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Skins Snaps & Stats: Cowboys @ Redskins

A look at the snap counts and stats for each player on the Redskins in the team's Week 2 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys

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Sixteen of the offense's twenty-three players played across 67 offensive snaps against the Cowboys.  Three of the seven that did not play were inactive (Nate Sudfeld, Rashad Ross and Arie Koundijo) and another three only got special teams work (Robert Kelley, Ty Nsekhe and Spencer Long).  Colt McCoy was active, but did not receive any playing time.

The offense ranks 10th in scoring percentage (45.5%), 7th in total yards (816), 3rd in yards per play (6.8), 2nd in sack percentage (2.2%) and 2nd in yards per drive (41.3).  Those are some excellent rankings in several key areas, so why is the team losing?

Well, the offense also ranks 19th in third-down conversion percentage (36.4%), 25th in interception percentage (3.4%) and 28th in red zone touchdown percentage (30%).  The team also ranks 27th in accepted penalties against (17).

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 67 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%
Nate Sudfeld Inactive N/A

  • Kirk Cousins Interceptions- The Redskins are now 3-30 when Kirk Cousins throws an interception.  Cousins threw his third one of the season against the Cowboys.  Last year, he closed the season by throwing only three picks in his final 11 games and just one in his final 7 games (postseason included in both figures).  He has not been blitzed or pressured on any of his interceptions this year.  Two of his three INTs this season have come in the red zone.  Prior to 2016, Cousins had never thrown a pick in the red area on 115 career RZ passing attempts.
  • Cousins Red Zone- Also, prior to this season, Kirk Cousins was 72-115 (62.6%) with 32 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the red zone (111.8 passer rating).  In 2015, Kirk was 50-78 (64%) for 22 touchdowns and no interceptions (113.5 rating).  In his final four regular season games of last year, he was 16-25 (64%) in that area with nine touchdowns and zero picks (135.6 rating).  So far in 2016, Cousins has gone just 5-17 (29%) for 34 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions inside the 20-yard line (19.6 rating).
  • More Cousins- Here are Cousins' rankings among NFL and NFC East quarterbacks in several key passing metrics: adjusted net yards per attempt (19th/4th), quarterback rating (27th/4th), QBR (24th/4th) and Pro Football Focus grade (29th/4th).  There are a couple of areas where Cousins has found success this season, though.  He has performed significantly better under center (QB rating of 74.1 vs. 94.8), with play action passes (72.5 to 113.6) and in the no-huddle offense (73.9 vs. 99.7).  Two of those things would involve the team running more, which as you'll see later, would probably be beneficial; and the no huddle may help him find some rhythm and consistency. 
Wide Receivers (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
DeSean Jackson * 51 76%
Jamison Crowder 48 72%
Pierre Garcon * 46 69%
Josh Doctson 19 28%
Ryan Grant 12 18%
Rashad Ross Inactive N/A
  • DeSean Jackson- Jackson caught three passes for 40 yards in the game.  His 53 receptions and 1,016 yards in his career against the Cowboys rank sixth and second since 2000.  Santana Moss ranks first in both categories.  This season, Jackson leads the team in receiving yards (142) and first downs (7). He also has the best PFF rating among all Skins wideouts this year (78.6).  That makes you wonder why he was tied for fourth on the team (with 2 other players) in targets on Sunday (5).  This may not just be a problem confined to this week, either.  Jackson ranks just 35th in targets and 55th in snap percentage among all wide receivers.
  • Jamison Crowder- Crowder was second on the team in WR snaps in this game and ranks second in snaps among Skins receivers this season (87 snaps).  He led the game with eight targets and six receptions.  He is tied with Jordan Reed for the team lead in targets (12) and receptions (9) this season.  He is the only Redskins receiver or tight end with a touchdown in 2016.  Crowder is also one of just three Redskins (Jones, Thompson) to have scored a touchdown this year.  His five red zone targets rank second in the NFL behind only Larry Fitzgerald (6).
