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Colts vs Texans Week 14: Snap Counts

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Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

With their backs against the wall the Colts went out and did what they needed to do to get a win on the road against the division rival Houston Texans on Sunday. It was a tough game that could potentially offer a playoff preview if the Colts can take care of business and get a break or two down the stretch.

There were a lot of things to like about the way this team played on defense, and the offense got humming once Frank Reich made some adjustments in the second quarter. Let’s take a look at the snap counts for this game and see if they reveal anything interesting.

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 67 100 4 14
74 Anthony Castonzo T 67 100 4 14
72 Braden Smith G/T 67 100 4 14
12 Andrew Luck QB 67 100
67 Evan Boehm G 67 100
13 T.Y. Hilton WR 54 81
11 Ryan Grant WR 49 73 3 10
85 Eric Ebron TE 45 67 1 3
25 Marlon Mack RB 40 60
64 Mark Glowinski G 35 52 1 3
14 Zach Pascal WR 35 52 10 34
63 Josh Andrews C 32 48 3 10
21 Nyheim Hines RB 28 42
45 Ryan Hewitt TE 26 39 4 14
80 Chester Rogers WR 25 37 9 31
73 Joe Haeg T/G 21 31 9 31
86 Erik Swoope TE 9 13 11 38
10 Reece Fountain WR 3 4 3 10
15 Dontrelle Inman WR
20 Jordan Wilkins RB 20 69
62 Le'Raven Clark G/T
7 Jacoby Brissett QB
78 Ryan Kelly C
81 Mo-Alie Cox TE

Notes

  • I was a little surprised to see that Mark Glowinski missed so many snaps in this game. He left with an ankle injury and found himself back in the mix briefly later, but left again after being unable to continue. I was surprised, because the drop off between he and Josh Andrews wasn’t all that noticeable. I’m sure that a close review of the film might reveal otherwise, but the overall takeaway for me is that the Colts backup offensive linemen have done a very solid job this season.
  • Despite being the receiver who had the second most snaps on the offense, Ryan Grant was targeted just once. In a field of really solid draft picks and free agent pickups, Grant just has not achieved what the Colts would have hoped of him.
  • Jordan Wilkins didn’t get a single snap with the offense in Sunday’s game. To a degree that is understandable, because he doesn’t have the versatility of Hines or the explosiveness of Mack, but his vision is really good and I would like to see him used, even if in a limited capacity.
  • Reece Fountain got his first action after being activated from the practice squad with Dontrelle Inman unable to play this week. He was in on 3 snaps and got 3 on special teams as well. He wasn’t targeted in that time.

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
23 Kenny Moore II CB 72 100 5 17
35 Pierre Desir CB 72 100 7 24
26 Clayton Geathers S 68 94 7 24
29 Malik Hooker S 72 100
53 Darius Leonard LB 72 100 3 10
50 Anthony Walker LB 61 85 9 31
95 Denico Autry DT/DE 51 71 5 17
93 Jabaal Sheard DE 47 65 5 17
92 Margus Hunt DT 46 64 5 17
94 Tyquan Lewis DE 33 46
31 Quincy Wilson CB 42 58 8 28
49 Matthew Adams LB 30 42 24 83
97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 57 79 7 24
57 Kemoko Turay DE 13 18
90 Grover Stewart DT 22 31 9 31
99 Al Woods DT 18 25 4 14
34 Mike Mitchell S
30 George Odum S 15 21 20 69
55 Skai Moore LB 3 10
52 Najee Goode LB 23 79
28 Chris Milton CB 21 72
44 Zaire Franklin LB 20 69
36 Corey Moore S 11 38
27 Nate Hairston CB 1 1 13 45
91 Hassan Ridgeway DT

Notes

  • The group of defensive backs for the Colts getting the bulk of the snaps has been nearly unchanged for most of this season. Kenny Moore, Pierre Desir, Clayton Geathers, and Malik Hooker as well as Darius Leonard have gotten 100 percent of the defensive snaps when they were healthy. Leonard and Moore and 23, Hooker is 22. Great to see the Colts getting meaningful defensive snaps from some young and productive guys.
  • Al-Quadin Muhammad saw an uptick in snaps this week, cutting into Tyquan Lewis’ time on the field a bit for the first time since Lewis got healthy. Kemoko Turay also saw diminished snaps, likely due to the Texans tendency to run the ball and his limited effectiveness there.
  • Matthew Adams seems to have staked his claim on the SAM linebacker job, earning himself more time over the past few weeks with his hard hitting play against the running game. Despite a couple bad penalties being called on him in the past two weeks, he has looked pretty solid.
  • 2 of Grover Stewart’s 22 snaps resulted in big penalties called on him. That just cannot happen. You can’t have your rotational defensive linemen killing you with penalties.

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 14 48
46 Luke Rhodes LS 11 38
4 Adam Vinatieri K 4 14