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Colts vs Texans: Week four snap counts

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NFL: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With a home loss to the Houston Texans, the Colts are officially a quarter of the way through the season. With that information at hand, there are some things to be gleaned from examining the snap counts and seeing how this team is being used in terms of playing time.

While there will undoubtedly be changes in the coming weeks as some of the Colts starters get healthy or other injuries occur, we are beginning to get an idea of what playing time will look like for this team. Let’s jump into the week four snap counts and see what there is to be learned.

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
56 Quenton Nelson G/C 90 100 4 11
68 Matt Slauson C/G 90 100 4 11
78 Ryan Kelly C 90 100
62 Le'Raven Clark G/T 90 100 4 11
12 Andrew Luck QB 90 100
71 Denzelle Good T/G 90 100 4 11
85 Eric Ebron TE 75 83
80 Chester Rogers WR 72 80 5 14
11 Ryan Grant WR 71 79
21 Nyheim Hines RB 62 69
14 Zach Pascal WR 44 49 13 35
13 T.Y. Hilton WR 43 48
20 Jordan Wilkins RB 31 34
16 Marcus Johnson WR 19 21 15 41
45 Ryan Hewitt TE 14 16 17 46
81 Mo-Alie Cox TE 13 14
72 Braden Smith G/T 4 4
34 Jeremy McNichols RB 2 2
73 Joe Haeg T/G
7 Jacoby Brissett QB
84 Jack Doyle TE
25 Marlon Mack RB
33 Robert Turbin (SUSP) RB
74 Anthony Castonzo T
64 Mark Glowinski G 4 11

Notes

  • It isn’t surprising given overtime, but 90 snaps is a lot to play in advance of a short week. The whole offensive line and Andrew Luck got a lot of miles and have to go again Thursday. Even guys like Eric Ebron and Nyheim Hines who played less than they did spent a normal game’s length of time out on the field. That could play a factor this week.
  • Nyheim Hines doubled Jordan Wilkins’ snaps this week, which is the second week in a row that has been the case. It isn’t that Wilkins is playing poorly, but Hines offers an explosive advantage in the passing game that Wilkins doesn’t. It will be interesting to see how their time is impacted with the return of Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin.
  • The loss of T.Y. Hilton to injury required WR Zach Pascal to step in and be a factor, which he did well, going 6 for 10 for 56 yards and a touchdown.
  • This offense has had to call into significant roles many of their younger depth players due to injury. If they are able to get their starters healthy, that experience could prove very valuable for their depth players.

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
26 Clayton Geathers S 86 100 6 16
53 Darius Leonard LB 85 99
23 Kenny Moore II CB 30 35 6 16
27 Nate Hairston CB 86 100 17 46
29 Malik Hooker S 86 100
50 Anthony Walker LB 73 85 17 46
92 Margus Hunt DT 80 93 16 43
93 Jabaal Sheard DE 63 73 11 30
35 Pierre Desir CB 76 88 1 3
97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 18 21
99 Al Woods DT 51 59 12 32
57 Kemoko Turay DE 31 36 2 5
51 Jihad Ward DE 19 22
90 Grover Stewart DT
44 Zaire Franklin LB 5 6 15 41
41 Matthias Farley S 45 52 27 73
52 Najee Goode LB 1 1 30 81
31 Quincy Wilson CB
91 Hassan Ridgeway DT
95 Denico Autry DT/DE 76 88 11 30
58 Tarell Basham DE
30 George Odum S 22 59
36 Corey Moore S 24 65
49 Matthew Adams LB 24 65
94 Tyquan Lewis DT/DE
28 Chris Milton CB 31 36 24 65
59 Carroll Phillips DE 4 5 32 68
32 Arthur Maulet CB 4 11

Notes

  • The Colts had 8 defenders with more than 70 defensive snaps. On a short week where they have to play an offense that just put up 5 touchdowns and 449 yards of offense, that should be a bit concerning.
  • Jihad Ward saw his snaps drop slightly, but still managed to record himself another sack. The Colts are getting nice situational contribution and value for him.
  • Denico Autry didn’t get eased back in at all. After missing time, he was back and all in, playing 76 defensive snaps. This might point to the team erring on the side of caution with regard to guys coming back from injury.
  • Pierre Desir continued to get a ton of snaps with Quincy Wilson out. Expect that to continue even if Wilson is back, given that Kenny Moore left with a concussion and on a short week is almost certain to be out Thursday.
  • Chris Milton was in on a lot of snaps filling in for Kenny Moore. 55 total snaps played including his special teams contribution. The Colts will be hurting if Milton spends that much time on the field against the Patriots on Thursday.

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
2 Rigoberto Sanchez P 16 43
4 Adam Vinatieri K 4 11
46 Luke Rhodes LS 9 24