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Colts week three snap counts vs. Chargers: Notes and thoughts from the Colts' win

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The Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Diego Chargers 26-22 on Sunday to improve to 1-2 on the year, avoiding what Chuck Pagano described as a "doomsday" 0-3 start.

It was a team effort, as the defense did a very good job in limiting the effectiveness of the Chargers offense, while the Colts offense got going with Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, and Frank Gore.  It wasn't pretty, but it was a win - and that's what the Colts desperately needed.

To take a further look at Indy's win, let's examine the snap counts from Sunday's game.  And just as a disclaimer, I believe the percentages on the NFL's snap counts might be off slightly for the Colts from Sunday's game.  I've corrected the tables for the offensive and defensive players who played all the snaps (the NFL's snap counts say they played 99%, but they played 100%), but not for any others.  Because of this, I think the percentages might be off by one or two percentage points (I think they're basing it off of one more play than the Colts actually ran), but you still get a very good sense of how much each player actually played.


Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Joe Haeg T 71 100%
Ryan Kelly C 71 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 71 100%
Andrew Luck QB 71 100%
Jack Mewhort G 70 97%
Phillip Dorsett WR 62 86%
T.Y. Hilton WR 62 86%
Dwayne Allen TE 59 82%
Jack Doyle TE 53 74%
Frank Gore RB 43 60%
Jonotthan Harrison C 36 50%
Joe Reitz T 35 49%
Chester Rogers WR 31 43%
Josh Ferguson RB 17 24%
Erik Swoope TE 12 17%
Robert Turbin RB 12 17%
Austin Blythe C 4 6%


  • In his first career NFL start, Joe Haeg played every snap on offense and did so while playing both right guard and right tackle, a rather difficult in-game switch to make (particularly for a rookie).  He did a solid job and did everything you could have expected from a rookie in his first start, so I think there's plenty to be encouraged by.
  • Jack Mewhort missed one play due to injury (Austin Blythe entered the game at left guard for that play), while Joe Reitz missed the entire second half with a back injury.
  • With Donte Moncrief out, the Colts only used three wide receivers on offense on Sunday.  T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett were clearly the top two wideouts and they played the majority of the game, while Chester Rogers got in on 31 snaps.  Neither Dorsett (three catches for 27 yards) nor Rogers (no catches) did much at all in the passing game, but Hilton had a tremendous performance (eight catches for 174 yards and a touchdown).  On another note, I don't think anyone still needed confirmation of this but I think Sunday's game shows us once again that Quan Bray is on this team only as a return man.  With only four wide receivers dressed (the recently-signed Devin Street wasn't ready to play yet) since Moncrief was out, Bray didn't even play a single snap on offense!  It was all Chester Rogers as the third wideout, and it will be interesting to see how quickly Street passes Bray on the wide receiver depth chart too.
  • Along the same lines, with Moncrief out the Colts went to a two tight end offense quite a bit on Sunday, with both Dwayne Allen (59 snaps) and Jack Doyle (53 snaps) playing over 70% of the plays.  They both were more productive than any pass-catcher not named T.Y. Hilton, as Doyle caught six passes for 65 yards while Allen caught three passes for 35 yards.  The duo of Allen and Doyle has already proven to be a very capable tandem this year.
  • Frank Gore had his most productive day rushing yet this year, as he carried the football 21 times for 82 yards and a touchdown (3.9 yards per carry) on 43 snaps.  He was definitely on pace for his first 100-yard game with the Colts in the first half, but in the second half he wasn't anywhere near as effective.  Speaking of the running backs, Robert Turbin scored a rushing touchdown for the second straight game.


Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Mike Adams SS 60 100%
Antonio Cromartie CB 59 97%
Vontae Davis CB 55 90%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 48 79%
Erik Walden LB 44 72%
Clayton Geathers FS 40 66%
Kendall Langford DE 39 64%
Sio Moore LB 37 61%
David Parry NT 37 61%
Darryl Morris CB 36 59%
Robert Mathis LB 34 56%
Zach Kerr DT 33 54%
Trent Cole LB 31 51%
T.J. Green FS 28 46%
Henry Anderson DT 18 30%
Hassan Ridgeway DT 18 30%
Antonio Morrison LB 16 26%
Josh McNary LB 12 20%
Akeem Ayers LB 10 16%
Curt Maggitt LB 3 5%
Rashaan Melvin CB 2 3%


  • The return of Vontae Davis didn't show up on the stat sheet, but he played most of the snaps and did a good job.  I thought that he was going to be a bit rusty coming back from injury and that the Colts might work him back in slowly, but instead he was thrust right back into the mix as a full-time starter and did a very good job, helping bolster a secondary that had a good day.
  • The same can be said about the return of Henry Anderson, as he was better than expected as well.  He only played 18 snaps and was clearly being brought along slowly in his first game back from a torn ACL last year, but he was effective in those snaps.  According to Pro Football Focus, Anderson generated three quarterback pressures, two hurries, and a quarterback hit.  On a crucial play late in the game, Anderson notched that quarterback hit that proved crucial as he disrupted a pass.  It was a really nice return overall for Anderson.
  • Another player who had a good game was Clayton Geathers (who played 40 snaps), as he recorded six tackles, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble.  Geathers had a clear presence in the game and did a good job at safety as the Colts moved him around some.
  • Erik Walden had a great game on Sunday as well.  He played 44 snaps (72%) and recorded three tackles, two sacks, a quarterback hit, a tackle for loss, and two forced fumbles.  Walden is far and away the team's leader in sacks this year (he has three and everyone else has one combined), and on Sunday he came up with some huge games.
  • I like the combination of Antonio Cromartie and Vontae Davis at cornerback, and we saw both of them play over 90% of the snaps on Sunday.  I think that both of them do a good job in coverage and could be the starting combination moving forward.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Matthias Farley FS 23 82%
Josh McNary LB 22 79%
Erik Swoope TE 12 71%
Antonio Morrison LB 18 64%
Curt Maggitt LB 17 61%
Edwin Jackson LB 17 61%
Jordan Todman RB 17 61%
Quan Bray WR 15 54%
Pat McAfee P 14 50%
Jack Doyle TE 14 50%
Josh Ferguson RB 14 50%
Matt Overton LS 8 29%
Sio Moore LB 8 29%
Darryl Morris CB 8 29%
Robert Turbin RB 6 21%
Mike Adams SS 6 21%
David Parry NT 6 21%
Zach Kerr DT 6 21%
Henry Anderson DT 6 21%
Akeem Ayers LB 6 21%
Adam Vinatieri K 5 18%
Joe Haeg T 5 18%
Jack Mewhort G 5 18%
Jonotthan Harrison C 5 18%
Austin Blythe C 5 18%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 5 18%
Trent Cole LB 5 18%
Joe Reitz T 4 14%
Antonio Cromartie CB 4 14%
Kendall Langford DE 4 14%
Rashaan Melvin CB 4 14%
Clayton Geathers FS 3 11%
Ryan Kelly C 1 4%
Erik Walden LB 1 4%
Hassan Ridgeway DT 1 4%


  • Matthias Farley didn't get in the game on the defensive side of the football, but he led the team in special teams snaps, proving to still be able to contribute in some way.