Snap counts are essential for IDP. Tackles, sacks, and interceptions are tough 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.
Keanu Neal played 66 snaps. Robert Alford, Deion Jones, [/profiler]De’Vondre Campbell[/profiler] and Ricardo Allen all topped 90% of the snaps. Both safeties hit 10 total tackles. Jones had 6 solos and 2 assists. First Round rookie Takkarist McKinley notched a sack on Matthew Stafford on 21 snaps, 5th among DEs. That’s Takk’s third straight game recording a sack. Takk is a great follow on Twitter. My second favorite rookie follow behind Juju Smith-Schuster. Desmond Trufant missed this game with a concussion. Blidi Wreh-Wilson was the #2 CB on 56 snaps. Fifth Round rookie, converted-CB, Damontae Kazee came in for 37 snaps. Kazee would cover FS and allow the former CB, Allen, move into the slot when Atlanta wanted to play nickel.
Budda Baker, Tyrann Matheiu, Josh Bynes, Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones and Tramon Williams played all 58 snaps. Antoine Bethea, Kareem Martin and Karlos Dansby each topped 90% of snaps. After Dansby on the list were 5 consecutive DTs, from Frostee Rucker at 35 snaps down to Robert Nkemdiche at 14 snaps. Baker had 8 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 PD. I would expect this to be pretty standard for Baker going forward, matching Tyvon Branch’s stat line. Baker will still have blow up weeks where he supplements this stat line with sacks, interceptions, and FFs. Deone Bucannon missed this game with an ankle injury. Bynes filled him for him and notched 8 solos, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. Jones added his 13th sack of the season. He’s only had 2 games this season where he hasn’t recorded a sack. First Round rookie Haason Reddick played 8 defensive snaps.
Luke Kuechly, Kurt Coleman and James Bradberry played all 64 snaps. Mike Adams played 61 snaps. Kuechly had 8 solos, 1 assist, 2 TFLs and a QB hit. Adams, Coleman, and Bradberry each had 6 total tackles. Thomas Davis came into this game with a hamstring injury and was limited. Davis only played 25 snaps. Shaq Thompson played 45 snaps while David Mayo played 32 snaps. Charles Johnson was hit with a 4-game PED suspension. In his absence, DE snaps went Mario Addison (46 snaps), Julius Peppers (33 snaps), Wes Horton (24 snaps) and Bryan Cox (22 snaps).
Sam Acho, Eddie Jackson, Chris Prosinski and Kyle Fuller played 75 snaps. Prince Amukamara played 74 snaps. Akiem Hicks played 70 snaps. With three ILBs active, Danny Trevathan played 88% of the snaps, Christian Jones played 69% of the snaps and Nick Kwiatkowski played 16% of the snaps. Jones hit 10 solos, 3 assists, 2 TFLs and 1 sack. Trevathan hit double-digit tackles as well with 10 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Rookie UDFA Isaiah Irving joined Leonard Floyd on IR, so Chicago resigned Lamarr Houston. Houston sacked Jimmy G and celebrated without tearing his ACL, so that’s progress. Houston was on the field for 91% of the snaps because Pernell McPhee left this game with a shoulder injury after 7 snaps. Prosinski filled in for Adrian Amos. Prosinski couldn’t match Amos’ tackle floor though, ending with 3 solos and 1 assist.
