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Eagles snap counts: DeSean Jackson didn’t play enough vs. Washington

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If it seemed like DeSeasn Jackson spent a good portion of Sunday’s 27-17 loss on the sideline that’s because he did.

Jackson played just 37 of 68 snaps (54%) at FedExField. While it might have seemed like Jackson was dealing with an injury, he tweeted on Sunday night to say he was healthy.

If it’s true that Jackson isn’t injured, then it’s a curious decision to play him as little as the Eagles did on Sunday, when they really could have used more production out of their receivers. But Jackson also didn’t look right on the sideline, so maybe there’s something to worry about.

Here’s how receivers snaps stacked up on Sunday and what they did with them:

Jalen Reagor: 40 snaps (59%) — 4 targets, 1 catch, 55 yards

DeSean Jackson: 37 snaps (54%) — 7 targets, 2 catches, 46 yards

Greg Ward: 30 snaps (44%) — 7 targets, 5 catches, 31 yards

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 28 snaps (41%) — 0 targets

John Hightower: 27 snaps (40%) — 4 targets, 1 catches, -2 yards

So after all the talk about trying to improve the receiver position this offseason, the first game for this new-look unit wasn’t great. Carson Wentz began struggling after a good start, so it wasn’t all on them. But the Eagles will definitely need more production from these guys moving forward.

Other offensive notes

• Nate Herbig, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Jason Peters and Carson Wentz played all 68 offensive snaps. So Herbig didn’t leave the field in his first career start.

• While he didn’t play great, it’s a good sign that Peters was able to stay on the field for the whole game Sunday. In 13 starts last year, he did that just six times.

 

• This was a big 12 personnel game. Zach Ertz played 58 snaps and Dallas Goedert played 54. Goedert had the first 100-yard game of his career.

• Jack Driscoll played 50 snaps in his first NFL game and after he left with an injury Jordan Mailata played the final 18.

• Boston Scott led the way for the running backs with 38 snaps, followed by Corey Clement (25) and Jason Huntley (1). The Eagles need to get Miles Sanders back.

Offense

Nate Herbig: 68 snaps (100%)

Isaac Seumalo: 68 (100%)

Jason Peters: 68 (100%)

Carson Wentz: 68 (100%)

Zach Ertz: 58 (85%)

Dallas Goedert: 54 (79%)

Jack Driscoll: 50 (74%)

Jalen Reagor: 40 (59%)

Boston Scott: 38 (56%)

DeSean Jackson: 37 (54%)

Greg Ward: 30 (44%)

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 28 (41%)

John Hightower: 27 (40%)

Corey Clement: 25 (37%)

Jordan Mailata: 18 (26%)

Richard Rodgers: 2 (3%)

Jason Huntley: 1 (1%)

Defensive snap counts notes

• The only guy on defense to play all 70 snaps was Rodney McLeod, but Nate Gerry missed just one.

• Duke Riley played 57 snaps, while T.J. Edwards played 20. So the Eagles’ top two linebacker are Gerry and Riley. They’re opting for speed in their nickel package. Riley also still played 24 special teams snaps, which means he was on the field more than any other player on Sunday.

• Fletcher Cox (57 snaps) and Malik Jackson (55) led the way for defensive tackles, followed by Hassan Ridgeway (30) and T.Y. McGill (16).

• With Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry leaving the game early, Josh Sweat led the Eagles’ defensive ends with 49 snaps (70%). His previous career-high in snaps was 31 and the highest percentage he ever played in a game was 50.9%.

• Alex Singleton, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Shaun Bradle, K’Von Wallace and Marcus Epps all got on the field minimally. Interesting that Bradley got on the field for a defensive snap before third-round pick Davion Taylor.

Defense

Rodney McLeod: 70 snaps (100%)

Nate Gerry: 69 (99%)

Jalen Mills: 64 (91%)

Darius Slay: 64 (91%)

Avonte Maddox: 61 (87%)

Duke Riley: 57 (81%)

Fletcher Cox: 57 (81%)

Malik Jackson: 55 (79%)

Josh Sweat: 49 (70%)

Nickell Robey-Coleman: 41 (59%)

Brandon Graham: 38 (54%)

Hassan Ridgeway: 30 (43%)

Vinny Curry: 22 (31%)

T.J. Edwards: 20 (29%)

Genard Avery: 20 (29%)

T.Y. McGill: 16 (23%)

Alex Singleton: 10 (14%)

Cre’Von LeBlanc: 10 (14%)

Shaun Bradley: 8 (11%)

K’Von Wallace: 6 (9%) 

Marcus Epps: 3 (4%)