Snap counts: Pass happy personnel for Redskins

Snap counts: Pass happy personnel for Redskins
September 11, 2013, 9:00 am
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Here’s a look at who played how much against the Eagles (snap counts via Pro Football Focus):

Offense 78 snaps

QB/O-line: Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 78

Nothing new here, with all five OL and the quarterback going all the way.

Wide receivers: Pierre Garçon 57, Leonard Hankerson 44, Santana Moss 48, Josh Morgan 34, Aldrick Robinson 23

This shows that it doesn’t really matter who starts with Garçon. Morgan was nominally the starter but subs Hankerson and Moss played more snaps. Robinson saw a decent number of snaps but was only targeted twice.

Tight ends: Fred Davis 51, Jordan Reed 25, Logan Paulsen 17, Niles Paul 1

You could tell that it quickly turned into a passing game for the Redskins just by looking at the snaps for Paulsen and Reed. Being forced to throw the ball moved a lot of snaps from the blocking tight end to the rookie receiving threat.

Running backs: Roy Helu Jr. 41, Alfred Morris 37, Darrel Young 12

More effects of the need to abandon the run here. Normally Young will play about 30 percent of the snaps and this game he played 15 percent.

Defense 83 snaps

Defensive line: Barry Cofield 57; Stephen Bowen 50; Kedric Golston 34; Chris Baker 23; Phillip Merling 6

The Redskins started the game with an extra defensive back so only Cofield and Bowen started. A lot of the rest they got came via the insertion of an extra DB or linebacker.

Linebacker: London Fletcher 83; Ryan Kerrigan 81; Perry Riley 81; Brian Orakpo 74; Darryl Tapp 12; Bryan Kehl 2

It was mildly surprising that Orakpo took even that many plays off; usually all four linebackers play all but a couple of snaps.

Defensive back: Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Bacarri Rambo all played 83, David Amerson 78, E. J. Biggers 76, Reed Doughty 7

Nobody saw Biggers playing that much or playing safety but according to Mike Shanahan he was the substitute for Brandon Meriweather due to his speed. The rookie Amerson played well while Rambo struggled some but they both got a lot of valuable experience.