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A look at the snap counts and stats for each player on the Redskins for the team's preseason dress rehearsal game against the Buffalo Bills

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Offense

Twenty-eight players saw action across the Redskins 72 offensive snaps against the Bills on Friday night.  The starters played on 47 of those snaps (65%), which is the highest number of snaps and the highest snap percentage that the starters have played in any preseason game since snaps began to be tracked by the NFL in 2012.

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 47 65%
Colt McCoy 25 35%
Nate Sudfeld DNP N/A

  • Rookie Nate Sudfeld did not see the field last night after playing 35 (56%) and 38 (49%) of the snaps in the first two weeks of the preseason.  Sudfeld should get plenty of playing time next week in Tampa Bay, though.  He will likely play the entire game. 
  • Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdown passes for only the second time in his preseason career, in the game.  The last time he did this was all the way back in Week 2 of the 2012 preseason against the Bears.  Per PFF, when under pressure, Cousins has a QB rating of 121.4, and when blitzed, his rating is 136.0.  His 47 snaps against the Bills and 65% snap percentage are also Cousin's second highest totals in the preseason (50 snaps and 68% against the Buccaneers in 2012).
Wide Receivers (12)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Maurice Harris 42 58%
Pierre Garcon * 36 50%
Rashad Ross 33 46%
Ryan Grant 27 38%
DeSean Jackson * 24 33%
Valdez Showers 13 18%
T.J. Thorpe ST Only 0%
Jarvis Turner ST Only 0%
Jamison Crowder DNP N/A
Reggie Diggs DNP N/A
Dez Stewart DNP N/A
Kendall Thompson DNP N/A
Josh Doctson PUP N/A

  • Rashad Ross' 111 preseason snaps in 2016 are the most among all Washington skill position players.  After leading all receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns last preseason, Ross ranks 4th (9), 13th (112) and 1st (2) respectively in those same categories this year.
  • DeSean Jackson's 56 receiving yards against the Bills represent his highest total in preseason contest since 2012 (82 yards against the Patriots).
Tight Ends (5)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Jordan Reed * 36 50%
Vernon Davis * 28 39%
Niles Paul 26 36%
Logan Paulsen 15 21%
Marcel Jensen 5 7%
Derek Carrier PUP N/A

  • Jordan Reed returned and led all Washington tight ends with 36 snaps (50%); his highest snap total since the 2013 dress rehearsal game against the Bills in 2013 (40 snaps and 49%).
  • Logan Paulsen leads all Redskins' tight ends with 82 preseason snaps.  He caught a pass of over 25 yards for the second time this August (28 and 30 yards).  Unfortunately for Paulsen, who is known mostly for his blocking, Vernon Davis has improved as a blocker.  Davis' 42 yards receiving last night are more than Paulsen has had in any game since Week 14 of the 2013 season.  Davis had 45 or more yards in 5 of his 15 regular season games last year.
Running Backs (7)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Robert Kelley * 48 67%
Mack Brown 23 32%
Joe Kerridge 3 4%
Keith Marshall 1 1%
Matt Jones DNP N/A
Chris Thompson DNP N/A
Kelsey Young DNP N/A

  • Keith Marshall has the best speed score ever by a running back (size-adjusted measure of speed), but that isn't enough to make up for his injuries and lackluster performance.  Sports Injury Predictor has Marshall with the highest odds among all rookie running backs of getting injured this year, and he may now be on the shelf for the fourth year in a row after injuring his elbow last night.  Marshall's 1.8 yards per carry average is the worst among all Washington running backs and 226th among all NFL players.
  • Meanwhile, Robert Kelley and Mack Brown rank 10th (99 yards) and 15th (78 yards) in rushing and 8th (4.5) and 14th (3.9) in yards per carry average in the exhibition season.  For some perspective, Alfred Morris had 195 rushing yards and ran at a five yards per carry clip in his rookie preseason campaign.
Offensive Linemen (16)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ty Nsekhe 54 75%
Brandon Scherff * 48 67%
Korey Lichtensteiger * 47 65%
Trent Williams * 47 65%
Spencer Long * 38 53%
Takoby Cofield 25 35%
Shawn Lavuao 25 35%
Nila Kasitati 24 33%
Arie Koundijo 24 33%
Morgan Moses * 18 25%
Austin Reiter 10 14%
Isaiah Williams ST Only 0%
Al Bond DNP N/A
Cody Booth DNP N/A
Josh LeRibeus DNP N/A
Bryan Stork DNP N/A

  • Ty Nsekhe led all Redskins players with 54 snaps against the Bills, and with that he now leads the team in preseason snaps with 126 of them.  He surpassed Takoby Cofield (117 snaps) who had led the team in playing time both against the Falcons and the Jets.  Josh LeRibeus was healthy and did not play.  Al Bond also did not play and was reportedly just cut.  That along with the trade for Bryan Stork made this not a good week for LeRibeus and his chances of making the team.

Defense

Thirty-eight Redskins defenders took part on the team's 82 defensive snaps.  The starters played for approximately 24 snaps and 29% of the game.  That is the lowest snap percentage that Washington's starters have played in Week 3 of the preseason since snaps have been tracked.

