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.
Levi Wallace was the only Bill to play all 56 snaps. Jordan Poyer, Tremaine Edmunds, Tre’Davious White, and Micah Hyde topped 90% of snaps. Matt Milano and Shaq Lawson both played over 70% of snaps. Milano left this game early with a head injury. Edmunds returned from the concussion protocol to 4 solos and 4 assists. Poyer, Milano, and Rafael Bush all ended with 6 total tackles. Poyer added 1.0 sack. Bush played 36 snaps. Jerry Hughes and Lawson each added 1.0 sack. Hughes just missed the 70% snap threshold. Trent Murphy[/profiler] missed his 3rd straight game. With Phillip Gaines released, Wallace stepped in as the starter. The Bill’s released Ramon Humber. If Milano misses time, either former UDFA Deon Lacey will replace him, or Buffalo will bring back Humber. Lacey played 12 defensive snaps after totaling 2 over the first 9 weeks. Julian Stanford, who filled in for Edmunds at MIKE, only played 3 snaps vs the Jets.
Safeties Jessie Bates III and Shawn Williams played all 75 snaps. Sixth Round rookie Jordan Evans and William Jackson III both topped 90% of snaps. Preston Brown played 65 snaps, 87%. Andrew Billings and Jordan Willis both passed the 70% threshold. Both starting safeties broke double-digit tackles. Bates had 4 solos and 7 assists. Williams logged 6 solos, 4 assists, and 1 QB hit. LBs Evans and Brown each added 9 total tackles. Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil both missed this game. Dre Kirkpatrick left the game with a concussion after 37 snaps. Darqueze Dennard missed his third straight game. Fifth-round rookie Darius Phillips has taken over the 3rd CB job in Dennard’s absence. With Phillips replacing Kirkpatrick, former KC 3rd Round pick KeiVarae Russell played his first defensive snaps of the season. Third-round rookie Malik Jefferson also saw his first 8 defensive snaps of the season.
Denzel Ward and Travis Carrie played all 75 snaps. Damarious Randall returned from injury and missed 1 snap. Jamie Collins led the LBs, playing 71 snaps, 95%. Nickel CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun just passed the 80% threshold. Emmanuel Ogbah and Genard Avery both topped 70% of snaps. Collins led the way with 8 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Joe Schobert returned after 3 games missed with injury and tallied 4 solos and 3 assists while only playing 68% of snaps. Carrie and Tanner Vallejo both ended with 6 total tackles. Carrie added 2 PDs. Vallejo played 41 defensive snaps as teams continue to test Cleveland’s LB depth. With Randall back, Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred returned to their committee at SS. Myles Garrett only played 50 snaps, 67%. This is his lowest snap share of the season. It doesn’t appear to be injury related. The Browns placed CB EJ Gaines on IR and replaced him with CB Phillip Gaines who was released by Buffalo. Seems like an even replacement.
Darius Leonard, Clayton Geathers, and Malik Hooker played all 75 snaps. CBs Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II both played 73 snaps. Jabaal Sheard and 2nd Round rookie Tyquan Lewis both topped 70% of snaps. Fellow 2nd round rookie Kemoko Turay missed this game with a neck injury. It’ll be interesting to see how snaps play out when everyone is healthy as Lewis plays both inside and outside on the D-line. This was Lewis’ debut on the season. Anthony Walker and Geathers each hit 10 total tackles. Walker played 45 snaps, 59%. Leonard added 6 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. CBs Quincy Wilson and Moore each had 6 total tackles. Moore added 2 PDs. Wilson was on the field for 52 snaps. Margus Hunt started the season really hot and regularly playing 90% of snaps. Hunt only played 51 snaps, 67%.
Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, and Tashaun Gipson played all 55 snaps. CBs Jalen Ramsey and Tyler Patmon each played 53 snaps while Barry Church was on the field for 52 snaps. AJ Bouye missed this game with a calf injury. Calais Campbell played 47 snaps, 85%. Yannick Ngakoue and Marcell Dareus both topped the 70% threshold while Abry Jones missed it by 1 snap. Smith was the only Jag with more than 5 total tackles. He ended with 6 solos and 2 assists. Malik Jackson was out-snapped by both Dareus and Jones for the first time this season. In the first game without Dante Fowler Jr., 1st Round rookie Taven Bryan played 11 snaps and Dawuane Smoot played his first 8 snaps of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Ron Parker, Kendall Fuller, and Steven Nelson were on the field for all 73 snaps. Eric Murray missed 1 snap. Dee Ford played 65 snaps, 89%. Orlando Scandrick and Allen Bailey topped the 70% threshold while Chris Jones missed it by 1 snap. Ben Niemann, replacing the injured Anthony Hitchens, ended with 6 solos. Murray, Reggie Ragland, and Ford each ended with 6 total tackles. Ford also connected on 1 of his 4 QB hits. Jones finished with 2 solos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks. Jones has now logged a sack in 6 straight games. With Hitchens out, the ILB group has devolved into a messy committee. Third-round rookie Dorian O’Daniel led the way and played 59% of snaps, easily his highest snap share of the season. Ragland (39 snaps), Daniel Sorensen (32 snaps), and Niemann (23 snaps) followed DOD. They are easing Sorensen back from injury. It’s worth watching. Last year, when Eric Berry was out, Sorensen played SS in base packages and ILB in sub-packages, with Murray replacing him at SS. Expect more going forward from Sorensen. Also, the fact that DOD has the largest snap share of the group is surprising and needs to be watched. The rookie is earning himself a role. With Justin Houston making his first appearance since Week 5, Breeland Speaks took a step back. Houston played 49 snaps in his return. Speaks was limited to 24 snaps.
