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Colts snap counts vs. Rams: How much did the starters play in the third preseason game?

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

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The Indianapolis Colts got their first preseason win since 2013 on Saturday evening, defeating the St. Louis Rams on the road 24-14.  With it being the third preseason game, the starters played the longest of the preseason, giving us a better idea of where the team is at.

There were a lot of positives but there were also some negatives, but it haves us a better idea of where the Colts are at.  The first round of roster cuts are due on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, meaning that this past Saturday was the last audition for many players trying to stick around.  The second round of cuts is due Saturday, after the fourth preseason game this Thursday night.

With all of that in mind, let's take a look at the snap counts for the Colts offensive and defensive players from Saturday night:

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Duron Carter WR 51 70%
Lance Louis G 48 66%
Donte Moncrief WR 42 58%
Todd Herremans G 41 56%
Anthony Castonzo T 41 56%
Andrew Luck QB 41 56%
T.Y. Hilton WR 39 53%
Dwayne Allen TE 38 52%
Khaled Holmes C 37 51%
Jack Mewhort G 35 48%
David Arkin G 32 44%
Joe Reitz G 29 40%
Tyler Varga RB 28 38%
Dan Herron RB 27 37%
Jack Doyle TE 26 36%
Matt Hasselbeck QB 26 36%
Sean McGrath TE 25 34%
Denzelle Good T 25 34%
Jonotthan Harrison C 20 27%
Kitt O'Brien G 19 26%
Vincent Brown WR 19 26%
Ulrick John T 16 22%
Erik Swoope TE 14 19%
Andre Johnson WR 14 19%
Griff Whalen WR 13 18%
Josh Robinson RB 11 15%
Harland Gunn G 10 14%
Justin Sinz TE 8 11%
Zurlon Tipton RB 7 10%
Tyler Hoover T 6 8%
Bryan Bennett QB 6 8%
Quan Bray WR 3 4%

Notes:

  • Duron Carter played the most snaps of any offensive player (and any player period for the Colts), seeing 51 plays on Saturday night.  It was a great opportunity for Carter to get some work - especially to get some reps with the first team - and he made three catches for 25 yards.  It still wasn't totally the Duron Carter we saw in training camp, but it was great for him to get that extended playing time.
  • Lance Louis played seven more snaps than any other offensive lineman, and considering how he looked last night, he could use the extra reps.
  • If you're looking for how much the starters played, Andrew Luck and company saw action on just above half of the team's offensive snaps.  Luck and many of the starters played into the third quarter - but only one play into the quarter, a fumble by Josh Robinson.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Amarlo Herrera LB 35 56%
Junior Sylvestre LB 35 56%
Dwight Lowery FS 32 51%
Vontae Davis CB 32 51%
Darius Butler CB 31 49%
Mike Adams SS 31 49%
Colt Anderson SS 30 48%
Jerrell Freeman LB 28 44%
Henry Anderson DE 26 41%
Zach Kerr DT 26 41%
Jonathan Newsome LB 24 38%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 24 38%
Kendall Langford DT 24 38%
Erik Walden LB 23 37%
Cam Johnson LB 22 35%
Bjoern Werner LB 22 35%
Winston Guy FS 21 33%
Trent Cole LB 21 33%
Eric Patterson CB 20 32%
David Parry NT 20 32%
Clayton Geathers DB 18 29%
D'Joun Smith DB 18 29%
Montori Hughes NT 18 29%
Earl Okine DE 17 27%
Donald Celiscar CB 15 24%
Josh Chapman NT 13 21%
Jeris Pendleton DT 13 21%
Chance Casey CB 12 19%
Sheldon Price CB 11 17%
Daniel Adongo LB 11 17%
Jalil Brown CB 11 17%
Raymon Taylor CB 5 8%
Kelcy Quarles DT 2 3%
Art Jones DT 2 3%
Zack Hodges LB 1 2%

Notes:

  • On the defensive side of the football, two rookie depth inside linebackers saw the most reps: Amarlo Herrera and Junior Sylvestre, each playing 35 snaps.
  • Many of the defense starters also played around half of the snaps, with Dwight Lowery and Vontae Davis seeing the most of any of the defensive starters with 32.
  • With cuts coming soon, sometimes the snap counts can give us an idea of them.  Of course, there are plenty of exceptions - like Art Jones only playing 2 snaps due to injury or things like that.  A player not participating much doesn't directly mean that he will get cut.   But when you see guys very much fighting for a spot like Zack Hodges play only one snap, that doesn't seem to be a good indication.  The same with guys like Dewey McDonald, Ryan Lankford, or Ezell Ruffin, who didn't play.  Again, perhaps there's more to these situations than we know, but with cuts approaching, you'd think that teams would be wanting to see what players can do, and if they're not playing much it might not be a good thing for them.  We'll have to wait and see.