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.
Josh Bynes, Haason Reddick, Budda Baker, Patrick Peterson, and Bene Benwikere all played 66 snaps. Antoine Bethea topped 95%. Chandler Jones and Rodney Gunter topped 80% of snaps. Robert Nkemdiche has bounced back from his benching and topped 75% of snaps. Markus Golden led the way with 7 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack on 59% of snaps. I haven’t double checked this but I’m pretty sure it’s the first week one of the Killer B’s hasn’t led the team in tackles. Bethea and Benwikere both added 6 total tackles while Bethea added 1.0 sack. Baker had a down game with only 2 solos, 3 assists, and 0.5 sack. Tre Boston missed his second straight game. Rather than roll 6th Round sophomore Rudy Ford (2 snaps) out there again, Arizona brought in Jamar Taylor to play nickel CB for 34 snaps, 52%. Lack of slot coverage likely led to Baker’s down week.
Mike Adams and James Bradberry played all 68 snaps. Rookie Donte “Action” Jackson missed one snap while Eric Reid and Luke Kuechly both topped 90% of snaps. Thomas Davis and Captain Munnerlyn topped 70% of snaps. Shaq Thompson led the way with 6 solos and 7 assists on 39 snaps, 57%. Reid had 4 solos, 3 assists, and 1.0 sack. Bradberry put together 5 solos and 1 assist.
Adrian Amos Jr., Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara played all 54 snaps. Nickel CB Bryce Callahan missed 1 snap while ILBs Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith both played 50 snaps. Khalil Mack missed his first game as a pro so OLBs Leonard Floyd and Aaron Lynch both topped 80% of snaps. Akiem Hicks broke the 70% threshold. Trevathan ended with 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Nickel CB Callahan had a solid game with 4 solos, 1.0 sack, and 3 PDs. When Chicago drafted Jonathan Bullard in the 3rd Round, it was considered a steal. Unfortunately, Bullard has not lived up to that hype. For the last 2 weeks, Bullard has been outsnapped by 5th Round rookie Bilal Nichols. On the season, Bullard has been outsnapped by former UDFA Roy Robertson-Harris.
Jarrad Davis played all 63 snaps. Quandre Diggs, Devon Kennard, Nevin Lawson, and Darius Slay topped 90% of snaps. Romeo Okwara and Glover Quin topped 80% of snaps. Da’Shawn Hand topped 70% of snaps. Diggs paced the team with 5 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Davis added 4 solos and 4 assists. In his Detroit debut, Snacks proved he was worth more than a 5th with 7 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack on only 39 snaps. A’Shawn Robinson put together 5 solos and 1 assist on 43 snaps. HC Matt Patricia started the season playing a lot of Big Nickel. They have since transitioned to a more typical nickel CB configuration. Third Safety Tavon Wilson played only played 8 snaps while 3rd CB Teez Tabor 40 snaps, 63%, a week after topping 90% of snaps.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Tramon Williams, and 1st Round rookie Jaire Alexander played all 78 snaps. Kevin King and Jermaine Whitehead each topped 95% of snaps. Kentrell Brice and Kenny Clark topped 80% of snaps. Martinez led the way with 7 solos, 5 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Clay Matthews, Alexander, and Whitehead all ended with 7 total tackles. Matthews added 1.0 sack on 53 snaps while Alexander might have been even more impressive adding 5 PDs. Clark added 3 solos, 2 assists, and 2.0 sacks. Those hoping Green Bay would use the bye to get 3rd Round rookie Oren Burks more involved, myself included, will be greatly disappointed. Burks only played 8 defensive snaps. Former UDFA Reggie Gilbert has played the second most snaps among Green Bay ILBs this season and played 34 vs LA. Burks actually topped 2nd Round rookie Josh Jackson’s 3 snaps. Whitehead played the most snaps he’s played all season, both in terms of snaps counts and snap share. Speaking of highly drafted players losing snaps to UDFAs, 2nd Round sophomore Josh Jones must’ve hit on Mike Pettine’s daughter or something. The fact that he can’t get on the field ahead of Whitehead or Brice must be a bit of an embarrassment for the front office.
