Eagles Snap Counts: Brasher Tightens DL Rotation

Here’s a look at Eagles snap counts from Thursday’s loss to the Bengals. We’ll go position-by-position.

Overall Snaps
Snap %
Bryce Brown4988%
Dion Lewis59%
Stanley Havili1120%

The Eagles are spelling Bryce Brown less than they did LeSean McCoy. The rookie running back only came off the field for seven snaps. He had 16 carries for 34 yards (2.1 YPC) and had the turnover on the exchange with Nick Foles in the third. After averaging 8.1 yards per carry in his first two starts, Brown has averaged 1.4 in his last two games.

Overall Snaps
Snap %
Riley Cooper5598%
Jeremy Maclin5293%
Jason Avant3868%
Damaris Johnson916%
Marvin McNutt12%
Clay Harbor4682%
Emil Igwenagu1323%

Jeremy Maclin led the team with nine targets, but finished with just four catches for 73 yards. He also fumbled on the first drive. Jason Avant had three catches for 44 yards on four targets. Despite playing 55 of 56 snaps, Riley Cooper had just three catches for 20 yards.

Emil Igwenagu saw his first action of the season, but was not targeted. Clay Harbor started for Brent Celek and had three catches for 30 yards, but he fumbled too.

I suppose I should have included Matt Tennant here. The backup center has played one snap all season. It came in the red zone late in the first half. Foles targeted Tennant, but threw incomplete in the end zone. I’m guessing many of you are not shocked at the result there.

Overall Snaps
Snap %
Trent Cole6279%
Brandon Graham5267%
Fletcher Cox4963%
Cullen Jenkins4963%
Derek Landri3444%
Cedric Thornton2633%
Vinny Curry1519%
Phillip Hunt1418%
Darryl Tapp1317%

The Eagles’ first-team defensive line is playing more. Graham played 52 snaps, his highest total since Week 1 of his rookie year (per Pro Football Focus). Trent Cole played 62 snaps, his highest total in the past two seasons. Both were productive, combining for 11 tackles and 3.5 sacks, per the game stats.

Vinny Curry is still not seeing a lot of playing time. He was only on the field for 15 snaps. Fletcher Cox has seen a bump the last two weeks. He had 1.5 sacks.

Overall Snaps
Snap %
DeMeco Ryans78100%
Mychal Kendricks7596%
Jamar Chaney3849%
Casey Matthews11%
Akeem Jordan11%

Jamar Chaney once again got the start at SAM, and Mychal Kendricks was at WILL. DeMeco Ryans led the team with nine tackles.

Overall Snaps
Snap %
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie7799%
Nnamdi Asomugha7697%
Brandon Boykin3950%
Curtis Marsh45%
Nate Allen78100%
Colt Anderson7799%

Colt Anderson once again filled in for Kurt Coleman and exceeded expectations. The Eagles didn’t have many (any?) noticeable breakdowns in the back end, limiting Andy Dalton to 127 yards on 13-for-27 passing. The Eagles didn’t allow a completion of more than 19 yards all game long.

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  • Sensei

    It’s nice to see Trent Cole look like…. Trent Cole

    • 1972

      i hope it wasnt a one game thurday night thing, because cole looked weak the majority of the season.Get a safety, and a corner and we might have a pretty good looking defense

  • Absecon

    Not surprisingly, the defense, and the DB’s particularly, are tightening things up without the wide-9 gimmick….

  • Crazy eyes

    I was impressed with Colt Anderson’s play. He has not made the same mistakes the other safety is making. He also is flying around the field played harder than anyone else.

  • barry_nic

    Hate to burst your bubble about the secondary guys, but the 147 yards all went to one receiver, and he was covered by DRC. DRC can stay with receivers but cannot make a good move on the ball when it’s in the air. But the Line is looking good and Graham has been true to his words at the beginning of the season when he said he’s going to out work everybody on the team to repair his reputation and prove he’s not a bust. Now he’s got the rep of a hard working hard nosed football player. Well done Brandon!

    • xlGmanlx

      Not that DRC is the answer, but AJ Green is just a small notch below Megatron as far as elite WR’s in the league. AJ does that to a lot of CB’s in the league.

    • Nick

      Actually, only 57 yards went to Green. Most of the others went to running backs and tight ends. That’s the third lowest total for him all season. Not perfect, but good job DRC.

  • Willie

    Why is Andy the only coach that doesn’t make half time adjustments…. going back a long time he doesn’t make good half time adjustments … and they need to do some fumbling training …. this is embarrassing

    • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

      No need to make halftime adjustments – the plan is always perfect and around here, we always stick to the plan!

      • limodriver2750

        Wondered that myself till I realized that Andy knows all and doesnt need to put players in the right position since he thinks that they’re already there. Time’s yours, Andy…all the time you want at season’s end.

  • xlGmanlx

    Graham was obviously the most disruptive DE on the team. Cox looked good too. It gives something to be excited about, but Kendricks got burnt for the Dalton TD. Top 5 pick, they need to grab Te’o.

  • morgan c

    To be fair, as the NFL network showed, the Foles pass to Tenant was actually perfect, and went through Tenant’s hands and hit him right in the gut, before falling to the ground.

  • Philly_Bigz

    I wonder if a CB like Johnathan Banks fits well with this team..Would like to hear what you all think???