For the second week in a row, no Cowboy played 100% of the defensive snaps. Anthony Hitchens and Jeff Heath both topped 90% of the snaps. Hitchens had himself a day with 12 solos, 3 assists and 2 TFLs. He was the only Cowboy over 6 total tackles. First Round rookie Taco Charlton notched his second sack of the season, matching Demarcus Lawrence’s total from this game. David Irving added his 7th sack of the season after missing the first four games. Anthony Brown was benched so both Orlando Scandrick and 2nd Round rookie Chidobe Awuzie played over 80% of the snaps. Awuzie played 72% of snaps in Week 1 but has been limited by injury since. Third Round rookie Jourdan Lewis played his fewest snaps of the season. Brown or Lewis may be back next week as Scandrick ended with two fractures in his back and will miss at least one game. Awuzie ended with 1 solo, 2 assists and 3 PDs so he’s definitely worth picking up if you need CB help in the playoffs. Dallas tried something new. With so few CB snaps, they played a lot more big nickel. Sixth Round rookie Xavier Woods and Byron Jones both played 75% of snaps. Kavon Frazier came in and played 21 snaps, his most since Week 4. Some of his snaps actually came at Jones’ expense. The Cowboys don’t think Jones is strong enough in run support. Keep an eye on Frazier. Jerry Jones had this to say about the 6th Round sophomore, “Frazier is a legitimate, natural, what we call a ‘down safety.’ I was really impressed with how he took advantage of his play time and punished physically the Redskins. We need that. That’s an important part of things to create that physicalness that you can get from that secondary. Got to be reminding he’s not a linebacker. He’s a quasi-linebacker when he’s down like that, a quasi-linebacker/safety.” [http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article187593503.html]
Tahir Whitehead and Glover Quin played 64 snaps. Darius Slay, Quandre Diggs and Anthony Zettel played over 90% of the snaps. First Round rookie Jarrad Davis paced the team in tackles with 3 solos and 5 assists on 80% of the snaps snaps as he continues to see his snap count decrease. Ezekiel Ansah and Diggs both put up 5 total tackles. When Tavon Wilson ended up on IR, the expectation was that Miles Killebrew would step up and take his place. Killebrew only had 1 solos and 2 assists on 7 defensive snaps. Detroit actually used Diggs at Safety to replace Wilson. If this continues, you’ll have a CB playing S snaps which usually sounds like fantasy gold Nick Bellore caught a TD pass from Matthew Stafford. Bellore played 3 offensive snaps, 31 ST snaps and 0 defensive snaps.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett played 76 snaps. Davon House played 74 snaps. Josh Jones was next on the list at 79% of snaps. The two ILBs both topped double-digit total tackles. Martinez had 6 solos, 6 assists, 1 PD and a QB hit. Jake Ryan had 5 solos, 5 assists and 1 sack on 43 snaps. The Packers sacked Jameis 7 total times with Clay Matthews leading the way with 2.5 sacks among 7 total tackles on 56 snaps. Kenny Clark followed with 2 sacks of his own among 6 total tackles on 38 snaps. You’ve got to love a big man running in for a score. Dean Lowery recovered a fumble from Winston and ran it back 62 yards for the TD.
Los Angeles Rams
Trumaine Johnson was the only Ram to play all 64 snaps. Kayvon Webster and Lamarcus Joyner each played 63 snaps. Mark Barron, John Johnson III and Aaron Donald all played more than 80% of snaps. Trumaine led the team in tackles with 7 solos, adding an interception. JJIII had 5 solos, 1 assist and 2 PDs. The Rams sacked Blaine Gabbert 6 times with Donald and Ethan Westbrooks each adding 2 sacks. Alec Ogletree added a pick-six before leaving with an elbow injury. Former 7th Round pick Bryce Hager came in to replace Ogletree. Hager had played 31 snaps on the season heading into Week 13. He played 41 in place of Ogletree. Hager ended with 1 solo, 1 PD and 1 QB hit. With [/profiler]Connor Barwin[/profiler] out a few weeks, Samson Ebukam[profiler] saw 48 snaps, 2 fewer than [profiler]Robert Quinn. Ebukam ended with 5 solos.
Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo and Xavier Rhodes played all 53 snaps. Trae Waynes played 51 snaps. Everson Griffen played 50 snaps. Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph both played 75% of snaps. Kendricks paced the team in tackles with 8 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Barr, Rhodes, and Smith all ended with 5 total tackles. I could seriously write next week’s post about the Vikings and have to change 3 or 4 numbers, and it would be accurate. I’m going to start using a form letter for the Vikings.
New Orleans Saints
AJ Klein, Vonn Bell and Kenny Vaccaro each played 57 snaps. Ken Crawley and PJ Williams were both on the field for 55 snaps. Cameron Jordan led this team in tackles with 5 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL on 93% of snaps. The Saints continue to get create in replacing IRed Alex Okafor’s snaps. Rookie Trey Hendrickson and Hau’oli Kikaha played 20 snaps apiece. Each was out-snapped by 4 DTs. This should create some interesting DTs, getting DE snaps. Tyeler Davison and David Onyemata each ended with 4 total tackles. Rookies Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams both missed this game with injury.
