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Colts Week Eight Snap Counts vs. Steelers

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Taking a look at the snap counts for the Colts offense, defense, and special teams from week eight against the Steelers.

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The Indianapolis Colts lost yesterday in Pittsburgh to the Steelers, 51-34, and it was an all-around bad performance from the defense that the offense couldn't come back from.  There's a lot to talk about from this game, but let's take a look at the snap counts from the game to see how much each player actually played.  There were two active players who didn't play - quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Trent Richardson.  Other than those two, all of the active guys played, and let's take a look at those snap counts:

OFFENSE:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Gosder Cherilus T 66 100%
Jack Mewhort G 66 100%
Hugh Thornton G 66 100%
Andrew Luck QB 66 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 66 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 66 100%
T.Y. Hilton WR 65 98%
Hakeem Nicks WR 60 91%
Ahmad Bradshaw RB 48 73%
Coby Fleener TE 44 67%
Donte Moncrief WR 40 61%
Dwayne Allen TE 40 61%
Dan Herron RB 18 27%
Griff Whalen WR 13 20%
Jack Doyle TE 2 3%

T.Y. Hilton played 98% of the offensive snaps, the highest percentage for a Colts' wide receiver this season.  Hilton was certainly needed with Reggie Wayne out and he produced, catching 6 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.

As expected, Ahmad Bradshaw saw the majority of the snaps with Trent Richardson still recovering from an injured hamstring.

Hakeem Nicks was in on 90% of the snaps while Donte Moncrief was in on 61% of them.  I'd expect that to change if the Colts have to play another game without Reggie Wayne.

DEFENSE:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Greg Toler CB 83 100%
Mike Adams SS 83 100%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 82 99%
Jerrell Freeman LB 82 99%
Darius Butler CB 72 87%
Bjoern Werner LB 70 84%
Sergio Brown FS 68 82%
Cory Redding DE 59 71%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 49 59%
Josh Chapman NT 44 53%
Josh Gordy CB 39 47%
Arthur Jones DT 36 43%
Erik Walden LB 33 40%
Andy Studebaker LB 31 37%
Jonathan Newsome LB 29 35%
Zach Kerr DT 23 28%
Victor Butler LB 11 13%
Vontae Davis CB 11 13%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 4 5%
Dewey McDonald DB 1 1%
Colt Anderson SS 1 1%
Andrew Jackson LB 1 1%

Hey, look!  The defense actually did play!

In his first game back from an injury, Darius Butler played 87% of the snaps - a high number for him but necessitated by both the Steelers' passing attack and Vontae Davis' injury.

Cory Redding and RJF continued to see the most snaps of any defensive lineman despite Arthur Jones' return (Jones played 43% of the snaps).  Josh Chapman also saw an increase in his snaps this week, playing 53% of them.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Andy Studebaker LB 28 80%
Dewey McDonald DB 28 80%
Colt Anderson SS 28 80%
Josh McNary LB 28 80%
Andrew Jackson LB 25 71%
Josh Gordy CB 23 66%
Henoc Muamba LB 20 57%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 20 57%
Griff Whalen WR 17 49%
Pat McAfee P 16 46%
Donte Moncrief WR 12 34%
Victor Butler LB 11 31%
Sergio Brown FS 10 29%
Dan Herron RB 10 29%
Jack Doyle TE 9 26%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 9 26%
Cory Redding DE 9 26%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 9 26%
Matt Overton LS 9 26%
Zach Kerr DT 8 23%
Gosder Cherilus T 6 17%
Jack Mewhort G 6 17%
Hugh Thornton G 6 17%
Bjoern Werner LB 6 17%
Josh Chapman NT 6 17%
A.Q. Shipley C 6 17%
Adam Vinatieri K 6 17%
Joe Reitz G 6 17%
Dwayne Allen TE 3 9%
Greg Toler CB 1 3%
Mike Adams SS 1 3%
Jerrell Freeman LB 1 3%
Darius Butler CB 1 3%
Jonathan Newsome LB 1 3%

There was a four-way split for the most special teams snaps week, between Andy Studebaker, Dewey McDonald, Colt Anderson, and Josh McNary.

34 of the 46 active players on Sunday for the Colts played at least one special teams snap!