Eagles-Saints snap counts: Miles Sanders throws his lowest season total

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The official snap tells of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Let’s take a look and do some analysis.

  • Even with Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson out, the Eagles should still be able to add 10+ points when their backup quarterback and offensive line play the entire game. It’s not like they’ve been cut short by injuries in the game.
  • For the first time this season, AJ Brown played the entire game. He caught four of his nine targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. Most of his production came from his 78-yard scoring.
  • DeVonta Smith continues to look good.
  • Dallas Goedert has seen six targets this week after just three against the Cowboys. So good on the team for trying to wrap it up a bit more. His three catches went for 45 yards. In fairness to the Eagles, the Saints are allowing tight ends in Fantasy Football this season.
  • Quez Watkins has only seen one target in 28 snaps played. He threw his fourth lowest snap count percentage. Probably not unrelated to recent fights.
  • Miles Sanders threw his lowest snap count percentage of the season with a tying 40%. Their previous low was 50.9% and that was when the Eagles were in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sanders’ 12 carries went for 61 yards (5.1 average). It’s fair to wonder why the coaching staff didn’t do a better job of getting him more involved on the field. On the other hand, he was wearing a knee brace and might not be able to handle a much higher workload.
  • Jack Stoll saw his lowest snap count percentage of the season. Not so much 12 people in this game.

  • Aside from taking a little rest late in the Tennessee Titans game, Marcus Epps hasn’t missed a snap this year.
  • Although by a small margin, Kyzir White actually bested TJ Edwards in this game. There is a stronger argument to be made. White should see fewer snaps, not more.
  • Brandon Graham threw his highest snap count percentage from afar due to Josh Sweat’s injury. Graham’s previous high this season was 47.8%. He took advantage of the extra opportunities, though, and got his first double-digit sack season.
  • Fletcher Cox had his most active game in as many weeks, recording his first sack since Week 14. It probably helped that he was facing backup guards. Still, good on him for showing up.
  • Josiah Scott was still the nickel cornerback despite his struggles to replace Avonte Maddox. He recorded his second career interception as he tackled Andy Dalton.
  • This was Linval Joseph’s third-lowest instant tally percentage since joining the team. Minor role in the game plan this week.
  • Jordan Davis hasn’t recorded a solo tackle since before the ankle injury he suffered in Week 8.
  • For the second week in a row, Nakobe Dean had very limited playing time on defense. Maybe the Eagles should try to push that a little higher.

  • Zech McPhearson made a beautiful tackle on punt coverage.
  • Shaun Bradley was checked out in the medical tent at one point, but managed to finish the game.
  • Kyron Johnson was active after a healthy scratch last week due to a numbers crunch.
  • This was the first time Grant Calcaterra was active for a game but did not record an offensive snap.
  • Not listed in screenshot: Andre Dillard and Grant Calcaterra each played two ST snaps.

INACTIVE: Jalen Hurts, Lane Johnson, Avonte Maddox, Trey Sermon, Sua Opeta, Janarius Robinson

ACTIVE: Ian Book, Josh Sills

  • With Johnson out, Sills was active for the first time since Week 5 (and the second time in his career) to provide more tackle depth. But he didn’t play a single snap, even on special teams.
  • With Hurts expected to be available in Week 18, Book will once again be a healthy scratch at QB3.

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