NFC East snap count numbers from Week 1, Redskins and Giants edition

Eagles and Cowboys snap counts can be found here.  Snap count data per Pro Football Focus.  Let’s just get right to the Redskins and Giants.  Winners first:

Chris Neild, making the NFL his own personal bitch.

On offense the Redskins ran 66 plays.

– The “every down” guys were the 5 offensive linemen, and Rex Grossman. Tim Hightower also played almost the entire game, with 63 snaps, as did Fred Davis, but we’ll get to Fred in a second.

– Roy Helu got the other 3 snaps at RB, and the Skins only used a FB on 20% of the plays, with Darrel Young getting only 13 snaps.

– Santana Moss got the most snaps among the WRs (no surprise) with 55.  Jabar Gaffney had 47, Anthony Armstrong 31, Terrence Austin 5, and Niles Paul 4.

– Redskins fans, meet your new starting TE.  It’s Fred Davis, who got 60 snaps and looked like the real deal as a bona fide good starting NFL TE.  Chris Cooley, certainly no slouch, got 38 snaps.  OK, technically they were both listed as starters, but you know what I mean.  People used to talk about how this duo would create problems for defenses.  It might actually happen this year.  Logan Paulsen got 11 snaps, by the way.

On defense the Redskins were on the field for 58 plays, and they kept it very simple.

– The Redskins, by far and away, had the most “every down” guys.  Five players played all 58 snaps: London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Reed Doughty, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and the rookie, Ryan Kerrigan.  Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall each played 57, and Brian Orakpo played 56.  If you’ll notice, four of those guys are linebackers, which means that when the Skins went to a nickle look, it was a D Lineman that came off the field.

– The nickle back was Kevin Barnes, who got 21 snaps.

– As for the DL, Adam Carriker got 35 snaps, Barry Cofield 45, and Stephen Bowen 44.  Kedrick Golston was the primary sub at DE, with 23 snaps.

– Chris Neild, a guy I picked as one of the “Week 1 bEasts,” had only 8 snaps, and he picked up 2 sacks and a tackle.  If the Redskins average 65 defensive snaps per game the rest of the season and Neild keeps up that pace, he’ll have 227 sacks.  Step aside Reggie White.

– Rob Jackson was the only reserve LB to get on the field, with 2 snaps.  That slacker Orakpo better toughen up.

[NOTE –‘s Rich Tandler has Rak missing 4 snaps with a sprained ankle, not 2.  OrSlackPo.]

(Giants snaps after the jump)…

When the Giants went to the nickle, they brought in safety Deon Grant. Not ideal.

On offense the Giants ran 58 plays.

– David Diehl was the only O Lineman to miss a snap in the NFC East (Kevin Boothe subbed in for 2).  Eli Manning took all the snaps at QB of course, and it was rare for Hakeem Nicks (55 snaps) and Mario Manningham (51) not to be on the field.

– Ahmad Bradshaw had a surprisingly large number of snaps in comparison to Brandon Jacobs, with 36.  Jacobs had only 16, and 10 of those were pass plays.  Brandon can’t be happy about that.  Danny Ware even took away 6 snaps from Jacobs. Rookie Henry Hynoski got the most action among the NFC East FBs with 31 snaps.

– Hixon is the Giants’ 3, as he had 17 snaps, while Victor Cruz had 10, and a bad drop.  Devin Thomas didn’t get much of a chance to burn his old team, with 2 snaps.

– I’ve been sort of making fun of the Giants TE situation lately, but I thought Jake Ballard was actually pretty good, and was surprised he was only out there for 28 snaps.  Bear Pascoe got 33.  The great Stacy Andrews lined up at TE in the jumbo package 5 times.

On defense the Giants were on the field for 66 plays.

– Six Giants played at least 65 snaps.  Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Kenny Phillips, and Antrel Rolle played every snap.  Corey Webster and Aaron Ross missed just one a piece.

– The starting DEs, Dave Tollefson and Jason Pierre-Paul, got 57 snaps each.  Pierre-Paul had a good day in his first opening day start.  Justin Trattou got 15 snaps as a reserve DE.

– There was more of a rotation at DT, where starters Linval Joseph and Chris Canty got 37 and 39 snaps, respectively.  The main reserve was Rocky Bernard (28), with Jimmy Kennedy filling in for 9.

– Rookie Greg Jones got 35 snaps in his NFL debut.  Two more rookie LBs, Jacquian Williams (16) and Spencer Paysinger (1), also got their feet wet.  No Mark Herzlich.

– We mentioned Webster and Ross already, who I felt both had very bad games.  The Giants didn’t bring in an extra corner when they went to the nickle.  Instead, they brought in Deon Grant (32 snaps) and rookie Tyler Sash (6).


  1. […] I’m surprised it’s Bradshaw that’s unhappy.  I figured it would be Jacobs, who was only on the field for 16 snaps, and 10 of those were pass […]

  2. CarverM says:

    No real surprise that a DL came off for the ‘Skins when they went to nickel. I figured this would happen. Since Jenkins (who would have been a fixture in our DL rotation) went down in the preseason, we needed a way to get our big guys some plays off. When we go to nickel, we bring one of the 3 DL off of the field (usually Carriker, probably) and move Orakpo and Kerrigan to the LOS to give more of a 4-man line look. It’s more of a 4-2-5 than the traditional 3-3-5 nickel.

  3. plektor says:

    Great stuff, but are you sure you can use it like this ?
    I mean it’s a premium feature for PFF.

    1. Pretty sure. This is just one of many things they do. I’m sure they like the free pub. I also know a few of their guys read this blog, so if it isn’t cool, I’ll get an email.

  4. Person says:

    Ballard was hurt for some of the game, which explains why he didn’t get more snaps.
    Also, pretty sure you meant to say “On defense the Giants were on the field for 66 plays” not “On defense the Redskins were on the field for 66 plays”.

  5. says:

    Why did it take so long for Davis to get starting time? I don’t know how he blocks really so that could be it, but I’d use some two tight end sets with those two especially given that their receiving core isn’t so good.

    1. CarverM says:

      He’s taken a while to learn how to be a professional. He’s always been talented; but has had trouble finding the field due to lack of preparation.

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