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Colts week eight snap counts vs. Chiefs: Notes and thoughts from the Colts' loss

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The Indianapolis Colts fell to 3-5 on the season on Sunday with a 30-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which was a very frustrating defeat for the team.

But like we always do on Monday, let's take a look at the snap counts from that game to see what we can learn:

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Denzelle Good T 66 100%
Joe Haeg T 66 100%
Ryan Kelly C 66 100%
Andrew Luck QB 66 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 66 100%
Donte Moncrief WR 59 89%
Phillip Dorsett WR 56 85%
T.Y. Hilton WR 54 82%
Jack Doyle TE 52 79%
Joe Reitz T 49 74%
Frank Gore RB 32 48%
Robert Turbin RB 29 44%
Erik Swoope TE 28 42%
Jonotthan Harrison C 17 26%
Devin Street WR 14 21%
Josh Ferguson RB 5 8%
Chase Coffman TE 1 2%

Notes:

  • Four of the five starting offensive linemen played every snap on Sunday, with the only exception being Joe Reitz, who left early with a concussion.  That resulted in Joe Haeg moving from left guard (where he started) to right tackle, and Jonotthan Harrison entered the game at left guard.
  • In his first action since week two, Donte Moncrief played the most snaps of any skill position player, and he was also the most productive pass catcher on Sunday for the Colts too.  He caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown, and he had another touchdown wiped out due to a huge holding penalty.  Phillip Dorsett, who also was making a return from injury, played quite a bit of snaps too, while T.Y. Hilton still played 82% despite leaving at one point due to a hamstring injury that lingered throughout the game.
  • If you're looking for a positive from the offense, look at the running backs.  Frank Gore rushed for 37 yards on nine carries, averaging 4.1 yards per rush.  He also caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown, making a great play in breaking a tackle to reach the end zone.  And Robert Turbin played nearly as many snaps as Gore (Gore played 32, Turbin played 29), rushing twice for nine yards and catching three passes for 25 yards.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Clayton Geathers FS 74 100%
Patrick Robinson CB 69 93%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 67 91%
Mike Adams SS 65 88%
Erik Walden LB 55 74%
David Parry NT 52 70%
Arthur Jones DT 52 70%
Rashaan Melvin CB 49 66%
Edwin Jackson LB 46 62%
Robert Mathis LB 39 53%
Akeem Ayers LB 38 51%
Hassan Ridgeway DT 37 50%
Darius Butler CB 37 50%
T.J. Green FS 31 42%
Zach Kerr DT 24 32%
Vontae Davis CB 24 32%
T.Y. McGill NT 22 30%
Lavar Edwards DE 17 23%
Antonio Morrison LB 6 8%
Josh McNary LB 5 7%
Matthias Farley FS 4 5%
Chris Carter LB 1 1%

Notes:

  • The reason why Vontae Davis played only 24 snaps on Sunday is because he left with a concussion, leaving Patrick Robinson, Rashaan Melvin, and Darius Butler to play the bulk of the reps at cornerback.
  • Edwin Jackson made his first career NFL start on Sunday, playing 46 snaps (62%) - which was way more than any other inside linebacker (beside, obviously, D'Qwell Jackson, the other starter).  Antonio Morrison (who's snaps have dropped off a cliff in recent weeks) played six snaps, while Josh McNary (the former starter) played just five snaps.  So once again, the Colts just keep looking for someone to step up at inside linebacker.  I think Jackson did well enough on Sunday to warrant more starts, but there's no great option for the team right now.
  • Robert Mathis had some actual Robert Mathis-like plays on Sunday, which was the first time all year we've really seen that.  He finished with a sack, a quarterback hit, and two tackles for loss, and it was good to see from Mathis.  He's obviously lost a step, but if he can even do what he did on Sunday it would be a boost to the pass rush as compared to his play in the first seven games.
  • It's very interesting to see that Arthur Jones played just as much as any other defensive lineman, playing 70% of the snaps (the same amount as David Parry).  With Henry Anderson and Kendall Langford both out it was going to be interesting to see who took the snaps, and it's clear that it was Jones first and foremost.  Then Hassan Ridgeway played 50% of them, followed by Zach Kerr (32%) and T.Y. McGill (30%).  My only explanation for why Kerr didn't play more snaps is that he must still working his way back from injury, because he's been perhaps their best defensive lineman this year and with the other injuries should have been playing more.  So I assume he's just working his way back from injury.

Special Teams:

(Note: Only those playing more than 50% of the special teams snaps appear here, so this is not the entire list):

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Matthias Farley FS 29 91%
Josh McNary LB 27 84%
Chris Carter LB 23 72%
Antonio Morrison LB 20 62%
Jordan Todman RB 20 62%
Edwin Jackson LB 19 59%
T.J. Green FS 16 50%
T.Y. McGill NT 16 50%