Don’t expect the Eagles to place too much on Jordan Davis’ plate early. A little over 50% of the snaps sounds reasonable.
Here’s the thought process. The Philadelphia Eagles have a favorable schedule and a loaded roster. Sure, there are some difficult tests. They have a tough three-game stretch where they face the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers, and Tennessee Titans in weeks 11, 12, and 13 respectively, but there are a few games where the margin of victory will be wider. That means we could see extended looks at the reserves.
Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave figure to start on the interior of the defensive line, but it would be wise to develop a rotation to keep everyone fresh all season. We saw Philly’s desire to do that last year with their usage of Milton Williams.
He was shuffled in and out of the lineup while appearing in all 17 regular-season games and wound up seeing 456 defensive snaps, roughly 41% of the team’s total. With Davis being a first-rounder, we expect to see him a little more often than that.
What do you think? Does 50% of the snaps sound reasonable? With both Fletch and Hargrave not being signed past this season, it’s probably wise to get him up to speed and give him as many snaps as possible, but no one should expect Philadelphia to put too much on his plate either.