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Eagles snap counts vs. Dolphins: How much did Julio Jones play in his debut?

The Eagles neutralized Miami’s prolific offense on Sunday Night Football, powering their way to a decisive 31-17 victory.

Jalen Hurts toughed out an injury, AJ Brown continued his dominance, and Philly’s defense made MVP-favorite Tua Tagovailoa uncomfortable throughout.

Here’s a look at the snap counts from Week 7:


Newly-acquired WR Julio Jones made his Eagles debut after joining the team on Tuesday. The future HOFer logged 16 total snaps on offense, catching one pass for 3 yards. Jones is likely still learning the playbook, but it was good to see him out there.

Despite dealing with some sort of leg injury, Jalen Hurts played the entire game and donned a knee brace in the second half. Noticeably less mobile, Hurts stated afterward that he hopes the injury won’t affect him long-term. Hurts finished the night 23/31 passing for 287 yards, two TDs, and an interception.

AJ Brown logged his fifth straight game with 125+ receiving yards, joining Calvin Johnson and Pat Studstill as the only players to hit that mark in NFL history.

For whatever reason, Kenneth Gainwell continues to eat into D’Andre Swift’s snap share. Unless it’s for pass protection, there’s no reason for Gainwell to be playing over him. Swift carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards and added three receptions for 13 yards through the air.

We also got a Britain Covey sighting on offense for seven snaps, so that’s fun.


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The Dolphins came into Week 7 averaging 37.5 points and 498.7 yards per game. Sean Desai and the Eagles defense put a stop to all that. Philadelphia held Miami to one TD on eight possessions, 12 first downs, 10 offensive points, and 244 total yards.

Miami logged just 49 snaps on offense — you can’t score if you can’t get on the field.

The Eagles once again played nickel CB by committee, deploying Sydney Brown, Josiah Scott, and Eli Ricks to deal with Miami’s playmakers. The group held their own, especially Ricks, who allowed 0 catches on three targets in 13 coverage snaps — impressive outing for the undrafted rookie.

Darius Slay played every defensive snap after missing last week’s game and came down with a pivotal INT in the red zone. Tyreek Hill did his damage, as expected, but the Eagles held him to just 88 yards, his third-lowest total in 2023.

Jalen Carter played 19 snaps in his return and controlled the line of scrimmage. Nolan Smith logged just four snaps but made the most of them, recording his first career sack in the second quarter.

Josh Sweat added two more sacks to his season total and is now tied with Haason Reddick for the team lead with 5.5 sacks. The last time the Eagles had multiple pass-rushers record 5.5 sacks each through seven games was in 1991: Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, and Reggie White.

Philly made it known that they planned to counter speed with physicality. Over the first six weeks, Miami averaged 181.8 rushing yards per game. They rushed for 45 yards last night. Take a bow, Sean Desai.

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Victor Williams is the host/producer of The Philly Pod on iHeartRadio and leads all Eagles coverage as co-founder of The Liberty Line.

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  1. Absolutely a GREAT reason for Gainwell to get snaps over Swift: Wear and tear on Swift. In a game where both teams are likely to pass a ton, and if the gameplan was for less running, definitely put in a lesser player. Defense still has to play honestly, and you save Swift.

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