Tight Ends (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Jordan Reed * 58 87%
Vernon Davis 27 40%
Niles Paul 7 10%
  • Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed caught five passes for 70 yards.  In doing so, he became the sixth tight end in franchise history with 2,000 or more receiving yards (Jerry Smith, Chris Cooley, Bill Anderson, Don Warren and Fred Davis).  Reed ranks fourth in receiving yards (134), third in first downs (7), first in targets (18) and first in receptions (12) among tight ends.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that he isn't getting nearly enough love in the red zone.  Here are Reed's red zone rankings from 2015: 12th in target market share (26.6%), 7th in targets (21), 1st in receptions (16), 1st in yards (133) and 3rd in TDs (10).  This year, he ranks well outside the top ten in almost all of those categories.  He ranks second or tied for second on his own team in all of those areas this season.  Kirk Cousins ranks second in RZ attempts in 2016 with 17 of them, and Reed has been targeted on just three of those attempts. 
  • Vernon Davis- Davis caught all five of his targets and put up 51 receiving yards on the day, his fourth and fifth highest totals since Week 16 of the 2013 season (or his last 33 games).  He also had his best catch percentage (100%) and third best yards per target average in games with more than one target in that time frame (10.2).  Although, to be fair, his average depth of target against the Cowboys was just 4.2 yards.  Davis has caught all six of his targets this season and is the only tight end in the league with five or more targets that has caught every pass thrown his way. 
Running Backs (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Matt Jones * 39 58%
Chris Thompson 28 42%
Robert Kelley ST Only 0%
  • Matt Jones- Jones led all Redskins running backs in snaps (39), attempts (13), rushing yards (61), yards per carry (4.1), rushing success rate (54%) and touchdowns (1).  His 4.3 yards per carry average this season ranks 11th among qualifying running backs that are currently on an active roster.  Jones' 3.0 yards after contact average ranks eighth among runners with 10 or more carries.  He is the tenth highest rated RB by PFF and he holds the seventh best rushing grade at the position.  Yet, in 2016, Jones ranks 38th among running backs in snaps and 37th in snap percentage.          
  • Redskins Rushing- Maybe the problem isn't with Jones; perhaps it lies with the play-calling of the coaches.  After rushing for the fewest attempts (12) and the lowest percentage of plays (22%) in Week 1, the Redskins only jumped up to 29th in both categories (17 rushes and 26% rushing percentage) this week.  They currently rank dead last in both rushing attempts (29) and rushing percentage (24%).  They also rank 29th in red zone rushing percentage, last in rushing percentage in one-score games and last in rushing percentage on third down.  But why?  We already saw some of Jones' numbers, but let's take a look at things from a team perspective.  The team ranks sixth in rushing average (4.72 yards); and Per Warren Sharp, Washington also ranks fourth in overall rushing success rate (59%) and second in red zone rushing success rate (80%).
Offensive Linemen (8)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Trent Williams * 67 100%
Shawn Lauvao * 67 100%
Korey Lichtensteiger * 67 100%
Brandon Scherff * 67 100%
Morgan Moses * 67 100%
Ty Nsekhe ST Only 0%
Spencer Long ST Only 0%
Arie Koundijo Inactive N/A
  • Trent Williams- Trent Williams is one of just two left tackles (Terron Armstead) that has allowed 0 sacks, 0 hits and 1 hurry this year.  He was the Redskins highest graded offensive player on Sunday (83.1).  On the year, Williams grades out as the sixth best overall tackle (84) and the best pass blocker (86.9).
  • Other OL- All five starting offensive linemen played on 100% of the snaps for the second consecutive week.  The line only allowed one sack and three hurries as a whole.  Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff were the second and third highest graded players on the offense (80.6 and 79.1).  Shawn Lauvao is the lowest graded Washington O-lineman on the year (69.1).  Korey Lichtensteiger was the only linemen on the team to commit a penalty (1 false start), but it was a costly one that resulted in a ten-second runoff at the end of the game.  Lichtensteiger is the only player in the NFL with three false start penalties this season.


