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.
Both Ricardo Allen and Robert Alford played all 71 snaps. De’Vondre Campbell was on the field for 70 snaps. Deion Jones and Desmond Trufant both topped 90% of the defensive snaps. Jones ended with four solos, five assists, and a pick among 2 PDs. Trufant, Campbell and Brian Poole all ended with six total tackles apiece. Surprisingly, slot CB Poole was on the field for 62 snaps. It’s worth keeping an eye on as 2nd Round rookie Isaiah Oliver missed this game.
The Falcons were almost exclusively in the nickel. This left Duke Riley and 6th Round rookie Foye Oluokun to split 13 total snaps. At DE, Tak McKinley led the way with 47 snaps while Vic Beasley Jr. played 44 snaps. Grady Jarrett paced the interior D-Line as expected, totaling five total tackles and 1 QB hit on 53 snaps. Terrell McClain started next to Jarrett and played 38 snaps.
Third Round rookie Deadrin Senat was 4th regarding snaps with 20 but ended with three total tackles. Starting SS Keanu Neal left this game with an injury after 37 snaps. Fifth Round sophomore Damontae Kazee came in and played FS, allowing Allen to replace Neal. Kazee ended with three solos and a PD on 34 snaps. Neal is done for the season so Kazee will see opportunity if Atlanta doesn’t sign anyone else.
Deone Bucannon played 79 snaps. Budda Baker, Patrick Peterson, and Jamar Taylor each played 78 snaps. Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston, and Josh Bynes all played over 90% of snaps. If you’re keeping score at home, that means three safeties were each on the field for over 90% of the snaps. They didn’t play a nickel CB. Chandler Jones, after topping 1,000 snaps last year playing almost 100%, only topped 80% against Washington. Plan accordingly. Bynes and Baker each had eight solos and three assists. Bethea rounded out the Killer B’s with nine solos, one assist, and 1 TFL.
Bucannon ended with five solos and two assists. Boston put together five solos, one assist, 1 PD, and 1 QB Hit. Markus Golden missed this game, allowing Benson Mayowa to log 57 snaps. Corey Peters and Robert Nkemdiche both topped 70% of snaps, anchoring the interior D-Line. First Round sophomore Haasan Reddick topped out at 14 defensive snaps.
Shaq Thompson, Mike Adams, James Bradberry, and 2nd Round rookie Donte Jackson played all 64 snaps. Luke Kuechly played 63 snaps. Nickel CB Captain Munnerlyn was the only other Panther IDP over 70% of the snaps. Kuechly led the way with 11 solos and two assists. Thompson ended with five solos, four assists, and 1.0 sack. Action Jackson put together four solos and one assist. Kawann Short added 2.0 sacks among 4 QB Hits while playing 35 snaps.
Free agent acquisition Dontari Poe also played 35 snaps. Starting DEs [/profiler]Mario Addison[/profiler] and Wes Horton both added 1.5 sacks among three total tackles. Horton played 43 snaps while Addison was on the field for 37 snaps. Bryan Cox Jr. (26 snaps) and Julius Peppers (24 snaps) rounded out the DE rotation. Da’Norris Searcy and Colin Jones split snaps at FS next to Adams. Searcy played 41 snaps while Jones played 23 snaps.
Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, and Kyle Fuller played all 60 snaps. Prince Amukamara, Danny Trevathan, and Bryce Callahan topped 90% of snaps. Nick Kwiatkowski, Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks, and Khalil Mack all topped 70% of snaps. Both Floyd and Mack were on snap counts for this game. In several games last season, Floyd played 100% of snaps, so expecting either Floyd or Mack to play 100% of games at some point going for is within reason.
Nickel CB Callahan totaled eight solos. Nickel CBs are startable against Green Bay. Trevathan added five solos and two assists. Amos contributed six solos. This is Amos’ floor. Last season, in every game he started, he compiled at least six solos. Mack seems determined to show how stupid Oakland was to trade him away. On consecutive Green Bay drives, he strip-sacked DeShone Kizer and had a pick-six. First Round rookie Roquan Smith only played eight snaps since he missed all the preseason. Smith ended with one solo, two assists, and 1.0 sack. Assuming health for the three ILBs, Kwiatkowski just played the most snaps he’ll play all year.
