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.
Robert Alford, Desmond Trufant, De’Vondre Campbell, and Damontae Kazee all topped 90% of snaps. Brian Poole, Grady Jarrett, Ricardo Allen, Vic Beasley, and Duke Riley all topped 80% of the snaps. Riley ended with 8 solos and 4 assists. Poole and Kazee each ended with 10 total tackles. Allen had 5 solos and 2 assists. Campbell contributed 5 solos and 1 assist. Riley only playing 80% of the snaps is interesting, given he replaced Deion Jones and wore the green dot in Week 3. Hard to call plays from the sidelines… With Takk McKinley missing this game, Brooks Reed played 62 of 79 snaps.
Josh Bynes and Antoine Bethea played all 74 snaps. Budda Baker, Tre Boston, and Patrick Peterson each played 73 snaps. Chandler Jones topped 95% of snaps. Benson Mayowa and Robert Nkemdiche both topped 80% of snaps. Gerald Hodges, Corey Peters, and Jamar Taylor each topped 70% of the snaps. Baker put together 8 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs, and 0.5 sack. Bynes had 7 solos and 3 assists. Boston and Hodges each had 5 solos and 2 assists. Hodges added 1 TFL while Boston had 1 interception among 2 PDs. Markus Golden returned from injury and only played 12 snaps. He should eventually replace Mayowa as the starter opposite Jones. The Cardinals are screwing up one of the best #IDP roles in all of football. Bene Benwikere has played more defensive snaps each week. In Week 3, it was 34 snaps, most at the expense of Taylor. The CB opposite Peterson is usually an IDP MVP, but if it becomes a committee, it’ll be a fantasy wasteland. Deone Bucannon is fully out of this defense. He played 1 defensive snap and 20 special teams snaps. First Round sophomore Haason Reddick out-snapped him at 4 defensive snaps…
Shaq Thompson and James Bradberry played all 65 snaps. Donte Jackson and Mike Adams both were north of 90% of the snaps. Luke Kuechly just missed the 90% mark. Thompson ended with 7 solos and 1 assist. Pump the brakes on 3rd Round rookie Rashaan Gaulden, who only played 22 snaps. It was vet Colin Jones replacing the IR-bound Da’Norris Searcy, and ending with 4 solos and 4 assists. Jones played 43 snaps. Jackson had 7 solos and 2 interceptions. Not bad for a guy who was a game-time decision. The DE2 spot in Carolina has devolved into a mess. Mario Addison played 40 snaps to lead DEs. Wes Horton started but only played 22 snaps, behind Julius Peppers’ 29 snaps and Bryan Cox Jr.’ 23 snaps. Efe Obada played 19 snaps.
Danny Trevathan, Khalil Mack, Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, and Kyle Fuller each played all 50 snaps. Akiem Hicks played 45 snaps. Bryce Callahan and Roquan Smith both topped 80% of the snaps. Mack led the way with 5 solos and 2.0 sacks. Mack now has 4.0 sacks on the season. For comparison’s sake, let’s pick a team at random, say, the Oakland Raiders, through three games, have 3 sacks as a team. Amos and Trevathan, each both, had 5 total tackles. Jackson had 2 solos, 1 assist, and 1 interception. Jackson had a 2nd interception ran back for a TD called back because of an offsides penalty. Leonard Floyd only played 32 snaps. In 6 of his 9 fully healthy games last season, Floyd played 90%+ of the snaps. This year, his top snap rate has been 77%.
Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie played all 69 snaps. Xavier Woods played 64 snaps in his first action of the season. Jaylon Smith, Anthony Brown, Jeff Heath, Demarcus Lawrence each topped 80% of the snaps. Antwaun Woods and Tyrone Crawford each topped 70% of the snaps. Leighton Vander Esch put together 9 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL on 33 snaps. Sean Lee had a great game as well with 5 solos, 6 assists, 1 TFL, and 0.5 sack on 36 snaps. Lee injured his hamstring and may miss a few weeks. Smith added 4 solos, 4 assists, and 1 sack. Awuzie added 5 solos and 2 assists. Taco Charlton saw his snap share drop quite a bit. Charlton’s snap share for the season has been 73% in Week 1, 84% in Week 2, and 59% in Week 3. This drop is likely due to Randy Gregory’s return from injury. Gregory played 27 snaps. With Woods back, Kavon Frazier returned to his 3rd Safety role and 19 snaps.
