Snap-counts are essential for IDP. Tackles, sacks, and interceptions are really hard to get when you’re standing on the sidelines. Watching snap-counts rise and fall is the first step in finding sleepers who are about to break out and players who are on the decline.
Tony Jefferson was the only Raven IDP to play all 64 snaps. He was also the only Raven IDP to top 90% of the snaps. First Round sophomore Marlon Humphrey was the only other guy above 80% of snaps. Buffalo doesn’t have a functional offense. They will likely be a matchup to avoid all season long for IDP. Za’Darius Smith and CJ Mosley led the team in tackles with 5 each. Smith added 1.0 sack, 2 TFLs, and 1 PD for a well-rounded stat line. Fourth Round rookie Kenny Young had 4 solos and 1.0 sack among 2 QB hits on 23 snaps vs Patrick Onwuasor’s 26 snaps. Nickel CB Tavon Young started making a case for Comeback Player of the Year after missing last year. Tavon Young ended with 2.0 sacks among 3 solos. Humphrey ended with 4 PDs, likely a consequence of starting against Nathan Peterman… It’s hard to even know how the Ravens will line up the rest of the season because this game was so lopsided.
Tremaine Edmunds played 80 snaps. Phillip Gaines, Jordan Poyer, Tre’Davious White, Matt Milano, and Micah Hyde[/profiler] all topped 90% of snaps. [profiler]Lorenzo Alexander had 8 solos and 1 PD on 44 snaps. Milano added 7 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFLs. Poyer also had 8 total tackles. Third Safety Rafael Bush and Edmunds both ended with 7 total tackles. Edmunds’ stat line included 1.0 sack and 2 PDs. Bush played 31 snaps. Third Round rookie Harrison Phillips had a strong debut with 4 solos and 2 TFLs on 41 snaps, second to only Kyle Williams’ 45 snaps. Star Lotulelei only played 38 snaps. At DE, Jerry Hughes led the way with 53 snaps. Eddie Yarbrough was second with 39 snaps. Shaq Lawson suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and was limited to 35 snaps. Free agent acquisition Trent Murphy was on a snap-count because of a preseason groin injury and played 28 snaps. It’ll be hard for these EDGEs to compile sacks though, as most teams will be beating Buffalo handily by the 2nd half and will just run the ball…
Nick Vigil, Jessie Bates, and William Jackson played 82 snaps. Dre Kirkpatrick played 80 snaps. Vigil ended with 11 solos and 2 TFLs. Bates had 8 solos. Shawn Williams was ejected from this game in the first half. Special teams ace Clayton Fejedelem capitalized on the opportunity by compiling 9 solos, 1 assist, and an FR TD. At DE, Carlos Dunlap had 65 snaps. Michael Johnson played 46 snaps. Carl Lawson in his first game as a DE on MFL was shut out but had 1 QB hit on 42 snaps. Jordan Willis was also shut out and had 2 QB hits on 39 snaps. 4th Round sophomore Ryan Glasgow ended with 3 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and a QB hit on 40 snaps, behind only Geno Atkins’ 56 snaps. Vontaze Burfict was suspended for this game. I should actually check to see how many Week 1’s Burfict has actually played in… Preston Brown only played 46 snaps before having to leave with an ankle injury. In his Bengals debut, Brown put together 3 solos and an interception. He hadn’t caught a pick in either of the last two seasons.
Joe Schobert, Myles Garrett, and Damarious Randall played all 84 snaps. First Round rookie Denzel Ward played 83 snaps. Larry Ogunjobi also topped 90% of snaps. This seems to be growth from DC Gregg Williams. Garrett played every snap when Williams usually prefers a DE rotation. Meanwhile, Christian Kirksey only played 73% of snaps as the #2 LB. Schobert paced the team for tackles with 2 solos and 6 assists, adding a PD. Ogunjobi put on a show with 3 solos, 4 assists, and a sack. The Browns had 10 total players with 5 or more tackles. Garrett had 2.0 sacks. Ward picked off Big Ben twice to go with his 6 total tackles. This should’ve been a stat bonanza given it went to OT. Former 4th Rounder Derrick Kindred outsnapped 1st Round sophomore Jabrill Peppers, 62 to 35, as they split snaps at SS. If they continue splitting the role for the entire season, neither will be useful. Terrance Mitchell played the most snaps opposite Ward at 67. Briean Boddy-Calhoun was on the field for 62 snaps. Jamie Collins played 51 snaps, only 8 more than 5th Round rookie Genard Avery. Finally, former Bengal Chris Smith outsnapped former 2nd Rounder Emmanuel Ogbah, 57 to 27, because Ogbah hurt his ankle. Ogbah is expected to miss “some time,” making Smith a potentially useful pickup.