Safeties Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier both played 67 snaps. CBs Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones each played 66 snaps. Jaylon Smith played over 90% of snaps while Sean Lee played over 80% of snaps. The starting D-Line all played over 70% of snaps, DEs Demarcus Lawrence and Taco Charlton and DTs Antwaun Woods and Tyrone Crawford. Frazier led the way with four solos, four assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. Frazier saw an increase in snaps in Xavier Woods’ absence. Lawrence added six solos, one assist, and 1.0 sack among 3 TFLs. Heath added five solos and one assist. Jone contributed five solos.
Frazier plays like a LB, so when he’s on the field, he’s SS or subpackage LB. Heath, who normally plays SS, switched up to FS to cover. There will be moving parts when Woods returns healthy. Anthony Brown was limited to 55% of snaps as the nickel CB. Surprisingly, 3rd Round sophomore Jourdan Lewis totaled 0 defensive snaps, after playing 748 snaps last year. First Round rookie Leighton Vander Esch played a total of 17 snaps.
Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, and Quandre Diggs played 58 out of 60 snaps. Nevin Lawson and Darius Slay each topped 90% of snaps. Ricky Jean-Francois, Tavon Wilson, Sylvester Williams, and Kerry Hyder all topped 70% of snaps.
Kennard and Wilson led the way with four solos and two assists apiece. Kennard added 1.0 sack. Everyone else had four total tackles… Glover Quin only played 67% of snaps. Quin played 100% of snaps in 15 of 16 games last season. It seems like Diggs is starting FS and moving into the slot in sub-packages while Quin comes on to cover FS. Ziggy Ansah left with a shoulder injury after 19 snaps. It’s unclear who will cover for him, likely 4th Round rookie Da’Shawn Hand, but Kennard can also cover snaps at EDGE. Davis and Kennard played all the snaps at LB, Christian Jones played 27 snaps while Jalen Reeves-Maybin played 26 snaps. Second Round sophomore Teez Tabor played two snaps.
There was hope, primarily from me, that he would win the starting role over Lawson. Everyone’s favorite hype machine Miles Killebrew, who was earning LB snaps in the preseason, played 0 defensive snaps…
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Kentrell Brice, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Tramon Williams, and Kevin King all played 70 snaps. Clay Matthews topped 85% of snaps. Kenny Clark played 54 snaps. The safeties led the way. Brice had eight solos, one assist, and 1.0 sack. Clinton-Dix added seven solos of his own. Martinez and Williams each had six total tackles. With starting ILB Oren Burks missing the game, the Packers spent a ton of the game in nickel and dime packages.
First Round rookie Jaire Alexander played 49 snaps while 2nd Round rookie [/profiler]Josh Jackson[/profiler] played 46 snaps. It’s hard to see Green Bay getting their rookie CB duo both on the field 65% of snaps apiece in every game going forward. If that keeps up, they’ll just get run all over. Free agent acquisition Muhammad Wilkerson was the only other D-linemen to play worthwhile snaps at 43.
Los Angeles Rams
Cory Littleton, John Johnson III, LaMarcus Joyner, Marcus Peters, and Aqib Talib all played 74 snaps. Samson Ebukam played 57 snaps. Littleton led the way with 11 tackles, two assists, and one interception. JJIII had six solos, three assists, and an interception of his own. JJIII is the least hyped of the trio of alliterative safeties from last year’s class, but he’s got an early lead on Josh Jones. Talib had four solos and three assists. Joyner’s star line was five solos, and one assist. Michael Brockers had the biggest day of the 3 D-linemen with four solos, one assist, and 1.0 sack despite playing the fewest snaps, 48 compared to Aaron Donald’s 66 snaps and Ndamukong Suh’s 58 snaps. Mark Barron missed this game due to injury.
The second ILB position was split by former Chief Ramik Wilson and safety Marqui Christian. Yes, a safety playing LB snaps. Keep an eye on Christian. He’s still a long way away from steady production through. Nickel CB Nickell Robey-Coleman was on the field for 64% of snaps. The OLB spot opposite Ebukam was a messy rotation and was the position taken off the field in sub-packages.
Minnesota is the most boring defense to write about. So little changes in terms of snaps counts. I’m probably going to write this and use it over and over this season… Andrew Sendejo, Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, and Xavier Rhodes all played 66 snaps. Danielle Hunter played 58 snaps and was the only other Viking over 80% snap share. Smith led the team in tackles with 7 solos, 1 assist, 1.0 sack, 2 TFLs and 1 of the 3 interceptions against Jimmy G.
