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Colts snap counts vs. Bears: How much did the starters play on Saturday?

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Taking a look at the snap counts for the Colts offense and defense from Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

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The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Chicago Bears on Saturday in their second preseason game by a score of 23-11.  During the most meaningful period of the game, however, as the starters saw action, the Colts outplayed Chicago.  At halftime the Colts led11-9, while when Andrew Luck left the game the Colts had an 8-6 lead.

The starters looked, for the most part, pretty good for the Colts, and that's the important thing.  But how much did those starters play?  That's the question we're looking at right now, as we have the snap counts from yesterday's game for both the offense and defense (with a few notes to follow):

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Kitt O'Brien G 37 57%
Denzelle Good T 37 57%
Jack Mewhort G 28 43%
Todd Herremans G 28 43%
Lance Louis G 28 43%
Duron Carter WR 27 42%
Bryan Bennett QB 25 38%
Joe Reitz G 25 38%
Dwayne Allen TE 24 37%
Jonotthan Harrison C 24 37%
David Arkin G 23 35%
Jack Doyle TE 22 34%
Josh Robinson RB 22 34%
Ulrick John T 22 34%
Matt Hasselbeck QB 22 34%
Ezell Ruffin WR 20 31%
Phillip Dorsett WR 20 31%
Khaled Holmes C 19 29%
Griff Whalen WR 18 28%
Andrew Luck QB 18 28%
T.Y. Hilton WR 18 28%
Anthony Castonzo T 18 28%
Andre Johnson WR 18 28%
Donte Moncrief WR 18 28%
Erik Swoope TE 17 26%
Justin Sinz TE 16 25%
Dan Herron RB 16 25%
Vincent Brown WR 15 23%
Ryan Lankford WR 15 23%
Brandon Vitabile C 14 22%
Harland Gunn G 14 22%
Sean McGrath TE 12 18%
Zurlon Tipton RB 11 17%
Tyler Hoover T 8 12%
Vick Ballard RB 8 12%
Abou Toure RB 4 6%
Frank Gore RB 4 6%

Notes:

  • Two offensive linemen, Kitt O'Brien and Denzelle Good, tied for the most snaps played by a Colts' offensive player, the second straight week in which Good topped the list.  The rookie is playing a lot of snaps this preseason.
  • For the first time since September 8, 2013, Vick Ballard was back on the field for the Indianapolis Colts.  He played just eight snaps and received just two carries as the Colts are surely taking it slowly with him and not rushing him back too quickly, but it was great to see him return to the field regardless.
  • Frank Gore made his Colts debut, playing four snaps.  The veteran doesn't need preseason work and hasn't seen much of it over the past few years, and that will likely continue with the Colts (as it should).  But on Saturday, Gore played four snaps, received two carries, and gained ten yards.  Not a bad night for a preseason game.
  • Here are number of snaps played on Saturday for each the "starters" in the game: Frank Gore (4), Andrew Luck (18), T.Y. Hilton (18), Andre Johnson (18), Anthony Castonzo (18), Khaled Holmes (19), Jack Doyle (22), Dwayne Allen (24), Lance Louis (28), Todd Herremans (28), Jack Mewhort (28).

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Clayton Geathers DB 39 62%
D'Joun Smith DB 37 59%
Colt Anderson SS 36 57%
Sheldon Price CB 33 52%
Amarlo Herrera LB 28 44%
Junior Sylvestre LB 28 44%
Henry Anderson DE 27 43%
Mike Adams SS 27 43%
Trent Cole LB 24 38%
Erik Walden LB 24 38%
Jerrell Freeman LB 24 38%
David Parry NT 23 37%
Deveron Carr DB 22 35%
Kendall Langford DT 22 35%
Arthur Jones DT 22 35%
Cam Johnson LB 21 33%
Dwight Lowery FS 21 33%
Greg Toler CB 20 32%
Jonathan Newsome LB 18 29%
Josh Chapman NT 18 29%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 18 29%
Bjoern Werner LB 17 27%
Darius Butler CB 17 27%
Earl Okine DE 14 22%
Zach Kerr DT 14 22%
Daniel Adongo LB 13 21%
Montori Hughes NT 13 21%
Henoc Muamba LB 11 17%
Jeris Pendleton DT 11 17%
Carlos Fields LB 11 17%
Winston Guy FS 9 14%
Vontae Davis CB 9 14%
Donald Celiscar CB 6 10%
Kelcy Quarles DT 6 10%
Zack Hodges LB 6 10%
Eric Patterson CB 3 5%
Raymon Taylor CB 1 2%

Notes:

  • Rookie Clayton Geathers played the most snaps of any Colts defender (and any Colts player period), and the second-most went to rookie D'Joun Smith.  Both players really could use the work as they adjust to the NFL (particularly Smith who only played a few snaps last week before suffering a concussion), so it's great to see them getting a lot of playing time in the preseason.
  • Here are the number of snaps for each defensive "starter" on Saturday night: Vontae Davis (9), Josh Chapman (18), D'Qwell Jackson (18), Greg Toler (20), Dwight Lowery (21), Kendall Langford (22), Arthur Jones (22), Erik Walden (24), Jerrell Freeman (24), Trent Cole (24), Mike Adams (27).