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Colts Week 1 Snap Counts vs. Rams

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How many snaps each Indianapolis Colts player played on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, we finally got a taste of Indianapolis Colts football against the Los Angeles Rams. However, most of us are probably still brushing our teeth, trying to get rid of that taste.

The Colts were obviously going to struggle without quarterback Andrew Luck, but his replacement, Scott Tolzien, was all sorts of awful. He looked lost, was constantly under duress, and the offense completely lacked life. What Tolzien failed to do for the first three quarters (lead a touchdown-scoring drive) took his backup, Jacoby Brissett, all of five plays and 84 yards. Excuse me, Tolzien actually did lead a drive capped off by a Marlon Mack touchdown that was nullified by ever-aware head coach Chuck Pagano.

Because of the 46-9 blowout, several Colts players got to see playing time. The coaching staff was clearly trying to get several young players involved before the game got out of hand, however. Let’s take a look at who played how many snaps for the Colts.

OFFENSE

Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Denzelle Good OT 50 100% 0 0% 3 9%
Jeremy Vujnovich OG 50 100% 0 0% 3 9%
Anthony Castonzo OT 50 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Deyshawn Bond C 50 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Jack Doyle TE 46 92% 0 0% 9 26%
Donte Moncrief WR 45 90% 0 0% 0 0%
TY Hilton WR 44 88% 0 0% 0 0%
Scott Tolzien QB 41 82% 0 0% 0 0%
Jack Mewhort OG 40 80% 0 0% 3 9%
Kamar Aiken WR 26 52% 0 0% 13 37%
Brandon Williams TE 19 38% 0 0% 11 31%
Frank Gore RB 19 38% 0 0% 0 0%
Marlon Mack RB 17 34% 0 0% 1 3%
Robert Turbin RB 14 28% 0 0% 10 29%
Darrell Daniels TE 13 26% 0 0% 4 11%
Joe Haeg OG 10 20% 0 0% 3 9%
Jacoby Brissett QB 9 18% 0 0% 0 0%
Quan Bray WR 4 8% 0 0% 14 40%
Matt Hazel WR 3 6% 0 0% 0 0%

NOTES:

  • The running back share is interesting. They all played relatively the same amount, Frank Gore (19) predictably leading Marlon Mack (17) and Robert Turbin (14). By the first week, Gore is already having his touches severely eaten into. Mack looked very, very good on Sunday, but so did Gore. Expect Mack to continue seeing more snaps and touches.
  • Maybe rest, maybe scheme but Donte Moncrief (45) saw one more snap than TY Hilton (44).
  • With the exception of George Bremer, no one seemed to mention this, but Jack Mewhort left the field for a bit at one point, being replaced by Joe Haeg. Mewhort did return.
  • Overall, 19 players saw offensive snaps.

DEFENSE

Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Jon Bostic ILB 0 0% 65 100% 12 34%
T.J. Green CB 0 0% 62 95% 8 23%
Antonio Morrison ILB 0 0% 57 88% 16 46%
Darius Butler S 0 0% 54 83% 0 0%
John Simon OLB 0 0% 53 82% 16 46%
Johnathan Hankins DT 0 0% 53 82% 0 0%
Jabaal Sheard OLB 0 0% 50 77% 0 0%
Rashaan Melvin CB 0 0% 48 74% 7 20%
Matthias Farley S 0 0% 46 71% 19 54%
Nate Hairston CB 0 0% 40 62% 4 11%
Al Woods NT 0 0% 38 58% 8 23%
Malik Hooker S 0 0% 30 46% 18 51%
Henry Anderson DE 0 0% 25 38% 11 31%
Margus Hunt DE 0 0% 20 31% 26 74%
Hassan Ridgeway DT 0 0% 19 29% 11 31%
Quincy Wilson CB 0 0% 17 26% 6 17%
Barkevious Mingo OLB 0 0% 15 23% 24 69%
Tarell Basham OLB 0 0% 15 23% 7 20%
Jeremiah George ILB 0 0% 8 12% 21 60%

NOTES:

  • Perhaps it was due to conditioning, but Henry Anderson (25) only saw five more snaps than Margus Hunt (20).
  • Your guess is as good as mine in regards to T.J. Green starting and seeing 62 snaps at corner, yet rookie second-round pick Quincy Wilson saw 17. Wilson was in on 6 special teams snaps, getting 23 total.
  • Fellow rookies, first-round Malik Hooker saw 48 total defensive and special teams snaps, Nate Hairston saw 44 and Tarell Basham saw 22.
  • The exterior pass rush didn’t get rotated much. John Simon and Jabaal Sheard both saw 50-plus snaps, while backups Barkevious Mingo (15) and Basham (15) saw much less.
  • Overall, 19 players saw defensive snaps.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
Chris Milton CB 0 0% 0 0% 32 91%
Kenny Moore CB 0 0% 0 0% 20 57%
Rigoberto Sanchez P 0 0% 0 0% 13 37%
Adam Redmond OL 0 0% 0 0% 9 26%
Luke Rhodes LS 0 0% 0 0% 9 26%
Anthony Walker ILB 0 0% 0 0% 8 23%
Adam Vinatieri K 0 0% 0 0% 3 9%
Le'Raven Clark OT 0 0% 0 0% 3 9%

*Statistics from NFL official game book.