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Skins Snaps & Stats: 2016 Season Review

A look back at the snap counts and stats for every player on the Redskins in the 2016 season

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The season sadly came to an end last Sunday night against the New York Giants.  There is obviously a lot of work for this team to do in the coming months; but before I dive into full-on offseason mode, I wanted to take one more look back at the playing time and stats for the 2016 team.

This time around we'll be examining the season-long snap counts and stats for the players.  I've also included some information about each Redskins' offseason status, so we can all begin to consider where the team stands with some of their most heavily utilized and important players.

The tables are little different this week, so here is a brief explanation of what some of the column headers mean:

GP/GS- The number of games played and games started by the player.

Snaps- The total number of offensive or defensive snaps that the player recorded in 2016.

Snap %- This is the player's 2016 snap percentage on offense or defense for all games and not just the games in which they were active.

ST Snaps- The number of special teams snaps the player received, followed by their special teams snap percentage in parenthesis.

PFF Rank- The player's ranking at their respective position by Pro Football Focus.  Rankings are only provided for players that saw enough snaps to qualify.

2017 Age- The player's age on 9/1/2017.

Status- This describes when the player hits free agency and what type of free agent (unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights or fifth year option) they will become in that year.  If no year is listed then the player is scheduled to hit free agency this offseason.

17 Cap- The player's 2017 cap hit per Over the Cap.

Savings- The 2017 cap savings that the Redskins can realize by cutting the player prior to June 1st.

OFFENSE

Week Offensive Snaps
Week 1 (Pit) 58
Week 2 (Dal) 67
Week 3 (@NYG) 71
Week 4 (Cle) 62
Week 5 (@Bal) 66
Week 6 (Phi) 74
Week 7 (@Det) 73
Week 8 (@Cin) 91
Bye -
Week 10 (Min) 63
Week 11 (GB) 68
Week 12 (@Dal) 75
Week 13 (@Arz) 60
Week 14 (@Phi) 48
Week 15 (Car) 65
Week 16 (@Chi) 67
Week 17 (NYG) 55
TOTAL 1063

Snaps- Sean McVay's offense was on the field for a total of 1,063 snaps during the 2016 NFL regular season.  On those snaps, 26 of the 34 offensive players that were under contract for the team saw action.  Of the eight that did not see time on offense, three were injured (Reggie Diggs, Keith Marshall and Kevin Bowen) or suspended (Silas Redd) before the season began, three were never active for the Redskins this season (Nate Sudfeld, Austin Reiter and Blaine Clausell) and one was active for every Washington game and still did not receive a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy).

Quarterbacks (3)
Player GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Kirk Cousins 16/16 1,063 100% 0 (0%) 8 of 36 29.03 UFA ??? N/A
Colt McCoy 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 30.98 2019 UFA $3.6M $2.4M
Nate Sudfeld 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 23.90 2020 UFA $574K $471K

I am Iron Man- Kirk Cousins did not miss a single snap this season and led the Washington Redskins in offensive/defensive snaps.  He was one of thirty-one men to play on 100% of his team's 2016 offensive or defensive snaps, and 23 of the 31 were offensive linemen.  The other seven non-linemen to accomplish this feat were Drew Brees, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Eli Manning, Reggie Nelson, Alec Olgetree, Glover Quinn and Matthew Stafford.  Only 39 players took more offensive and/or defensive snaps than Cousins did this year.

Cousins played in 100% of 15 of last season's 17 games (including playoffs), with his only time off coming in a 34-point blowout against the Saints and a meaningless Week 17 game against the Cowboys.  Durability is a very important quality to have in the NFL, and Kirk Cousins has got it in spades.

Wide Receivers (8)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Pierre Garcon * 16/16 808 76% 2 (1%) 8 of 119 31.06 UFA N/A N/A
Jamison Crowder * 16/9 783 74% 67 (15%) 66 of 119 24.2 2019 UFA $751K $479K
DeSean Jackson * 15/15 707 67% 0 (0%) 36 of 119 30.8 UFA N/A N/A
Ryan Grant 16/1 271 26% 163 (37%) N/A 26.7 2018 UFA $743K $690K
Maurice Harris 10/0 131 12% 62 (14%) N/A 24.8 2019 RFA $540K $540K
Josh Doctson 2/0 31 3% 0 (0%) N/A 24.7 2020 5YO $2.3M ($5.3M)
Rashad Ross 4/0 21 2% 3 (1%) N/A 27.6 Lions N/A N/A
Reggie Diggs IR IR IR IR N/A 24.3 2019 UFA $465K $465K

Pierre Garcon- Pierre Garcon, who also saw exactly 808 snaps in 2015, led all Skins wide receivers in snaps this year, despite only being ranked 37th in snaps among all NFL wideouts.  He also led the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, first downs and yards from scrimmage.

