Week 4: Eagles Snap Count Analysis

Vinny Curry

Here’s a look at how Chip Kelly divvied up playing time Sunday afternoon against the Broncos.

 Overall SnapsSnap %
LeSean McCoy4259%
Bryce Brown2332%
Chris Polk68%

LeSean McCoy played 59 percent of the snaps. He had trouble dealing with the mile-high air and sat out for stretches in the first half. McCoy still averaged 4.6 yards per carry (16 for 73) and caught one pass for 21 yards.

Bryce Brown filled in for McCoy, playing 32 percent of the snaps. He had eight carries for 19 yards and also caught two balls for 41 yards. At one point, it looked like the TV camera caught Kelly yelling at Brown to turn upfield, rather than run east/west.

Sidenote: Can someone get Brown new cleats? He slipped on a 35-yard catch and run that should have been a touchdown. The Eagles would later get in the end zone on the drive.

Chris Polk had never played an offensive snap before Sunday. His first in an NFL game was a 4-yard TD run. Polk ran hard even when the game was out of hand. He had three carries for 33 yards.

 Overall SnapsSnap %
DeSean Jackson6085%
Riley Cooper5983%
Brent Celek5272%
Jason Avant5172%
Zach Ertz3144%
Jeff Maehl1217%
James Casey1014%
Damaris Johnson1014%

DeSean Jackson played 60 of 71 snaps; Riley Cooper 59. The Eagles’ starting wide receivers combined for four catches for 59 yards.

The Eagles still used a lot of ’11’ personnel as Jason Avant was on the field for 72 percent of the snaps.

Brent Celek also played 72 percent of the snaps, finishing with three catches for 57 yards. But he had one huge drop in the red zone in the first quarter.

Zach Ertz played a career-high 31 snaps. He had one catch for 38 yards. Ertz has five catches on the season; three have gone for 20+ yards. He’s averaging 22.4 yards per reception.

James Casey also played a season-high 10 snaps. He had one grab for 12 yards.

 Overall SnapsSnap %
Cedric Thornton4764%
Fletcher Cox4663%
Bennie Logan2636%
Clifton Geathers2534%
Isaac Sopoaga2433%
Vinny Curry1318%

Cedric Thornton played 64 percent of the snaps; Fletcher Cox 63 percent. Cox jumped offsides twice, giving the Broncos first downs both times.

The Eagles’ rotational linemen – Bennie Logan and Clifton Geathers – have been non-factors through the first four games.

Vinny Curry was active for the second straight week, but played only 13 snaps. Per Pro Football Focus, he had a grand total of four opportunities to rush the passer.

 Overall SnapsSnap %
DeMeco Ryans6488%
Mychal Kendricks6285%
Connor Barwin6082%
Trent Cole5373%
Brandon Graham2027%
Casey Matthews1419%
Jake Knott1115%
Najee Goode912%

Connor Barwin was used a lot in coverage. Per PFF, he dropped on 20 of 36 passing downs, or 55.6 percent of the time.

Trent Cole dropped nine times. He had only been in coverage seven times in the previous two games combined.

The Eagles got zero sacks and zero QB hits from their outside linebackers. Brandon Graham played 20 snaps. He had just eight chances to rush the passer, per PFF.

Casey Matthews played 14 snaps.

 Overall SnapsSnap %
Earl Wolff6488%
Nate Allen6488%
Bradley Fletcher6488%
Cary Williams6488%
Brandon Boykin4663%
Colt Anderson912%
Kurt Coleman912%
Roc Carmichael912%

Earl Wolff and Nate Allen were the starting safeties.

Brandon Boykin played 63 percent of the snaps as the nickel corner. On 25 passing downs, he rushed the passer six times, or 24 percent of the time. Billy Davis will have to answer this week why he’s using Boykin, one of his better cover guys, to rush the passer so much.

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