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Colts week two snap counts versus Jets

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

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The Colts fell to 0-2 on the season last night, losing to the Jets 20-7 on Monday Night Football in their home opener.  It was even uglier than that score might indicate, as the Colts offense turned the football over five times and managed just seven points (that's not a very good ratio), while the team was penalized eleven times.

Following the game, let's take a look at the snap counts and a few notes we can take away from them:

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Todd Herremans G 64 100%
Jack Mewhort T 64 100%
Khaled Holmes C 64 100%
Andrew Luck QB 64 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 64 100%
Lance Louis G 63 98%
T.Y. Hilton WR 54 84%
Donte Moncrief WR 50 78%
Coby Fleener TE 46 72%
Andre Johnson WR 44 69%
Frank Gore RB 41 64%
Dwayne Allen TE 19 30%
Jack Doyle TE 17 27%
Josh Robinson RB 17 27%
Phillip Dorsett WR 14 22%
Tyler Varga RB 6 9%
Joe Reitz G 6 9%
Griff Whalen WR 4 6%
David Parry NT 2 3%
Hugh Thornton G 1 2%

Notes:

T.Y. Hilton, despite being questionable and a game-time decision with a knee injury, played the majority of the snaps (84%).  That is impressive and was a bit unexpected for the receiver still recovering from an injury.

Donte Moncrief played six more snaps than Andre Johnson did on Monday night, and he earned them.  Moncrief caught 7 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Johnson caught just three passes for 27 yards (and through two games, Johnson has caught seven passes for 51 yards).  According to Pro Football Focus, Andrew Luck had a perfect passer rating while targeting Moncrief (on eight throws) but just a 14.3 rating when targeting Johnson (on seven throws).

There also seems to be a narrative among some that Griff Whalen was playing ahead of first round draft pick Phillip Dorsett, but that isn't accurate.  Sure, Whalen was in on a couple of plays where Dorsett wasn't, but it's not accurate to take a play or two and make it representative of the whole.  On the night, Dorsett played 14 snaps while Whalen played just four.

Coby Fleener played 46 snaps.  According to PFF, he spent 22 of those plays running pass routes.  And yet he still wasn't targeted a single time.  In fact, between the three tight ends combined - Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and Jack Doyle, they spent 35 snaps running routes and weren't targeted once.

David Parry checked in on the offensive side of the football for a couple of snaps in a goal line situation, like we saw in training camp.  He was the only Colts player to play on offense, defense, and special teams on Monday night.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Jalil Brown CB 69 100%
Mike Adams SS 69 100%
Dwight Lowery FS 69 100%
Jerrell Freeman LB 68 99%
Kendall Langford DE 58 84%
Trent Cole LB 55 80%
Henry Anderson DE 55 80%
Sheldon Price CB 50 72%
Erik Walden LB 46 67%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 45 65%
David Parry NT 39 57%
Vontae Davis CB 33 48%
Bjoern Werner LB 27 39%
Clayton Geathers FS 25 36%
Billy Winn DT 14 20%
Eric Patterson CB 14 20%
Robert Mathis LB 13 19%
Earl Okine DE 9 13%
Josh McNary LB 1 1%

Notes:

In his return to the field, Robert Mathis played 13 snaps - a figure that seems just right for his first game back as a situational pass rusher on a limited snap count.  On one play in particular, Mathis made a great play to get pressure on the quarterback.

With the injuries at cornerback, that forced some of the backups into key roles - like Jalil Brown, who played every defensive snap.

Billy Winn, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Browns and was inactive in week one, made his Colts debut Monday night, playing 14 snaps.

Two former practice squad players who were both promoted this week, Eric Patterson and Josh McNary, both saw playing time with the defense.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Sheldon Price CB 20 91%
Josh McNary LB 20 91%
Colt Anderson SS 20 91%
Clayton Geathers FS 15 68%
Billy Winn DT 13 59%
Sio Moore LB 13 59%
Winston Guy FS 12 55%
Jack Doyle TE 12 55%
Tyler Varga RB 12 55%
Griff Whalen WR 12 55%
Earl Okine DE 10 45%
David Parry NT 8 36%
Eric Patterson CB 7 32%
Jonotthan Harrison C 7 32%
Pat McAfee P 7 32%
Bjoern Werner LB 6 27%
Matt Overton LS 5 23%
Jalil Brown CB 5 23%
Mike Adams SS 5 23%
Kendall Langford DE 5 23%
Trent Cole LB 5 23%
Henry Anderson DE 5 23%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 4 18%
Adam Vinatieri K 2 9%
Todd Herremans G 2 9%
Jack Mewhort T 2 9%
Lance Louis G 2 9%
Dwayne Allen TE 2 9%
Joe Reitz G 2 9%
Hugh Thornton G 2 9%

Notes:

It should be easy to see why the Colts wanted Josh McNary on the active roster: special teams.  McNary played 20 special teams snaps on Monday night, tied for the most on the team with Sheldon Price and Colt Anderson.

Sio Moore, who the Colts traded for from the Raiders, didn't get in with the defensive unit but played 13 special teams snaps.