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 both played all 80 snaps. Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr both topped 90% of snaps. Terrell Suggs was on the field for 66 snaps. While Za’Darius Smith, Marlon Humphrey, and Tavon Young topped 70% of snaps. Jefferson had 8 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Mosley almost matched him with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Weddle had 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1.0 sack. Brandon Williams and Smith ended with 6 total tackles apiece. Williams added 1.0 sack and played 38 snaps. Smith split a sack with 4th Round rookie Kenny Young. The Ravens use a 3-man committee consisting of Anthony Levine Sr. (35 snaps), Kenny Young (20 snaps), and Patrick Onwuasor (16 snaps) next to Mosley. This waters down snaps to a point where none of them even play 50% of snaps. If one of the three could take the role completely, they’d be productive. Until that point, none are useful. Levine ended with 3 solos, 2 assists, and 3 PDs. Levine is still a safety on MFL.
We should rank all Bills games based on the likelihood Vontae Davis would’ve retired at halftime. This feels like a game he would’ve played through. Tremaine Edmunds, Jordan Poyer, Dean Marlowe, and Tre’Davious White played all 54 snaps. Matt Milano played 53 snaps. Phillip Gaines was on the field for 40 snaps, as the last Bill wth a snap share over 70%. Milano hit double-digit tackles with 7 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Edmunds put together 4 solos and 4 assists. No other Bill added more than 4 total tackles. Marlowe was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday as Buffalo was missing Micah Hyde and Rafael Bush, leaving Poyer and 5th Round rookie Siran Neal as the only healthy safeties.
Shawn Williams and Dre Kirkpatrick played 63 out of 64 snaps. William Jackson and Jessie Bates both also topped 90% of snaps. Darqueze Dennard was on the field for 56 snaps. Carlos Dunlap and Nick Vigil were each on the field for more than 70% of snaps. Vigil was the leader in tackles with 7 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD although this was the first game of the season Vigil didn’t play 100% of snaps. Vontaze Burfict returned from suspension and added 4 solos and 3 assists. Burfict played 34 snaps, 3rd among LBs behind Vigil and Preston Brown (42 snaps). It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks because having one LB with a 70% snap share, one with a 65% snap share, and one with a 50% snap share will limit production from all three. Bates put together 4 solos, 1 assist, and 1 interception.
Joe Schobert, Damarious Randall, and Denzel Ward each played 87 snaps. Christian Kirksey took 3 snaps off. EJ Gaines topped 90% of snaps while Myles Garrett missed the mark by 1 snap. Larry Ogunjobi and Emmanuel Ogbah were each on the field for over 80% of the snaps. Third LB Jamie Collins was on the field for 69 snaps, 79%. Collins and Kirksey each ended with 12 total tackles. Collins included 8 solos, 4 assists, 1.5 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Is Cleveland the only stat crew that rewards 0.5 TFLs? Remind me to check into that. Kirksey’s stat line was a little tamer with 7 solos, 5 assists, and 1 TFL. This left Schobert with only 5 solos, 4 assists, and 2 PDs. Randall was the only other Brown with more than 5 total tackles, collecting 5 solos and 1 assist. Ward added 4 solos and 1 assist but padded his stat line with 3 PDs including 1 interception. Jabrill Peppers is back on the right side of his committee with Derrick Kindred (48 snaps to 19 snaps).
Justin Simmons and Chris Harris played all 62 snaps. Darian Stewart was on the field for 57 snaps. Brandon Marshall topped 80% of snaps. Bradley Roby, Von Miller, and Derek Wolfe each topped 70% of snaps. Simmons had 4 solos and 3 assists. Davis added 5 solos, and 1 assist on 39 snaps. Fourth Round rookie Josey Jewell was still on the field for 25 snaps.
Zach Cunningham, Benardrick McKinney, and Kareem Jackson played all 62 snaps. Jonathan Joseph, Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Reid, and JJ Watt all topped 90% of snaps. OLBs Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus both topped 70% of snaps. Cunningham paced the team with tackles with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 QB hit. Honeybadger and McKinney had similar stat lines of 6 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. McKinney split a sack with Clowney. Reid upped his game so he could show-up his brother. Nothing like a little sibling rivalry. Reid ended with 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 interception.
