Eagles-Giants snap count analysis: A new WR3 for the playoffs?

The official rapid counts of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Divisional Round victory over the New York Giants are in. Let’s take a look and go through some analytics.

  • Dallas Goedert tied DeVonta Smith to lead skill players in percentage of snap counts. Goedert caught all five of his targets (extremely efficient, as usual) for 58 yards and a touchdown, while DeVonta caught six of his 10 for 61 yards and a touchdown.
  • Pretty impressive that Lane Johnson was able to play the whole game before resting three times. Dude is so tough.
  • Landon Dickerson at one point missed a few snaps after being beaten up. Andre Dillard briefly replaced him at left guard before Dickerson was able to return.
  • AJ Brown ranked second in goals, behind only DeVonta…but only had three catches for 22 yards. He would have had a touchdown if Jalen Hurts hadn’t knocked him over in the end zone. Brown seemed frustrated that he got into trouble on that game, but the buzz is that he’s going to be fine.
  • Jack Stoll played his highest snap count percentage since week 15. Slightly more 12 men in this game.
  • Kenneth Gainwell played his third-highest snap count percentage this season. It was a career night for him with 12 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. An unexpected but welcome development.
  • Zach Pascal played his eighth-highest snap count this season. This was the first game where he defeated Quez Watkins. Was this decision related to the game or does it speak to the coaching staff losing faith in Quez after some end-of-season struggles? Maybe a mix of both? We’ll see if Pascal stays WR3.
  • For the first time since Week 1, Quez didn’t even see a target. Pascal, meanwhile, spotted one that resulted in a four-yard catch.
  • You knew the Eagles were going to give Boston Scott a touchdown against the Giants.
  • Cam Jurgens and Jack Driscoll saw some nonsensical time shots. Jurgens’ shotgun snap was a little high (but manageable) on Gainwell’s touchdown.
  • Gardner Minshew didn’t get a pass attempt, but he recorded the first playoff shots of his career. Cool to be able to pull your starters in a playoff game.

  • This was a relatively lighter workload for the defense. In contrast, the San Francisco 49ers defensive starters had to play a whopping 61 snaps on Sunday night.
  • How about an undrafted rookie free agent from Middle Tennessee leading the Eagles’ defense in snaps played in a playoff game?
  • It is only the second time this season that Marcus Epps has not played the entire game. He only missed 10 regular season shots. Nice to be able to give him a little rest towards the end of this one.
  • Haason Reddick was a beast. He tied for the team lead in tackles with five in addition to posting 1.5 sacks, one TFL and three quarterback hits. All that in just 36 snaps. Efficient.
  • Josh Sweat also posted 1.5 sack.
  • Jordan Davis played more snaps than Linval Joseph for the first time since the latter joined Philly’s roster. Interesting.
  • Robert Quinn logged a tackle, but he’s still looking for his first Eagles sack.
  • Brandon Graham only played 12 snaps, but had one sack and one TFL.
  • K’Von Wallace was effective in limited playing time totaling three tackles, one pass defensed, and one quarterback hit. He has gotten better as the season has progressed.
  • Josh Jobe took a huge hit on Richie James late in the game. Nice little moment for the UDFA CB, who only saw 12 defensive shots in the regular season.

  • Jake Elliott scored eight points by going 5/5 on extra points and making his lone field goal attempt, a 30-yarder.
  • Brett Kern bounced back on this play with a 53 long and all three of his punts fell within the 20 yard line.
  • Britain Covey has not returned kicks. Not the worst to see him being a fair catching machine.

INACTIVE: Avonte Maddox, Ian Book, Trey Sermon, Josh Sills, Kyron Johnson, Anthony Harris

  • Maddox was seen Saturday night without a walking boot. Maybe he can return for the NFC Championship Game? If not, he should be back when the Eagles make the Super Bowl.
  • The Eagles temporarily elevated Harris just to keep him inactive, seemingly so he could get a game check. Doing a solid for the veteran’s safety.

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