IDP Snap Counts: Week Two

Tom Kislingbury

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.

Arizona Cardinals

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.

Atlanta Falcons

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.

Deion Jones (75) made a mockery of people who were worried about him after last week. And De’Vondre Campbell (69) is clearly the second LB.

Damontae Kazee (69) also played a normal weight after he was barely used in week one due to personnel groupings.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have played just 110 snaps in two games. That’s 28 snaps per game less than the Cardinals.

Patrick Onwuasor (60) remains the only LB to own with Kenny Young (17) and Chris Board (15) playing limited snaps.

Matt Judon (48) and Pernell McPhee (40) are the edge players you want.

Buffalo Bills

Taron Johnson missed this game which meant Kevin Johnson (25) had to play slot corner.

Trent Murphy (44) and Jerry Hughes (41) are the top DEs with Shaq Lawson (29) a distant third.

Carolina Panthers

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.

Chicago Bears

A very high 82 snaps for the Bears this week.

The LBs seem set. Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith (both 82) are dominating inside with Khalil Mack (71) and Leonard Floyd (65) doing the same on the edge.

Cincinnati Bengals

A lot of players who played very little in week one saw proper workloads this week.

Ryan Glasgow (46), Andrew Billings (40) and Josh Tupou (36) on the line were all used a lot more. Preston Brown (62) and Nick Vigil (71) were the same at LB.

Unfortunately, DE Carl Lawson (27) and LB Germaine Pratt (0) were not.

Cleveland Browns

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.

Dallas Cowboys

Byron Jones managed to play all 60 snaps this week at corner.

The DE position remains a deep rotation with Demarcus Lawrence (46), Dorance Armstrong (40), Kerry Hyder (36), Tyrone Crawford (18) and Joe Jackson (10) all getting snaps.

Denver Broncos

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.

Detroit Lions

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

Corner Tramon Williams could only play 21 snaps. As a result, Kevin King saw 64 snaps.

Linebacker (and ex-safety) Raven Greene missed the game which opened the door for B.J. Goodson to play 38 snaps.

Rashan Gary picked up a few reps to get to 14 snaps. He now has 20 through two weeks with Preston Smith on 129.

Houston Texans

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.

Indianapolis Colts

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.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A.J. Bouye missed the game at corner which meant Tre Herndon (66) had to play.

Yannick Ngakoue missed the game at DE which meant Calais Campbell (59) played mostly on the edge again. With Marcell Dareus (36) also fit again this was an easy switch.

At LB Quincy Williams and Myles Jack both managed 66 snaps without getting ejected. Which was nice.

Kansas City Chiefs

Frank Clark and Alex Okafor (58) are settled in as the two leading DEs with Emmanuel Ogbah (22) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (16) relievers.

Anthony Hitchens (50) was again partnered by Damien Wilson (50) at inside LB.

Los Angeles Chargers

There were no major changes this week. Which meant that Thomas Davis (61) and Kyzir White (54) remained high-volume linebackers.

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.

Miami Dolphins

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.

Safety Reshad Jones missed the game which meant Minkah Fitzpatrick (68) had to play more at safety.

Minnesota Vikings

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

The Patriots persist in using four major corners. Jason McCourty (50), Stephon Gilmore (45), Jonathan Jones (44) and JC Jackson (34) are all seeing time.

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

David Onyemata (40) and Mario Edwards (27) both made their season debuts on the interior of the line. Taylor Stallworth missed out entirely in response.

At LB Demario Davis (69) and A.J. Klein (55) continue to lead the way with Alex Anzalone (18) playing third fiddle. Kiko Alonso has now played four snaps on defense in two games.

New York Giants

Rookie tackle Dexter Lawrence played 38 snaps this week which was up on the 28 he played in week one.

Markus Golden (63) and Lorenzo Carter (61) seem to be the clear starters on the edge.

At inside LB Tae Davis was dropped to zero defensive snaps this week. Not good. Ryan Connelly played 64.

New York Jets

If the Dolphins weren’t so atrocious this year, the Jets would be getting a lot more criticism.

With C.J. Mosley out this week Blake Cashman (69) played every snap at LB alongside Neville Hewitt. He’s one to watch.

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.

Oakland Raiders

Things are solidifying on the edge for the Raiders. Clelin Ferrell (58), Josh Mauro (38) and Maxx Crosby (29) are trending up. Arden Key (24) and Benson Mayowa (18) are trending down.

With Johnathan Abram out for the year, Erik Harris stepped in to play 42 snaps. Curtis Riley (31) also played. Safety is a position to avoid for Oakland.

Philadelphia Eagles

LB Zach Brown (50) played a lot more than in week one. So did role-player Nate Gerry (20). Nigel Bradham (66) remains the top LB to own from this team.

DEs Derek Barnett (50) and Brandon Graham (51) are way ahead of Josh Sweat (18) and Vinny Curry (17).

Pittsburgh Steelers

At linebacker Mark Barron (79) wore the green dot this week and led the team in snaps with Devin Bush (63) and Vince Williams (10) losing share.

Sean Davis (55) returned at free safety which dropped Kameron Kelly (24) significantly.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks played 25 fewer defensive snaps this week.

Slot DB Ugo Amadi was limited to just one snap. Jamar Taylor (19) played in his stead.

Mychal Kendricks (39) played much less given the Seahawks couldn’t spend all game in base like they did last week.

FS Tedric Thompson did not play defense this week which let Delano Hill (57) get on the field for his big play.

San Francisco 49ers

Dee Ford could only manage 25 snaps at DE this week. Solomon Thomas picked up the slack (33) which is how he got his sack. Do not trust him going forward though.

Kwon Alexander returned to fitness and played 55 snaps at LB. As a result Dre Greenlaw saw just 20 snaps.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LB Devin White played just six snaps before getting hurt. Kevin Minter (73) stepped up to cover for him. Deone Bucannon has played all of four snaps this season on defense.

Darian Stewart managed just two snaps before getting hurt. Mike Edwards played 72 in his absence.

Tennessee Titans

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.

Jayon Brown (69) and Rashaan Evans (68) remain the clear LB starting duo ahead of Wes Woodyard (6). Woodyard is droppable.

Washington Redskins

CB Quinton Dunbar did not play defense this game. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (55) was the next man up.

Cole Holcomb led all linebackers in snaps with Jon Bostic (55) and Shaun Dion Hamilton (22) trailing. Hamilton looks like a poor choice as a breakout.

That’s it for another week. Good luck snagging those players who’ll take you to glory.

tom kislingbury
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