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Eagles Snap Counts: Depleted Defense Relying on Deep Backups

The Eagles were lit up by Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense Sunday afternoon. 

It didn't help that the Birds had a bunch of random guys out there trying to stop one of the best offenses we've ever seen. 

The Eagles on Sunday got 147 combined snaps from five defensive players who weren't on the roster to start the season! 

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Cre'Von LeBlanc: 44 (63 percent)
T.Y. McGill: 30 (43 percent)
Chandon Sullivan: 26 (37 percent)
De'Vante Bausby: 24 (34 percent)
Treyvon Hester: 23 (33 percent)

That's pretty wild. The guy who has been on the roster the longest of that group is Hester, who was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 2. Sullivan was promoted Oct. 25. LeBlanc was claimed Nov. 5. T.Y. McGill signed on Nov. 6. And Bausby was promoted Nov. 17. 

Other defensive snap count notes

• Obviously, the secondary was a mess with injuries. Rasul Douglas played 51 before going down. Sidney Jones played 22 snaps before his hamstring injury. And Avonte Maddox played just 17 snaps before his injury. 

• Michael Bennett and Brandon Graham each played 42 snaps. Chris Long played 39 snaps and Josh Sweat played 20, the most of his career. 

• Jordan Hicks played 64 snaps of 70 before leaving the game with a calf injury. Before the injury, he had played every snap this season. 

Offensive snap count notes

• Josh Adams appears to be the new lead back. He got 28 of 51 snaps and was one of the very few bright spots. He had seven carries for 53 yards and caught three passes for 19. Corey Clement played 14 snaps and Wendell Smallwood played just four. That's significant because Smallwood came into the game as the Eagles' top rusher. 

• Golden Tate played 36 snaps (71 percent). Tate had five receptions for 48 yards. He's a good player, but that third-round pick looks like a steeper and steeper price. 

• Dallas Goedert played just 16 snaps. In the last two games, he has played 34 snaps. In those two games, he has one target and no catches. 

• If you're looking for another positive, Lane Johnson and Jason Peters were at least able to play all 51 offensive snaps. Jason Kelce played just six snaps before leaving with an elbow injury. 

Offense

Isaac Seumalo: 51 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks: 51 (100)
Lane Johnson: 51 (100)
Jason Peters: 51 (100)
Carson Wentz: 51 (100)
Alshon Jeffery: 51 (100)
Zach Ertz: 47 (92)
Stefen Wisniewski: 45 (88)
Nelson Agholor: 44 (86)
Golden Tate: 36 (71) 
Josh Adams: 28 (55)
Dallas Goedert: 16 (31)
Corey Clement: 14 (27)
Jordan Matthews: 14 (27)
Jason Kelce: 6 (12)
Wendell Smallwood: 4 (8)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 1 (2)

Defense

Malcolm Jenkins: 70 snaps (100 percent)
Nigel Bradham: 70 (100)
Jordan Hicks: 64 (91)
Corey Graham: 61 (87)
Rasul Douglas: 51 (73)
Fletcher Cox: 49 (70)
Cre'Von LeBlanc: 44 (63)
Michael Bennett: 42 (60)
Brandon Graham: 42 (60)
Chris Long: 39 (56)
Haloti Ngata: 33 (47)
T.Y. McGill: 30 (43)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 29 (41)
Chandon Sullivan: 26 (37)
De'Vante Bausby: 24 (34)
Treyvon Hester: 23 (33)
Sidney Jones: 22 (31)
Josh Sweat: 20 (29)
Avonte Maddox: 17 (24)
Nate Gerry: 8 (11) 
Tre Sullivan: 6 (9)

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