For the second consecutive week the defense was on the field for 68 snaps.  Of the 27 defenders on the roster, 20 of them saw action against Dallas.  Four of the seven that did not take a defensive snap were inactive (Anthony Lanier, Kendall Reyes, Martrell Spaight and Kendall Fuller); the other three only played on special teams (Quinton Dunbar, Deshazor Everett and Duke Ihenacho).  Five defensive players played fewer than five snaps (Greg Toler, Will Blackmon, Terence Garvin, Houston Bates and Kedric Golston).

The defense blitzed 10 times, got pressure on 13 occasions, hit the quarterback 8 times and recorded 4 sacks.  The run D improved this week by allowing just 102 rushing yards on 30 carries (3.4 YPC).

Joe Barry's group currently ranks 28th in points allowed per game (32.5), 29th in yards per drive allowed (40.8), 30th in expected points (-33.65), 30th in scoring percentage allowed (55%), 31st in time of possession allowed per drive (3:18), 32nd in third-down conversion percentage allowed (57.7%) and 32nd in points per drive allowed (3.25).

Defensive Linemen (7)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Ziggy Hood 47 69%
Chris Baker * 46 68%
Cullen Jenkins 29 43%
Ricky Jean Francois 28 41%
Kedric Golston * 1 1%
Anthony Lanier Inactive N/A
Kendall Reyes Inactive N/A
  • Defensive Linemen- Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois tied for the team lead among linemen with four assisted and five total tackles.  Jean Francois added a half sack in the game, which was the first and only sack of any kind by a Redskins defensive linemen this season.  Ziggy Hood and Cullen Jenkins were the only other players to record a pressure in the game.  Hood led all Washington DL in snaps, but was only able to make one tackle.  It was his highest snap total and snap percentage since the 12th game of 2013.  Hood currently ranks 112th of 115 qualifying DL on PFF.  Cullen Jenkins picked up his first tackle with the Redskins.  According to PFR, Jenkins is the second oldest DL to play in a game this season. 
  • Kedric Golston- Kedric Golston, who was placed on injured reserve, ranks seventh on that list.  He was the third oldest defensive linemen to start a game this season (Jonathan Babineaux and Vince Wilfork).  His loss will certainly hurt the depth on the line; but, in truth, there may well be better options on the street in terms of on-the-field production.  Want proof?  Here are some of his key defensive stats since the start of the 2012 season: 60 games, 1,231 snaps, 0 sacks, 4 QB hits, 0 turnovers forced of any kind, 0 passes defended, 4 tackles for loss (3 from 2012 and 1 from 2013) and 56 total tackles (27 solo and 29 assisted).  Oh, but he's good on special teams though, right?  Nope.  Since 2012, he has not recorded a special teams stat of any kind over the course of 582 teams snaps.
Outside Linebackers (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Kerrigan * 57 84%
Preston Smith * 50 74%
Trent Murphy 34 50%
Houston Bates 1 1%
  • Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan had three tackles, a half sack and two tackles for a loss.  He upped his lowly 2.9% pressure rate from Week 1 to 19.2% this week.  He was Pro Football Focus' fourth highest graded Redskins defender in the game.
  • Trent Murphy- Trent Murphy tallied a career-high 1.5 sacks and 3 QB hits.  He tied his career highs in assisted tackles (4) and total tackles (6).  Murphy also recorded the fourth forced fumble of his career.  He leads all Washington outside backers in pressure rate (20%) this season.  Murphy was the Redskins second highest graded defender in the game (84.5) and has the fourth best defensive grade on the season (81.9). 
  • Preston Smith- Smith was credited with a half sack and two tackles.  He was flagged for two offsides infractions.  After a sizzling end to 2015 that saw him record six sacks in the team's last four games (including playoffs), he has cooled off considerably to start the year.
Inside Linebackers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Compton * 61 90%
Mason Foster * 55 81%
Su'a Cravens 20 29%
Terence Garvin 2 3%
Martrell Spaight Inactive N/A