Justin Simmons, Darian Stewart, and Chris Harris played all 57 snaps. Bradley Roby and Bradley Chubb both played 95% of snaps. Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, and Derek Wolfe all topped 80% of snaps. Todd Davis ended with 8 solos and 1 QB Hit while on the field for 37 snaps. Miller had 3.0 sacks among 6 solos and 1 assist. Marshall had 3 solos and 3 assists. Adam Jones added an interception in his first game in Denver while playing 38 snaps as the 3rd CB. Fourth Round rookie Josey Jewell only played 7 snaps. Impressively, Shaq Barrett had 1.0 sack while only playing 4 defensive snaps.
Kareem Jackson played 75 snaps. Jonathan Joseph, Jadeveon Clowney, Tyrann Mathieu and JJ Watt all topped 90% of snaps. Kevin Johnson and Whitney Mercilus both topped 80% of snaps. Jackson led the way with 8 solos, nicely making the transition from CB to Safety. Zach Cunningham had 3 solos and 5 assists, adding a PD. Joseph had 5 solos and 2 assists, adding a PD of his own. Benardrick McKinney had 5 solos and 1 assist. Dylan Cole and Honeybadger both ended with 5 total tackles apiece while Mathieu picked off Brady. The ILB position seems to have devolved into a rotation. McKinney played 57 snaps, Cunningham played 47 snaps, and Cole played 33 snaps. It’ll be tough to find consistent, starting LBs from this kind of rotation. DJ Reader had 2.0 sacks on 52 snaps. This game doubled the third-year Reader’s career sack total. Reader was getting snaps at DE rather than NT after the injury to Christian Covington[/profiler]. I wouldn’t be surprised if Houston repeated the experiment again. Third Round rookie [profiler]Justin Reid played 24 defensive snaps.
Clayton Geathers and Darius Leonard both played 55 snaps. Kenny Moore and Nate Hairston both played 54 snaps. No one else topped 80% of the snaps. Leonard ended with 6 solos, 3 assists, and recovered a fumble. Geathers may be back, amassing 7 solos. UDFA rookie Skai Moore and Anthony Walker split snaps at LB, 26 snaps for Moore and 23 for Walker. Leonard is the only trustworthy LB at the moment. Indy spent most of the game in nickel as 3rd CB Quincy Wilson played 71% of the snaps. First Round sophomore Malik Hooker’s snaps were limited in his return from injury. He was on the field for 40 snaps. Matthias Farley covered 23 snaps, but it looks like Geathers and Hooker going forward. Along the D-line, Margus Hunt, Denico Autry, and Jabaal Sheard all topped 70% of snaps. Hunt had 3 solos, all for losses, including 2.0 sacks. Just a reminder, Hunt is still a DT on MFL. There aren’t a lot of O-Lines that are as bad as Cincy, so we’ll see if he can maintain a level of production going forward. Second Round rookie Kemoko Turay played 22 snaps while Al-Quadin Muhammad played 19 snaps a week after the Colts picked him up from the Saints.
Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, Jalen Ramsey,and AJ Bouye all played 71 snaps. Barry Church played 69 snaps. Tashaun Gipson played 68 snaps. Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, and Calais Campbell all topped 70% of snaps. Jack ended with 7 solos, 3 assists, and an interception returned for a TD. Smith added 5 solos and 2 assists. Church added 6 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1 PD.Marcell Dareus , and all Abry Jones as DT2, 46 to 27. First Round rookie Taven Bryan added 13 snaps. Third Round rookie Ronnie Harrison played 17 snaps.