Devon Kennard, Jarrad Davis, Quandre Diggs, Glover Quin, Darius Slay, and Nevin Lawson played all 48 snaps. Romeo Okwara topped 80% of the snaps with Ezekiel Ansah out. Okwara was the last Lion over 50% of the snaps. Davis led the way with 4 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Eli Harold put together 3 solos and 2.0 sacks on Brady on 21 snaps. Sophomore Teez Tabor screwed his chance to start in Week 2. Tabor didn’t play a single defensive snap with Slay and Lawson healthy. With Diggs and Quin playing every snap, Tavon Wilson is the odd man out, playing only 46% of the snaps in big nickel packages.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Kentrell Brice, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played all 61 defensive snaps. Tramon Williams, Jaire Alexander, and Kenny Clark all topped 90% of snaps. Mike Daniels topped 80% of the snaps. Clark led the team in tackles with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 PD. A big man leading the team in tackles is always good to see. Martinez added 4 solos, 5 assists, and a PD of his own. Alexander, starting in place of Kevin King had 6 solos, and 1 assist. Alexander could easily take the starting spot from King. Nick Perry had 4 solos and 3 assists, playing 38 snaps. Third Round rookie and preseason hype-superstar Oren Burks made his season debut. Burks ended with 1 solo and 1 assist on 8 defensive snaps. Look for that number to rise fairly quickly.
Los Angeles Rams
Cory Littleton, Lamarcus Joyner, and John Johnson III played all 52 snaps. Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Samson Ebukam each topped 90% of the snaps. Sam Shields and Michael Brockers each topped 70% of the snaps. Littleton had 5 solos, 5 assists, and 1 PD. Ramik Wilson ended with 6 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD on 35 snaps. No other Rams hit 5 total tackles. The vaunted defense the Rams built in the offseason is going to have to stretch in the secondary. Aqib Talib suffered a high ankle sprain after 35 snaps. Marcus Peters strained his calf after 15 snaps. Talib will miss at least a month. Peters is day-to-day but likely to miss week 4 given LA plays on Thursday night. Shields played the most snaps of the remaining CBs, followed by Nickell Robey-Coleman (35 snaps) and Troy Hill (9 snaps). Look for LA to spend almost all of Thursday night in base or big nickel packages because they just don’t have the depth at CB. Marqui Christian, after playing 86% of the snaps in Week 2, only played 33% of the snaps in Week 3.
Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Andrew Sendejo, and Harrison Smith played all 67 snaps. Xavier Rhodes and Danielle Hunter both topped 90% of the snaps. Linval Joseph topped 80% of the snaps. Mike Hughes and Stephen Weatherly each topped 70% of the snaps. Hughes got so much run because Trae Waynes injured his ankle after 16 snaps. Weatherly ended with 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1.0 sack, playing for Everson Griffen. It sounds like Griffen is going through some stuff so Weatherly might be worth a pickup in deeper leagues… LBs Kendricks and Barr both had 7 total tackles. UDFA Sophomore Tashawn Bower had 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL on 22 snaps. Hunter had 4 solos, 1 assist and 1.0 sack among 2 TFLs. This defense needs to fix things quickly as they’ve got a matchup on Thursday night with the LA Rams and one of the best offenses in the NFC. Going to go out on a limb here and say, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, etc. are better than Josh Allen, Chris Ivory, Zay Jones, and Kelvin Benjamin…
New Orleans Saints
AJ Klein, Demario Davis, Marcus Williams, and Marshon Lattimore played all 68 snaps. Cameron Jordan topped 90% of snaps. Vonn Bell, Sheldon Rankins, and PJ Williams each topped 70% of snaps. Davis led the way with 5 solos and 3 assists. Eight total tackles led the team in a game that went to OT… P.J. Williams, Bell, Jordan, and Marcus Williams each ended with 5 total tackles. Jordan also added his second 2.0 sack game of the young season. First Round rookie Marcus Davenport notched the first sack of his career. Davenport played 50% of the snaps, a sizable increase over the 35% he had played in Weeks 1 and 2. Starting DE Alex Okafor’s snap rate stayed fairly consistent at 65%. P.J. started in place of Ken Crawley who’s snap share dropped from 95%+ down to 62%. Starting Nickel CB Patrick Robinson was carted off with an ankle injury. In Week 1, Kurt Coleman out-snapped Bell. Since then, Bell has out-snapped Coleman by an increasingly large margin. In Week 3, it was Bell at 79% and Coleman at 32%.
New York Giants
Alec Ogletree, Landon Collins, Curtis Riley, Janoris Jenkins, and BW Webb played all 68 snaps. Kareem Martin was next on the board with 51 snaps, the only other Giant over 70% of the snaps. Riley and Damon Harrison each ended with 7 total tackles. This marks the second time in three games Riley has outproduces Collins. Snacks played 35 snaps. Kerry Wynn added 5 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, and 1 PD on 44 snaps. Collins and Ogletree each ended with 5 total tackles. Ogletree added an interception. Ray Ray Armstrong out-snapped B.J. Goodson, 41 snaps to 27 snaps. This is the first time this season Goodson has been on the losing end of the snaps.
Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins, and Ronald Darby each played all 59 snaps. Jalen Mills topped 90% of snaps. Fletcher Cox and Corey Graham each topped 80% of snaps. Graham saw the snap increase because Rodney McLeod injured his knee after 34 snaps. Hicks had 8 solos and 2 PDs. Mills had 5 solos, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. Sophomore Derek Barnett had 3 solos, 2 assists, and 1.5 sacks while on the field 38 snaps. Barnett led the DEs, but all four were within 5 snaps. Nigel Bradham only played 41 snaps, 69%. With Hicks healthy, Bradham is second fiddle.
San Francisco 49ers
Antone Exum and Fred Warner both played 76 snaps. Reuben Foster played 75 snaps. Jimmie Ward played 71 snaps, after playing 24 snaps through the first two games combined. Warner started and led the team in tackles with 9 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1 PD. Exum had 9 solos and 1.0 sack. Exum only played 6 defensive snaps through the first two weeks but played in place of Jaquiski Tartt. Foster, in his first game of the season, added 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. The secondary was a walking triage unit. Ward started in place of the benched Ahkello Witherspoon. Richard Sherman was injured after 36 snaps, forcing Witherspoon to play. Adrian Colbert left with an injury after 25 snaps. Fifth Round rookie, converted CB, DJ Reed came in to replace Colbert. The 52 defensive snaps on Sunday were the first of Reed’s season. Solomon Thomas had 1 QB hit on 44 snaps, his highest total of the season. They seemed to make an effort to get Thomas on the field more, as he out-snapped Cassius Marsh for the first time this season. Malcolm Smith played 34 snaps in his first action of the season.
Bobby Wagner, Bradley McDougald, Earl Thomas, Shaquill Griffin, and Tre Flowers played all 61 snaps. Jarran Reed and Justin Coleman both topped 80% of snaps. Frank Clark was the only other Seahawk over 70% of snaps. Thomas amassed 6 solos, 1 assist, and 2 interceptions. Was this a job interview for Thomas? If it was, he performed pretty well. Wagner had 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. [/profiler]Mychal Kendricks[/profiler] had 6 solos and 1.0 sack on 38 snaps. Flowers returned from injury as the starter with 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Flowers looks to be a CB stud until Dontae Johnson returns from IR. Reed put together 3 solos, including 2.0 sacks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, Justin Evans, and Brent Grimes each played 66 snaps. Carlton Davis and Jason Pierre-Paul each topped 90% of snaps. Gerald McCoy, Vinny Curry, and 4th Round rookie Jordan Whitehead all topped 80% of snaps. William Gholston played 77% of snaps as the Bucs covered for not having a DT2 behind McCoy by playing a ton of DEs. MJ Stewart ended with 9 solos and 1 PD while only playing 43 snaps in the slot. David added 8 solos, 1 assist, and 3 TFLs. Alexander contributed 5 solos, 3 assists, and 0.5 TFLs. Grimes ended with 6 solos. Evans had 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 interception. JPP had 5 solos, 3 TFLs, and 2.0 sacks among 4 total QB hits. Chris Conte was lucky to escape with just a knee injury from Vance McDonald’s stiff arm on McDonald’s 75-yard TD catch. It looked like a finishing move from Mortal Kombat… Conte’s short night (11 snaps) led to the rookie Whitehead getting plenty of snaps.
Mason Foster, Montae Nicholson, DJ Swearinger, and Josh Norman played all 69 snaps. Quinton Dunbar missed 1 snap. Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, and Preston Smith all topped 90%. That’s three big men in the game topping 90% of the snaps. That’s something to notice. Fabian Moreau and Ryan Kerrigan each topped 80% of the snaps. Foster had 2 solos and 8 assists. Nicholson added 4 solos and 4 assists. Preston Smith had 6 solos and 1 assist. Norman also ended with 7 total tackles. Dunbar and Zach Brown each added 6 total tackles. Brown only played 50 snaps. Through three weeks, Brown has played 68%, 84%, and 72%. He’s dealing with an oblique injury. Hopefully, that’s all it is as his lowest snap rate in a game he was completely healthy in last season was 91%. First Round, sophomore Allen had 3 solos, 2 assists, and 2.0 sacks among 3 QB hits. Matthew Ioannidis’ snap count took a hit with both Payne and Allen showing out. Ioannidis only played 18 defensive snaps. That’s his lowest snap count of any game in the last two seasons.
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