Week 5: Eagles Snap Count Analysis

Here’s a look at how the Eagles divvied up playing time against the Giants Sunday afternoon.

Overall SnapsSnap %
LeSean McCoy6479%
Bryce Brown1417%
Chris Polk34%

A week ago, LeSean McCoy had trouble with the mile-high air, but his playing time bumped back up against the Giants. He had 20 carries for 46 yards.

With Michael Vick in the game, McCoy ran 12 times for 48 yards. With Nick Foles in the game, he had eight carries for -2 yards. McCoy added six catches for 46 yards.

Bryce Brown had 11 yards on five carries, and Chris Polk ran twice for 3 yards.

If you’re wondering about the QB snaps, Foles played 43 and Vick 38.

Overall SnapsSnap %
DeSean Jackson7694%
Brent Celek6479%
Jason Avant6378%
Riley Cooper6277%
Zach Ertz3341%
Jeff Maehl2025%
James Casey34%
Damaris Johnson34%

DeSean Jackson had a monster game with seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets.

Riley Cooper saw a bit of a dip in playing time. He played 77 percent of the snaps, a season-low. Replacing him was Jeff Maehl, who played a season-high 20 snaps. That’s as many as he played in the first four games combined. Cooper and Maehl combined for no catches on one target.

Jason Avant had three catches for 33 yards.

At tight end, Brent Celek caught all three balls thrown his way for 47 yards, including a 25-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Zach Ertz has seen his snap count go up in four consecutive weeks. He had two catches for 38 yards on three targets, including a 24-yarder. Ertz has four catches of 20+ yards.

Perhaps what we learned Sunday is that the Eagles’ best chance at providing Jackson help in the passing game is to use the running backs and tight ends more. Those positions combined for 12 catches and 137 yards on 16 targets. Wide receivers not named DeSean Jackson had three catches for 33 yards on eight targets.

James Casey played three snaps and continues to be a non-factor offensively.

Overall SnapsSnap %
Fletcher Cox5374%
Cedric Thornton4664%
Isaac Sopoaga2738%
Vinny Curry2535%
Bennie Logan1825%
Clifton Geathers1014%

Nothing really glaring about the defensive line rotation. Vinny Curry rotated in for the third straight week and played 14 snaps.

Rookie Bennie Logan had the Eagles’ lone sack.

Overall SnapsSnap %
DeMeco Ryans73100%
Mychal Kendricks73100%
Connor Barwin6690%
Trent Cole5474%
Brandon Graham2230%

DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks played every snap. Connor Barwin left the game briefly in the second quarter with a leg injury, but returned in the third.

Brandon Graham played 30 percent of the Eagles’ snaps, his highest mark of the season. He did not register a tackle, QB hurry or sack according to the official box score.

Overall SnapsSnap %
Earl Wolff73100%
Nate Allen73100%
Bradley Fletcher73100%
Cary Williams73100%
Brandon Boykin4562%

Patrick Chung missed his second straight game. Nate Allen and Earl Wolff played every snap. Same goes for starting corners Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Williams had an interception, and Fletcher, who was tested all game long, was credited with five pass break-ups.

Brandon Boykin played 62 percent of the snaps. He pressured Eli Manning on the Kendricks interception and came away with a pick of his own.

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