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Colts vs Redskins: Week two snap counts

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While it would be unwise to draw any major conclusions from just two weeks worth of football, there are certainly some patterns starting to emerge in terms of playing time. The Colts had a much more successful outing against the Redskins, and there are some interesting things to be gleaned from the breakdown of snaps, so lets take a look at them and see what we can discover.

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
12 Andrew Luck QB 61 100
56 Quenton Nelson G/C 61 100 3 12
68 Matt Slauson C/G 61 100 3 12
73 Joe Haeg T/G 61 100 3 12
78 Ryan Kelly C 61 100
62 Le'Raven Clark G/T 61 100
84 Jack Doyle TE 59 97 8 32
13 T.Y. Hilton WR 55 90
11 Ryan Grant WR 43 70
80 Chester Rogers WR 26 43 5 20
20 Jordan Wilkins RB 24 39
21 Nyheim Hines RB 24 39
14 Zach Pascal WR 18 30 14 56
25 Marlon Mack RB 18 30
85 Eric Ebron TE 17 28
45 Ryan Hewitt TE 16 26 13 52
16 Marcus Johnson WR 5 8 9 36
72 Braden Smith G/T
38 Christine Michael RB
7 Jacoby Brissett QB
33 Robert Turbin RB
71 Denzelle Good T/G
74 Anthony Castonzo T

Notes

  • As was the case last week, the Colts had an entire game with the same lineup of offensive linemen played from start to finish. The interior of the line, Nelson, Kelly, and Slauson have done pretty well, and made it easier on Haeg and Clark on the outside. No doubt the line has received help from tight ends and schematically, but continuity is not something the Colts have had in recent memory, and they have been getting some degree of it this season so far.
  • Speaking of help from the tight ends, Jack Doyle played 59 offensive snaps on Sunday. If that surprised you, you aren’t alone. Doyle was largely a non-factor in the game from a passing perspective, pulling in just two receptions for 20 yards. He was used quite a bit in pass protection.
  • One area of some concern is a look at the total offensive snaps. Last week there were 82. This week? 61. The Colts have to gain a level of consistency sustaining longer drives.
  • Eric Ebron was in on just 17 snaps in this game. I cannot explain this. Ebron has caught 7 of 8 targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns through two games. Reich is too smart a coach to not involve Ebron in the game, so I have to assume that it has a lot to do with helping the offensive line. Hopefully if we get Castonzo back healthy, Ebron’s involvement will increase.
  • Marlon Mack had 18 offensive snaps compared with 24 for the rookies Hines and Wilkins. Based on what I saw, he looked like a guy who wasn’t completely healthy, and lacked the burst and explosiveness that make him a real threat.

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 74 100 12 48
53 Darius Leonard LB 74 100
23 Kenny Moore II CB 74 100 13 52
27 Nate Hairston CB 74 100 9 36
29 Malik Hooker S 74 100
92 Margus Hunt DT 67 91 10 40
93 Jabaal Sheard DE 56 76 7 28
35 Pierre Desir CB 56 76 2 8
97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 46 62 7 8
57 Kemoko Turay DE 41 55 8 32
50 Anthony Walker LB 38 51 13 52
51 Jihad Ward DE 34 46
99 Al Woods DT 29 39 4 16
41 Matthias Farley S 29 39 39 17
31 Quincy Wilson CB 13 18 7 28
90 Grover Stewart DT 12 16 7 28
91 Hassan Ridgeway DT 12 16 2 8
48 Skai Moore LB 6 8 4 16
44 Zaire Franklin LB 3 4 14 56
52 Najee Goode LB 2 3 19 76
95 Denico Autry DT/DE
58 Tarell Basham DE
30 George Odum S 19 76
36 Corey Moore S 10 40
49 Matthew Adams LB 17 68
94 Tyquan Lewis DT/DE
28 Chris Milton CB

Notes

  • Malik Hooker seems to have convinced the coaching staff that he doesn’t need any kind of pitch count, because he played all 74 defensive snaps. That is great to see.
  • Despite both Hooker and Geathers playing all the defensive snaps, Matthias Farley still managed to get in on 29 snaps himself. That’s a little surprising, but definitely a smart move. It’ll take watching the All-22 for me to see exactly what role Farley played, but getting those three on the field together makes sense.
  • Jihad Ward got in on 34 defensive snaps despite just being brought up from the practice squad. This probably had to do with Ridgeway leaving the game early, but given that Ward got a sack in that short time, it is notable.
  • Pierre Desir was on the field for 56 defensive snaps this week, which is 56 more than last week. With Quincy Wilson in concussion protocol and dealing with a broken hand, we might see Desir getting more snaps going forward as well.
  • There were 5 defensive players who played on every defensive snap. 4 of them are first or second year players, and they took part in an impressive defensive performance.

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 12 48
4 Adam Vinatieri K 3 12
46 Luke Rhodes LS 8 32