DeSean Doing More with Less- Julio Jones (706), Kenny Britt (787 snaps) and DeSean Jackson (707) were the only players to go for over 1,000 receiving yards on the season while playing on fewer than 800 snaps.  Jackson played 80 fewer snaps than Britt did, but outgained him by three yards.  Among those players ranked in the top 30 in receiving yards this year, only Julio Jones (2.0), A.J. Green (1.74) and T.Y. Hilton (1.53) averaged more yards per snap than DeSean Jackson did (1.42).  It's too bad Jackson has not been able to top 755 snaps once as a Redskin.

Crowder leading the Way- Jamison Crowder led all Washington backs and receivers in total snaps (850 offensive and special teams snaps), all-purpose yards (1,173) and total touchdowns (8).

Lost Rookie Season- First-round pick Josh Doctson played just 31 snaps this season, which is less than half of the average number of snaps that the Redskins offense recorded each week.

Tight Ends (4)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Vernon Davis * 16/14 674 63% 8 (2%) 20 of 67 33.6 UFA N/A N/A
Jordan Reed 12/8 567 53% 0 (0%) 6 of 67 27.2 2022 UFA $11M ($5.2M)
Niles Paul 8/1 112 10% 135 (30%) N/A 28.1 2018 UFA $2.3M $2M
Derek Carrier 8/0 80 8% 82 (18%) N/A 27.1 2018 UFA $1.1M $1.1M

Old & Tough vs. Young & Fragile- It might surprise some to know that Vernon Davis was the Redskins starting and primary tight end in 2016.  Davis played 4 more games and over 100 more snaps than Reed did; he also got 6 more starts.  Of Course, this had a lot to do with Reed's injuries.  When active, Reed's snap percentage (72%) was nearly ten percent higher than Davis' was.

Reed still has a lot of work to do in terms of learning how to take care of his body, because even with all of his injuries this year, his 567 snaps were the second most of his career in a single season (career high of 702 in 2015).

Running Backs (7)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Chris Thompson 16/0 489 46% 83 (19%) 49 of 69 26.7 RFA N/A N/A
Robert Kelley * 15/9 343 32% 37 (8%) 26 of 69 24.9 2019 UFA $540K $540K
Matt Jones 7/7 221 21% 0 (0%) N/A 24.5 2019 UFA $789K $489K
Mack Brown 0/0 17 2% 91 (21%) N/A 25.9 2018 ERFA $540K $540K
Houston Bates 14/0 5 0.5% 293 (66%) N/A 26.7 2018 RFA $615K $615K
Keith Marshall IR IR IR IR N/A 23.5 2020 UFA $736K $720K
Silas Redd Susp. Susp. Susp. Susp. N/A 25.5 No Team N/A N/A

Redskins Running Back Roulette- Three Redskins running backs (Kelley, Thompson and Jones) played over 200 snaps in 2016, and each of them gaining over 500 yards from scrimmage.  Meanwhile, there were 14 teams in the league that didn't even have two 500-yard running backs.  The Raiders were the only other club with three of them (Murray, Richard and Washington).

I think the Redskins success in this regard probably speaks more to how good the offensive line is and to their lack of talent at running back.  In other words, if they had one great running back producing then they wouldn't need three of them to do it.  This is the only position group on the offense that did not have a top-8 graded player (or a top-25 graded player, for that matter) by Pro Football Focus.

Houston Bates the Fullback- Houston Bates was not counted as a running back, but he is listed here because he was in as a fullback for five plays this season.