Free agent addition Sheldon Richardson had 4 solos, 2 assists, and split a sack with Everson Griffen, among his 3 QB Hits. Richardson played 46 snaps. Griffen played 51 snaps. Linval Joseph wound up right between them, on the field for 49 snaps. Mackenzie Alexander missed this game giving 1st Round rookie Mike Hughes a chance to start in the slot. Trae Waynes injured his knee after 24 snaps. Hughes played 52 snaps and may have taken Alexander’s job if Zimmer changes his stance on playing rookies. Hughes ended with three solos, and 3 PDs, including an interception, ran back for a TD. For all the fuss about George Iloka signing in Minnesota, he didn’t play any defensive snaps.
New Orleans Saints
Marcus Williams and Demario Davis played 66 snaps. Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley, and Cameron Jordan all topped 90% of snaps. Davis ended with five solos, three assists, and 1 TFL. Williams and Jordan ended with six total tackles. Jordan looks to be a volume monster again this season. Going into the game, the expectation was Manti Te’o at MIKE, Davis at WILL and AJ Klein at SAM.
Third Round sophomore Alex Anzalone played the second most snaps among the LBs at 34. Te’o played 27 while Klein played 25. It looks like Anzalone is playing sub-packages while Te’o and Klein play base. None of them, outside of Davis, will be on the field enough to be useful for IDP. Free-agent pickup Kurt Coleman and Vonn Bell split time at the SS, but neither played enough to be useful, 37 snaps for Coleman and 30 snaps for Bell. Nickel CB, Patrick Robinson was on the field for a solid 70% of snaps. Opposite Jordan, Alex Okafor played the most with 37 snaps.
First Round rookie Marcus Davenport played 23 snaps, only nine more snaps than 3rd Round sophomore Trey Hendrickson. Keep in mind, when Okafor was hurt last season, New Orleans decided to play Sheldon Rankins at DE rather than give Hendrickson an opportunity. Rankins played 42 snaps, 2nd among the DTs, behind Tyeler Davison (52 snaps), but ahead of David Onyemata (38 snaps).
New York Giants
Alec Ogletree, Landon Collins, and Eli Apple all played 63 snaps. Janoris Jenkins, Curtis Riley, and Kareem Martin all played at least 97% of the snaps. Second Round sophomore Dalvin Tomlinson and Snacks Harrison were the only other Giants over 70% of the snaps. Jenkins and Ogletree both ended with seven total tackles. Jenkins added 2 PDs to Ogletree’s 1.
Riley and Ray-Ray Armstrong both had six total tackles. Riley out-tackling Collins is something to see, he could give solid, if unspectacular, S2 numbers over the course of the season based on volume and role. BJ Goodson and Armstrong split tackles at ILB next to Ogletree. Goodson played 33 snaps while Armstrong played 30 snaps. Olivier Vernon missed this game with a high ankle sprain. Connor Barwin (41 snaps) and Lorenzo Carter (24 snaps) split snaps opposite Martin.
Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins, and Rodney McLeod led the way, each playing 70 snaps. [Profiler]Jalen Mills[/profiler], Ronald Darby, and Fletcher Cox all topped 90% of snaps. Great to see the big man hit 65 snaps. Cox had 4 QB hits, finishing 1 with a sack. The forgotten man, Hicks, reminded everyone he can play when he’s healthy, to the tune of 5 solos, two assists, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFLs, and a PD for good measure. Keep in mind, Hicks has missed 17 games over his three seasons, though he played all 16 as a sophomore. Mills, McLeod, and Darby all had six total tackles apiece.
Philly spent most of the game in nickel and dime packages with Nigel Bradham suspended Week 1. Third CB, red-shirt rookie Sidney Jones, played 45 snaps while 3rd safety, Corey Graham, played 40 snaps. That’s a big step over 2nd LB Kamu Grugier-Hill’s 28 snaps and 3rd LB Nate Gerry’s 26 snaps. I expected a bigger opportunity for KGH who projects as the 2-down starting WILL when everyone is healthy.
At DE, 1st Round sophomore Derek Barnett started opposite Brandon Graham, but former Seahawk Michael Bennett out-snapped Barnett. Graham played 46 snaps, Bennett 45 snaps, and Barnett 40. They were all eclipsed on the stat sheet by Super Bowl repeat Chris Long’s 1.5 sacks on 39 snaps. A DT2 hasn’t emerged for the Eagles as Destiny Vaeao, Haloti Ngata, and Bruce Hector combined for 51 snaps. Look for Philly to get their DEs on the field as much as possible, often at the expense of their DTs behind Cox.
