NFC East snap count notes from Week 3

Snap count data via Pro Football Focus.

– The Giants only had 53 offensive snaps.  The Eagles had 79.  You don’t win many ballgames when that happens, and somehow the giants did.

– Brandon Jacobs continues to get extremely minimal playing time.  This week, he had just 13 snaps, a season low.  As noted last week though, when he is in, he’s pretty likely to get the ball, as he had 7 carries, and of course the 40 yard TD reception.

– Hall of Fame bound Victor Cruz had 43 snaps, and obviously had a big game.  The Giants may choose not to rush Mario Manningham back into action.

– The Giants rarely went 3 wides, as Brandon Stokely had just 18 snaps.

– Interesting that Travis Beckum only had 5 snaps.  He may very well be buried behind Jake Ballard (35) and Bear Pascoe (25), even if healthy.

– Even with Justin Tuck back in the lineup, Dave Tollefson got 48 snaps.  Tuck had 63, and Jason Pierre-Paul had 66.  Perry Fewell called a great game on Sunday, but I’m not sure why he’s trying to get Tollefson on the field so much.

– 5 defensive backs (Ross, Webster, Grant, Rolle, Phillips) had at least 72 snaps.  The Giants were willing to let the Eagles gash them in the run game, as long as they didn’t give up any big plays.  Then when the Eagles entered the red zone, the Giants tightened up.  Smart.  The Eagles are going to have to prove they can score in the red zone, or they can expect a similar scheme against them the entire season.

– Clay Harbor had 34 snaps.  Brent Celek had 76.  Why is that relevant? Well, as noted above, the Giants went nickle for almost the entire game, even when the Eagles went 2TE.

– Kurt Coleman got 12 snaps, and looked really bad.  He got pulled early, and Nate Allen (40 snaps) played the rest of the game. Allen didn’t look much better.

– Brian Rolle’s snaps doubled from last week (8) to this week (16), despite fewer defensive plays.

– The Cowboys gave a lighter workload to Felix Jones (32 snaps) this week, and he had his best game of the season.  Tashard Choice got the bulk of the snaps in reserve, with 24.  DeMarco Murray had 10.  We may be seeing Murray more pretty soon.  Choice is just not a smart player.  How do you run out of bounds when you’re trying to kill the clock?  That’s Pop Warner level stuff.  If the Skins drove down and scored with the help of that play, Choice would have been a bigtime goat.  Choice got into Garrett’s dog house last year when he fumbled at the end of the first half Week 1 vs. the Redskins.  He may very well land right back in there again.  It’s time to give his snaps to the kid.

– The fill-in WR numbers went as follows: Kevin Ogletree (44), Laurent Robinson (20), Jesse Holley (8).

– Martellus Bennett (40 snaps) is the #2TE, apparently, as John Phillips only got 14.  Phillips was looking like an up-and-comer before he tore his ACL last year during the preseason, but hasn’t looked good so far this season. Unfortunately, Bennett is kind of useless.  When you’re 6’6, and a shrimpy little 5’9 corner out-muscles you for the football at the goal line, what’s your purpose, exactly?

– As I’ve noted the past two weeks, Sean Lee is getting all the snaps at one ILB spot, while Keith Brooking and Bradie James split snaps as the other.  Last week Brooking got more snaps.  This week James (26) got more than Brooking (15).

– When Jason Hatcher (12 snaps) went down, the bulk of his snaps went to Marcus Spears (32), with Sean Lissemore (18) getting a few as well.

– Alan Ball got 35 snaps, which seems like a lot for him.  The Niners were burning him at will on 3rd downs at one point during Week 2, but otherwise, he has been respectable as a nickle corner.

– Really the only thing of note offensively for the Skins is that Terrence Austin (21 snaps) had more playing time than Anthiny Armstrong (10).

– Not too much to note on defense for the Skins, either.  The only thing worth noting is that Brian Orakpo had just 47 of 69 snaps due to injury, and that Rob Jackson filled in for him with the remaining 22.  Jackson abused Doug Free on a strip sack that would be negated due to a defensive holding call on Ohiomogho Atogwe.


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  4. 1youngwiz says:

    i know you cant pay attention to the intricacies of every team, but clearly bennett has a role for the cowboys.

  5. Free Plax says:

    Take a look at the Giants and Eagles 4th Qtr stats and it will tell you everything you need to know. Also when you turnover the ball 3 times it tends to neutralize all that time of possesion and and snap thing.

  6. Willgfass says:

    I’m a little interested in the DT snaps for the Giants. I remember seeing tollefson play there quite a bit, which would account for his number of snaps. Somehow the back up tackles (Bernard and Kennedy) had some great plays despite their opportunities being limited (or so one would think)

  7. DerfDiggy says:

    We may be seeing why Doug Free didn’t get a massive offer from anyone besides TB. He may be at RT by week 8. Quite sad when the 20 year old rookie in Smith is the best guy on your line.

    1. BigTTech says:

      Rumor is he’s dealing with some kind of back issues right now. He certainly isn’t himself at the moment, but I don’t buy for a second that we’re seeing the “Real Doug Free”.

      1. 1youngwiz says:

        nah those 16 games last season were just a fluke

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