Offensive Linemen (13)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Brandon Scherff * 16/16 1,047 99% 70 (16%) 20 of 74 25.7 2019 5YO $5.8M ($6.8M)
Morgan Moses * 16/16 1,021 96% 57 (13%) 17 of 81 26.5 2018 UFA $984K $810K
Shawn Lauvao * 14/14 916 86% 69 (16%) 60 of 74 29.9 2018 UFA $5M $4M
Spencer Long * 15/12 807 76% 68 (15%) 22 of 40 26.8 2018 UFA $853K $700K
Trent Williams * 12/12 796 75% 3 (1%) 1 of 81 29.1 2021 UFA $15.2M $2.1M
Ty Nsekhe 16/4 388 37% 113 (26%) 37 of 81 31.8 RFA N/A N/A
Korey Lichtensteiger 3/3 159 15% 0 (0%) N/A 32.4 2018 UFA $4.1M $3.5M
Arie Koundijo 5/2 128 12% 23 (5%) N/A 25.4 2019 UFA $745K $485K
John Sullivan 13/1 98 9% 67 (15%) N/A 32.1 UFA N/A N/A
Vinston Painter 5/0 10 1% 28 (6%) N/A 27.9 ERFA N/A N/A
Austin Reiter 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 25.8 Browns N/A N/A
Blaine Clausell 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 25.6 Panthers N/A N/A
Kevin Bowen IR IR IR IR N/A 24.2 2019 UFA $540K $540K

Trent Williams- I will remind you one more time, that Trent Williams was the PFF's highest graded offensive lineman and fifth highest graded offensive player (behind only Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Mike Evans) in the game this season.

Brandon Scherff- After only missing one snap all of last year, Brandon Scherff sat out for just 16 plays in 2016.  He has been in on every snap in 30 of his 33 career games (including playoffs).  Scherff played the third most offensive and/or defensive snaps on the team this year, the second most offensive snaps and the second most total snaps (1,117 offensive and special teams plays).

Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses saw the third most snaps on the offense and the fourth most on the team.  He was one of just four players to log over 1,000 snaps for the Redskins in the 2016 campaign.

Cuts Coming- The team's biggest cost savings in terms of offseason cuts should definitely come from the offensive line.  They can save $7.5M by parting ways with backup Korey Lichtensteiger and weak-link Shawn Lauvao, both of whom will be over 30-years old by the end of next season.

DEFENSE

Week Defensive Snaps
Week 1 (Pit) 68
Week 2 (Dal) 68
Week 3 (@NYG) 67
Week 4 (Cle) 72
Week 5 (@Bal) 71
Week 6 (Phi) 52
Week 7 (@Det) 53
Week 8 (@Cin) 88
Bye -
Week 10 (Min) 67
Week 11 (GB) 68
Week 12 (@Dal) 56
Week 13 (@Arz) 76
Week 14 (@Phi) 78
Week 15 (Car) 73
Week 16 (@Chi) 69
Week 17 (NYG) 72
TOTAL 1098

New Defensive Coordinator Stats- So I know I said this would be more about reflecting on last season than looking ahead to the next one, but the search for the new defensive coordinator was too tempting for me to pass up.  Anyways, I wanted to see which candidate with coordinator or head coaching experience (this excludes Steve Wilks) has had the best career ranking stats.  The other names tied to the Redskins besides Wilks are Gus Bradley, Mike Pettine and current OLB coach Greg Manusky.  Wade Philips is a dark horse, but I chose not to include him A) because it seems unlikely that he leave Denver for a team that spurned him the last go around and B) I'm pretty positive he would have the best numbers.

DC Average Ranks Yards Points DVOA Average
Mike Pettine 11.0 15.0 8.7 11.6
Greg Manusky 18.3 17.7 17.4 17.8
Gus Bradley 17.6 20.4 18.6 18.9

Pettine has the best average yardage, points, DVOA and average (yes, this is an average of averages) rankings of the group.  If you take away has time as the Browns head coach (2014-2015) then the rankings jump to 5.4, 13.4, 4.2 and 7.6 respectively.  If you do the same with Gus Bradley's four years with the Jaguars, the only average ranking that significantly moves for him is points (20.4 to 14.5).  Mike Pettine has clearly had the most success of any of the Redskins' top defensive coordinator candidates.

