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Colts 2017 Season-long Snap Counts; Youth Got Critical Playing Time to Build Forward

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How many snaps each Indianapolis Colts player were in for throughout the season.

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In 2017, the Indianapolis Colts had a very disappointing 4-12 campaign that was almost completely shaped by injuries. If you weren’t careful, you could mistake a list of their players on Injured Reserve for a list of their best players.

Because of that, it forced role players into full-time starting positions, and the players who backed them up may not have received much playing time otherwise.

Let’s take a look at who all received snaps this season.


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
Jeremy Vujnovich OG 1,030 100.0% 0 0% 60 13.2%
Anthony Castonzo OT 1,030 100.0% 0 0% 21 4.6%
Jacoby Brissett QB 989 96.0% 0 0% 0 0.0%
Joe Haeg OG 987 95.8% 0 0% 60 13.2%
TY Hilton WR 926 89.9% 0 0% 0 0.0%
Jack Doyle TE 910 88.3% 0 0% 63 13.9%
Donte Moncrief WR 614 59.6% 0 0% 5 1.1%
Kamar Aiken WR 588 57.1% 0 0% 106 23.3%
Frank Gore RB 555 53.9% 0 0% 1 0.2%
Chester Rogers WR 445 43.2% 0 0% 31 6.8%
Ryan Kelly C 394 38.3% 0 0% 0 0.0%
Le'Raven Clark OT 323 31.4% 0 0% 57 12.6%
Jack Mewhort OG 313 30.4% 0 0% 20 4.4%
Marlon Mack RB 310 30.1% 0 0% 25 5.5%
Brandon Williams TE 294 28.5% 0 0% 191 42.1%
Denzelle Good OT 293 28.4% 0 0% 17 3.7%
Mike Person C 217 21.1% 0 0% 30 6.6%
Darrell Daniels TE 196 19.0% 0 0% 168 37.0%
Deyshawn Bond C 189 18.3% 0 0% 0 0.0%
Kyle Kalis OG 149 14.5% 0 0% 17 3.7%
Robert Turbin RB 124 12.0% 0 0% 82 18.1%
Anthony Fabiano C 78 7.6% 0 0% 12 2.6%
Quan Bray WR 59 5.7% 0 0% 123 27.1%
Adam Redmond C 58 5.6% 0 0% 20 4.4%
Scott Tolzien QB 41 4.0% 0 0% 0 0.0%
Josh Ferguson RB 30 2.9% 0 0% 90 19.8%
K.J. Brent WR 24 2.3% 0 0% 9 2.0%
Ross Travis TE 24 2.3% 0 0% 2 0.4%
Matt Hazel WR 11 1.1% 0 0% 27 5.9%
Krishawn Hogan WR 10 1.0% 0 0% 14 3.1%
Matt Jones RB 9 0.9% 0 0% 40 8.8%
Henry Krieger-Coble TE 7 0.7% 0 0% 18 4.0%
Jason Vander Laan TE 4 0.4% 0 0% 62 13.7%
Tyreek Burwell OT 1 0.1% 0 0% 5 1.1%

  • Starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo and starting left guard Jeremy Vujnovich were the only offensive players to play every snap. Castonzo played through a reported knee sprain in Week 9 against the Houston Texans and had arguably his best game of the season while facing Jadeveon Clowney.
  • Just like in 2016 as a rookie, despite not being planned as a starter in Week 1, offensive lineman Joe Haeg saw about 96% of the snaps due to his versatility. Various injuries along the line forced him into action in different roles.
  • There were about 10 offensive linemen that saw significant playing time. Two others (Anthony Fabiano and Adam Redmond) also briefly filled in while the Colts were in a pinch.
  • Even though he missed a good portion of a game and a half with a concussion, starting tight end Jack Doyle still played almost 90% of the offensive snaps.
  • Despite not playing until Week 7, wide receiver Chester Rogers saw 43% of the snaps, which was only fourth among receivers. However, over the latter portion of the season, he took over as a starter. There were several weeks where he had either the most or second-most snaps among the receiver group.
  • The running back balance was something that we kept an eye on all year — Frank Gore out-paced Marlon Mack by a pretty hefty margin. You might also notice that Josh Ferguson managed to sneak in 30 snaps while Matt Jones had just nine. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The Colts had six rookies combine to play 858 snaps on offense.
  • Overall, 34 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
Matthias Farley S 0 0% 928 86.2% 160 35.2%
Jon Bostic ILB 0 0% 915 85.0% 48 10.6%
Jabaal Sheard OLB 0 0% 898 83.4% 0 0.0%
Antonio Morrison ILB 0 0% 812 75.4% 165 36.3%
Johnathan Hankins DT 0 0% 685 63.6% 30 6.6%
Al Woods NT 0 0% 586 54.4% 76 16.7%
Margus Hunt DE 0 0% 578 53.7% 205 45.2%
Rashaan Melvin CB 0 0% 552 51.3% 28 6.2%
Darius Butler S 0 0% 504 46.8% 62 13.7%
Barkevious Mingo OLB 0 0% 501 46.5% 317 69.8%
John Simon OLB 0 0% 469 43.5% 61 13.4%
Malik Hooker S 0 0% 410 38.1% 27 5.9%
Quincy Wilson CB 0 0% 402 37.3% 20 4.4%
Kenny Moore CB 0 0% 383 35.6% 286 63.0%
Henry Anderson DE 0 0% 382 35.5% 62 13.7%
T.J. Green CB 0 0% 378 35.1% 144 31.7%
Pierre Desir CB 0 0% 375 34.8% 15 3.3%
Nate Hairston CB 0 0% 336 31.2% 34 7.5%
Vontae Davis CB 0 0% 330 30.6% 0 0.0%
Grover Stewart DL 0 0% 255 23.7% 97 21.4%
Tarell Basham OLB 0 0% 222 20.6% 163 35.9%
Jeremiah George ILB 0 0% 180 16.7% 278 61.2%
Hassan Ridgeway DL 0 0% 178 16.5% 77 17.0%
Anthony Walker ILB 0 0% 115 10.7% 138 30.4%
Clayton Geathers S 0 0% 112 10.4% 29 6.4%
Joey Mbu DL 0 0% 96 8.9% 15 3.3%
D.J. White CB 0 0% 55 5.1% 5 1.1%
Chris Milton CB 0 0% 20 1.9% 331 72.9%
Anthony Johnson DE 0 0% 5 0.5% 60 13.2%
Joshua Perry OLB 0 0% 4 0.4% 29 6.4%

