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Chandler Jones played 59 snaps but didn’t make much impact on the stat sheet.
This team is a mess.
No snaps due to bye week.
The Ravens are trying to get all their outside linebackers some playing time. This week, Terrell Suggs (43) led the way with Matt Judon (39) and Za’Darius Smith (36) not far behind. Young talents Tim Williams (12) and Tyus Bowser (13) also got on the field.
Lots of people have written Williams and Bowser off. They’re both good young talents who just haven’t had much opportunity. They’re still good stashes and could easily play much more in 2019.
With Trent Murphy missing out at DE through injury, the Bills relied on a three-man rotation. Jerry Hughes played 45 snaps (his highest total since week four), Shaq Lawson 43 (his highest all year) and Eddie Yarbrough 33 (most since week one).
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Mario Addison achieved nothing this week but played 43 snaps. He’s still a fine IDP play even with Bryan Cox (22) returning.
Veteran Thomas Davis (50) continues to play ahead of Shaq Thompson (39).
Akiem Hicks played just 38 DE snaps this week. He’s still an excellent player on the field but the Bears are using him less than in the past. It might be time to think about cashing in on him.
Leonard Floyd (47) failed to record a sack with Khalil Mack out hurt (for the first time in his career). Floyd did, however, record six pressures (all hurries). He’d managed four prior to this game. He’s been disappointing but he’s better than he seems going by stats.
Darius Phillips (71) played cornerback this week. He’s a potentially interesting IDP.
Interestingly at DE, Jordan Willis played 66 snaps (of 88). He’d not managed over 31 since week three.
The Browns continue to lead the league in defensive snaps. Their overtime games have boosted that and are not very indicative of future volume but still. They’ve played a lot.
No snaps due to bye week.
Green Bay Packers
Safety Jermaine Whitehead (75) played full-time in his hybrid safety/LB role.
The Texans secondary issues are bad. Really bad. This week rookie Natrell Jamerson was asked to play 56 snaps. I was a huge fan of his pre-draft but he did not have a good first full game. Michael Tyson (61) also helped out. Anytime Karee Jackson is the best corner on the team, you have a problem.
Zach Cunningham could only manage 16 snaps (due to injury) and the team filled the hole with a variety of players. This is a situation to track.
The Colts played just 50 defensive snaps against the Raiders. It’s becoming a hallmark of the Raiders recently.
The Jaguars were atrocious offensively but they’re still a solid defensive team. They’ve again remained mostly healthy and consistent with the exception being slot DB. D.J. Hayden started the season, Tyler Patmon took over and yesterday Quenton Meeks (45) filled in. It’s a weakness.
At safety Barry Church (60) and Ronnie Harrison (25) both played but neither were effective. It turns out clubbing, fighting bouncers and sleeping in a cell isn’t great preparation for playing the day after. Who knew?
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are playing a lot of defense as their opponents struggle to keep up with them on the scoreboard. This week they played 73 defensive snaps and only three teams have more over the season.
Terrance Smith seems to have basically been phased out at inside LB. He’s played just 12 snaps in the last three games and didn’t see the field in this one. He’s not a good player. In his absence, rookie Dorian O’Daniel has played 25 and 28 snaps in the last two games. He’s an interesting hybrid project.
Los Angeles Chargers
No snaps due to bye week.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams seem fairly settled defensively. They’re unspectacular (outside of all-world Aaron Donald) but they don’t need to be. They just need to be good enough to let the offense win games.
Only 18 linebackers have played more than Cory Littleton (52) and he’s performed fantastically. His sack this week was exemplary play. Mark Barron (43) has now played 170 snaps in his four games back and is settled again.
The Dolphins continue to rotate heavily at DE even with their injury issues. Andre Branch (35), Cameron Wake (33), Robert Quinn (31) and Jonathan Woodard (29) are currently playing nearly but not quite enough.
At safety Jayron Kearse (37) has been forced to help out and is playing mostly in the slot.
New England Patriots
DE Keionta Davis returned after missing the past four games. Davis played just 22 snaps, but it highlights a fluid situation. Aside from Trey Flowers (58) no end has a significant job in terms of volume. Flowers has averaged 44 snaps per game active. Davis 32, Deatrich Wise 28, Adrian Clayborn 26, Derek Rivers 15 and John Simon 13.
Kyle Van Noy played 64 snaps this week. He’s on the field a lot but he’s still laying a lot on the outside. This week was about half and half in and out which was his best split for a while. He’s piling up stats but it’s hard to have full faith in him. Elandon Roberts played just 35 snaps and Dont’a Hightower missed the game.
New Orleans Saints
Eli Apple walked directly into 70 snaps on his Saints debut. He was targeted 11 times and gave up seven catches. He also managed six solos and an assist whilst missing two. Somehow, he managed to find time to also bat down two passes. What a day!
Rookie Marcus Davenport “broke out” with two sacks this week but played just 37 snaps against an average of 29 per game prior to this game. He’s certainly acclimatizing.
New York Jets
LBs Avery Williamson and Darron Lee (66 each) continue to play every snap just like Lee and Demario Davis did last season. Only Josh Bynes has played more than either of them at the position. Their production is generated by volume, but it also seems to be pretty consistent.
New York Giants
There’s no need to say any more nasty stuff about the Raiders. We know what they are by now.
DE Bruce Irvin played just 24 snaps. He’s allegedly on the trade block but on this season it’s doubtful anyone wants him.
Young DE Derek Barnett is out for the rest of the season. In his absence, the Eagles just used three ends this week with Brandon Graham (51), Chris Long (40) and Michael Bennett (55) all playing very high snaps for them. Rookie Josh Sweat played just four snaps. This is great news for Long, Bennett and Graham owners. They’re upgraded for the rest of the season.
Vince Williams (42) played just 42 snaps at LB. In the past, the Steelers have shown they prefer to limit his snaps on passing downs. This is a worry for Williams owners. L.J. Fort played 21 snaps in relief.
Morgan Burnett returned in this game but played just 23 snaps. He’s unstartable at the moment.
For the first time this season, the Seahawks played Bobby Wagner (59) and K.J. Wright (50) together at linebacker. Hopefully this can reinvigorate this team a little bit. Aside from rookie DE Rasheem Green, this team seems fitter than it has all season. They could be much better in the second half of the season.
San Francisco 49ers
Richard Sherman played 66 snaps at corner after missing last week. He looks nowhere near his best still.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Kwon Alexander done for the year, Adarius Taylor played inside LB with 52 snaps. Devante Bond helped out with 11 whilst Lavonte David played all 65. Taylor was awful and the team could easily replace him. Don’t count on him playing all year.
No snaps due to bye week.
It’s now undeniable that Zach Brown is not a full-time player anymore. He saw 43 snaps this week out of 70 with Mason Foster playing all 70. Josh Harvey-Clemons is playing on passing downs. The Brown sell window is open now but won’t be for long.
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