New York Giants
Landon Collins, Ross Cockrell, Olivier Vernon and Darian Thompson played 65 snaps. With Janoris Jenkins having ankle surgery and out for the season, Brandon Dixon, a 2014 6th Round pick by the Jets, played over 90% of the snaps. Jason Pierre-Paul was on the field for 97% of snaps. Collins amassed 7 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Kelvin Sheppard had 2 solos and 6 assists on 54 snaps, the most of any of the LBs. Second Round rookie Dalvin Tomlinson had 2 solos and 5 assists on 36 snaps, the most of any DT. Avery Moss and [profile]Kerry Wynn[/profiler], the #2 and #3 DEs, combined for 5 snaps. BJ Goodson left this game with an ankle injury after 31 snaps. He’s also thinking about starring in the remake of Unbreakable as Samuel L Jackson’s character. The Giants fired coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese on Monday, so all of this is now up in the air.
Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins played all 62 snaps. Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod played 60 snaps apiece while Ronald Darby played 90% of the snaps. Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox each topped 80% of the snaps. Kendricks led the team in tackles with 5 solos, 4 assists, and 1 TFL. Mills had 5 solos and 2 assists. Brandon Graham ended with 4 solos, 1 assist, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks on 47 snaps.
San Francisco 49ers
Akhello Witherspoon, Adrian Colbert, Eric Reid and Reuben Foster played all 37 snaps. 37 snaps. Chicago continues to be a matchup to avoid for IDP because of their terrible offense. Dontae Johnson played 86% of the snaps. Solomon Thomas, Brock Coyle and DeForest Buckner all played over 70% of the snaps. Foster led the team in tackles with 7 solos. Leger Douzable was active this week instead of Tank Carradine. Douzable played 23 snaps compared to Elvis Dumerville’s 14 snaps, Ronald Blair’s 12 snaps and Cassius Marsh’s 11 snaps. Recently acquired, 4th Round sophomore, Sheldon Day only played 15 snaps but ended with 3 solos. It’s worth watching how he performs against competent offenses.
Bradley McDougald, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Byron Maxwell, Shaq Griffin and Earl Thomas played all 75 snaps. Michael Bennett and [/profiler]Justin Coleman[/profiler] both topped 80% of the snaps. Wagner, McDougald and Wright all hit double-digit tackles. Wagner had 9 solos, 4 assists, 2.5 TFL and a QB hit. McDougald ended with 7 solos, 5 assists, 1 TFL and 2 PD. Wright put together 8 solos, 2 assists and a QB hit. Even Maxwell had 4 solos, 3 assists and 2 PDs including an interception. Frank Clark ended with 2 sacks on 77% of the snaps. Popular rookie DT Nazair Jones and Dion Jordan both missed this game with injuries. Seattle is dealing with so many injuries, it is focusing their snap counts. It’ll certainly create more stat opportunities for the guys on the field.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, Justin Evans and Gerald McCoy played 55 snaps. Ryan Smith and Brent Grimes played 54 snaps. Next on the list was nickel CB Robert McClain at 75% of the snaps. David put together 5 solos, 2 assists, and 0.5 TFLs. Evans and Alexander both had 6 total tackles. Evans added an interception. Will Clarke played the 2nd most snaps at DE behind Ryan Russell and ahead of William Gholston. Clarke ended with 3 solos and 2 sacks on 35 snaps. That represents 66.7% of his snap production on the year and 33.3% of his tackle production on the year. If you can predict which Tampa DE is going to have a good game, we should go halfsies on a lotto ticket.
D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman both played 68 snaps. Deshazor Everett, Zach Brown and Bashaud Breeland all topped 90% of the snaps. Brown led the way with 6 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Swearinger, Zach Vigil and Everett all ended with 6 total tackles. Martrell Spaight returned after missing Week 12, Vigil may have taken his starting spot. Vigil played 53 snaps to Spaight’s 8 defensive snaps. Vigil left the game with a neck injury which doesn’t sound good. Spaight was even out-snapped by 7th rookie converted-Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons who was on the field for 12 snaps after being on the field for his first 17 defensive snaps last week. DeAngelo Hall also missed last week. In his return, he lost his job to the former UDFA Everett. Hall played 1 defensive snap. Fourth Round rookie Montae Nicholson missed the fourth game of his last five with injury.