Kansas City Chiefs
Ron Parker, Eric Murray, Steven Nelson, Kendall Fuller played all 82 snaps. Anthony Hitchens played 78 snaps. Dee Ford and recent signee Orlando Scandrick topped 80% of snaps. Hitchens took advantage of his new opportunity to the tune of 7 solos, 8 assists, and 2 TFLs. Murray ended with 4 solos and 5 assists. Parker and Nelson each ended with 8 total tackles. Parker added a pick. Fuller, in his first game in for Kansas City, put together 3 solos and 3 assists. Reggie Ragland ended with 2 solos and 5 assists. Ragland only played 51% of the snaps and only 5 more snaps than Terrance Smith. Smith’s 42 snaps will quickly allow him to surpass last year’s defensive snap total of 65. Smith appears to have taken Daniel Sorensen’s subpackage LB role. Justin Houston played 63 snaps. The third OLB was 2nd Round rookie Breeland Speaks (19 snaps) who seems to have jumped 3rd Round sophomore Tanoh Kpassagnon (10 snaps) on the depth chart. Chris Jones played the most snaps on the D-Line at 60 snaps, compared to Allen Bailey’s 55 snaps. Hyped rookie Armani Watts played 3 defensive snaps. Eric Berry missed this game with an injury. Murray likely loses his starting spot once Berry returns.
Los Angeles Chargers
Jahleel Addae, Derwin James, Casey Hayward, and Trevor Williams played all 56 snaps. Melvin Ingram and Isaac Rochell both topped 90% of snaps. Kyzir White[/profiler], [profiler]Desmond King and Denzel Perryman all topped 70% of snaps. White led the way with 3 solos and 3 assists. Nickel CB Superstar King put together 5 solos, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. White beat out Jatavis Brown for the starting WILL role. Brown was limited to 15 defensive snaps. White played 44 snaps, 79%. Darius Philon led the way at DT, but only compiled 35 snaps. Joey Bosa missed this game and is week-to-week. Seventh Round, sophomore Rochell will be filling in for him. Rochell contributed 2 solos and 2 assists.
Bobby McCain, TJ McDonald, Xavien Howard, and Kiko Alonso each played 69 snaps. Reshad Jones played 63 snaps. Red-shirt rookie Raekwon McMillan was the only other Dolphin over 80% of the snaps at 61. McDonald led the way with 7 solos and 1 assist. Jones added 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. Alonso, McMillan, and the two rookies, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jerome Baker, each put up 6 total tackles. Fitzpatrick played 44 snaps. Baker was on the field for 30 snaps. Cordrea Tankersley is the odd man out at CB as McCain started outside opposite Howard. The D-line appears to be a messy rotation. Robert Quinn led the way with 41 snaps, followed closely by the ageless Cameron Wake with 38 snaps. I’m starting to think anytime a DE comes into the league with the first name Cameron, we should take notice… William Hayes played 32 snaps. Andre Branch was on the field for 29 snaps. Finally, 1st Round sophomore Charles Harris played 23 snaps. All of those DE snaps account for 2.36 DEs on the field per defensive snap. That’s because the DTs didn’t play a ton. Former Buc and Lion Akeem Spence paced the DT depth chart with 36 snaps. Jordan Phillips was on the field for 31 snaps and 5th Round sophomore Davon Godchaux contributed 29 snaps.
New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe played all 74 snaps. Safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both topped 90% of snaps. Surprisingly, Fifth Round rookie Ja’Whaun Bentley was the next guy up at 51 snaps (69%). Dont’a Hightower, Duron Harmon, and Trey Flowers all played 50 snaps. Gilmore had 7 solos, 1 assist, and 2 PDs including a pick. Bentley ended with 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and a QB Hit. D. McCourty ended with 3 solos and 4 assists. Both Flowers and Deatrich Wise Jr. added 1.5 sacks among 3 QB hits. Flowers ended with 5 total tackles. Wise had 3 total tackles on only 23 snaps, 4th among the DEs. Flowers, UDFA sophomore Keionta Davis (35 snaps), and Lawrence Guy (29 snaps) all outsnapped Wise and free agent pickup Adrian Clayborn (22 snaps). Flowers’ 68% snap share would’ve been his 3rd lowest in games he played last year. Something to keep an eye on for a guy who thrived on volume last season. New England likes to rotate at DT. Danny Shelton had the most snaps at 40. Jason McCourty was an IDP stud last year in Cleveland. He played 6 defensive snaps in his first game in New England. Third Round red-shirt rookie Derek Rivers was a healthy scratch which is concerning.
