Eagles Snap Counts: Dion Lewis Sees a Bump
Here’s a look at Eagles snap counts from Sunday’s win over the Bucs. We’ll go position-by-position.
Dion Lewis had been inactive for six of the Eagles’ first 12 games. But with LeSean McCoy sidelined, he’s been called on to complement starter Bryce Brown. Entering Sunday’s game, Lewis had played a total of 16 snaps all season, according to Pro Football Focus. But against Tampa, he was on the field for a career-high 26 snaps. Lewis only touched the ball twice – once on a carry that lost 4 yards and again on a swing pass that picked up 28. I’m still going through my game review, but Brown had some issues in pass protection early. That could be a reason why Lewis saw an expanded role.
With Brent Celek knocked out on the first play from scrimmage, everyone else was called on to pick up the slack. Clay Harbor played 51 snaps – the second-highest total of his career.
Jeremy Maclin sat out only one play and was Nick Foles’ most-targeted (13) receiver. Jason Avant and Riley Cooper only sat out five snaps apiece, as the Eagles stuck with three-receiver sets for much of the game. Damaris Johnson had the muffed punt and played 19 snaps on offense. Rookie Marvin McNutt was active for the first time in his career and played five snaps.
Even with Jim Washburn gone, the Eagles went with a rotation along the defensive line, playing all nine guys who were active. Brandon Graham played 47 snaps, his highest number since 2010. Fletcher Cox played 69 percent of the snaps, his second-highest percentage of the season.
Vinny Curry only played 16 snaps, his lowest total in the last three games. You’d think that at some point, Curry would steal away Darryl Tapp’s snaps. But there are only three games left.
The Eagles shook up their linebacker situation. Mychal Kendricks replaced Akeem Jordan at WILL. And Jamar Chaney took over for Kendricks at SAM. As you can see from the snap counts, Kendricks stayed on the field in nickel situations.
Nnamdi Asomugha left the game briefly and was replaced by Curtis Marsh. Colt Anderson replaced Kurt Coleman at safety.