Defensive Linemen (10)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Anthony Lanier 36 44%
Matt Ioannidis 34 41%
Corey Crawford 30 37%
Kendall Reyes * 24 29%
Ricky Jean Francois 21 26%
Stephen Paea 21 26%
Ziggy Hood * 20 24%
Kedric Golston * 15 18%
Chris Baker DNP N/A
Jerrell Powe DNP N/A

  • Rookie Matt Ioannidis leads all Washington defensive linemen with 74 snaps in August.  However, he has only been credited with four assisted tackles and no other statistics through three games.
Outside Linebackers (9)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Mike Wakefield 31 38%
Lynden Trail 26 32%
Preston Smith * 24 29%
Trent Murphy 22 27%
Houston Bates 21 26%
Ejiro Ederaine 21 26%
Shiro Davis 11 13%
Ryan Kerrigan * 5 6%
Willie Jefferson 3 4%

  • Mike Wakefield picked up a sack for the second game in a row.  He currently leads the team with two sacks and QB hits.  Wakefield led his position group in the game with 31 snaps.  He ranks second among the team's outside backers with 66 snaps.
  • The leader of the group in snaps is Trent Murphy with 72 snaps.  Ryan Kerrigan only played five snaps this preseason due to rest and injury, the lowest number among all Redskins starters.
Inside Linebackers (7)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Terence Garvin 55 67%
Martrell Spaight 55 67%
Su'a Cravens 28 34%
Will Compton * 27 33%
Mason Foster * 16 20%
Perry Riley 4 5%
Carlos Fields ST Only 0%

  • Martrell Spaight led the team in snaps at the inside linebacker position and is second among all Redskins defenders with 116 snaps through three exhibition contests.  He leads the team in solo tackles (10) and total tackles (13).
  • On the other end of the spectrum, things aren't looking great for Perry Riley.  Riley only played on four snaps against the Bills, and he has received less playing time in each game (12, 10 and 4 snaps).  His 26 snaps rank last on the team among inside backers and he has only recorded a stat of any kind in one game this preseason (2 tackles against the Jets). 
Cornerbacks (9)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Kendall Fuller 57 70%
Greg Toler 31 38%
Lloyd Carrington 26 32%
Deshaun Philips 24 29%
Bashaud Breeland * 24 29%
Josh Norman * 24 29%
Mariel Cooper 18 22%
Quinton Dunbar ST Only 0%
Jeremy Harris DNP N/A

  • Kendall Fuller leads all Washington corners with 118 snaps in August.  He also ranks fourth in the team in special teams snaps (34).  He currently sits at second in the league with six pass deflections.
Safeties (6)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Blackmon 57 70%
Duke Ihenacho 30 37%
David Bruton * 28 34%
DeAngelo Hall * 27 33%
Geno Matias-Smith 25 30%
Deshazor Everett ST Only 0%

  • Deshazor Everett leads the team in special teams tackles with 3 (tied with Carlos Fields), but it probably isn't a good sign for his prospects of making the final 53 because he did not see any action on defense last night. 
  • Everett has been out-snapped 56 to 115 and 88 by Will Blackmon and Duke Ihenacho.  Blackmon and Ihenacho rank second and third on the team in solo and total tackles in the preseason.  Blackmon has also picked off a pass and forced a fumble.

Special Teams

Player Snaps Snap %
Trent Murphy 15 52%
Duke Ihenacho 14 48%
Martrell Spaight 14 48%
Terence Garvin 13 45%
Deshaun Philips 12 41%
Houston Bates 12 41%
Su'a Cravens 11 38%
Lynden Trail 10 34%
Nick Sundberg 10 34%
Tress Way 10 34%
Willie Jefferson 10 34%
Kendall Fuller 9 31%
Mason Foster 9 31%
Niles Paul 9 31%
Carlos Fields 8 28%
Dustin Hopkins 8 28%
Geno Matias-Smith 8 28%
Greg Toler 8 28%
Logan Paulsen 8 28%
Mike Wakefield 8 28%
Quinton Dunbar 8 28%
T.J. Thorpe 8 28%
Joe Kerridge 7 24%
Ryan Grant 7 24%
Rashad Ross 6 21%
Ziggy Hood 6 21%
Bashaud Breeland 5 17%
Will Blackmon 5 17%
Brandon Scherff 4 14%
David Bruton 4 14%
Kedric Golston 4 14%
Robert Kelley 4 14%
Shawn Lauvao 4 14%
Spencer Long 4 14%
Ty Nsekhe 4 14%
Valdez Showers 4 14%
Jarvis Turner 3 10%
Mack Brown 3 10%
Isaiah Williams 2 7%
Josh Norman 2 7%
Kendal Reyes 2 7%
Lloyd Carrington 2 7%
Matt Ioannidis 2 7%
Maurice Harris 2 7%
Preston Smith 2 7%
Ricky Jean Francois 2 7%
Will Compton 2 7%
Deshazor Everett 1 3%
Morgan Moses 1 3%
Perry Riley 1 3%

  • Lynden Trail ranks first on the team with 48 special teams snaps so far this preseason.  Willie Jefferson ranks second with 41, but he was just let go by the team this afternoon. 
  • Tress Way currently ranks first in punting yards (1030 yards), third in touchbacks (2), fifth in gross punting average (51.5 yards) and fourth in net punting average (44 yards).  Way leads all Washington specialist with 31 preseason snaps.

*All statistics are courtesy of NFL.com,  NFL Gamebooks, NFL GSIS and Pro Football Focus*