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Snap counts vs. Eagles highlight changes on defense

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Looking at the Giants' snap counts Sunday vs. the Eagles.

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The arrival of Jon Beason has been looked at as the main factor in the turnaround for the New York Giants' defense. That is justifiable, since the Giants gave up more than 30 points in their first five games and now, with Beason starting the last three games, they have not given up a touchdown in 10 quarters.

The insertion of Beason at middle linebacker in place of Mark Herzlich is not, however, the only change on the Giants' defense. A look at the snap counts from Sunday's 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles reveals more.

Look at the players who played every defensive snap. Beason, Jacquian Williams, Prince Amukamara, Antrel Rolle, Will Hill and Terrell Thomas were on the field for every play. Ryan Mundy, Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers -- mainstays most of the season -- did not play a single snap.

That's a faster, more athletic group of players on the field. It also indicates much less personnel shuffling than the Giants have done much of the season. Other than rotating linemen to keep them fresh that shows more of a commitment to putting one group of players on the field and simply letting them play. Williams, Beason, Hill, Thomas and even Trumaine McBride make the Giants faster and more athletic on defense.

Snap Counts

Defense
Player Pos. Snaps
Jacquian Williams LB 61
Prince Amukamara CB 61
Antrel Rolle S 61
Will Hill S 61
Terrell Thomas CB 61
Jon Beason LB 61
Jason Pierre-Paul DE 50
Trumaine McBride CB 49
Justin Tuck DE 43
Mathias Kiwanuka DE 41
Cullen Jenkins DT 41
Linval Joseph DT 28
Mike Patterson DT 19
Johnathan Hankins DT 18
Corey Webster CB 12
Damontre Moore DE 4
Offense
Player Pos. Snaps
Kevin Boothe G 74
Jim Cordle C 74
Justin Pugh T 74
David Diehl G 74
Will Beatty T 74
Eli Manning QB 74
Hakeem Nicks WR 62
Peyton Hillis RB 59
Victor Cruz WR 58
Brandon Myers TE 53
John Conner FB 31
Bear Pascoe TE 29
Rueben Randle WR 27
James Brewer OL 15
Jerrel Jernigan WR 14
Michael Cox RB 12
Larry Donnell TE 7
Louis Murphy WR 3

Takeaways: The big thing here is the 59 snaps played by Peyton Hillis. Rookie Michael Cox played 12.