Monday, December 22, 2014

Making sense of the Eagles' inactives

The Eagles' first-round pick is inactive for the third time in four games, but their second-round pick will dress for the first time today against the 49ers.

Making sense of the Eagles' inactives

Jaiquawn Jarrett will be active today for the first time in his career. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Jaiquawn Jarrett will be active today for the first time in his career. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles' first-round pick is inactive for the third time in four games, but their second-round pick will dress for the first time today against the 49ers.

Here's the list of inactives: Brandon Hughes, Curtis Marsh, Darryl Tapp, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde, Winston Justice and Juqua Parker.

That means safety Jaiquawn Jarrett is on the gameday roster for the first time. He's one of five safeties, joining Nate Allen, Jarrad Page, Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson.

I'd expect Jarrett to have simply a special teams role, but maybe the Birds will surprise us.

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With Hughes and Marsh inactive, the Eagles will go with four cornerbacks: Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha and Joselio Hanson. The Eagles played some dime last week, with all four cornerbacks on the field. The 49ers don't have a lot of talent at wide receiver so I'm not sure we'll see much of that package today.

Asomugha could find himself lined up against tight end Vernon Davis, who is by far the 49ers' most dangerous threat in the passing game. Davis has four catches of 20+ yards on the season and leads the Niners in targets, receptions and receiving yards.

Watkins is inactive for the third time in four games and doesn't appear to be any closer to taking back the right guard spot from Kyle DeVan.

Once again, the Eagles have seven defensive linemen active. That likely means a heavy workload once again for Trent Cole and Jason Babin. Cole played about 90 percent of the snaps last week; Babin 88 percent.

By the way, didn't fit this on the blog earlier in the week, but here's how often each Eagles cornerback has been targeted this year:

Samuel: 6-for-16 for 51 yards (3.19 YPA)
Rodgers-Cromartie: 3-for-6 for 49 yards (8.17 YPA)
Asomugha: 4-for-9 for 82 yards (9.1 YPA)

It's also worth noting that Asomugha gave up a 41-yard pass interference penalty.

I took a look at his snaps against the Giants, and Asomugha was in some type of zone coverage on eight of 26 passing plays. He played man coverage on 18 snaps. Meanwhile, he was lined up at right cornerback on 20 of 26 snaps, spending the other six in the slot.


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