Los Angeles Rams
Cory Littleton, John Johnson III, and Marcus Peters played all 52 snaps. LaMarcus Joyner and the starting d-line, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and Ndamukong Suh all topped 90% of snaps. Mark Barron topped 80% of snaps. Samson Ebukam topped 70% of snaps. Littleton amassed 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1.0 sack. Barron and Peters both added 6 total tackles. Donald followed up his 4.0 sack performance with 2 solos, 1 assist, and 2.0 sacks among 4 QB hits. Donald leads the league in sacks. Brockers’ snap count has been trending up the past few weeks. Through the first 4 weeks, Brockers had topped 70% of snaps once. In Weeks 5-8, he’s topped 80% of snaps 3 times. Troy Hill and Sam Shields continue to split snaps in Aqib Talib’s absence. Hill continues to play more but Shields eats enough snaps to limit Hill’s production.
Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, Trae Waynes, and Holton Hill played all 53 snaps. Anthony Harris topped 90% of snaps, filling in for Andrew Sendejo. Danielle Hunter played 44 snaps, 83%. Linval Joseph, Jayron Kearse, and Everson Griffen topped 70% of snaps. Kendricks, Ben Gedeon, and Waynes all ended with 7 total tackles. Gedeon played 33 snaps in relief of Anthony Barr. Joseph added 3 solos, 3 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1 QB hit. Hunter ended with 1 solo, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. It’s noteworthy as it’s Hunter’s first game on the season without a sack. The Saints are a difficult matchup for EDGEs because Drew Brees almost never takes sacks. George Iloka had seen 70%+ of snaps in the first two weeks of Sendejo’s absence. Iloka lost out to Harris and Kearse this week. Missing Xavier Rhodes and Mike Hughes, UDFA rookie Hill got the start opposite Waynes. Former 2nd Rounder Mackenzie Alexander only played 11 snaps as Minnesota put the 3rd safety on the field in nickel situations rather than rolling with Alexander.
New Orleans Saints
Marcus Williams was the only Saint to play 100% of snaps, all 73. Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis topped 90% of snaps. AJ Klein and PJ Williams topped 70% of snaps. Apple was productive in his first game for the Saints with 8 solos. Klein added 3 solos and 4 assists. Davis, Williams, and Bell all ended with 6 total tackles. Sheldon Rankins added 3 solos and 2.0 sacks on 64% of snaps. Marcus Davenport matched Rankins’ sack total on 37 snaps. Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman continue to split snaps at safety opposite Marcus Williams. The shares were Bell 59% and Coleman 38%. That’s the lowest Bell has been since Week 1.
New York Giants
Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins played all 68 snaps. BW Webb and Curtis Riley topped 95% of snaps. BJ Goodson and Olivier Vernon both topped 85% of snaps. Goodson had his best game in Alec Ogletree’s absence with 7 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL. Jenkins ended with 6 solos. Third Round rookie BJ Hill added 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. If you’ve got an available roster spot, Hill is worth a pickup. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson both played 42 snaps, 62% without Damon Harrison. This was Tomlinson’s highest snap share since Week 2 and Hill’s highest. UDFA rookie LB Tae Davis had 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD on 42 snaps. The Giants didn’t sack Alex Smith once. Vernon had 3 of the team’s 5 QB hits. Green Bay and the Rams are looking for pass rush help. If New York trades away Vernon, this defense is going to get a lot worse. New York is getting offers for Collins, who will be a free agent in the offseason. If Collins gets traded, the pickup would likely be former Fin Michael Thomas, who’s the only other safety on the roster to have played defensive snaps this year. With Eli Apple in the Big Easy, Webb started and played almost every snap. UDFA rookie Grant Haley, a recent practice squad call-up, was the 3rd CB, on the field for 39 snaps, 57%.
Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins, and Avonte Maddox played all 64 snaps. Ronald Darby, Nigel Bradham, and Dexter McDougle topped 90% of snaps. Michael Bennett, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham topped 80% of snaps. Hicks had all the stats, 8 solos, 4 assists, and 1.5 sacks. Bradham was the only other Eagle north of 4 total tackles with 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Chris Long ended with 2 solos, both were sacks. Long was on the field for 40 snaps. Jalen Mills left with a foot injury after 23 snaps. This allowed 3rd Round sophomore Rasul Douglas to log 42 snaps at CB, his first of the season. Fourth Round rookie Josh Sweat logged his first 4 defensive snaps on the season.
San Francisco 49ers
Fred Warner, Richard Sherman, and Jimmie Ward played all 66 snaps. Ahkello Witherspoon was on the field for 65 snaps, 98%. DeForest Buckner topped 85% of snaps. K’Waun Williams was the last 9er over 70% of snaps. Sherman had 7 solos, 1 PD, and 1.0 sack. Warner added 6 solos and 1 assist. While it isn’t the run of 4 double-digit tackle games he started the year with, it’s still a solid effort. Jaquiski Tartt left this game with a shoulder injury after 25 snaps. Antone Exum came in for Tartt, but left with a head injury after 20 snaps. Tyvis Powell played the remaining 21 snaps. With Adrian Colbert on IR, Ward moved back to play safety, while 5th Round rookie DJ Reed, who had replaced Colbert last week, was limited to Special Teams snaps. Reuben Foster wasn’t on the injury report going into the game but was obviously limited by his shoulder injury. Foster played 22 snaps while Malcolm Smith played 39 snaps, 59%, Smith’s highest snap share this season.
Bobby Wagner, Shaquill Griffin, and Tre Flowers played all 59 snaps. Tedric Thompson was on the field for 58 snaps. Justin Coleman, Bradley McDougald, KJ Wright, and Jarran Reed topped 80% of snaps. Frank Clark topped 70% of snaps. Wagner led the way with 6 solos and 2 assists. Safeties McDougald and Thompson had identical stat lines of 4 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Wright, in his first action of the season, ended with 5 solos and 1 PD. McDougald suffered a shoulder stinger and missed a number of snaps because he was sick. It doesn’t sound like he’s in any risk of missing Week 9, but just in case, 3rd Round sophomore Delano Hill filled in for him. With Wright back, Barkevious Mingo returned to his typical SAM role and played 17 snaps.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David, Justin Evans, Brent Grimes, and Carlton Davis played all 65 snaps. With Vinny Curry missing his second straight game, DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib both topped 90% of snaps. The top waiver wire pickup last week, Adarius Taylor topped 80% of snaps. Rookies Jordan Whitehead and Vita Vea both topped 70% of snaps. There were fears Vea tore his ACL but he escaped a serious knee injury. Evans put together 6 solos and 2 assists. David added 3 solos, 5 assists, and 2 TFLs. Nobody else topped 5 total tackles. The Bucs sacked Andy Dalton twice. Both belonged to JPP. That makes 8.0 sacks through the first 8 weeks including Tampa’s bye. JPP survived last year on volume, but has been much more productive in Florida.
Mason Foster, Montae Nicholson, DJ Swearinger, and Josh Norman were on the field for all 70 snaps. Greg Stroman played 68 snaps, 97%. OLBs Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both topped 80%. Fabian Moreau, Da’Ron Payne, and Matt Ioannidis topped 70% of snaps. Jonathan Allen missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Foster put together 9 solos, 4 assists, and 1 TFL. Nicholson, Stroman, and Zach Brown each had 6 total tackles. Brown was on the field for 43 snaps, 61%, coming off the field for Josh Harvey-Clemons. I haven’t had to spell Ioannidis’ name to this point, but here we are. Ioannidis amassed 4 solos, 1 assist, and 2.5 sacks among 4 QB hits. Swearinger added 4 solos, 1 assist, and 3 PDs, including 2 interceptions.
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