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 and Eric Weddle played all 50 snaps. Tony Jefferson missed 1 snap. Terrell Suggs logged 40 snaps, 80%. Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith topped 70% of snaps, while Matt Judon missed it by 1 snap. Mosley had one of the better games of the season with 6 solos, 2 assists, and 0.5 sack. Weddle added 6 total tackles. Humphrey had an impressive 4 PDs including 1 interception.
Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer played all 57 snaps. Tre’Davious White, Tremaine Edmunds, Levi Wallace, and Lorenzo Alexander topped 90% of snaps. Alexander saw a big increase on Matt Milano’s absence. Third safety Rafael Bush tallied 42 snaps, 74%. Poyer broke double-digit tackles for the second time on the season, with 10 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Edmunds ended with 5 solos and 3 assists. Alexander, White and Wallace each had 6 total tackles.
Nick Vigil and Jessie Bates played all 59 snaps. Shawn Williams, Darqueze Dennard, and William Jackson all logged 58 snaps. Carlos Dunlap was on the field for 49 snaps, 83%. Hardy Nickerson and Dre Kirkpatrick topped 70% of snaps while Geno Atkins missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Dennard led the way with 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. The Bengals amassed 5 sacks against Derek Carr. Let’s review them. Dunlap had 6 total tackles and 3.0 sacks. Third Round rookie Sam Hubbard had 2.0 sacks on 36 snaps. He’s up to 6.0 sacks on the season. He’ll need 9.0 more sacks to break the rookie sack record…
Joe Schobert was the only Brown to play all 73 snaps. Damarious Randall, Terrance Mitchell and Travis Carrie played 72 snaps apiece while Jamie Collins Sr. topped 90% of snaps. Genard Avery, Emmanuel Ogbah, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Jabrill Peppers, Larry Ogunjobi, and Myles Garrett topped 70% of snaps. Schobert placed the team with 4 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Collins, Peppers, and Mitchell all ended with 6 total tackles. Collins included 1.0 sack. Peppers included 1.0 sack and an interception. This was Peppers’ first career sack. This was a great moment.
— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2018
Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons played all 67 snaps. Tramaine Brock was on the field for 62 snaps, 93%. OLBs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb topped 80% of snaps. Bradley Roby, Will Parks, and Todd Davis broke the 70% of snaps. Simmons led the team with 7 total tackles. Adam Gotsis added 5 solos, 1 assist, 1.0 sack, and 1 PD on 42 snaps. Each of the last four weeks, Gotsis has played the highest snap share of the season. Starting in Week 12, his snap shares have been 45%, 59%, 60%, and 63%. Brandon Marshall returned from a 5-game absence. Marshall split snaps with 4th Round rookie Josey Jewell, 54% to 46%. Miller logged his 98th sack as a member of the Denver Broncos, setting a new franchise record.
— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2018
Miller is at 14.5 sacks on the season, making this his second most productive season. Chubb didn’t notch a sack, staying as 12.0 on the season. He needs 3.0 more sacks to break the rookie sack record. I would be fine not having to Google it every week because I don’t trust my memory…
Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Reid, and Kareem Jackson played all 75 snaps. Jadeveon Clowney, Jonathan Joseph, and JJ Watt topped 90% of snaps. Benardrick McKinney, Zach Cunningham, and Whitney Mercilus crossed the 70% threshold. McKinney and Joseph led the way. McKinney tallied 3 solos, 6 assists, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. Joseph finished with 7 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Cunningham added 7 total tackles. Reid, Watt, and DJ Reader each contributed 6 total tackles. Watt’s stat line included 2.0 sacks. Watt is at 14.5 sacks on the season. Reader was on the field for 45 snaps. Clowney notched his 8.0 sack on the season. Andre Hal played his largest snap share of the season at 64% of snaps. Hal served as the nickel DB, playing over the 3rd CB.
Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker played all 69 snaps. Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II both missed 1 snap. Anthony Walker was on the field for 60 snaps, 87%. Quincy Wilson, Margus Hunt, Jabaal Sheard, Denico Autry, and Tyquan Lewis topped 70% of snaps. Leonard led the way with 9 solos, 2 assists, 2 PDs, and 1 TFL. This marks Leonard’s 7th game with double-digit tackles. Clayton Geathers finished with 6 solos and 2 assists. Geathers only played 37 snaps. Desir added 7 solos and 1 PD. Walker tallied 5 solos and 1 assist. Second Round rookie Lewis had 4 total tackles and 2.0 sacks, his first career sack and his second career sack…
Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Tashaun Gipson, Jalen Ramsey, and AJ Bouye played all 68 snaps. Yannick Ngakoue was on the field for 57 snaps, 84%. Jarrod Wilson, Calais Campbell, and DJ Haydon topped 70% of snaps. Wilson filled in for Ronnie Harrison, who left with a knee injury days after Jacksonville released Barry Church. Smith and Hayden each had 7 solos. Campbell added 6 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Jack had 6 total tackles.
Asked if he is worried about coach Doug Marrone's job security, #Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey said: “I ain’t worried about nobody but myself.”
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) December 16, 2018
@EASports, please make Jalen Ramsey’s Team Player rating 99.
