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Eagles snap counts: Jeffery continues to get too much playing time

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This has become our weekly meeting spot to complain that an aging Alshon Jeffery continues to vulture snaps from young players.

Again, this is crazy.

Jeffery, 30, played his highest percentage of snaps yet in the Eagles’ 30-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s a look at WR playing time from Sunday:

Jalen Reagor: 44 snaps (71%)

Greg Ward: 44 snaps (71%)

Alshon Jeffery: 35 (56%)

Travis Fulgham: 25 (40%)

John Hightower: 18 (29%)

So, yes, Jeffery played more snaps in this game than Fulgham and Hightower. I’d rather see either of them take those snaps.

Heck, I’d rather the Eagles activate J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and give him all 35 of those snaps. Seriously. JJAW is a second-year player who has been a disastrous pick, but give him 35 snaps in each of the last four games and see if you can’t resurrect his NFL career. I’d rather give that a shot than to continue to send out what’s left of Alshon Jeffery every week.

Since he made his season debut after the bye week, Jeffery has now played in four games — all losses — and a total of 93 snaps. In those 93 snaps he has been targeted 8 times and has 2 catches for 15 yards. He's also dropped two passes, mistimed a jump on an INT and on Sunday was called for OPI. 

Jeffery is over 30, won't be here next year and wouldn't be here this year if not for a bloated and ill-advised contract. Play the kids.

What are they doing?

“I’ve kind of been through this before,” Pederson said. “We game plan for both guys (Jeffery and Fulgham), and we’ve got to improve as an offense. We’ve got to improve, obviously, at all positions. You know, the receiver position is one. I’ve got to improve. We try to get as many people into the game. We’ve got five receivers that are active on game day, and we try to use them all.”

 

Other offensive notes

  • Carson Wentz played 36 snaps before getting pulled in the third quarter for Jalen Hurts, who played the final 26. The Eagles averaged 3.5 yards per play with Wentz and 6.3 yards per play with Hurts.

  • Jason Peters lasted just 36 snaps before coming out of the game with that nagging toe injury. He was replaced by Nate Herbig. Might this be the end for Peters?

  • Miles Sanders led the way for the running backs with 35 snaps but finished with just 10 carries. Boston Scott played 16 snaps, Jordan Howard played 11 and Corey Clement was relegated to special teams.

  • In his return from injury, the Eagles managed Zach Ertz’s snaps. He played just 27 while Dallas Goedert played 52.

Defensive notes

  • Rodney McLeod, Alex Singleton, Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox played all 61 snaps on Sunday. McLeod is the only Eagle to play every snap on his side of the ball. He’s 837/837 on the season.
  • Darius Slay probably would have played the whole game but he injured his knee and left after 40 snaps. He came into the game with a calf injury. So rookie Michael Jacquet ended up getting 21 snaps.
  • After the release of Will Parks we heard bigger roles were coming for a couple players and that happened on Sunday. K’Von Wallace played 16 snaps and Marcus Epps played 11.
  • DE rotation: Brandon Graham 41 snaps (67%), Derek Barnett 38 (62%), Josh Sweat 24 (39%), Vinny Curry 19 (31%). Genard Avery was a healthy scratch.
  • DT rotation: Fletcher Cox 38 snaps (62%), Malik Jackson 33 (54%), Javon Hargrave 29 (48%), Raequan Williams 22 (36%). That’s a big chunk for the fourth DT.

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