The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday 44-17 for their first win of the season, improving to 1-2 on the year. As we look at how certain players played during the game (hint: a lot of Colts played well), it's also important to look at how much each player played.
So, here's the snap counts for the Colts in week three:
This was the first game this year in which Andrew Luck did not play every single snap. This game was for a good reason, however, and that's because the Colts were leading by so much that he was replaced in the fourth quarter, causing him to miss the final six snaps of the game.
I think it's notable that Dwayne Allen saw the most snaps of any player not an offensive lineman or Andrew Luck. And I think that's a good thing for the offense.
This is the first game this season in which Trent Richardson saw more snaps than Ahmad Bradshaw.
The wide receiver snap counts (and all of these, to a degree) were skewed a bit by the big win, but for the receiver position it was affected especially by T.Y. Hilton leaving with an ankle injury. That's why he saw only 46% of the snaps and that's also why Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief saw increased snaps. That said, I think it's a good idea for the Colts going forward to get those two involved.
This was the first game this season that the starting five offensive linemen didn't all play 100% of the snaps. Hugh Thornton missed 8 snaps with an injury, but he did return and was fine.
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||29||48%|
Vontae Davis has yet to miss a single defensive snap this year. Not only has he played at a high level, he's been in the game on every play as well.
It was good to get Jonathan Newsome in there for nearly half of the snaps, as the Colts need to get him work.
The defensive lineman who played the most snaps for the Colts? Zach Kerr. The undrafted rookie played 62% of the snaps on Sunday, seeing 37 snaps. In the first two games combined, he saw 43 snaps. He had a huge role on Sunday and it's awesome to see from Kerr. Obviously, in a big win without one of their starting defensive linemen in Arthur Jones we'll see if this game was more of an aberration in terms of his snap counts, but regardless it's great to see and great experience for him.
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||2||6%|
For the third straight game, Colt Anderson played more special teams snaps than anyone else.