Kansas City Chiefs
Ron Parker, Kendall Fuller, and Steven Nelson played all 74 snaps. Dee Ford played a very impressive 72 snaps for an OLB. Justin Houston also broke 90% of snaps. Nickel CB Orlando Scandrick was on the field for 64 snaps, 86%. Allen Bailey and Anthony Hitchens broke the 70% threshold. Hitchens was in and out of the game with a quad injury. Eric Berry made his season debut on a pitch count. Berry played 30 snaps. Berry and Daniel Sorensen totaled 105% of snaps which is likely bad news for Sorensen. Once Berry is ready for 100% of snaps, Sorensen may not see the field much on defense. In the past, Sorensen has had a role as a sub-package LB. KC drafted 3rd Round rookie Dorian O’Daniel with that same role in mind. DOD topped 50% of snaps. Hitchens hit double-digit tackles with 5 solos, 6 assists, and 1 TFL. Parker tallied 5 solos and 3 assists. Berry added 4 solos and 2 assists. Houston finished with 5 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Chris Jones added another game to his sack streak, which is up to 10 games now. Jones’ stat line was 3 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 1 PD for good measure. The amazing stat was Jones had 8 QB hits. KC as a teams had 12 total. The Chargers, with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, topped out at 5 QB hits for the game. Jones is up to 14.0 sacks on the season.
Jones missed the 70% threshold by 1 snaps. The amazing thing about Jones and his 14.0 sacks is he’s doing it on around 65% of snaps. Jones has only topped 70% of snaps in 4 games this season. By comparison, the sack leader Aaron Donald has topped 90% of snaps in 8 games and counting. If Jones were to see more snaps next season, he could increase his tackle and sack numbers.
Los Angeles Chargers
Jatavis Brown, Adrian Phillips, Derwin James, Jahleel Addae, Casey Hayward, Mike Davis, and Desmond King played all 60 snaps. Facing KC, the Chargers spent the entire game in the nickel. Melvin Ingram chased Patrick Mahomes around for over 90% of snaps. Joey Bosa topped 80% of snaps. LA only had 15 players play defensive snaps on Thursday. Phillips led the way with 10 total tackles and 1 QB hit. Brown ended with 4 solos and 4 assists. Ingram added 3 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Kiko Alonso, Reshad Jones, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Bobby McCain played all 69 snaps. TJ McDonald missed 3 snaps. Raekwon McMillan topped 80% of snaps. First Round rookie Fitzpatrick was productive with 6 solos and 2 PDs, including a pick-six. McMillan also had 6 total tackles and 1 PD. Nobody else topped 5 total tackles.
New England Patriots
Kyle Van Noy and Jason McCourty played all 64 snaps. Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, and Patrick Chung topped 90% of snaps. UDFA rookie JC Jackson, Trey Flowers, and Dont’a Hightower all crossed the 80% threshold. J. McCourty led the way with 7 solos and 2 assists. Jackson ended with 6 solos and 1 PD. Lawrence Guy added 1 solo, 5 assists, and 2 QB hits. Give the Pat’s credit on Special Teams. This is one of the best, non-trick, ST plays I’ve ever seen.
This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my entire life pic.twitter.com/qrBJNQ7YwN
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 16, 2018
New York Jets
Leonard Williams, Avery Williamson, Jamal Adams, Trumaine Johnson, and Morris Claiborne played all 53 snaps. Neville Hewitt logged 43 snaps, 81%. Daryle Roberts and Henry Anderson topped 70% of snaps. This was a rough game for Jets IDP not named Henry Anderson. No Jets broke 5 total tackles. Anderson logged 3.0 sacks, including this monster sack,
This was ruled a sack… pic.twitter.com/qeA4XkAPmn
— J Reid (@JReidNFL) December 15, 2018
This game doubled Anderson’s sack total on the season. It also matched the combined sack total of the first 3 seasons of Anderson’s career. It was a fluky game that probably earned Anderson a couple more million in his free agent deal in the offseason.
Tahir Whitehead and Karl Joseph played all 80 snaps. Marcus Gilchrist was on the field for 73 snaps, 91%. Daryl Worley topped 80% of snaps. Frostee Rucker topped 70% of snaps. Joseph totalled 6 solos, 2 assists, and 1.0 sack. Marquel Lee had 4 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL on 34 snaps.
Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds, and Joe Haden played all 62 snaps. TJ Watt, Vince Williams, and Coty Sensabaugh topped 90% of snaps. Cameron Heyward was on the field for 50 snaps, 81%. Morgan Burnett logged 48 snaps, 77%. Haden had a day with 8 solos, 4 assists, and 2 PDs, including 1 interception, an amazing interception at that.
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) December 17, 2018
Nickel CB Mike Hilton added 5 solos and 2 assists on 38 snaps. Safeties Davis and Edmunds each added 6 total tackles. More shuffling at the ILB position. LJ Fort dropped to 3 defensive snaps. Jon Bostic didn’t see an increase or even a return to his early season snap shares. Bostic was only on the field for 15 defensive snaps. Instead, the famously injury-prone Burnett stepped up and played ILB.
Kevin Byard and Adoree Jackson played all 65 snaps. Kendrick Lewis, Malcolm Butler, Jayon Brown, Harold Landry, Wesley Woodyard, and Jurrell Casey topped 80% of snaps. This was Landry’s highest snap share for the season by 15%. Logan Ryan and Derrick Morgan crossed the 70% threshold. Ryan is done for the year with a broken leg. Butler will pick up the majority of snaps, but LeShaun Sims will see an uptick as well. Kenny Vaccaro left the game with a concussion after 7 snaps. Lewis came in to replace him and led the way with 7 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. Jackson added 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Byard only had 5 total tackles but added all the fun stuff to his stat line, 1.0 sack and 2 PDs, including 1 interception. He only missed the FF for the #IDPCycle.
Programming note: This will be the last full weekly IDP snap count. If you’re playing in a league with a Week 17 championship game, I would recommend finding a better league. If there are any interesting snap count trends over Week 16 and Week 17, I’ll probably tweet them out rather than putting together a full article.
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