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Eagles-Bills snap counts: Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis step up

Playing time breakdown.

Buffalo Bills v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The official snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 12 win over the Buffalo Bills are in! Let’s take a look and run through some analysis.

OFFENSE

  • Always nice to have in-game QB/OL stability.
  • DeVonta Smith has logged at least 99 yards in three out of his last four games. He finally got over the century mark against the Bills by catching seven of his eight targets for 106 yards and a touchdown.
  • A.J. Brown’s production has taken a dip with defenses really keying in on him. He still led the Eagles in targets with nine in this game, though.
  • Julio Jones was WR3 for the second week in a row. He was targeted three times for one catch and zero yards. Pretty insane that they ran a screen play for him on 3rd-and-14 to start the second half. Entirely unsurprising when it didn’t work out. Jones’ playing time will decrease when Dallas Goedert gets back ... but it should go down even before that. He’s not bringing much to the table.
  • D’Andre Swift was oddly underutilized in the first half. He picked up the pace in the second half, finishing with 15 touches for 84 yards from scrimmage.
  • Jack Stoll led all Eagles tight ends with just 55% of the snaps played. Missing two of their top three TEs, they clearly didn’t want to heavily utilize them and instead relied on other personnel packages.
  • Kenny Gainwell played his fourth-lowest snap count percentage this season. His four touches were combined for the third-fewest he’s had in a game this season. To his credit, Gainwell made the most of limited opportunities by breaking the longest regular-season run of his career (23 yards).
  • Can we get more playing time for Olamide Zaccheaus?! OZ’s made plays when his number has (rarely) been called. He has seven catches for 116 yards (16.6 average) and two touchdowns in 11 games this season. Let him be WR3.
  • Quez Watkins saw limited snaps and no targets in his first game back from a hamstring injury. The Eagles were likely easing him in and he could see a bigger role moving forward, which isn’t necessarily comforting.
  • Albert Okwuegbunam didn’t play much as TE2. Noah Togiai even less as TE3.
  • Boston Scott continues to make the most of limited playing time; he took two carries for 14 yards. Scott’s 12 carries have produced 67 yards (5.6 average) this year. He also dropped a short pass in the flat.

DEFENSE

  • Check out Reed Blankenship playing 116 total snaps between defense and special teams combined. He must be tired. As must be the rest of a defense that played a lot.
  • Nicholas Morrow became the top linebacker with Zach Cunningham leaving the game early due to a hamstring injury. If Cunningham is expected to miss significant time (currently unclear if that’s the case), signing Shaquille Leonard feels like a no-brainer.
  • Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat are playing a ton. Really would be nice to be able to get their snap counts down but the Eagles just don’t have the depth behind them that they trust.
  • With Fletcher Cox getting banged up and Milton Williams missing this game, Jalen Carter set a new career highs in snap count percentage. Carter’s previous high was 69.6%. Jordan Davis came close to topping his career-high of 68% in the New York Jets game earlier this season, when Carter was out. Carter logged three solo tackles and one TFL against the Bills while Davis made more of an impact than the box score shows.
  • Marlon Tuipulotu saw an increased workload due to DT injuries.
  • Bradley Roby was the Eagles’ starting nickel cornerback again, as expected.
  • Christian Elliss saw his second-highest snap count percentage this season with Cunningham getting hurt.
  • Eli Ricks and Sydney Brown are seeing some snaps as subpackage players.
  • Nolan Smith played his fourth-highest snap count percentage this season. He did not log a stat but he did seem to generate some disruption out there. The Eagles need to trust him to play a little more in order to help give Sweat and Reddick some relief.
  • Moro Ojomo, normally a healthy scratch, began the game as DT5. The rookie was clearly not trusted to play much despite Cox leaving early and both Carter and Davis missing some snaps due to injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Ben VanSumeren played a big ST role in his third game being elevated from the practice squad. Will the Eagles find a roster spot for him or are they just going to keep him on the PS?
  • Jake Elliott, legend.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Lane Johnson, Dallas Goedert, Milton Williams, Grant Calcaterra, Rashaad Penny, Josiah Scott, Tanner McKee

ACTIVE: Marcus Mariota, Sua Opeta

  • Johnson likely could’ve played in this game if it were a must-win. The Eagles were being cautious with him and he’s expected to be back in Week 13.
  • Goedert could be back as soon as Week 13. And if not then, Week 14 could mark his return.
  • Hopefully Williams will be able to clear concussion protocol ahead of Week 13.
  • Scott is a prime candidate to be cut when the Eagles need to open up a roster spot.
  • Opeta would’ve been a healthy scratch if Johnson was able to play.

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