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.
Nobody from Baltimore played all 65 snaps. CJ Mosley, Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, and Brandon Carr played 63 snaps apiece. Jimmy Smith also topped 90% of snaps. Nobody else even topped 70% of snaps. Mosley led the way with 4 solos and 7 assists. OLB Matthew Judon was surprisingly just behind Mosley with 4 solos, 6 assists, and 1 TFL. Judon was on the field for 39 snaps. Jefferson added 2 solos, 5 assists, and 1 TFL. Weddle and Smith each ended with 6 total tackles.
Jordan Poyer played all 76 snaps. Matt Milano, Micah Hyde, Tre’Davious White, and Philip Gaines all played 75 snaps. Lorenzo Alexander topped 75% of snaps in his largest snap share this season. Alexander’s snap share was increased because Tremaine Edmunds left with a concussion after 44 snaps. Gaines placed the team with 9 solos and 1 assist. White and Edmunds each ended with 6 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Milano ended with 5 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL, and 2 PDs. Alexander put together 5 silos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks. Hyde matched Alexander’s stat line without the sacks. Julian Stanford played his first defensive snaps of the season due to Edmunds’ early exit. Trent Murphy missed the game with a knee injury allowing Shaq Lawson to start in his place. Lawson still only played 57% of snaps as not a single Buffalo DE has topped 70% of snaps on the season.
Jessie Bates III played all 88 snaps. 88 snaps. Jordan Evans, Shawn Williams, and William Jackson topped 90% of snaps. Dre Kirkpatrick, Preston Brown, and 5th Round rookie Darius Phillips topped 80% of snaps. DEs Jordan Willis and Carlos Dunlap topped 70% of snaps. Evans had himself a day in Vontaze Burfict’s absence. Evans ended with 7 solos, 4 assists, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception. It’s almost like Burifct isn’t worth the trouble… Williams and Brown both added 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1 interception. Bates put together 4 solos, 2 assists, and 3 PDs, including 1 pick-six. Are you starting to see a pattern? I think I may have picked off Jameis Winston on Sunday. Winston is a giver. Dunlap’s stat line consisted of 4 solos, 1 assist, 3 TFLs, and 2.0 sacks. Darqueze Dennard missed this game with a shoulder injury, giving Phillips the opportunity. He played more against Tampa than he had through the first 7 weeks combined. Carl Lawson tore his ACL on Sunday, which could open up opportunity for Willis and Sam Hubbard.
Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, and Denzel Ward played all 71 snaps. Damarious Randall was on the field for 70 snaps. Myles Garrett, Emanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi and Travis Carrie passed the 80% threshold. Briean Boddy-Calhoun and 5th Round rookie Genard Avery both topped 70% of snaps. Collins paced the team with 4 solos, 7 assists, and 1 TFL. Carrie, Kirksey, and Ward each ended with 7 total tackles. The Cleveland front office cleaned house following this loss to Pittsburgh, firing both HC Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley, but DC Gregg Williams was named Head Coach, meaning the frustrated use of Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred will likely continue…
Justin Simmons, Will Parks, and Chris Harris Jr. played all 58 snaps. Bradley Roby, Todd Davis, Von Miller, and Bradley Chubb broke the 90% threshold. Derek Wolfe topped 75% of snaps. Roby and Davis both ended with 6 total tackles. Against KC, you would expect more defensive stats. This is definitely a disappointing game for Broncos #IDP. Surprisingly, Brandon Marshall only played 17 snaps due to a knee injury. Fourth Round rookie Josey Jewell played 37 snaps.
Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Reid, and Kareem Jackson played all 66 snaps. Benardrick McKinney and Mike Tyson topped 90% of snaps. Tyson is interesting, a 6th Round pick from Seattle last year, Tyson’s first 20 defensive snaps were last week. He was a college safety that Seattle converted into a CB. Natrell Jamerson and JJ Watt topped 80% of snaps. Jamerson is another interesting case. A 5th Round rookie drafted by the Saints who Houston picked up following final cuts. These were his first defensive snaps of the season and they were out of position at CB for the Safety. Jadeveon Clowney topped 70% of snaps. Jackson ended with 7 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. Reid added 5 solos, 4 assists, and 2 PDs including 1 interception. Honeybadger put together 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1.0 sack. McKinney matched his 6 solos and 1 assist, but added 2 PDs. Houston lost two starters Thursday night as Zach Cunningham left with a knee injury after 16 snaps and Jonathan Joseph left after getting his leg rolled on his 10th snap. Houston has already lost Dylan Cole for the year at ILB and were playing without CBs Kevin Johnson (IR), Kayvon Webster (IR), Aaron Colvin, and Shareece Wright. After overcoming cancer, Andre Hal missed this game with a shoulder injury. All of these injuries led to Tyson and Jamerson getting snaps. Wright and Colvin are both expected back at some point.
Darius Leonard and Clayton Geathers both played all 50 snaps. Kenny Moore, Pierre Desir, and Margus Hunt all hit the 90% theshold. Jabaal Sheard, Anthony Walker, and Denico Autry topped 80% of snaps. Leonard didn’t break double-digit tackles. Playing against the Raiders sucks. Leonard had 4 solos and 5 assists. Desir added 5 solos and 2 assists. Walker also added 2 solos and 4 assists. There was talk before the game that Geathers would dress but not be active, similar to what they did with Leonard a few weeks back. Seeing Geathers return and play every snap the week before the bye is a great sign. Malik Hooker missed this game with a hip injury. Recent signee Mike Mitchell split time with former Texan Corey Moore. Mitchell played 64% to Moore’s 36%.