San Francisco 49ers
Fred Warner, Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert, Richard Sherman, and Ahkello Witherspoon all played 71 snaps. Brock Coyle and Arik Armstead both topped 80% of snaps. DeForest Buckner played 53 snaps. That 75% snap rate would’ve been his 4th lowest of last season. Buckner’s biggest asset is his snap count. If that sees a drop, his value should see a corresponding drop.
Warner ended with 11 solos, one assist, 1 TFL, a FF, a PD, and a QB Hit, missing only one or two stat categories in the game. If he shows out again in Week 2, I don’t see how the 49ers don’t start him the rest of the season… Buckner added 2.5 sacks among seven total tackles. Tartt and Coyle both ended with six total tackles, with Tartt adding a TFL and a PD along the way. Solomon Thomas is worth mention here. Thomas only played 35 snaps, behind Cassius Marsh’s 39 snaps. That 49% snap share for ThomEdit date and timeas would’ve been his lowest in 2017 of games he played and playing behind Marsh is a bad look for the sophomore selected 3rd overall. The DT spot next to Buckner is a committee with no player getting over 45% of the snaps.
NT Earl Mitchell did get to play a little full-back though. Jimmie Ward only played five defensive snaps. This was the first half of Reuben Foster’s two-game suspension. Malcolm Smith also missed this game with a hamstring injury.
Shaquill Griffin and Bobby Wagner played 74 snaps. Tre Flowers played 72 snaps. Earl Thomas, Bradley McDougald, and Jarran Reed all topped 80% of snaps. Fifth Round converted-Safety Flowers put together seven solos, one assist, and 1 PD. Starting CB Dontae Johnson was a late IR-addition giving Flowers the opportunity. Flowers is going to be picked on.
Shaquill and Reed each added six solos. KJ Wright missed this game with an injury, giving Shaquem Griffin the start at WILL. Shaquem played 41 snaps. Dion Jordan was still limited with an injury and only played 15 snaps. Quinton Jefferson, Rashard Green, and Frank Clark were all within five snaps of each other and not in the order I would’ve expected with Clark at the bottom. Nazair Jones was a surprise inactive among a deep group of DTs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, and Chris Conte each played all 64 defensive snaps. Second Round sophomore Justin Evans was on the field for 63 snaps. Gerald McCoy topped 90% of the snaps. David had six solos and three assists. Alexander had five solos, four assists, and 1 TFL. Vernon Hargreaves III and Conte both had total seven total tackles. Brent Grimes missed this game, giving 2nd Round rookie Carlton Davis the chance to start.
Davis ended with three solos and one assist on 56 snaps. Hargreaves played 53 snaps, playing outside in base packages and moving to the slot in sub packages with Ryan Smith replacing him outside. Hargreaves suffered a shoulder injury that may be season-ending.
Once Grimes is back, he and Davis will start on the outside if Hargreaves is out. Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry both played 48 snaps. Last season, JPP was a volume monster, only compiling 8.5 sacks while playing over 1,000 snaps. His volume will drop substantially this year given how Tampa like to rotate their DEs. Expect his production to drop accordingly. Recent Brown and budding financial consultant Carl Nassib played 27 snaps while William Gholston played 25 snaps. Former 2nd Rounder Noah Spence was on the field for four snaps. He ended with a QB Hit, but that’s just putting lipstick on a pig at this point. Beau Allen handled 31 snaps as DT2 in the absence of 1st Round rookie Vita Vea.
Montae Nicholson, DJ Swearinger, and Josh Norman all played 53 snaps. Third Round sophomore Fabian Moreau played 46 snaps. Quinton Dunbar played 40 snaps. Zach Brown, Swearinger, Nicholson, Dunbar, and Mason Foster all ended with five total tackles. Dunbar added an interception among 3 PDs. He looks like he could be a productive IDP CB this season, playing across from Norman. Arizona should be avoided as an IDP matchup going forward until they prove they can be a competent offense.
Either Washington rested their starters with the game out of hand or Brown will be an IDP disappointment this season. Brown and Ryan Kerrigan only played 36 snaps apiece, fewer than Preston Smith[/profiler (39 snaps) and [profiler]Mason Foster (37 snaps). Along the D-Line, 1st Round rookie Da’Ron Payne led the way with 30 snaps. Jonathan Allen played 28 snaps and Matt Ioannidis played 27 snaps.