This one was rough. Zaire Franklin, Malik Hooker, and Pierre Desir played all 69 snaps. Jabaal Sheard topped 80% of snaps. Lenzy Pipkins, Najee Goode, and Margus Hunt all topped 70% of snaps. A couple of new names up there. Hooker led the way with 4 solos and 8 assists. Franklin added 1 solo and 10 assists. Pipkins added 6 solos and 3 assists. Goode put together 3 solos, 4 assists, and 1 interception. Both Desir and Matthias Farley added 1 solo and 5 assists with Farley adding 1 interception among 2 PDs. Franklin started in place of #IDP superstar Darius Leonard. The Colts are so injury-ridden that they had to make Leonard and Nate Hairston active even though they didn’t dress. They didn’t have another body to replace them. Desir started because neither Hairston or Kenny Moore could play. Pipkins started for the same reason. Farley played 45 snaps after Clayton Geathers left with a neck injury after 20 snaps. Farley had actually played over 50% of snaps in Week 4 in Big Nickel packages. He may be the starting SS again pending information on Geathers’ neck injury. Keep in mind, Geathers missed over a third of 2016 and almost all of 2017 with a neck injury. Goode played as much as he did because Anthony Walker entered the concussion protocol after 14 snaps. With Hunt not playing his typical 90% due to a knee injury, 2nd Round rookie Kemoko Turay didn’t see a big increase in snaps. Turay played 38 snaps, 55%, the same snap share he had in Week 2. Carroll Phillips saw an increase in snaps. The UDFA sophomore’s snaps jumped from 4 in Week 4 to 19 in Week 5. Denico Autry left with a hamstring injury after 28 snaps, a week after his blow-up game returning from injury. Grover Stewart saw the biggest increase at DT in Autry’s absence. The 4th Round sophomore, who missed Week 4, played 33 snaps, 48%.
Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, and AJ Bouye were on the field for all 70 snaps. Jalen Ramsey and Barry Church both topped 97% of snaps. Tashaun Gipson topped 80% of snaps. Calais Campbell was the only other Jaguar to top 70% of snaps. Smith put together 8 solos and 5 assists. Jack added 4 solos and 5 assists. The best pass rusher in the league Yannick Ngakoue logged his second sack in as many games.
Kansas City Chiefs
Ron Parker, Kendall Fuller, and Steven Nelson played all 83 snaps. Anthony Hitchens topped 90% of snaps. Nickel CB Orlando Scandrick topped 80% of snaps. Allen Bailey was the last Chief over 70% of snaps. Hitchens led the way with 7 solos and 3 assists. Fuller and Jordan Lucas both added 7 total tackles. Lucas added an interception while playing 56 snaps filling in at safety. Both Eric Murray and Armani Watts left this game early due to injury. Keep in mind; KC is still missing Eric Berry with an Achilles deformity. They may be holding tryouts for starting safety soon… Dee Ford and Terrance Smith had similar stat lines of 4 solos, 1 assist, and 1.0 sack. Ford added 1 PD. His sack was one of 3 QB hits. Bailey added 3 QB hits of his own while connecting for 1.0 sack and 2 solos. The Chiefs got after the QB with 5 sacks, and 11 QB hits even mostly without Justin Houston. Houston left with an injury after 22 snaps. In Houston’s absence, Breeland Speaks out-snapped Tanoh Kpassagnon (56 snaps to 33 snaps). Kpassagnon also left with an ankle injury, but Speaks had out-snapped Kpassagnon in 3 of the first 4 games this season. Scandrick got 3 solos and 4 PDs, including 1 interception. I would say the #IDP equivalent of hitting for the cycle would be a solo, a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble. In that case, Chris Jones only missed the forced fumble to hit for the #IDP cycle. Jones recorded his first sack of the season and ran an interception back for a TD. He was also ejected for punching a Jacksonville O-lineman.
Los Angeles Chargers
Jahleel Addae was on the field for all 52 snaps. Derwin James and Casey Hayward each played 51 snaps. Denzel Perryman and Melvin Ingram both topped 80% of snaps. Desmond King and Trevor Williams each topped 70% of snaps. Ingram had 5 solos, 2 assists, 2 TLFs, 1.0 sack, and 1 interception. He nearly hit for the #IDP cycle (I’m totally going to try and make that a thing). Perryman had 4 solos and 3 assists. It looks like Jatavis Brown missed his window. Adrian Phillips had 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD on 33 snaps, more than Brown’s 23 snaps. Fourth Round rookie Kyzir White missed his 2nd straight game. Isaac Rochell’s snaps have fallen off dramatically from when the season started. After playing over 90% of snaps in Week 1, Rochell hasn’t topped 50% of snaps in the last two weeks. Williams seems to have given up snaps to Michael Davis. It doesn’t look like Williams was injured, so this is worth keeping an eye on.
Kiko Alonso, Reshad Jones, and Xavien Howard played all 60 snaps. TJ McDonald and Torry McTyer
were both on the field for 95% of snaps. Akeem Spence, Raekwon McMillan, Charles Harris, and Minkah Fitzpatrick all topped 70% of snaps. Returning from injury, Jones led the way with 7 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. Third Round rookie Jerome Baker had 6 solos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks. Baker was only on the field for 33 snaps, 55%, making his performance impressive and hard to trust. Baker out-snapped McMillan convincingly in Week 4, but McMillan was back on top vs. Cincy. McMillan and McDonald both had 6 total tackles. Cameron Wake missed this game leaving Miami very thin at DE. This was only the second time, in 21 career games, 1st Round sophomore Harris had topped 70% of the snaps. Bobby McCain missed this game allowing McTyer the chance to start. It’s interesting that the Dolphins didn’t give Minkah a chance to start outside, instead of going with the UDFA sophomore. They obviously think Minkah’s skill set is limited to slot CB and safety.
