Here’s a look at snap counts for the Eagles during their Week 5 loss against the Steelers. We’ll go position-by-position.
For the first time all season, the Eagles activated Dion Lewis, but the second-year back only played three snaps and did not have a touch. He may not have seen the field at all, but Bryce Brown suffered a shoulder injury during the game. Brown had one carry for 4 yards.
Meanwhile, Stanley Havili continues to see the field more. He performed well against the Giants, playing about 38.9 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. And against the Steelers, he played about 37 percent. Expect Havili to have a role going forward.
Riley Cooper was a bit of a surprise inactive after the Eagles listed him as probable on the injury report. However, this was not a game where the Eagles used many 4-WR sets. With an increased emphasis on pass protection, I’m not sure we’re going to see those 4-WR sets much the rest of the season. Damaris Johnson only played four snaps.
Clay Harbor, meanwhile, played 39 percent of the snaps, his highest percentage since Week 2. The Eagles only played Harbor for 11 snaps against Arizona, but clearly thought he’d be more useful against Pittsburgh.
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s clear that Fletcher Cox is a backup in name only. He consistently plays more snaps than Cullen Jenkins and Derek Landri, who line up at defensive tackle with the first team. Trent Cole and Jason Babin played a lot of snaps. Brandon Graham and Phillip Hunt continue to rotate behind Babin. This time around, Graham played 19 snaps; Hunt just six.
DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks came off the field for just three snaps each. Jamar Chaney got the start at WILL for an injured Akeem Jordan and played 49 percent of the snaps. Casey Matthews filled in for Kendricks, who left briefly with an injury. Matthews stayed on the field in nickel too, playing three snaps overall.
No surprises in the secondary. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman all played every snap. Brandon Boykin was on the field in nickel 48 percent of the time.
During training camp, it looked like Curtis Marsh might have more of a role on this defense, but he’s played just two snaps all season.
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