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.
CJ Mosley, Tony Jefferson, and Eric Weddle were on the field for 55 snaps. Terrell Suggs and Jimmy Smith both topped 80% of snaps. Za’Darius Smith and Marlon Humphrey topped the 70% threshold while Brandon Carr missed it by 1 snap. Fourth Round rookie Kenny Young led the way with 6 solos, adding a QB hit on 23 snaps. Jefferson added 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD.
Hardy Nickerson, Jessie Bates III, and William Jackson played all 79 snaps. Shawn Williams played 77 snaps. CBs Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard topped 80% of snaps. Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins were both on the field for 59 snaps, 75%. Williams and Nickerson both ended with 11 total tackles. Williams added an interception. Bates finished with 7 solos and 2 assists. Dennard finished with 6 solos. LBs Preston Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Nick Vigil all missed this game. Jordan Evans topped 95% of snaps in each of last two games in Burfict’s absence, but dropped to 48% of snaps, losing snaps to Nickerson.
Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons played all 77 snaps. Chris Harris Jr. was on the field for 75 snaps. Todd Davis and Bradley Roby both topped 80% of snaps. OLBs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb both played 59 snaps, 77%. Derek Wolfe missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Safeties Stewart and Simmons both totaled 10 total tackles. Harris added 4 solos, 4 assists, and 1 PD. First Round rookie Chubb added 4 solos, 3 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Chubb has 9.0 sacks in 10 games. That puts him on pace for 14.5 sacks, which just happens to be the rookie sack record, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999. As every Broncos fan will readily tell you, Chubb just needs to pick up his pace slightly to break the rookie record.
CBs Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph played all 75 snaps. Benardrick McKinney missed 1 snap. Safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Reid both topped 95% of snaps. JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney both crossed the 80% threshold. Whitney Mercilus was on the field for 55 snaps, 73% while CB Shareece Wright missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Jackson and Honeybadger ended with 8 solos, 1 assist, and 1.0 sack apiece. No other Texans had more than 5 total tackles.
George Odum and Pierre Desir played all 63 snaps. Kenny Moore II was on the field for 61 snaps. Clayton Geathers and Darius Leonard both topped 80% of snaps. Tyquan Lewis, Jabaal Sheard, and Quincy Wilson all topped the 70% threshold.
Moore had a game with 9 solos, 1 assist, and 0.5 sack. Desir added 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Leonard just missed hitting for the #IDP Cycle with 5 solos, 2 assists, 1.0 sack, and an interception. Keep in mind they pulled Leonard early because the game was out of hand. He could’ve produced even more.UDFA rookie safety Odum had 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL.
Sheard finished with 3 solos, 1 assist, and 1.5 sacks. Second Round rookie Kemoko Turay added his 4th sack of the season while playing 65% of snaps. Fellow 2nd Round rookie Lewis topped the snaps at D-Line. Most of those were likely inside as Margus Hunt left with a knee injury after 16 snaps.
Odum technically started for Malik Hooker, but I’m curious how he and Geathers lined up. Odum played LB and safety at Central Arkansas. If Odum lined up more in the box forcing Geathers to play deep where he typically doesn’t play, it could help explain Geathers’ fairly pedestrian stat line. Mike Mitchell, the expected replacement for Hooker, only played 22 snaps.
Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Tashaun Gipson, AJ Bouye, and Jalen Ramsey played all 65 snaps. Calais Campbell was on the field for 62 snaps, 95%. DJ Hayden, Barry Church, and Yannick Ngakoue all topped 85% of snaps. Nobody else played more than 51% of snaps. Ramsey, after hearing Adam Schefter report on trade rumors about himself, went out and amassed 8 solos and 3 PDs, including 2 interceptions. Hayden finished 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Bouye and Smith each added 6 total tackles. Ngakoue had 1.0 sack among 3 QB hits.
Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Murray, Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson, and Orlando Scandrick played all 80 snaps. Ron Parker missed 1 snap while Dee Ford missed 3 snaps. Justin Houston topped 80% of snaps. Anthony Hitchens was on the field for 58 snaps, 72%. Parker had the most tackles with 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Chris Jones was a beast with 6 solos, 4 QB hits, 1 PD, 3 TFLs, and 2.0 sacks. His sack streak continues. Jones was on the field for 52 snaps, compared to Allen Bailey’s 54 snaps. Nelson and Hitchens both ended with 6 total tackles as well. Houston strip-sacked Jared Goff and Bailey walked it in for a TD.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers had an unusual snap count this week. Melvin Ingram, Jatavis Brown, Derwin James, Jahleel Addae, Casey Hayward, and Michael Davis played all 56 snaps. Not a single other Charger topped 66% of snaps. Brown led the way with 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. James added 7 solos. Phillips tallied 5 solos and 1 assist. Joey Bosa, in his long-awaited season debut, ended with 1 solo and 1 QB hit on 31 snaps, 55%.
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Tahir Whitehead and Marcus Gilchrist played all 54 snaps. Arden Key and Daryl Worley each topped 85% of snaps. Nobody else topped 70%. Whitehead ended with 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Fifth Round rookie Maurice Hurst added 5 solos and 1.0 sack on 33 snaps. This team is an #IDP wasteland…
Sean Davis and Joe Haden played all 68 snaps. Cameron Heyward topped 90% of snaps. Terrell Edmunds, Coty Sensabaugh, TJ Watt, Bud Dupree, and Vince Williams all surpassed the 80% threshold while Jon Bostic missed it by 1 snaps. Javon Hargrave played 50 snaps, 74%. Williams paced the team with 6 solos, 4 assists, 1 PD, and 1.0 sack.
Davis added 6 solos and 2 assists. Tyson Alualu and Sensabaugh both finished with 7 total tackles. Alualu played 38 snaps in relief of Stephon Tuitt. Watt and Bostic both added 6 total tackles. Watt’s 6 tackles included 2.0 sacks. Hargrave put together 4 solos and 2.0 sacks of his own. Hargrave typically plays in the 30% range, so Tuitt’s injury has given him a ton of opportunity. Edmunds hasn’t been as productive as anyone would’ve hoped given the snaps and the role. Edmunds has topped 4 total tackles twice on the season despite topping 80% of snaps in 8 games.
Adoree Jackson was the only Titan to play all 62 snaps. The rest of the starting secondary, Kevin Byard, Kenny Vaccaro, and Logan Ryan were on the field for 59 snaps, 95%. Jayon Brown crossed the 80% threshold. Malcolm Butler and Wesley Woodyard topped 70% fo snaps. Jackson led the way with 9 solos. Woodyard and Byard each added 8 total tackles. Vaccaro and Brown each ended with 4 solos and 2 assists. Both rookie LBs Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry played 31 snaps, 50%. This puts Evans 3rd among ILBs and Landry 2nd among OLBs.
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