  • Who would’ve guessed that safety Matthias Farley would have led the defense in snaps? Injuries to Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers forced Farley into a starting role all year.
  • Starting inside linebacker Jon Bostic was on pace to play a boatload of snaps before he hurt his knee in Week 15 and missed the last two and a half games. There was only one game this year where he was healthy and didn’t play 100% of the snaps. The silver lining of Bostic’s injury is that rookie Anthony Walker Jr. finally got to see some playing time on defense. He started in Bostic’s place and was able to rack up 115 snaps in those final two and a half games. Beforehand, he’d been playing solely on special teams.
  • Starting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins saw increased playing time once Henry Anderson and Hassan Ridgeway got hurt about midway through the season. That was very noticeable; however, Hankins also began to play on special teams for the first time on the season. So, not only did he start to play more on defense, but he was also in on special teams.
  • We can’t talk about playing time without talking about rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson. He was infamously inactive from Weeks 3-12. Part of it was explained as a knee flare up, and other times he was a healthy scratch, former head coach Chuck Pagano and defensive coordinator Ted Monachino not really explaining the situation clearly. It wasn’t until the Colts absolutely had to play Wilson that they finally did. A season-ending injury to top cornerback Rashaan Melvin put fellow rookie Kenny Moore into the starting lineup, and then another season-ending injury to starting corner Pierre Desir finally put Wilson in the starting lineup. And wouldn’t you know it; we saw growth from Wilson based on the increased playing time that he received!
  • Speaking of Moore and Desir, nobody would’ve expected either of them to become prominent players during the season, but they did. Both were acquired after final preseason roster cuts, and both wound up starting for the Colts at some point in the season. They both played well. It was very reminiscent of when the Colts acquired Melvin and Darryl Morris at the end of the preseason in 2016.
  • The Colts had seven rookies combine to play 2,123 snaps on defense.
  • Overall, 30 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
Rigoberto Sanchez P 0 0% 0 0% 227 50.0%
Luke Rhodes LS 0 0% 0 0% 148 32.6%
Darnell Sankey ILB 0 0% 0 0% 100 22.0%
Sean Spence ILB 0 0% 0 0% 71 15.6%
Jermaine Grace ILB 0 0% 0 0% 70 15.4%
Adam Vinatieri K 0 0% 0 0% 61 13.4%
Ronald Martin S 0 0% 0 0% 18 4.0%

  • Considering his sizable role, Rigoberto Sanchez did very well in his rookie season. He saw the most special teams snaps based on being the Colts’ punter, kickoff specialist and holder on field goal and extra point attempts — a la Pat McAfee.
  • Overall, seven players saw snaps only on special teams.

BREAKDOWN

WEEK OFFENSIVE SNAPS DEFENSIVE SNAPS SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS
WEEK OFFENSIVE SNAPS DEFENSIVE SNAPS SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS
1 50 65 35
2 71 66 31
3 66 77 34
4 60 68 30
5 76 72 34
6 58 70 32
7 67 68 21
8 74 56 29
9 66 71 29
10 59 66 30
12 63 58 27
13 69 66 24
14 71 67 22
15 54 79 22
16 62 73 27
17 64 55 27
TOTAL: 1,030 1,077 454


*Snap counts via NFL official game book.