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NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Three

We break down all the crucial snap count data from week three.

Brian Burns

Wow. Week three is already in the books.

It is a great week to trade away the deadwood and bring in players your league-mates haven’t cottoned on to yet.

READ: AFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Three

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals haven’t got close to the huge defensive volume they were playing in 2019 yet. So far, it’s major disadvantage for Cards defenders.

Rookie Isaiah Simmons (10) is still playing just a small role. He’s just a dead spot on our rosters for now. It’s worth noting that Budda Baker was the same early in his pro career – and holding him worked out OK.

Baker (66) played nearly every snap this week but has thumb surgery this week. Hopefully he’s fit for the next game, but it’s not guaranteed. Chris Banjo (18) also left the game hurt opening the door for Deionte Thompson (37) to play his first real game of the season.

Devon Kennard (40) and Haason Reddick (35) continue to outperform Chandler Jones (67) on the edge. Reddick and Kennard have 15 pressures and four sacks between them from 104 pass rushes. Jones just six pressures and one sack from 110 snaps. Jones will have some good days – but he’s past 30 and it might be time to consider selling him.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons played 82 snaps for the second week in a row.

LB Foye Oluokun missed the game hurt so Mykal Walker (72) played most of the game alongside Deion Jones (76). Edmond Robinson (16) and LaRoy Reynolds (7) also saw limited time.

Edge Dante Fowler (28) was limited in this game. Charles Harris (32) stepped in to help cover him. Harris is an atrocious player.

Corner AJ Terrell was diagnosed with COVID-19 and missed the game. Blidi Wreh-Wilson (68) was his replacement.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers won their first game of 2020 and finally found some pass rush doing it. Brian Burns (63) led the way with Stephen Weatherly (55), Efe Obade (43), Marquis Haynes (36) and rookie Yetur Gross-Matos (24) seeing time too.

They continue to use a 4-2-5 big nickel package. Juston Burris, Jeremy Chinn and Tre Boston all played 78 snaps.

Shaq Thompson (66) had a huge game at LB. Tahir Whitehead (50) is playing only 75% of snaps.

Chicago Bears

Edge Robert Quinn (32) played limited snaps again. He shared a role with James Vaughters (20) and Barkevious Mingo (42). Khalil Mack is the only every-snap edge defender on this team.

The Bears played a more orthodox two-LB system this week. Roquan Smith (68) was joined by Danny Trevathan (54) on the majority of snaps. Deon Bush (12) had a very small role.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys played 76 snaps this week. They’ve now been over 70 three games in a row. It’s possible that their shootouts will generate a lot of snaps for everyone.

Th shootouts are happening because the Cowboys are bad at corner. This week saw rookie Trevon Diggs (76) joined by Jourdan Lewis (75) and Daryl Worley (73).

DE Aldon Smith (60) continues to astound after missing all that time. He’s a must-start right now. Everson Griffen (40) and Demarcus Lawrence (31) trail well behind him.

LB Joe Thomas (76) has played every snap since Leighton Vander Esch was injured.

Detroit Lions

If you haven’t watched rookie corner Jeff Okudah try and tackle QB Kyler Murray, go and do that now.

Welcome back. Okudah (59) was joined by Amani Oruwariye (65) and Darryl Roberts (53) at corner. That unit is not looking great.

LB Jamie Collins (58) had a good game but Jahlani Tavai (54) next to him was poor. Jarrad Davis (15) and Reggie Ragland are playing just enough to cut into the top options’ productivity.

Edge is annoyingly similar. Trey Flowers (40) is clearly the best player in the unit but is not playing as much as we’d like.

Safety at least was clearer this week. Tracy Walker (65) had a fine game with Will Harris (19) playing a reduced role.

Green Bay Packers

LB Christian Kirksey (17) was hurt this week. In a team like this that plays just one full-time LB, this is a huge change. Ty Summers (44) stepped into the primary role. Kirksey may be fine by next week, but Summers needs monitoring. If Kirksey misses significant time, he’ll be a hot target.

Los Angeles Rams

Safety Jordan Fuller suffered a shoulder injury and played just eight snaps. Taylor Rapp (55) came in to play most of the game. This is by no means a permanent change – selling Rapp is the prudent course of action right now. The upside of holding on to a safety who is not certain to start is just not very big.

Minnesota Vikings

LB Anthony Barr is out for the season. In his absence, Eric Wilson (75) stepped up to become a full-time player. Hardy Nickerson (36) came in as the third LB.

It’s likely that Nickerson plays the Sam/LoS role that Barr used to do sometimes which means Wilson should be a more efficient player than Barr was.

With CB Mike Hughes out, Kris Boyd (38) stepped in to play the third corner role.

New Orleans Saints

DT David Onyemata missed the game which meant Shy Tuttle (21) made his season debut. Sheldon Rankins (37) did NOT pick up the extra 3-tech snaps as might have been expected.

New York Giants

Safety Jabrill Peppers (9) was hurt and forced out of the game early. As a result, the Giants played mush less three-safety and more two-LB packages. Logan Ryan (77) and Julian Love (68) were the primary safeties with Devante Downs (55) playing LB next to Blake Martinez (77).

Downs should be monitored but his status as a 50+ snap player is by no means assured. Be cautious.

Philadelphia Eagles

LB Duke Riley saw just seven snaps this week (106 in the first two weeks). TJ Edwards (51) was the beneficiary. It’s unclear if this was injury-related.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks played 82 defensive snaps against Dallas. They’ve averaged 78 so far this season, which is very high.

With Bruce Irvin out for the season the Seahawks replaced him with… a committee. DE Alton Robinson (30) made his debut, Jordyn Brooks (14) played the most snaps of his young career and Shaquem Griffin (17) came off the practise squad to play. And DE Damontre Moore (43) also saw a bump in playing time. That’s as messy a “next man up” as you can get.

CB Quinton Dunbar missed the game with Tre Flowers (80) into a top role and Ugo Amadi (69) playing more against the Cowboys three-wide offense. Ryan Neal (29) played as the number four.

San Francisco 49ers

With Nick Bosa and Dee Ford out, at DE the 49ers had to get creative.

Arik Armstead and Kerry Hyder (36) both played fewer snaps, but the 49ers only had to play 52 snaps this week against the woeful Giants. Kentavius Street (17), Dion Jordan (22) and Ezekiel Ansah (21) all saw significant playing time too

The Niners have suffered at corner too. This week Jason Verrett (45), Dontae Johnson (43) and K’Waun Williams (33) led the way.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have still used only a scarcely believable 18 players on defense in three weeks.

The biggest change this week was corner Sean Murphy-Bunting (19) being limited and Mike Edwards (42) playing his first game of the year.

Washington Football Team

Rookie superstar Chase Young saw just 13 snaps this week as he exited the game early with a groin injury. Montez Sweat (46) and Ryan Kerrigan (41) led the way.

LB Thomas Davis made his Washington debut but played only special teams. Jon Bostic (63) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (49) continue to be the top LBs.

Corner Kendall Fuller made his second debut for the team with 63 snaps. Jimmy Moreland had his snaps cut to just 13.

NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Three
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