New England Patriots
Devin McCourty was the only Pat out there facing Andrew Luck on all 83 snaps. Younger brother Jason McCourty only played 82 snaps. Patrick Chung and Stephon Gilmore both topped 90% of snaps. Kyle Van Noy and Duron Harmon each topped 80% of snaps while Jonathan Jones was on the field for 65 snaps. Devin led the way with 11 solos and 3 assists. Chung added 3 solos and 8 assists, split a sack with Trey Flowers and picked off Luck. Van Noy put together 6 solos and 2 assists. Both Jason and Elandon Roberts ended with 6 total tackles. Jason included 2 PDs on his stat line. Roberts only played 49% of snaps, 3rd among New England LBs. Last season, Flowers played 804 snaps in 14 games. He was regularly playing 80-90% of snaps. This season, while missing 1.5 games, he hasn’t topped 70% of snaps in three games. If you picked up John Simon after his first sack with the Pats, I’ve got some bad news. He only played 5 defensive snaps.
One other interesting thing to note. This is the third game this season in Foxboro. In Week 4, against Miami, the Dolphins were awarded 36 solos and 52 assists. This week, Indy was awarded 29 solos and 54 assists. Compare this to the Pats tackles over the last two weeks. In Week 4, the Pats had 25 solos and 26 assists. In Week 5, the Pats had 46 solos and only 32 assists. So over the last two weeks, the Pats had 1.2 solos for every 1 assist, while their opponents have had 0.6 solos for every 1 assist. I charted stat crews last season, and the Pats got 1.4 solos for every 1 assist, but I only charted the home team stats. If you’re in a league where assists are counted as half the points of solos, think about benching guys who are playing away games at Foxboro. I wouldn’t bench studs, but use it as a tiebreaker between two similar players.
New York Jets
Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, and Morris Claiborne played all 77 snaps. Daryl Roberts was on the field for 73 snaps. Leonard Williams was the only other Jet on the field for more than 70% of snaps. Williamson ended with 7 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. Maye put together an impressive stat line of 6 solos, 2 assists, 0.5 sack, and 1 interception. Roberts added 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Adams and Parry Nickerson each ended with 6 total tackles. Backup Slot CB Nickerson was on the field for 52 snaps with Buster Skrine leaving the game with a concussion after 13 snaps. Trumaine Johnson is looking at a multi-week absence due to injury. Skrine will play the most snaps after Claiborne in a typical game with Johnson out. Claiborne put together 5 solos and a very impressive 4 PDs. Williams amassed 2 solos, 3 assists, and 2.0 sacks.
Tahir Whitehead played all 64 snaps. No one else topped 90%. Marcus Gilchrist was on the field for 57 snaps. Third Round rookie Arden Key, Daryl Worley, and Marquel Lee all topped 70% of snaps. This was Key’s first time with more than 70% of snaps. Whitehead topped the stat sheet with 6 solos and 3 assists. Worley added 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Erik Harris was the last Raider north of 5 total tackles with 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. Harris isn’t worth a pickup yet as he was only on the field for 26 defensive snaps. Those snaps primarily come at the expense of Reggie Nelson, who played 42 snaps. First Round sophomore Gareon Conley only played 13 snaps. Conley wasn’t injured. He lost snaps to Worley who played his first action of the season after serving a 4-game suspension. Seeing how other former 1st Round #IDPs have been treated in Oakland lately (Khalil Mack traded and Karl Joseph a healthy scratch), Conley may be droppable at this point.
Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds played all 72 snaps. Joe Haden played 71 snaps. Bud Dupree topped 80% of snaps. Mike Hilton, Stephon Tuitt, TJ Watt, and Cameron Heyward all topped 70% of snaps. Watt had a career game with 6 solos, 2 assists, and 3.0 sacks. First Round rookie Edmunds had his best game as a pro with 4 solos and 3 assists. [/profiler]LJ Fort[/profiler], Tyler Matakevich, and Dupree all had 6 total tackles with Fort adding 1.0 sack. Heyward had 2 solos, 1 assist and half of Watt’s sack total. With Vince Williams missing the game, Jon Bostic didn’t see an increase in snaps, playing 43 snaps. Matakevich played the most of the remaining LB at 41 snaps, followed by Fort at 27 snaps, and preseason superstar Matthew Thomas at 4 snaps.
Jayon Brown, Kevin Byard, and Kendrick Lewis played all 65 snaps. Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, and Jurrell Casey all topped 80% of snaps. Rashaan Evans and Derrick Morgan topped 70% of snaps. Adoree Jackson was on the field for 45 snaps, missing the 70% threshold by just 1 snap. Brown led the way with 8 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack as he continues to be very productive in Wesley Woodyard’s absence. DaQuan Jones had 6 solos, 3 assists, and 2 TFLs. Jones played 42 snaps. Both Byard and Evans ended with 5 solos and 1 assist.
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