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Colts vs Falcons Week 3: Snap Counts

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Atlanta Falcons v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

With week three in the books and the Colts fighting their way to a 2-1 start to the season, we are getting to a point where we can begin to draw some conclusions about this team from their playing time. Simply looking at the snap counts won’t necessarily tell us the whole story, because each matchup changes the personnel needed to face them.

So let’s take a look at the week three snap counts and see what interesting tidbits we can find within.

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 71 100 5 23
64 Mark Glowinski G 71 100 5 23
72 Braden Smith T 71 100 5 23
74 Anthony Castonzo T 71 100 5 23
7 Jacoby Brissett QB 71 100
78 Ryan Kelly C 71 100
84 Jack Doyle TE 49 69
25 Marlon Mack RB 44 62
11 Deon Cain WR 40 56
13 T.Y. Hilton WR 37 52
85 Eric Ebron TE 36 51
15 Parris Campbell WR 32 45 5 23
14 Zach Pascal WR 31 44 7 32
80 Chester Rogers WR 29 41 1 5
81 Mo-Alie Cox TE 27 38 10 45
21 Nyheim Hines RB 18 25
20 Jordan Wilkins RB 10 14 7 32
73 Joe Haeg T/G 2 3 5 23
2 Brian Hoyer QB
33 Jonathan Williams RB
62 Le'Raven Clark T
63 Josh Andrews C
86 Hale Hentges TE

Offensive Notes

  • All 5 starting offensive linemen have played in every single offensive snap this season. That cohesion is invaluable in building trust for Brissett, who was probably partially afraid of his own shadow after being hit so frequently in the 2017 season.
  • Despite having just 4 catches for 46 yards, Jack Doyle was in for 69% of the offensive snaps. His presence on the field as a blocker has been huge in the running game as well as in pass blocking.
  • Deon Cain was in on 40 snaps but targeted just 3 times for 1 catch. With T.Y. Hilton suffering from a quad injury, they need more from the second year player.
  • Parris Campbell seems to have been a big beneficiary of Hilton missing in the second half. He saw 32 snaps, which is nearly double his work in the first two weeks. They’ll need him to grow up fast if Hilton has to miss 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
50 Anthony Walker LB 61 100 5 23
35 Pierre Desir CB 61 100
23 Kenny Moore II CB 57 93 2 9
58 Bobby Okereke LB 55 90 6 27
26 Clayton Geathers S 53 87 8 36
96 Denico Autry DT/DE 46 75 4 18
99 Justin Houston DE 46 75
29 Malik Hooker S 43 70 2 9
97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 42 69 1 5
92 Margus Hunt DT 37 61 10 45
90 Grover Stewart DT 32 52 10 45
34 Rock Ya-Sin CB 27 44 10 45
37 Khari Willis S 27 44 10 45
31 Quincy Wilson CB 22 36
49 Matthew Adams LB 19 31 17 77
52 Ben Banogu DE 19 31 4 18
57 Kemoko Turay DE 13 21 1 5
94 Tyquan Lewis DE 8 13
45 E.J. Speed LB 3 5 11 50
30 George Odum S 17 77
38 Ryan Lewis CB 17 77
44 Zaire Franklin LB 17 77
42 Roland Milligan S 10 45
39 Marvell Tell III S
51 Jihad Ward DT
53 Darius Leonard LB
93 Jabaal Sheard DE

Defensive Notes

  • One surprise to me was that Bobby Okereke got nearly all the linebacker snaps in Darius Leonard’s absence. I thought there might be some time split between he and E.J. Speed. That definitely is telling about how they view the pecking order at the linebacker position.
  • Malik Hooker was inexplicably off the field during the defense’s poorest stretch in the 3rd quarter. He played his fewest snaps all season and the broadcast team didn’t mention it. It will be interesting to hear the reason for that from Frank Reich.
  • It isn’t surprising given his solid play from last week, but it was Khari Willis, not George Odum, who was getting snaps both in Hooker’s absence from the field and on certain defensive sets. The rookie has improved steadily every week.
  • Rock Ya-Sin has gotten a consistently higher work rate than Quincy Wilson, and that was true this week as well. However, his snaps this week were down significantly since Pierre Desir was back for all of this game. It is certainly interesting that it was Ya-Sin and not Wilson whose snaps increased when Desir left the game.

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 55
46 Luke Rhodes LS 6 27
4 Adam Vinatieri K 5 23