  • Will Compton- Compton picked up a team-high ten total and six assisted tackles.  The six assists are tied for the third most in his career.  Compton ranks fifth in the NFL in total tackles (23) and second in assisted tackles (14).  Since the start of the 2015 season, he leads all Redskins defenders in assisted tackles with 56 of them, which is 17 more than second place Dashon Goldson's 39 assists.  He did not fare as well against the pass, where he was targeted on a 23.1% of his coverage snaps.  That was a team-worst percentage among Washington starters.
  • Mason Foster- Mason Foster tied Compton for the team lead in total and assisted tackles (10 and 6).  The six assists were a career high for him.  Foster currently has the third most and the most assisted tackles (11) and total tackles (24) in the league.  Despite all the tackles, PFF ranks Foster 66th among 73 qualifying inside backers with a run defense grade of 41. 
  • Su'a Cravens- Cravens added two solo tackles and an assist on only 20 snaps.  He led all Redskins defenders (5 snap minimum) in tackles per opportunity (tackle rate on player snaps that don't end in an incompletion) for the second week in a row.  If he qualified, he would rank 15th in PFF overall grade and 11th in coverage grade.  Cravens leads all rookie linebackers in coverage stops and overall rating.
Cornerbacks (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 68 100%
Bashaud Breeland * 62 91%
Dashaun Philips * 46 68%
Greg Toler 4 6%
Quinton Dunbar ST Only N/A
Kendall Fuller Inactive N/A
  • Josh Norman- Josh Norman played on all 68 defensive snaps for the second game in a row and leads all Redskins in 2016 snaps.  Norman recorded five tackles (4 solo and 1 assisted), a forced fumble and a career-high three passes defended.  He was targeted three times in the game and did not allow a single reception.  Two of the targets were directed at Dez Bryant, and Norman notched a pass defense on both of them, which is exactly what happened in Week 1 when he covered Antonio Brown.  On the season, Norman has only allowed 3 receptions for 40 yards and is tied for the NFL lead with 5 passes defended.  He is the only player in the league with more passes defended than receptions allowed.  His 91.9 PFF grade against Dallas was the best in the game.  Josh Norman was also the fourth highest graded player of the week and is the second highest graded player of the 2016 season (91.6) behind only Aaron Donald (94.8).  Wow.        
  • Bashaud Breeland & Dashaun Philips- Bashaud Breeland had a team-high nine solo and ten total tackles and also defended two passes.  Unfortunately, many of those tackles occurred because he was beaten in coverage.  Breeland was flagged for defensive pass interference and allowed Dez Bryant to catch four passes for 57 yards, a week after giving up 113 yards and two touchdowns to Antonio Brown.  Dashaun Philips had four total tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.  Breeland and Philips currently rank  86th and 92nd in PFF overall rating out of 102 qualifying cornerbacks.
Safeties (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
David Bruton * 68 100%
DeAngelo Hall * 66 97%
Will Blackmon 3 4%
Deshazor Everett ST Only N/A
Duke Ihenacho ST Only N/A

  • DeAngelo Hall- DeAngelo Hall made three solo and two assisted tackles, but his 5.5% tackles per opportunity rate was the lowest among starting defensive backs in the game.  Hall also had one pass defense.  This was his 100thh career game as a Redskin.  He is only the ninth defensive back in team history to hit that number.  Per PFR, Hall is the third oldest safety to have started a game in 2016.
  • David Bruton- Bruton played on all 68 defensive snaps, which represents his second highest career snap count on record.  It was the first time that he has played on 100% of the defensive snaps.  His third most snaps came last week against Pittsburgh.  He notched his second career sack and recorded five solo and six total tackles against the Cowboys.  However, PFF is not a fan of his performance thus far this year.  Of 77 qualifying safeties, he ranks 63rd in run defense, 67th in coverage and 70th overall.  Perhaps the Redskins should consider playing him less on defense and more on special teams, where he has averaged seven total tackles since 2009 and 343 snaps since 2012.  In 2016, he has only received 14 teams snaps and has yet to record a stat with that unit.

