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Colts Preseason Week 1 Snap Counts vs. Lions

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NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

In the preseason, there is not always a ton that you can take away from snap count totals. The coaching staff is trying to get the primary players some snaps so that they can get the rust off, and they want to evaluate the younger players.

The Colts are in an especially odd spot right now, as quarterback Andrew Luck and several others are unable to get into game action.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the players that actually did play.

*Snap count per NFL official game book.

OFFENSE

Player Position Snaps Percent
Player Position Snaps Percent
Adam Redmond OG 62 84%
Blake Muir OG 62 84%
Fred Brown WR 50 68%
Andrew Wylie OT 47 64%
Bug Howard WR 45 61%
Fahn Cooper OT 40 54%
JoJo Natson WR 38 51%
Phillip Walker QB 36 49%
Darrell Daniels TE 34 46%
Deyshawn Bond OG 32 43%
Zach Banner OT 29 39%
Troymaine Pope RB 27 36%
Le'Raven Clark OT 25 34%
Stephen Morris QB 25 34%
Kamar Aiken WR 22 30%
Jeremy Vujnovich OT 22 30%
Arturo Uzdavinis OT 21 28%
Chester Rogers WR 20 27%
George Winn RB 19 26%
Brandon Williams TE 18 24%
Dalton Crossan RB 15 20%
Marvin Bracy WR 15 20%
Henry Krieger-Coble TE 14 19%
Steven Wroblewski TE 14 19%
Jack Doyle TE 11 15%
Scott Tolzien QB 11 15%
Robert Turbin RB 10 14%
Anthony Castonzo OT 10 14%
Jack Mewhort OG 10 14%
TY Hilton WR 6 8%
Valdez Showers WR 2 3%

NOTES:

  • Due to a number of recent injuries and ailments, a number of players who are expected to be starters or heavy contributors did not play. This was actually somewhat good news for the Colts, as a lot of younger players and those on the roster bubble got to see plenty of playing time.
  • Recently, rookie undrafted quarterback Phillip Walker has been seeing second-team reps in practice over Stephen Morris. That was reflected in the gameplan on Sunday, as Walker came in for Scott Tolzien in the first quarter and didn’t give way to Morris until the fourth quarter.
  • The Colts’ offense has been really underwhelming and just blah during training camp. However, rookie undrafted receiver Bug Howard has been a definite bright spot. He was rewarded with 61% of the snaps on Sunday. Fellow undrafted receiver JoJo Natson also saw a large amount of action, seeing 51% of the offensive snaps.
  • With Ryan Kelly and Brian Schwenke out of action, the Colts decide to give rookie undrafted center Deyshawn Bond a good look (43%). They mixed guard Adam Redmond in there as well, who led the team with 84% at both guard and center.
  • Overall, Tolzien led the starting offense throughout the first three drives of the game.

DEFENSE

Player Position Snaps Percent
Player Position Snaps Percent
Quincy Wilson CB 50 74%
Anthony Walker ILB 45 66%
Tevin Mitchel CB 44 65%
Nate Hairston CB 41 60%
Jeremiah George ILB 30 44%
Barkevious Mingo OLB 30 44%
Tarell Basham OLB 30 44%
Matthias Farley S 27 40%
Dante Blackmon CB 26 38%
Lee Hightower S 26 38%
Hassan Ridgeway DT 24 35%
T.J. Green S 23 34%
Edwin Jackson ILB 23 34%
Grover Stewart DT 23 34%
David Parry DT 23 34%
Andrew Williamson S 21 31%
Sean Spence ILB 20 29%
Akeem Ayers OLB 20 29%
Malik Hooker S 20 29%
Lavar Edwards OLB 19 28%
T.Y. McGill DT 18 26%
Tyvis Powell S 15 22%
Al Woods DT 15 22%
Luke Rhodes ILB 14 21%
Margus Hunt DE 13 19%
Garrett Sickels OLB 13 19%
Henry Anderson DT 13 19%
Josh Boyd DT 12 18%
John Simon OLB 8 12%
Vontae Davis CB 8 12%
Darius Butler DB 8 12%
Jhaustin Thomas DE 7 10%
Jabaal Sheard OLB 7 10%
Tyson Graham S 6 9%
Deiontrez Mount OLB 4 6%

NOTES:

  • I love that among the defense’s leaders in snaps were their two rookie cornerbacks — Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston, first-year corner Tevin Mitchel, rookie linebackers Tarell Basham and Anthony Walker, plus newcomer Barkevious Mingo. The Colts really seemed to divvy up defensive snaps wisely.
  • Rookie first-round pick Malik Hooker continues to see his “pitch count” expand. At one point, George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin noted that Hooker was seeing about 12 snaps in 11-on-11’s in practice. Last week, he played a little more, and now in the first preseason game, he saw 20 snaps.
  • Overall, 35 players saw defensive snaps.