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Eagles didn't take full advantage of Jordan Davis in Opening Day?

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Nick Siriani said he found no correlation between the Eagles’ struggle to stop runs on Sunday and Jordan Davis’ lack of playing time.

The numbers clearly show otherwise.

With Davis on the field, the Lions made 14 rushing plays for 43 yards (3.1) and 14 plays for 138 yards (9.9) without him.

Even factoring in the fact that two of his 14 rushes on the field with Davis were 1-yard touchdowns (which helps his average even if he doesn’t win the play), Davis’ playing time It’s no exaggeration to say that there was a clear correlation between the success and failure of the rush defense.

The real problem is causation.

Of course, there were other factors — such as commitment to running, even when the Lions were down big — but Davis played well.

And it’s no surprise that the best run-staff defensive lineman in college football is also pretty good at it in the NFL. He showed up that Sunday afternoon in limited snaps.

“He did a good job when he was there,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. , he successfully executed.

“22 snaps, everyone played, five D tackles up. I think they’ll keep playing and Jordan will keep making the most of his opportunities.”

But will Davis get more opportunities?

Because he should.

Of the five defensive tackles made in Detroit on Sunday, Davis had the fewest snaps. Fletcher Cox led with 39, followed by Javon Hargrave (38), Milton Williams (33), Marlon Tuiprotu (29) and finally Davis (22).

This summer, Tuipulotu made a huge improvement and earned a spot in the rotation. But who would have thought he had seven more snaps than the guy the Eagles traded in the first round? It’s not a shot of, but it shouldn’t happen.

The takeaway here is that only four of Davis’ 22 snaps were in the Eagles’ four-man front line. Everything else happened at the Eagles’ bare front with Davis either in a goal line formation or as a nose tackle between two 3 techniques.

Even the first drive of the game was a 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive from the Lions as the Eagles kicked out Cox and Hargrave…we won’t see Davis until the Lions are on the goal line. did.

If Davis doesn’t get more snaps on the four-man front going forward, he sort of turns into a sub-package player.

“I’m happy with Jordan playing a three-man or four-man front,” Gannon said. “He’s his tackle defensively and can play every technique within every scheme. Going forward, he’ll play in everything we do.”

Back in his time at Georgia, there were questions about how much Davis should play in a given game. I recorded an average of 25.2 snaps.

But one of Davis’ biggest problems at the college level was conditioning, which he’s struggled with since entering the NFL. After he made his NFL debut, it didn’t seem to matter.

“I know I’m ready whenever my number is called,” Davis said. “Of course, as you go along, you’re going to feel a little tired. But it’s a game, right? Everybody’s tired. As far as conditioning, I’m feeling great.”

It’s still week 1, so don’t rush yet. But we’ll see how Ganon uses Davis throughout the season.

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