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Colts Week Eleven Snap Counts vs. Patriots

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

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL's snap counts were late this week, probably as they mustered up the courage to sort through what was the Colts' disastrous and embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, 42-20.  We'll take a look at the snap counts for the Colts anyway to see how much certain guys actually played, along with giving some observations.

OFFENSE:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Gosder Cherilus T 57 100%
Hugh Thornton G 57 100%
Jack Mewhort G 57 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 57 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 57 100%
Andrew Luck QB 57 100%
T.Y. Hilton WR 54 95%
Reggie Wayne WR 51 89%
Coby Fleener TE 40 70%
Hakeem Nicks WR 38 67%
Trent Richardson RB 28 49%
Ahmad Bradshaw RB 27 47%
Jack Doyle TE 18 32%
Dwayne Allen TE 13 23%
Donte Moncrief WR 10 18%
Joe Reitz G 3 5%
Andrew Jackson LB 2 4%
Dan Herron RB 1 2%

There is absolutely no justification for Hakeem Nicks getting 38 snaps and Donte Moncrief getting only ten.  None.  Especially considering that when Moncrief was thrown to, he was behind the Patriots' coverage.  There is no justification for this to continue whatsoever, and the Colts need to get Moncrief more playing time.  It's no longer just a good idea to play Moncrief more and #FeedMoncrief is no longer just a creative fan push - it's stupid to keep giving Nicks the majority of the reps.  And there's no reason for it.

Andrew Jackson played a couple of snaps for the Colts on offense at fullback, in addition to his snaps on defense and special teams.

DEFENSE:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
D'Qwell Jackson LB 74 96%
Greg Toler CB 73 95%
Mike Adams SS 72 94%
Jerrell Freeman LB 70 91%
Sergio Brown FS 63 82%
Cory Redding DE 62 81%
Vontae Davis CB 62 81%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 57 74%
Erik Walden LB 57 74%
Bjoern Werner LB 53 69%
Josh Chapman NT 45 58%
Zach Kerr DT 35 45%
Andy Studebaker LB 28 36%
Jonathan Newsome LB 24 31%
Montori Hughes NT 23 30%
Darius Butler CB 18 23%
LaRon Landry FS 8 10%
Andrew Jackson LB 7 9%
Josh Gordy CB 4 5%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 4 5%
Colt Anderson SS 3 4%
Josh McNary LB 3 4%
Dewey McDonald DB 3 4%

That's a lot of players listed as actually playing for a defense that looked invisible.  Good to see they were actually out there - I wasn't sure.

LaRon Landry played just 8 snaps - or only 10% of the defensive snaps.  I think it's pretty safe to say that Sergio Brown is the starter, though the Colts are still intending on getting him integrated in the defense.  Part of the low number of reps is due to the way the game was going, some was due to Landry's conditioning, and some was due to Sergio Brown's play.  But the fact that Landry played just 8 defensive snaps seems to strongly suggest he's no longer viewed as the starter at all.

Vontae Davis played just 81% of the snaps, which is a low number for him.  Darius Butler was in on just 23% of them - thanks in large part due to the Patriots lining up in running formations.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Andrew Jackson LB 22 85%
Colt Anderson SS 22 85%
Josh McNary LB 22 85%
Dewey McDonald DB 21 81%
Andy Studebaker LB 20 77%
Josh Gordy CB 20 77%
Dan Herron RB 16 62%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 16 62%
Jack Doyle TE 16 54%
Griff Whalen WR 13 50%
Pat McAfee P 12 46%
LaRon Landry FS 8 31%
Matt Overton LS 7 27%
Sergio Brown FS 7 27%
Donte Moncrief WR 6 23%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 6 23%
Cory Redding DE 6 23%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 6 23%
Bjoern Werner LB 6 23%
Zach Kerr DT 6 23%
Gosder Cherilus T 4 15%
Hugh Thornton G 4 15%
Jack Mewhort G 4 15%
Joe Reitz G 4 15%
Josh Chapman NT 4 15%
A.Q. Shipley C 4 15%
Adam Vinatieri K 4 15%
Dwayne Allen TE 2 8%

Andrew Jackson, Colt Anderson, and Josh McNary all tied for the most special teams snaps played for the Colts.