Myles Jack, Tashaun Gipson, and Jalen Ramsey played all 62 snaps. Barry Church and Telvin Smith both topped 90% of snaps. Calais Campbell and Malik Jackson topped 80% of snaps. Quenton Meeks and Yannick Ngakoue both topped 70% of snaps. Smith led the way with 6 solos, 2 assists, and 1 QB hit. Gibson and Campbell each ended with 7 total tackles. Campbell added 2 TFLs and 1.0 sack. Ngakoue had 2 solos and 1.0 sack with an impressive 5 QB hits. With both AJ Bouye and Tyler Patmon missing, UDFA rookie Meeks go the start. Meeks ended up with an MCL sprain after 45 snaps, paving the way for UDFA rookie Tre Herndon to log 32 snaps. These were Meeks’ and Herndon’s first snaps of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Ron Parker and Steven Nelson played all 73 snaps. Kendall Fuller and Dee Ford topped 90% of snaps. Breeland Speaks missed the 90% threshold by 1 snap. Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland, Allen Bailey, and Eric Murray topped 70% of snaps. Hitchens paced the team with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL before leaving with a rib injury. Hitchens is week-to-week. Ragland added 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. This was Ragland’s highest snap share of season. If Hitchens ends up missing a game or two, Ragland will be playable. Jordan Lucas put together 6 solos on only 24 snaps. Ford amassed 4 solos and 3.0 sacks.
Los Angeles Chargers
Kiko Alonso, Reshad Jones, TJ McDonald, and Bobby McCain played all 61 snaps. Xavien Howard was on the field for 60 snaps. Raekwon McMillan and Davon Godchaux both topped 80% of snaps. Akeem Spence played 44 snaps, 72%. LBs McMillan and Alonso each ended with 9 total tackles. Cameron Wake and Jerome Baker each ended with 6 total tackles. Wake and the other 3 DEs all played between 57% and 48% of snaps. Third Round rookie Baker only played 36 snaps, 59%.
New England Patriots
Kyle Van Noy, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, and Stephon Gilmore played all 64 snaps. Jason McCourty missed 1 snap, while Trey Flowers topped 90% of snaps. Nobody else topped even the 70% threshold. Van Noy led the way with 7 solos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks. Flowers added 6 solos, 2 TFLs, 1 PD, and 2 QB hits. Elandon Roberts put together 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD on 55% of snaps.
New York Jets
Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne and Daryl Roberts played all 66 snaps. Jamal Adams sat out 1 snap while nickel CB Buster Skrine topped 90% of snaps. Leonard Williams topped 80% of snaps. No other Jets broke the 70% threshold. Maye led the way with 7 solos. Williamson added 6 solos and 1 assist. Adam’s had 6 solos as well.
Tahir Whitehead and Daryl Worley played all 78 snaps. First Round sophomore Gareon Conley played 76 snaps. Conley, after being benched for almost two games, returned to the starting lineup. I’m curious how he got past HC Jon Gruden. Did he switch jerseys? If Gruden realized he still had a highly drafted player on the roster, I’m sure he’d fix that quickly. Marcus Gilchrist broke the 90% threshold. Johnathan Hankins was the only other Raider north of 70% of snaps. Marquel Lee paced the team with 7 solos and 4 assists on 55% of snaps. Hankins added 5 solos and 4 assists. LBs Kyle Wilber and Whitehead both had 6 solos and 1 assist with Whitehead adding 2 TFLs. The 20 snaps vs the Colts were Wilber’s first defensive snaps of the season. Erik Harris ended with 6 solos, 2 PDs, and 1 QB hit while on the field for 65% of snaps. With Reggie Nelson a healthy scratch, Harris split time with Karl Joseph. Why start a 35-year old safety when you’re obviously tanking for next season? Only Gruden knows if Joseph played 31 snaps to see if he can develop or as trade bait prior to the trade deadline. I think I might be giving Gruden too much credit…Behind Hankins, it was a youth movement at DT with 5th Round rookie Maurice Hurst on the field 59% of snaps and 2nd Round rookie PJ Hall on the field for 58% of snaps.
Sean Davis played all 64 snaps. First Round rookie Terrell Edmunds and Joe Haden both played 62 snaps. Cameron Heyward, Bud Dupree, and TJ Watt all hit the 80% threshold. Coty Sensabaugh topped 70% of the snaps. Watt and Stephon Tuitt were the only Steelers over 5 total tackles. Watt had 6 solos, 1 assist, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Tuitt put together 3 solos, 4 assists, and 1.0 sack among 2 QB hits on 44 snaps, 69%. The reason the stat chart was led by an OLB and a DE is the ILB group devolved into a messy committee. Vince Williams who had played all but 1 snap this year while healthy, dropped to 42 snaps, 66%, the same as Jon Bostic. LJ Fort played 21 snaps, 33%, and Morgan Burnett played for the first time since Week 2, logging 23 snaps in the ILB rotation. Artie Burns began the season as the starter at outside CB, but he’s since been benched, primarily replaced by Sensabaugh.
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