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.
Josh Bynes, Antoine Bethea and Tre Boston played all 68 snaps. CBs Patrick Peterson and Bene Benwikere were both on the field for 66 snaps. Hasson Reddick also topped 90% of snaps. Corey Peters and Chandler Jones topped the 80% threshold. Nobody else topped 70% of snaps. Bynes, Bethea, Benwikere, and Peters all ended with 6 solos and 2 assists. Bethea added 1.0 sack.
The Cardinals have already said Benwikere will fill Budda Baker’s role in his absence. If Baker misses any more time, Benwikere will have CB1 potential every week facing better matchups than Oakland. Boston and Rodney Gunter each added 5 solos and 2 assists. Gunter was on the field for 39 snaps. Jones added 2.0 more sacks. This is his 5th season with double-digit sacks.
Damontae Kazee and Robert Alford played all 64 snaps. Desmond Trufant missed 1 snap. De’Vondre Campbell played 52 snaps, 81%. Grady Jarrett and Foye Oluokun topped 70% of snaps. Oluokun led the way with 6 solos and 4 assists. LBs Campbell and Duke Riley each ended with 3 solos and 3 assists. Riley was on the field for 24 snaps, 38%. Beasley had 2.0 sacks among 3 solos on 33 snaps. Atlanta activated Deion Jones from IR. Jones wasn’t ready for this game, but once he’s ready, Oluokun will likely take over Riley‘s role while Riley will be headed to the bench.
Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Mike Adams, Ed Reid, and James Bradberry played all 65 snaps. Donte Jackson was on the field for 59 snaps, 91%. Nobody else topped 70% of snaps. Kuechly led the way with 7 solos, 4 assists, and 2 TFLs. Adams added 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. LBs Davis and Shaq Thompson each added 6 total tackles. Thompson was on the field for 41 snaps, 63%/
Roquan Smith and the starting secondary, Adrian Amos Jr., Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, and Prince Amukamara, played all 67 snaps. Danny Trevathan missed 1 snaps. Khalil Mack and Bryce Callahan both topped 90% of snaps. Leonard Floyd was on the field for 56 snaps, 84%. Akiem Hicks just missed the 80% threshold. Amukamara ended with 8 solos and 1 PD. Fuller and Smith both added 7 total tackles. Fuller added 2 PDs. Hicks only had 6 solos, but 5 were TFLs including 1.0 sack.
Jaylon Smith, Xavier Woods, Byron Jones, and Chidobe Awuzie played all 56 snaps. Leighton Vander Esch missed 1 snap while Jeff Heath missed 3 snaps. DeMarcus Lawrence and Anthony Brown each topped 80% of snaps. Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford, and Caraun Reid crossed the 70% threshold.
Woods paced the team with 7 solos and 2 assists. LVE added 4 solos, 4 assists, 1 QB hit, and 3 PDs including 1 interception. CBs Jones and Awuzie each had 7 total tackles. Jones added 1 PD and 1 TFL. Lawrence finished with 3 solos, 2 assists, and 1.5 sacks among 3 QB hits. First Round sophomore Taco Charlton missed his second game. Randy Gregory topped 60% of snaps in both games. They’re Gregory’s highest snap shares of the season.
Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, and Quandre Diggs played all 58 snaps. Nevin Lawson and Darius Slay both topped 90% of snaps. Glover Quin and Christian Jones both crossed the 70% threshold. Davis was the only Lion with more than 5 total tackles. He ended with 6 solos and 1.0 sack.
Kennard added another sack with his 4 total tackles. Ezekiel Ansah’s snap count increased for the second straight week, to 25. Mike Ford, a recent practice squad promotee, was the 3rd CB, on the field for 50% of snaps. It was Ford’s first action of the season. I think Detroit may be just about done with 2nd Round sophomore Teez Tabor. Da’shawn Hand outsnapped Romeo Okwara for the first time since Week 2. It was 37 snaps to 32 snaps, but it’s worth watching as Ansah continues to progress.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez and Josh Jones played all 70 snaps. Tramon Williams and rookie CBs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson played 69 snaps. Kyler Fackrell and Kenny Clark both topped the 80% threshold. Clay Matthews was on the field for 54 snaps, 77%. Safeties Williams and Jones each put up 5 solos and 2 assists. Jones started in place of Kentrell Brice.
Alexander, Fackrell, and Martinez each ended with 6 total tackles. Fackrell added 4 TFLs and 3.0 sacks on 4 QB hits. The former 3rd Round pick is breaking out. He now has a sack in 3 of his last 4 games and this is his second 3.0-sack performance of the season. After playing 96% and 72% in the last two games, Bashaud Breeland, limited by a groin injury, only played 20 snaps. Fox listed 3rd Round rookie Oren Burks as the ILB starter next to Martinez, Burks played 0 defensive snaps for the second week in a row.
Los Angeles Rams
Cory Littleton, John Johnson III, LaMarcus Joyner, and Sam Shields played all 72 snaps. Marcus Peters missed 1 snap. Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Dante Fowler Jr. topped 90% of snaps. Troy Hill was on the field for 60 snaps, 83%. Mark Barron played 75% of snaps. JJIII hit double-digit tackles with 9 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL.
Littleton added 7 solos and 1 assist. Joyner had a day with 5 solos, 2 assists, and 2 PDs including 1 interception. Shields and Barron both ended with 6 total tackles. All of that pales in comparison to Donald though, 2 solos, 2 assists, and 2 strip-sacks. If Donald was on the Raiders, Gruden would’ve traded him a long time ago… Samson Ebukam had a stat line too with 2 solos, 1 assist, 1.0 sack, and a pick-six, to go along with his FR TD. Ebukam was on the field for 30 snaps.
Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, and Anthony Harris played all 74 snaps. Xavier Rhodes was on the field for 69 snaps, 93%. Trae Waynes, Danielle Hunter, and Everson Griffen topped 80% of snaps. Mackenzie Alexander, Eric Wilson, Sheldon Richardson, and Linval Joseph crossed the 70% threshold. Kendricks put up an impressive 12 tackles. Smith added 7 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFLs. Wilson added 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1.0 sack. Harris only had 4 total tackles but picked off Mitchell Trubisky twice among 3 total PDs.
New Orleans Saints
No Saints played all 51 snaps. This is the second straight week New Orleans was blowing someone out so much their defense took snaps off. This is also the second straight week Alex Okafor led the Saints in snaps. Okafor played 43 snaps, 84%. Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore, Von Bell, Eli Apple, and PJ Williams topped 70% of snaps. AJ Klein missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Lattimore had the most tackles on the team with 4 solos, 4 solos. He added 2 PDs. Philly could not sustain drives enough for Saints IDPs to produce. The Saints are risky #IDP if they keep blowing teams out.
New York Giants
Landon Collins is being evaluated for a concussion and he's not happy about it…. at all. pic.twitter.com/OeRryN7WeR
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 18, 2018
He was still on the field for 92% of snaps. Olivier Vernon and BJ Hill both topped 70% of snaps. That’s Hill’s highest snap share of the season. Collins led the way with 5 solos and 6 assists. Ogletree added 7 solos, 2 assists, and a pick-six. Webb finished with 6 solos, 1 assist, and 2 PDs including an interception. Kareem Martin had 4 solos, 3 assists, 2 TFLs and 1.0 sack on 27 measly snaps. Dalvin Tomlinson added 2 solos and 4 assists on 40 snaps.
Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins played all 70 snaps. Jordan Hicks topped 90% of snaps. Corey Graham was on the field for 61 snaps, 87%. Rasul Douglas and Fletcher Cox both passed the 70% threshold. Safeties Graham and Jenkins each had 7 solos and 2 assists. Hicks added 5 solos and 2 assists. The Eagles didn’t sack Drew Brees, which isn’t unusual. They also didn’t have a single PD which is a little more unusual.
The Eagles are running out of DBs. Ronald Darby ended up on IR. Jalen Mills missed his second straight game with a foot injury. Rasul Douglas, starting in Darby’s place, left with a knee injury. Sidney Jones, seeing his first action since Week 6, was in and out of the game with a hamstring injury. Avonte Maddox left the game with a knee injury after 27 snaps, bringing Graham back to the field. Cre’Von LeBlanc played the most snaps at CB after Douglas with 44 snaps. Jenkins was a little mad after Alvin Kamara ran past him for a TD on 4th down.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 19, 2018
San Francisco 49ers
Bobby Wagner and the starting secondary, Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Shaquill Griffin, and Tre Flowers, played all 49 snaps. Frank Clark hit the 90% threshold. Austin Calitro and Jarran Reed topped 80% of snaps.
Nickel CB Justin Coleman played 38 snaps, 78%. Wagner led the way with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Flowers added 3 solos and 3 assists. Clark put together 3 solos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks. This gives Clark 10.0 sacks on the season. Seattle sacked Aaron Rodgers 5 times. Third Round rookie Rasheem Green joined the fun, logging his first career sack while playing 20 snaps. Dion Jordan missed this game. Calitro filled in for KJ Wright.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Isaiah Johnson, Brent Grimes, and Carlton Davis played all 53 snaps. Adarius Taylor missed 1 snap. Jason Pierre-Paul topped 90% of snaps while his bookend, Carl Nassib missed the 90% threshold by 1 snap. Devante Bond and Gerald McCoy both topped 80% of snaps. Jordan Whitehead missed 80% by 1 snap.
Justin Evans and Lavonte David missed this game, giving Johnson and Whitehead the chance to put up numbers. Johnson paced the team with 7 solos and 3 assists. Whitehead added 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Bond, filling in for David, certainly didn’t do much. I’m not bitter because I got cute and started him… JPP had a great game with 4 solos, 3 assists, and 1.5 sacks. Taylor and Nassib each finished with 6 total tackles. Nassib added 0.5 sack. Vinny Curry, out 4 of the last 5 games, may lose his spot to Nassib, who’s been fantastic for Tampa.
Mason Foster, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Josh Norman played all 63 snaps. DJ Swearinger missed 1 snap. Fabian Moreau, Zach Brown, Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Allen, and Preston Smith all topped 80% of snaps. Da’Ron Payne and Matt Ioannidis crossed the 70% threshold. The snaps are so consolidated on Washington. After Ioannidis, nickel CB Greg Stroman played 33 snaps, 52%.
The remaining 6 players who earned defensive snaps didn’t match Stroman’s total combined… HHCD led the way with an impressive 11 solos and 2 assists. Foster also hit double-digit tackles with 9 solos, 1 assist, and an interception. Brown added 3 solos and 5 assists. Payne had a solid game with 3 solos and 4 assists. Smith only had 3 solos and 1 assist, but added 1.0 sack and an interception. Houston averaged 2.4 WRs on the field per offensive play. This was Brown’s second highest snap share of the season. It’s been trending higher the last few games. It’s curious if they’re moving away from Josh Harvey-Clemons in sub-packages.
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