Steve Nelson was at 118.8.
- Marcus Epps had to fill in with K’Von Wallace suffering a shoulder injury early on. Wallace is reportedly expected to go on IR and miss three-to-six games.
- Derek Barnett led all Eagles defensive linemen in playing time (?!). He had one solo tackle, one quarterback hit, and one dumb offside penalty that turned a 3rd-and-7 into a 3rd-and-2 (which the Cowboys converted during their third touchdown drive). Great.
- Javon Hargrave continues to be a bright spot for the Eagles. He logged five solo tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits, and one tackle for loss. He also caused the fumble that Fletcher Cox recovered for a touchdown. Dude has been a beast. He did get looked at on the sideline at one point but was able to return.
- Eric Wilson’s playing time decreased for the third straight week (85% > 69% > 64%). He hasn’t been good. He was actually PFF’s worst-graded Eagles defender from Monday’s game. The Eagles are seeing there’s a reason Minny let him walk in free agency.
- Good to see Josh Sweat’s playing time go up after he only played 40% (28 snaps) in Week 2. He had half a sack that came on a play when he was unblocked.
- Avonte Maddox had the other half a sack with Sweat.
- Milton Williams actually started the game in place of Brandon Graham and saw his biggest workload yet. The rookie didn’t have much of an impact on the game, though. Zero stats outside of two assisted tackles and one penalty.
- Fletcher Cox missed some playing time due to cramping. Credit to him for being in position to recover Dak Prescott’s fumble in the end zone. On the downside, this is still a player with just one sack and one quarterback hit in his #LastSevenGames.
- T.J. Edwards had a big hit sack on Prescott after the quarterback rolled left and tried to buy time. That was fun.
- Third week in a row we saw an increased role for Patrick Johnson (10% > 19% > 36%). BGN’s Ben Natan wrote more about him in his rookie report card.
- Ryan Kerrigan has yet to log a stat in 94 snaps played this season. The thumb injury is clearly hindering him. Still, would be nice to get more than literally nothing out of him.
- Decreased role for Genard Avery this week after he saw an uptick against the 49ers. Johnson ate into his playing time.
- The Eagles clearly don’t trust Day 3 rookie defensive linemen Marlon Tuipulotu or Tarron Jackson to play much.
- After playing nine defensive snaps in Week 1, Shaun Bradley has only appeared on ST since.
- Andre Chachere had a good special teams tackle. He’s been good on ST coverage.
- Mac McCain played 13 special teams snaps in his Eagles debut.
- Arryn Siposs saw six punts with the Eagles’ offense too regularly stalling out.
- Not pictured in the screenshot: Brett Toth with three ST snaps and Sua Opeta with one.
DID NOT PLAY
INACTIVE: Rodney McLeod, Jordan Mailata, Gardner Minshew, Davion Taylor, Jack Anderson
ACTIVE: Joe Flacco
- The Eagles could afford to get McLeod back soon, especially with Wallace hurt.
- Mailata’s return would also be nice.
- It’s way too early for this discussion to happen but I did see some serious calls for Minshew on social media.
- Taylor missed the game after being ruled questionable to play on the final injury report. Eagles made the right call by resting him as opposed to playing him just for Taylor to re-aggravate his calf injury.
- Anderson was predictably down for his first game on Philly’s roster. The rookie guard could be up next week, though, with Seumalo now out for the season.