Snap Judgments: Week 7 vs. Chicago Bears Snap Count

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the snap count for each Redskins player in their Week 7 win against the Chicago Bears

It was far from pretty but we'll take it.

The Offense had 76 snaps

Number of Snaps Name
76 (100%) Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Robert Griffin III
64 (84%) Pierre Garcon
59 (77%) Logan Paulsen
48 (63%) Leonard Hankerson
41 (54%) Alfred Morris
40 (53%) Jordan Reed
35 (46%) Roy Helu Jr.
31 40%) Darrel Young
27 (35%) Josh Morgan
17 (22%) Santana Moss
12 (16%) Aldrick Robinson
6 (8%) Niles Paul

What Stands Out

  • If you have been following Snap Judgments the workload Roy Helu Jr. received this week should not surprise you.  Finally being used as the 'change of pace' back we all hoped he would be, Helu Jr. has seen the field much more than anyone predicted.  At this point Alfred Morris is at 226 snaps while Helu Jr. is at 213. Almost a 50/50 split thus far. In the last three games Helu Jr. has gained 41, 42, and 41 yards respectively.  He's about as consistent as they come. Here's to hoping we see a lot more of #29 in the weeks to come.
  • Santana Moss played in a season low 17 snaps.  He was targeted twice and both targets resulted in drops. The emergence of Jordan Reed as a slot option may be the reason for Santana's lack of playing time.  Now with the revival of Aldrick Robinson, Tana Man may continue to be utilized sparingly.
  • If all goes as planned, look for Logan Paulsen to continue to see more snaps than Jordan Reed.  Do not be alarmed by that, it's just the nature of the system. The Redskins will continue to predicate the pass with the run and Paulsen is the better blocker. However, we all hope Reed's role will continue to grow and he'll become a mainstay in this offense.  'Read Option' on 1st and 2nd; 'Reed Option' on 3rd! Recipe for success in my opinion.
The Defense had 55 snaps

Number of Snaps Name
55 (100%) Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Brandon Meriweather, Perry Riley, London Fletcher
53 (96%) Ryan Kerrigan
46 (84%) Brian Orakpo
45 (81%) Stephen Bowen
40 (73%) Barry Cofield
32 (58%) David Amerson
30 (55%) Kedric Golston
23 (42%) Reed Doughty
16 (29%) Jarvis Jenkins, EJ Biggers
13 (24%) Chris Baker, Rob Jackson
2 (4%) Darryl Tapp
1 (2%) Nick Barnett


What Stands Out
  • Jarvis Jenkins is being eased back into action. Last week he played in just 6 snaps but moving forward we may see a lot more of him with Stephen Bowen's health in question after a knee injury.  It will be interesting to see the split between Cofield, Golston, J. Jenkins, and Baker against Denver and their spread personnel.
  • The Redskins deployed a 3 MLB look that worked well.  Jackson (and Barnett once) joined Riley and Fletcher to occupy the middle of the field. Keep an eye out for this look again as it should replace the 4 OLB package with Brandon Jenkins that many of us (me included) thought would be a game-changer.
  • The secondary is in shambles going into the worst possible week to be in shambles.  With Meriweather (suspension) and Doughty (concussion) potentially unavailable for the Week 8 contest, the Redskins could be looking to recently re-acquired safety Jordan Pugh to play significant minutes in the secondary.
In a game that should have been in the bag going into the 2nd half, the Redskins found a way to keep things interesting until the bitter end.  With veteran leaders Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman all out with injuries, the Bears inserted their backups and didn't miss a beat.  Especially offensively, the Bears moved the ball at will with Josh McCown under center.  Maybe it was overconfidence, but most likely it was our defense being incompetent once again.  Bad angles, missed tackles, and penalties on defense almost gave the Redskins their 5th loss of the year. Luckily the offense found its groove.

After the offensive explosion against Chicago I'd imagine many fans started warming up to the chance of leaving Denver with a win in Week 8.  Then Peyton lost in his homecoming in Indy and all hope was lost.  Sure there's a blueprint for beating the Broncos now but the Redskins just do not have the defensive personnel to execute that game-plan. Best case scenario is our offense clicks, we hold our own in the shootout, and get the ball last. Let's hope the underdog mentality going into Denver gets the team to BALL OUT!
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