IDP Snap Counts: Week Two
Two weeks are in the books. Things are starting to settle down. We can pounce on good players our opponents have ignored while they chase last week’s big plays.
The Cards played 79 snaps this week. As suspected, they’re going to be a high-volume defense. This is great news.
Jordan Hicks (79) continues to be the only every-down inside linebacker. He’s heading for a big year.
The Falcons played 80 snaps this week – a whopping 27 more than in week one.
Grady Jarrett (68) looks like he might be heading for a high-snap season.
Damontae Kazee (69) also played a normal weight after he was barely used in week one due to personnel groupings.
The Ravens have played just 110 snaps in two games. That’s 28 snaps per game less than the Cardinals.
No significant week-on-week changes for the Panthers. It seems like a fairly deep rotation across the line though. Kawann Short (45), Gerald McCoy (47) and Dontari Poe (35) all played far fewer than the 65 total snaps.
A very high 82 snaps for the Bears this week.
A lot of players who played very little in week one saw proper workloads this week.
The Browns rotated edge rushers a little more against the Jets. Myles Garrett (47) and Olivier Vernon (49) both played less than they did in week one (even though the team played more snaps). Chad Thomas (19) and Chris Smith (26) both tripled their snap counts. This is at least partially due to the Jets being so handily beaten, but it’s noteworthy.
Damarious Randall missed the game at free safety with Jermaine Whitehead (68) seeing a lot of extra work and playing deep. Eric Murray (42) also played much more at safety, but was used more in the slot.
Byron Jones managed to play all 60 snaps this week at corner.
The Broncos were very similar to week one with a few small changes. Corey Nelson (34) played much less at LB and Will Parks (50) played much more at safety. Dre’Mont Jones (10) made his debut on the D line.
The Lions played 22 fewer snaps this week than in their week one tie with Arizona.
There were no material differences with player usage – everyone just had their total numbers shrunk.
Green Bay Packers
Linebacker (and ex-safety) Raven Greene missed the game which opened the door for B.J. Goodson to play 38 snaps.
DB Aaron Colvin was cut after week one (harsh) which meant Bradley Roby (67) moved to the slot with Lonnie Johnson (52) coming in to play outside. This is a bad CB unit for about the fifth year in a row.
This defense is just not good enough to be a title-contender.
With Kemoko Turay and Jabaal Sheard both out at DE, Al-Quadin Muhammad (50) played more alongside Justin Houston (46). Ben Banogu (7) is still very raw, and it was Tyquan Lewis’ (32) first game this year.
Anthony Walker (35) remains nowhere near a full-time player. He shouldn’t be an option.
A.J. Bouye missed the game at corner which meant Tre Herndon (66) had to play.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
Safety Marqui Christian did not play on defense this game with Eric Weddle (65) playing the whole game. Even so Taylor Rapp actually played more (40) snaps this week. He looks like a big-slot/TE coverage weapon so far.
The Dolphins have now played 77 and 72 defensive snaps in their two games. This is high but not massively. Bad teams do not (necessarily) play a ton of defensive snaps.
Jerome Baker (69) and Sam Eguavoen (64) continue to be the top LBs. Eguavoen in particular has been unproductive so far (two solos and seven assists) but it’s coming. Raekwon McMillan played 36 snaps as the Patriots kept Miami in base defense. The fact they wanted McMillan out there is telling.
There was only one major change for the Vikings this week with LB Eric Wilson (36) picking up snaps at the expense of Ben Gedeon (18).
New England Patriots
On the edge there’s also a rotation. Shilique Calhoun (24), Chase Winovich (26), Michael Bennett (25) and John Simon (21) are all playing. Kyle Van Noy (41) played almost exclusively at OLB on his return
This may well be because the Patriots have won their first two games at a stroll. We’ll keep watching.
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
Rookie tackle Dexter Lawrence played 38 snaps this week which was up on the 28 he played in week one.
New York Jets
If the Dolphins weren’t so atrocious this year, the Jets would be getting a lot more criticism.
The edge appears to be the disaster zone we thought it might be. This week we saw Henry Anderson (49), Bronson Kaufusi (11), Tarell Basham (52), Kyle Phillips (30), Jordan Jenkins (11), Harvey Langi (13) and Frankie Luvu (10) spend at least some time on the edge. Basham was the most productive player, but this is a situation to avoid.
Sean Davis (55) returned at free safety which dropped Kameron Kelly (24) significantly.
The Seahawks played 25 fewer defensive snaps this week.
Mychal Kendricks (39) played much less given the Seahawks couldn’t spend all game in base like they did last week.
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Adoree’ Jackson played just 50 snaps in this game as he missed time with an injury sustained on a return. His status as the most-targeted player in the NFL is under threat.
That’s it for another week. Good luck snagging those players who’ll take you to glory.
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