Los Angeles Chargers
The starting secondary, Derwin James, Jahleel Addae, Casey Hayward, and Mike Davis, played all 63 snaps. Jatavis Brown missed 2 snaps. Melvin Ingram topped 85% of snaps. Adrian Phillips and Desmond King both crossed the 70% threshold. Brown tallied 6 solos and 5 assists. James and Phillips finished with 5 solos, 4 assists, and 1 PD. Addae tallied 4 solos and 2 assists. Ingram added 1.0 sack and 4 total tackles. Isaac Rochell ended with 1 solo and 1 assist, both were sacks. Rochell played 28 snaps. Third Round rookie Uchenna Nwosu added 0.5 sack among 3 QB hits on 24 snaps. This marks the second straight week Nwosu has out-snapped Kyle Emanuel. Denzel Perryman left with a knee injury after 2 snaps. Hayes Pullard, who backed up Perryman most of last season, only played 16 snaps. Brown and Phillips took over at LB once Perryman left.
Kiko Alonso and TJ McDonald played all 57 snaps. Xavien Howard missed 1 snap while 1st Round rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick missed 2 snaps. Raekwon McMillan, Reshad Jones, and Akeem Spence all topped 70% of snaps. Miami benched Jones for the first quarter as punishment for last week’s behavior. Minkah started in his place. McDonald led the way with 7 solos. McMillan add 5 solos and 2 assists. Bobby McCain and Alonso finished with 6 total tackles apiece. Robert Quinn had 2 solos, 1 assist, and 1.5 sacks of Aaron Rodgers, splitting the second with Cameron Wake. Quinn had 1.0 sack entering the game. Quinn was on the field for 37 snaps while Wake played 32 snaps. Jerome Baker logged 37 snaps, 65%. McCain was forced from the game with a head injury after 33 snaps. It appears Minkah replaced him. The only other CBs to see the field, Cornell Armstrong and Torry McTyer, combined for 14 snaps.
New England Patriots
Jason McCourty played all 65 snaps. Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Trey Flowers, and Dont’a Hightower topped 90% of snaps. Kyle Van Noy was the last Pat to top the 70% threshold. He played 57 snaps, 88%. Van Noy had a day with 5 solos and 8 assists. Elandon Roberts added 4 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack on 31 snaps. Malcolm Brown added 3 solos and 3 assists on 60% of snaps.
New York Jets
Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, and Morris Claiborne played all 73 snaps. Taron Johnson was on the field for 66 snaps, 90%. Buster Skrine, and Leonard Williams crossed the 70% threshold. ILBs Williamson and Lee both ended with 11 total tackles. Third-round rookie Nathan Shepherd added 2 solos and 4 assists. Shepherd only played 41%, his 2nd highest snap share on the season. Claiborne had 4 total tackles to go with an impressive 4 PDs.
Tahir Whitehead played all 56 snaps. Safeties Marcus Gilchrist and Karl Joseph each topped 80% of snaps, while Daryl Worley missed the 80% threshold by 1 snap. Maurice Hurst just topped 70% of snaps. Whitehead led the way with 4 solos and 3 assists. Joseph and Gareon Conley each had 6 total tackles. First-round sophomore Conley was on the field for 37 snaps, 66%. Conley gave up some snaps to 4th round rookie Nick Nelson, who played 24 snaps. Hurst had 4 solos and 1.0 sack, his 3rd sack on the season. Joseph is hard to trust in lineups considering he was a healthy scratch in 3 games earlier in the season, but this is a big step in the right direction. Reggie Nelson and Erik Harris still combined for 23 snaps. Oakland signed Kony Ealy and Jacquies Smith in what amounts to a “Help Wanted” sign for their pass rush. “All applicants welcome.” Smith played 13 snaps, behind Frostee Rucker (38 snaps), 3rd round rookie Arden Key (37 snaps) and former 3rd Rounder Shilique Calhoun (24 snaps).
One Raiders veteran to another, on his way out of the locker room past three reporters, including myself: “I gotta get the f*** outta here.”
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 12, 2018
Nobody played all 57 snaps. They didn’t need to. CB Coty Sensabaugh played 53 snaps. Bud Dupree, Jon Bostic, Joe Haden, and Sean Davis all topped 80% of snaps. Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward, and Vince Williams all hit the 70% snap threshold. Bostic led the way with 6 solos and 4 assists. NT Javon Hargrave added 6 solos on 37 snaps. Morgan Burnett out-snapped 1st Round rookie Terrell Edmunds, 38 snaps to 33 snaps. Since returning from injury, Burnett had been rotating in with the ILBs for sub-packages. TJ Watt only played 38 snaps.
Safeties Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro played all 66 snaps. CBs Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan both topped 90% of snaps. LBs Wesley Woodyard and Jayon Brown both crossed the 80% threshold. Malcolm Butler and Jurrell Casey both played more than 70% of snaps. Woodyard hit double-digit tackles with 7 solos, 3 assists, and 1.5 sacks. Ryan was the better of the two former Pat CBs with a stat line of 5 solos, 1 assist, 1 PD, and 1.0 sack. Derrick Morgan missed his 3rd straight game. The second round rookie has taken the #2 OLB position from Kamalei Correa in Morgan’s absence. Landry’s snap share over the 3 games has been 52%, 63%, and 59%, while Correa’s has been 70%, 61%, and 35%. First-round rookie Rashaan Evans played 55% of snaps but is still stuck behind Woodyard and Brown. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of buzz around Evans as a “Buy Low” candidate. It’s lazy analysis. Everyone who drafted Evans in dynasty leagues will know, just as you know, that once Woodyard is gone (1 more year under contract), Evans will have the first crack at the job. If you’ve got an owner in your league that wants to give up on Evans after one season, please forward me their contact information so I can invite them to join my league.
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