Full season snap count notes: Cowboys offense

Snap counts per Pro Football Focus:

Player Snaps Player Snaps
Doug Free 1080 Kevin Ogletree 280
Jason Witten 1074 Tony Fiammetta 227
Tyron Smith 1074 Derrick Dockery 133
Kyle Kosier 1051 Tashard Choice 126
Phil Costa 1024 Kevin Kowalski 114
Tony Romo 992 Sammy Morris 81
Dez Bryant 791 Stephen McGee 65
Montrae Holland 641 Jesse Holley 53
Laurent Robinson 599 Phillip Tanner 50
Miles Austin 572 Jon Kitna 25
Martellus Bennett 428 Chauncey Washington 17
DeMarco Murray 390 Martin Rucker 10
Felix Jones 367 Jermey Parnell 10
John Phillips 333 Shaun Chapas 8
Bill Nagy 283 Dwayne Harris 1

– Felix Jones has played in 29.9% of the Cowboys’ offensive snaps since Jerry Jones drafted him with the 22nd overall pick.  6.4% his rookie year, 27.1% in ’09, 51.6% in ’10, and 33.9% in ’11.  Oof.  Felix must be Italian.

– No Cowboys played every snap.  Doug Free came the closest, missing just 2 snaps.

– After missing all of 2010 with a torn ACL, John Phillips played 333 snaps.  He was looking like a breakout player during the 2010 preseason, when he went down.  I’m no doctor, but there’s the saying that takes 2 years to fully recover from a torn ACL, so it’ll be interesting to see if Phillips can show the promise he once did a year and a half ago.

– Martellus Bennett’s rookie season, was… eh… OK.  But since then, he’s been a disaster.  Here are his numbers the past 3 seasons:  1496 snaps, 65 catches, 563 yards, 0 TD.  That means that there’s a 4% chance Bennett is going to catch a pass if he’s in the game.  Obviously, not good.  I know, I know… He blocks.

– Tony Romo played every snap in 2009.  He missed 193 in ’08, 763 in ’10, and 90 in ’11.

– A little comparison between Laurent Robinson, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant:

Cowboy Snaps Rec Yards TD
Jason Witten 1074 79 942 5
Dez Bryant 791 63 928 9
Laurent Robinson 599 54 858 11

If you project Robinson’s numbers with the same number of snaps as Dez, it comes out to 71 catches for 1133 yards and 15 TDs.

If you project Robinson’s numbers with the same number of snaps as Jason Witten, it comes out to 97 catches, 1538 yards, and 20 TDs.

With Witten, Austin, and Bryant on the field, Robinson sees more favorable matchups, not to mention, we’re talking about a pretty small sample size here… but those are still some impressive numbers.


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