Snap count notes from Week 8 – Eagles and Cowboys edition

As always, snap counts via ProFootballFocus.

– Jason Avant is never listed as a starter, but he may as well be.  He has played less than 50% of the snap once this season (vs NYG).  This week he had 50 snaps out of a possible 74.  Avant is on pace for 71 catches and 942 yards, which would be his best season by far.

– Brent Celek had 69 snaps, and was finally productive.  He abused the terrible Cowboys inside linebackers in coverage all night.

– Clay Harbor saw the most action he’s seen this season, with 36 snaps.  He was tremendous in the run game with a big lead.

– Oddly, with a big lead, FB Owen Schmitt saw his lowest snap total on the year, with 6 snaps.

– Cowboy killer Steve Smith did not play a single snap.  He was not listed as inactive.

– The Eagles 74 snaps to Dallas’ 52, which doesn’t even tell the time of possession story.  Philly kept the ball for 42:09.  Dallas, 17:51.

– The Eagles’ base secondary (Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Nate Allen, and Kurt Coleman), and Jamar Chaney all played the entire game.  Otherwise it was rotate city for the Eagles.  I’ll just list them all: DE Babin (35), Cole (34), Tapp (20), Parker (16), DT Jenkins (32), Patterson (29), Laws (23), Landri (20), LB Rolle (33), Fokou (9), CB DRC (43), Hanson (18).

– Dez Bryant got 46 of 52 snaps.  He caught 3 passes for 28 yards, all in garbage time.

– A few of the Cowboys offensive linemen were banged up, but they all played every snap.  Tyron Smith had been playing well for a rookie this season, but he had a rough night, giving up 2 sacks.  He has now given up 5 sacks so far this season, according to PFF.  That puts him on pace for over 11 this year, which is obviously not good for any OL position, but particularly no good for a RT.

– DeMarco Murray was a rare Cowboy that showed up Sunday night.  He built on his record breaking day in St. Louis by rushing for 74 yards.  His opportunities were limited as the Cowboys were forced to play catchup all night, and he got his yards on just 8 carries.

– Laurent Robinson got 42 snaps, and was targeted 8 times, the same number as Dez Bryant and Miles Austin combined.  That just shouldn’t happen.

– Sean Lee played 20 snaps before leaving with a dislocated wrist.  And then the Bradie James and Keith Brooking suckathon began.

– I think we’ll just mercifully end it here.  18 defenders took part in getting absolutely decimated – No need to list them all.


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  14. Anthony says:

    I am curious how many snaps Bruce Carter played. Can you list that number?

    1. None, although he did play some special teams, which PFF doesn’t calculate. He made a tackle on Maclin at the end of the half on a punt return.

  15. The Legend says:

    I’m assuming you don’t get to see a TV in the press box but on TV they’ve been listing Avant as a starter lately both on FOX & NBC

    I doubt the Eagles would do it but maybe instead of cutting Page like everyone wants when we activate Graham what about cutting Schmitt & either use Harbor or a extra OL. They hardly use Schmitt anyways, lets get Harbor on the field more.

    Also it’s funny seeing DRC & Hanson’s snap counts because I believe it was MG77 over at BGN who kept on saying that Hanson played more even though a few of us told him he didn’t

    1. Ah, gotcha. When I re-watch, the starting lineups is something I’d probably fast-forward through. And you’re half-correct. There are TVs, but they’re about 5-10 seconds behind the action on the field, so I rarely see anything in between plays up there.

      Hanson, for the record, has 54 snaps all season.

    2. Anders says:

      Smith is still a good contributor on ST and why not cute Page? He is inactive anyway and they have Anderson on the active roster already.

      1. giants fan says:

        Is Smith doing much on ST? I’ve gotta say, the Giants are looking pretty good on that front.

        1. I don’t believe he plays on STs at all.

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