Eagles Snap Count Notes: Limited Action For Graham

The league is releasing snap count data this year, which is very helpful when reviewing games. Here are some notes from yesterday.


* Clay Harbor was on the field for 36 percent of the snaps. That’s just slightly more than his number last year (33.6 percent, per PFF). Part of that had to do with the Eagles using two tight-end sets. But Harbor was also needed since the team had just four active wide receivers, and Jeremy Maclin went out on two separate occasions with injuries.

* Speaking of Maclin, he played 83 percent of the snaps. DeSean Jackson only came out on four plays. And Brent Celek only came out on six plays.

* The Eagles used fullback Stanley Havili on 18 plays (19 percent). Last year, they used a fullback 15.8 percent of the time, so just a slight increase. Rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson played 13 snaps (14 percent). Those included 4-WR sets and also when he filled in for Maclin.

* With Dion Lewis inactive due to a hamstring injury, Bryce Brown was the backup running back, which meant he played eight snaps. The Eagles have talked about spelling LeSean McCoy a bit more this season, but yesterday was not the time to do that. He played 85 percent of the snaps (81 overall). Last year, he played 86.1 percent of the snaps.


* Juan Castillo likes to point out that the Eagles have eight or nine “starting” defensive linemen since they all rotate in and out. But as I’ve pointed out before, that’s not really the case. Going back to last year, the starters play more. Below is a chart that details the snaps of the defensive linemen.

Cullen Jenkins43
Trent Cole42
Jason Babin41
Derek Landri34
Fletcher Cox29
Cedric Thornton20
Darryl Tapp20
Brandon Graham4

* As you can see, Graham was the odd man out, playing just four snaps. The Eagles had five defensive ends active, and clearly, Graham ranks behind the other four on the depth chart (for Week 1, at least). Phillip Hunt played 15 snaps (24 percent). Cullen Jenkins, Trent Cole and Jason Babin saw the most playing time. That will likely be the case during most weeks.

* Three-down player? DeMeco Ryans played 60 of 62 snaps. Mychal Kendricks 55 of 62. Akeem Jordan 20. Brian Rolle 2. And Jamar Chaney 1.

* In the secondary, Brandon Boykin was on the field for 63 percent of the snaps (39 overall) and played well. Curtis Marsh played one snap and suffered an injury. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a shoulder issue and missed four snaps. Brandon Hughes was called on to play 12 snaps. Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Nnamdi Asomugha all played 100 percent of the snaps.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mjacobs45 Matt Jacobs

    Remind me again why we traded up to get Graham instead of Earl Thomas or JPP? BUST!

    • duffman

      because he was a highly rated prospect who was regarded as needing less preparation and coaching than JPP – generally thought to be a potential star. not sure about thomas, but if they had allen ranked pretty high and thought he would still be there in round 2, they probably made the right call at the time to get a star and a quality safety in round 2. hindsight is 20/20, and he is still not a bust.

    • What Would Saracen Do?

      1) While it is his 3rd year in the system, it is only his second on the field. He lost most of a season to a torn ACL. He still has a lot of potential, and one game into his 3rd season does not warrant the bust label.

      2) Despite all the research and preparation that goes into the draft and building a draft board, the draft itself is still very much a crapshoot. I seem to remember many angry Eagles fans after we chose DeSean Jackson instead of Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas in the 2008 draft. Thomas, Kelly, and Jackson were the top 3 WR in the draft that year, with people comparing Kelly to Plaxico Burress due to Thomas’ size, and Devin Thomas being touted as the most “pro ready” WR due to his combination of size and speed, as well as the offense he played in at Michigan. Flash forward 4 years and both Thomas and Kelly are out of the NFL, while DeSean has flourished in our offense. That’s just how it goes.
      Hindsight is 20/20, but if I asked you to tell me which players in the upcoming draft will be the biggest stars, you could make an educated guess, but in the end all you’d be doing is guessing. That’s the nature of the draft.

      • Bigtimefan

        Are you serious…..do you watch football ? JPP, was a beast by the start of his second season and Earl Thomas was a pro bowler in his second. The reason Graham is on this roster is because Howie Roseman had to do ( On the job training ) at the expense of the team and us fans of the team. Howie locked onto this guy at the senior bowl and put his blinders on and that was it….1st round pick wasted! They will finally admit it at the end of the year that this guy can’t cut it. If you just look at him athletically, he has thick tight hips, he has short arms and he has a tendency to carry weight in the middle. He will never be a force off the edge in this league….. why else would a first round pick only get 4 ( seriously 4 ! ) snaps in a game.

    • xlGmanlx

      Hindgsight is 20/20

  • Andy

    Philip Hunt is in your bullet but not your table.