New York Jets
Doug Middleton and Jamal Adams played all 70 snaps. Middleton filled in at FS for the injured Marcus Maye]. [profiler]Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, and Morris Claiborne all topped 90% of snaps. Starting CB Trumaine Johnson missed several snaps while getting checked for a concussion. He was still on the field for 52 snaps. Nickel CB Buster Skrine played more than 80% of snaps, filling in for Johnson. Skrine paced the team with 7 solos and 1 PD. Lee had 6 solos, 1 assist, and 3 PDs, including 2 interceptions, one run back for a TD. Adams had 5 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 3 PDs, including 1 interception. I think I actually got a pick on Stafford on Monday night. Williamson had a slow night, primarily due to game script. The Lions offense was dreadful. If a Jets IDP didn’t pull down one of the 5 interceptions, they probably had a bad night. Former UDFA and Arena League Football player Brandon Copeland started at OLB opposite Jordan Jenkins. Copeland played 51 snaps, Jenkins played 44 snaps and UDFA rookie Frankie Luvu played 35 snaps because starter Josh Martin missed this game with an injury. Along the D-line, Leonard Williams only played 66% of the snaps, Henry Anderson played 49% of the snaps, and Nathan Shepherd played 46% of the snaps. It’ll be very difficult to be consistently productive on that low of a snap-count.
Tahir Whitehead and Reggie Nelson both played 63 snaps. Leon Hall played 62 snaps. Gareon Conley played 90% of snaps while Marcus Gilchrist just missed that mark. Third CB Rashaan Melvin[profiler] played over 75% of the snaps. Gilchrist had 6 solos, 2 assists, 0.5 TFL, and 1 PD. Whitehead had 6 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. Hall and [profiler] Marquel Lee each ended with 6 total tackles while Derrick Johnson had 5 tackles. Along the D-line, snaps were as follows: DT Justin Ellis played 45 snaps, DT Maurice Hurst played 42 snaps, DE Frostee Rucker, playing for the inactive Tank Carradine, was on the field for 41 snaps, 2nd Round rookie DT PJ Hall and 3rd Round rookie DE Arden Key played 32 snaps, and finally, veteran DE Bruce Irvin played 31 snaps. If I had to rank those guys on talent, I think Irvin would be much closer to the opposite end of that list… Hall may have been limited by an ankle injury. Both DJ and Lee put up some tackles, but Whitehead was the only LB to play enough snaps to be consistently productive. DJ was on the field for 39 snaps. Lee was on the field for 24 snaps. The Raiders weren’t kidding about former 1st Rounder Karl Joseph. Joseph played 7 defensive snaps. Erik Harris became a thing there in the last week or two, getting a couple puff pieces written about him. He played 0 defensive snaps.
Sean Davis played 89 snaps. Artie Burns and Vince Williams each played 88 snaps. OLBs TJ Watt and Bud Dupree were both above 90% of snaps. Williams led the way with 4 solos, 8 assists, and 1 TFL. Watt potentially had one of the best games of his career, 8 solos, 3 assists, and 4.0 sacks. Jon Bostic had 4 solos, 5 assists, and 1.0 sack among 2 TFLs, but was only on the field for 66% of snaps. He strikes me as a sell-high if possible. He did, however, convincingly beat out Tyler Matakevich who played 0 defensive snaps. Cameron Heyward had 7 total tackles and a sack on 76 snaps. Keep in mind, all these numbers are elevated because the game went to OT. At safety outside of Davis, Terrell Edmunds played 74 snaps while former Packer Morgan Burnett played 40 snaps.
Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro both played 62 snaps. Wesley Woodyard was on the field for 60 snaps. Woodyard put up 7 solos and 5 assists. At CB, Logan Ryan led the way with 58 snaps, compared to Malcolm Butler at 55 snaps and Adoree Jackson at 48 snaps. Ryan added 4 solos and 3 assists. Jurrell Casey added 2 solos, 4 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1 QB Hit on 52 snaps. Kamalei Correa made his presence felt in his first game in Tennessee with 1.0 sack among 3 total tackles on 48 snaps, the same as Brian Orakpo. Correa appears to have gotten the start over Derrick Morgan who only played 14 snaps. Rookies Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry both missed this game. Jayon Brown was the second most prolific ILB on the field with 40 snaps compared to “starter” Will Compton’s 19 snaps.