Special Teams

Washington used 34 players on special teams over the course of 27 snaps.  Of those 34, 9 played only on special teams.  The unit consisted of 20 defenders, 11 offensive players and 3 specialists.  Nine of the 34 only played on the ST unit.  Niles Paul (17) and Ty Nsekhe (10) were the only offensive players with more than six teams snaps.  Chris Baker, DeAngelo Hall and Kedric Golston were the only defenders that did not take a special teams snap.

Special Teamers (34) Special Teamers (cont)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Houston Bates 22 81% Tress Way 7 26%
Deshazor Everett 17 63% Bashaud Breeland 6 22%
Terence Garvin 17 63% Ryan Grant 6 22%
Niles Paul 17 63% Preston Smith 6 22%
Trent Murphy 16 59% Chris Thompson 6 22%
Su'a Cravens 15 56% Vernon Davis 5 19%
Will Blackmon 14 52% Ziggy Hood 5 19%
Mason Foster 13 48% Ricky Jean Francois 5 19%
Duke Ihenacho 12 44% Cullen Jenkins 5 19%
Dustin Hopkins 11 41% Ryan Kerrigan 5 19%
Quinton Dunbar 11 41% Shawn Lavuao 5 19%
Ty Nsekhe 10 37% Spencer Long 5 19%
Greg Toler 8 30% Morgan Moses 5 19%
David Bruton 7 26% Josh Norman 5 19%
Will Compton 7 26% Brandon Scherff 5 19%
Dashaun Philips 7 26% Jamison Crowder 3 11%
Nick Sundberg 7 26% Robert Kelley 2 7%
  • Punting- Tress Way only punted twice in the game.  It was just the fourth time in his 34-game career that he has punted two or fewer times.  One of the other such occasions took place last week against Pittsburgh.  As a result, Way has punted for the lowest and the third lowest yardage totals of his career in the last two weeks.  His yards per punt averages were also his lowest and third lowest ever.  On the other hand, Way has probably done the best he can with what he's had to work with.  Two of this three 2016 punts have pinned opponents inside the 20 and the other one was returned for just seven yards.  The Redskins rank second, third and seventh in inside-the-20 percentage (67%), punt return yards allowed (7 yards) and opponent punt return average (7 yards).
  • Kicking-Dustin Hopkins hit on three field goals from 36, 29 and 22 yards away.  It was the first time in his career that he has gone 3-3 or better in consecutive games.  His six field goals this season put him in a tie for second in the NFL (the leader has 7).  Dan Bailey and Cairo Santos are the only other players with six or more field goals that have yet to miss a field goal or an extra point.  Four of Hopkins' six kickoffs went for touchbacks.  His 72.7% touchback rate ranks seventh in the league among kickers with more than seven touchbacks.
  • Kick/Punt Coverage- The Cowboys returned two kickoffs and one punt on Sunday.  Su'a Cravens and Deshazor Everett each made a solo tackle on one of those two returns and Dashaun Philips and Greg Toler combined to make the other.  Houston Bates led the team in special teams snaps for the second consecutive week.  Bates has now seen the most or the second most specials snaps on the Redskins in eight of the team's last nine games.  He had the third most snaps in the other game.  Deshazor Everett and Terence Garvin also tied for second in ST snaps again.
  • Returns- Chris Thompson and Niles Paul returned kicks for 28 and 14 yards respectively.  All three of the team's 2016 returns have been by different players (Blackmon, Thompson and Paul).  Jamison Crowder recorded a career-long punt return for the second week in a row, when he took his first return of the game for 21 yards (17-yard return in Week 1).  The Redskins 15.7 punt return average currently ranks third in the NFL.  It'd be really nice if he could find a way to take one to the house and break the team's NFL-worst drought of 122 games without a punt return touchdown (last one in Week 8 of 2008).   

*All statistics are courtesy of 4 for 4, Football Outsiders,, NFL Gamebooks, NFL GSIS, NFL Penalty Tracker, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Real Redskins,, Sharp Football Stats and Sporting Charts*