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Eagles-Seahawks snap counts: Quez Watkins continues to play despite consistently disappointing

Playing time breakdown.

Philadelphia Eagles v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images

The official snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks are in. Let’s take a look and run through some analysis.

OFFENSE

  • We all know Jalen Hurts was sick. But he played the entire game and so did the starting offensive line ... and they only put up 17 POINTS. Against a bad and injured Seahawks defense that was allowing 24.5 offensive points per game, fourth-worst in the NFL. Unacceptable.
  • DeVonta Smith only saw five targets. He caught all of them for 50 yards.
  • A.J. Brown played the same amount of snaps that DeVonta did but saw twice as many targets. He had five catches for 56 yards.
  • Dallas Goedert, who is normally an incredibly efficient target, was thrown to nine times but he only had 4 grabs for 30 yards.
  • D’Andre Swift tied for his second-most rushing attempts and his third-most touches from any game this year. He was effective as a runner but the Eagles failed to get him going in the passing game; his three targets resulted in two catches for a single yards. Bad.
  • Since Week 10 of the 2022 season (including playoffs), Quez Watkins has been targeted 47 times for 30 catches and 218 yards (7.3 average). Hurts underthrew him deep in this game but Watkins once again failed to make a play when given the opportunity to do so. And yet the coaching staff loves playing him! Dumb. We’ve been calling for more Olamide Zaccheaus and less Quez since early in the season. Relatively speaking, good things have happened when OZ has been targeted. And yet OZ is barely even playing. Dumb.
  • Julio Jones saw his first target since Week 12. Six-yard catch went for a first down.
  • Tyler Steen played a single snap when Landon Dickerson visited the sideline to fix his face mask being detached from his helmet.

DEFENSE

  • Rough game for James Bradberry, who was briefly subbed for Josh Jobe at one point despite not being obviously injured?
  • Sydney Brown played a lot as a third safety/hybrid linebacker. He was erratic.
  • This was Haason Reddick’s third-highest snap count percentage this season. It was his first game without at least one sack, QB hit, or TFL since Week 3 (his last game playing with a cast on).
  • Josh Sweat doesn’t have a sack since taking down Dak Prescott late in the Eagles’ Week 9 win over the Cowboys.
  • Kelee Ringo and Eli Ricks rotated at CB. The young guys seemed to do well, though they benefited in part from the Seahawks picking on Bradberry.
  • Jalen Carter got in the sack column for the first time since Week 9.
  • Shaq Leonard did not play a ton despite starting next to Nicholas Morrow at off-ball linebacker.
  • Nolan Smith may have played a bit more if he did not get banged up. The Eagles need to keep playing him. He flashes.
  • Patrick Johnson logged defensive snaps for the first time all season. He did not log a stat.
  • Curious to see Moro Ojomo played more than Marlon Tuipulotu when the former has previously been behind the latter in the DT rotation.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Mekhi Garner was temporarily elevated from the practice squad to help out on special teams.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Darius Slay, Zach Cunningham, Cam Jurgens, Albert Okwuegbunam, Rashaad Penny, Tanner McKee

ACTIVE: Marcus Mariota

  • Slay is reportedly expected back before the end of the regular season. He might miss another game or two?
  • No word yet on Cunningham or Jurgens being able to play in Week 16. Maybe?
  • Albert O could be active as TE3 if Calcaterra’s injury keeps him out.

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