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Colts week 16 snap counts vs. Dolphins: Notes and thoughts from the Colts' win

Taking a look at the snap counts for the Colts offense, defense, and special teams from week 16 against the Dolphins.

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The Indianapolis Colts improved to 7-8 on the season on Sunday with their 18-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins.  Frank Gore rushed for two first half touchdowns, the Colts recorded a safety and six sacks total, and Indianapolis got a crucial goal-to-go stop to seal the win.

Let's take a look at the snap counts from the game to see what we can learn from them.


Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Joe Reitz T 59 100%
Jack Mewhort G 59 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 59 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 59 100%
T.Y. Hilton WR 51 86%
Andre Johnson WR 44 75%
Dwayne Allen TE 42 71%
Frank Gore RB 41 69%
Donte Moncrief WR 39 66%
Charlie Whitehurst QB 33 56%
Khaled Holmes C 31 53%
Coby Fleener TE 30 51%
Hugh Thornton G 28 47%
Matt Hasselbeck QB 26 44%
Jack Doyle TE 22 37%
Phillip Dorsett WR 14 24%
Dan Herron RB 12 20%

For the first time in a while, Andre Johnson played the second-most snaps of any Colts wide receiver.  T.Y. Hilton played a lot of the snaps (51), while Johnson played 44 snaps.  Donte Moncrief was dealing with a toe injury in recent weeks, which is likely one of the main reasons why he saw 39 snaps - five less than Johnson.  Perhaps more surprising is the fact that Phillip Dorsett was in on just 14 plays despite Moncrief being hampered a bit by injury, as you would think that Dorsett would cut into Johnson's snaps a bit too.  That doesn't seem to be the case, though, and to be fair, Johnson did catch three passes for 39 yards to finish as the team's second-leading receiver.

Frank Gore played over two-thirds of the team's offensive snaps, which is quite a bit for a 32-year old running back.  He received just 15 carries and caught just two passes, though, meaning he received 17 touches - a very reasonable amount.  He accounted for 95 yards and two scores on those touches, really producing and leading the way for Indy's offense.  According to Pro Football Focus, Gore forced five missed tackles on the day and finished with his highest-graded game (by PFF's metrics) of the season.

Khaled Holmes played 31 snaps at guard on Sunday, entering the game after starting right guard Hugh Thornton suffered an ankle injury.  Holmes started the first several games of the season at center but has been the backup to Jonotthan Harrison recently, and he was the next man up at guard as well on Sunday.  Thornton was placed on injured reserve today, so it's likely that Lance Louis will be active this Sunday to take Thornton's place.

Matt Hasselbeck left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury after playing 26 snaps, so Charlie Whitehurst entered the game in relief.  He played 33 snaps but in doing so suffered a hamstring injury that was serious enough to land him on injured reserve today.  Hasselbeck's shoulder injury might also keep him out of next week's game.


Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Mike Adams SS 72 100%
Vontae Davis CB 72 100%
Greg Toler CB 72 100%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 71 99%
Dwight Lowery FS 67 93%
Jerrell Freeman LB 67 93%
Kendall Langford DE 52 72%
Erik Walden LB 50 69%
Robert Mathis LB 43 60%
David Parry NT 41 57%
Darius Butler CB 39 54%
Zach Kerr NT 37 51%
T.Y. McGill DT 32 44%
Trent Cole LB 28 39%
Jonathan Newsome LB 22 31%
Earl Okine DE 16 22%
Jalil Brown CB 5 7%
Clayton Geathers FS 3 4%
Bjoern Werner LB 2 3%
Sio Moore LB 1 1%

Greg Toler, playing on Sunday after missing the past two games, played 100% of the snaps.  He joined Mike Adams and Vontae Davis as defenders to do so.  According to PFF, Davis was targeted five times and allowed just two catches for seven yards (with four coming after the catch) and grabbed an interception.

Also according to PFF, Colts inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson missed four tackles on Sunday, the most since they began keeping track of that stat.

T.Y. McGill played 44% of the snaps but had a huge impact on the game - he recorded his first two career sacks and brought Ryan Tannehill down for a safety.  Robert Mathis (43 snaps) and Kendall Langford (52 snaps) both recorded two sacks each as well.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Andy Studebaker LB 23 100%
Jack Doyle TE 21 91%
Clayton Geathers FS 20 87%
Jalil Brown CB 19 83%
Jonathan Newsome LB 17 74%
Sio Moore LB 17 74%
Akeem Davis S 17 74%
Pat McAfee P 13 57%
Mike Adams SS 11 48%
Matt Overton LS 9 39%
Quan Bray WR 8 35%
Dan Herron RB 8 35%
Darius Butler CB 7 30%
Zach Kerr NT 7 30%
Dwayne Allen TE 7 30%
T.Y. McGill DT 6 26%
Bjoern Werner LB 5 22%
Dwight Lowery FS 4 17%
Trey Williams RB 4 17%
Joe Reitz T 3 13%
Jack Mewhort G 3 13%
Jonotthan Harrison C 3 13%
Denzelle Good T 3 13%
Adam Vinatieri K 3 13%
Hugh Thornton G 2 9%
Phillip Dorsett WR 2 9%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 2 9%
Kendall Langford DE 2 9%
David Parry NT 2 9%
Earl Okine DE 2 9%
Trent Cole LB 1 4%
Donte Moncrief WR 1 4%
Khaled Holmes C 1 4%

Andy Studebaker played 100% of the special teams snaps on Sunday, furthering his reputation as a very reliable and consistent special teams player for the Colts.