Eagles Snap Counts: Increased Role For Bryce Brown
Here’s a look at snap counts for the Eagles during their Week 11 loss to the Redskins. We’ll go position-by-position.
LeSean McCoy played 71 percent of the snaps, and many are questioning why he was on the field with the team trailing by 25 points and less than two minutes left. McCoy suffered a concussion on a 7-yard run when Redskins safety Madieu Williams hit him, helmet-to-helmet.
That means rookie Bryce Brown could see an increased role in the coming weeks. Brown carried five times for 35 yards yesterday and played 20 snaps overall (a season-high). He’s carried 12 times for 85 yards (7.1 YPC) in the last three weeks. On the season, Brown’s run 32 times for 141 yards (4.4 YPC).
Stanley Havili played nine snaps, his lowest total of the season.
Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson played 95 and 93 percent of the snaps, respectively. Yet somehow, they were both off the field on a 3rd-and-5 play in the first half where the Eagles went with five receivers. The pair combined for two catches and 5 yards.
Riley Cooper had five catches for 61 yards. He figures to continue to see an increased role if Jason Avant misses next week’s game against the Panthers. Clay Harbor played 35 percent of the snaps, his highest number since Week 5.
The weekly Jason Babin/Brandon Graham split was 57 percent to 41 percent. It would probably be a good idea to give Fletcher Cox a bump in playing time, considering how well he’s performing. I don’t know what else to say about Vinny Curry. He appears healthy, and I have a hard time believing the coaches have determined that he can’t play based on practice. It’s time for him to be out there.
Mike Patterson saw his most action of the season, playing 23 snaps.
DeMeco Ryans continues to play at a high level on a weekly basis. That is one offseason move that has worked out well for the Eagles.
What is this secondary going to look like next year? Is anyone safe? I’d say Brandon Boykin is the most likely of the bunch. He’s had his share of issues, but has shown potential as the slot cornerback. The Eagles have decisions to make on every other player back there.