Snap Judgments: Week 2 at Packers Snap Counts

Wesley Hitt

Taking a look at the snap count for each Redskins player in their Week 2 match-up at Green Bay.

When it rains, it pours.

Just when you thought there was nowhere to go but up, the Redskins arrived at Lambeau Field but never showed up.  Another game, another first half of abysmal football on both sides of the ball.  So far the Washington sports realm has been filled with "'RGIII doesn't look comfortable'. 'Haslett has got to go'. 'Kyle Shanahan needs to open up the offense.'" So as long as we are pointing the finger, I'd like direct my index finger at: Keith Burns and the Special Teams.

  • The Redskins are 0-2 in FG attempts
  • Sav Rocca is the lowest ranking punter in the NFL through two games in Avg. yards.
  • The return and coverage units are the most penalized units in the NFL (7 penalties). The team is on pace to break last year's embarrassing 21 ST penalties by Week 7.
In these past two weeks, the Redskins have lost the field position battle.  The Special Teams unit, as a whole, needs to help the offense out. You've heard it by now, only 12% of teams that start the season off at 0-2 actually make the playoffs.  Sign me up for the club that doesn't put any stock in that stat. Every 0-2 team is not created equally.  There's no doubt the team is in need of a wake-up call, but it still isn't time to jump ship. That's just my two cents.

Now, on to the Snap Count for Week 2.

The Offense had 61 snaps.

Number of Snaps Name
61 (100%) Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Robert Griffin III
53 (87%) Pierre Garcon
38 (62%) Alfred Morris
37 (61%) Santana Moss
30 (49%) Leonard Hankerson
29 (48%) Jordan Reed
26 (43%) Joshua Morgan
25 (41%) Logan Paulsen
23 (38%) Roy Helu Jr.
18 (30%) Darrel Young
16 (26%) Fred Davis
10 (16%) Aldrick Robinson


What Stands Out
  • "Where is Fred Davis?" Found myself asking this question on key downs in the game. Fred played in only 26% of the snaps, a large drop-off from the 64% he posted last week.  Jordan Reed is slowly emerging as a favorite target of Robert Griffin III. Not only did he snag in his first TD reception on a 4th down but he was the primary read on the Redskins' failed two-point conversion attempt. With Logan Paulsen consistently in the mix, this Tight End committee may be here to stay.
  • Remember when people were questioning Santana Moss's role on this team as the 5th Wide Receiver on the depth chart? Well, we are two weeks into the season and Moss has come out of both weeks as the second most utilized receiver behind Pierre Garcon. He has played in 61% of the snaps in both weeks and with the Redskins (hopefully) opening up the offense, look for Moss to continue to get his time.
  • The split at Running Back this week seems to be a lot more by the book than in Week 1.  There was a 62-38% split between Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. this week which is quite different from last week's 50-50 split.  Forget what he can bring in terms of big play ability and pass catching, Roy Helu Jr. plays a significant role in pass blocking and should continue to get snaps at least for that reason.
Now for the defense. The Redskins Defense had 72 snaps.

Number of Snaps Name
72 (100%) Bacarri Rambo, Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Perry Riley, Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher
67 (93%) Brian Orakpo
53 (74%) Barry Cofield
49 (68%) David Amerson
47 (65%) Reed Doughty
41 (57%) Stephen Bowen
33 (46%) Kedric Golston
23 (32%) Brandon Meriweather
16 (22%) Phillip Merling
13 (18%) Brandon Jenkins
11 (15%) Chris Baker
5 (7%) Darryl Tapp
2 (3%) EJ Biggers


What Stands Out
  • He's BACK! Death, taxes, and Reed Doughty. After last week's crash and burn with EJ Biggers at safety, Reed Doughty was thrust into action after Brandon Meriweather went down.  In just 65% of the defensive snaps, Doughty still ended up leading the team in total tackles.  With Meriweather's health status in question, we may be seeing more of him in the weeks to come.
  • Matching Green Bay's 2 Wide Receiver sets, the coaching staff chose to go with Josh Wilson over David Amerson this week.  This adjustment by Green Bay forced David Amerson into just 68% of the snaps. With Detroit and their aerial attack coming into town, look for that number to go back up.
  • Brandon Jenkins had an increased workload with Darryl Tapp taking a backseat. In Week 1, Jenkins played in just 1 snap while Tapp took 11 snaps. This week, Jenkins played in 13 snaps while Tapp played in 5. Both guys have to make the most out of their opportunities in the next two weeks before Rob Jackson returns from his suspension after the Bye Week.
Playing from behind once again, the Redskins were unable to dictate play.  The defensive snaps shouldn't see much of a change playing against the pass-heavy Lions in Week 3. However, the focus will be on the offense and their play-calling prerogative, especially in the first half this week.  Will the Redskins come out firing in the air? Will the read-option and bootleg game return? Each aspect runs a unique package of players, so stay tuned for next week's numbers. Hopefully, they'll be packaged with a 'W'.
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