Defensive Linemen (10)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Chris Baker * 16/16 783 71% 0 (0%) 19 of 125 29.9 UFA N/A N/A
Ziggy Hood * 16/14 661 60% 100 (23%) 118 of 125 30.5 UFA N/A N/A
Ricky Jean Francois 16/6 442 40% 95 (21%) 44 of 125 30.8 2018 UFA $4M $3M
Cullen Jenkins 15/0 308 28% 69 (16%) 48 of 125 36.6 UFA N/A N/A
Matt Ioannidis 10/0 102 9% 86 (19%) N/A 23.6 2020 UFA $540K $540K
Anthony Lanier 4/0 48 4% 41 (9%) N/A 24.3 2019 UFA $540K $540K
Kendall Reyes 2/0 37 3% 6 (1%) N/A 27.9 Chiefs N/A N/A
Kedric Golston 2/2 29 3% 10 (2%) N/A 34.3 UFA N/A N/A
A.J. Francis 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 27.3 Futures N/A N/A
Jordan Hill 0/0 0 0% 0 (0%) N/A 26.6 Jaguars N/A N/A

Indefensible Line- Four of Washington's five most heavily utilized defensive linemen in terms of snaps and starts are free agents.  Every defensive linemen that started a game or played on more than 102 defensive snaps in 2016 will be 30 or older by the end of next season.  The team currently only has $6.1M allocated to the entire position group for next year.

A changing of the guard might be just what this group needs though.  Other than Chris Baker, there were no truly productive players on this unit.  The seven other DL that played this season combined for just 4 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and 1 forced fumble.  Those numbers would rank 51st, 50th and 34th among individual defensive lineman.  And the 1,627 snaps those seven players combined for are 500 more than any single defensive player took in 2016.

Outside Linebackers (6)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Ryan Kerrigan * 16/16 788 72% 71 (16%) 21 of 109 29.0 2021 UFA $11.7M $2.1M
Preston Smith * 16/16 768 70% 86 (19%) 76 of 109 24.8 2019 UFA $1.6M $345K
Trent Murphy 16/0 675 61% 153 (34%) 24 of 109 26.7 2018 UFA $1.4M $1M
Houston Bates 14/0 23 2% 293 (66%) N/A 26.7 2018 RFA $615K $615K
Lynden Trail 2/0 9 1% 10 (2%) N/A 26.5 2019 ERFA $465K $465K
Junior Galette IR IR IR IR N/A 29.4 UFA N/A N/A

Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan registered 11 sacks and earned a pro bowl bid, despite playing a career low snap total and percentage.  He had never played fewer than 889 snaps and on 84% of the snapsuntil this year, when those numbers fell all the way down to 788 and 72%.  Kerrigan still recorded the third most defensive snaps on the team.  He has ranked in the top three on the Redskins in defensive snaps in each of his six years in the league.

Smith & Murphy- Preston Smith took a step back as an NFL sophomore, while Trent Murphy took a big leap forward in his third year.  Murphy doubled up on Smith's sack (9 to 4.5) and hit totals (24 to 12), while playing on 98 fewer snaps.

Houston Bates the Special Teamer- Bates led the team in special teams snaps this season and in all 14 games that he played in this year.

Continuity is Key- Not a single member of this unit will turn 30 or older next season.  The only free agent of the bunch is Junior Galette, who has already said that he will be back with the team in 2017.

Inside Linebackers (8)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Will Compton * 15/15 938 85% 97 (22%) 73 of 88 27.9 RFA N/A N/A
Mason Foster * 16/13 769 70% 174 (39%) 10 of 88 28.5 2018 UFA $1.4M $1.2M
Su'a Cravens 11/3 297 27% 120 (27%) 29 of 88 22.2 2020 UFA $1M ($711K)
Martrell Spaight 14/1 148 14% 219 (49%) N/A 24.1 2019 UFA $674K $556K
Terence Garvin 16/0 57 5% 285 (64%) N/A 26.7 UFA N/A N/A
Zach Vigil 2/0 1 0% 37 (8%) N/A 26.4 2018 RFA $615K $615K
Nick Moody 1/0 0 0% 24 (5%) N/A 27.6 No Team N/A N/A
Steven Daniels IR IR IR IR N/A 24.7 2020 UFA $739K $720K

Will Compton- Will Compton led the inside backers in snaps and ranked second among all Redskins defenders in snaps and total snaps.

Mason Foster- Despite recording over 150 less defensive snaps than Will Compton, Mason Foster bested Compton by 19 total and 28 solo tackles.  Foster also had three more hits and four more TFLs.  He led the team in both solo and total tackles.  Foster had the 10th highest PFF grade at the position, while Compton ranked 73rd out of 88 qualifiers.

Su'a Cravens- Promising rookie, Su'a Cravens, was one of just 15 first-year players in franchise history start a game in his age-21 season (Kendall Fuller is another).  In fact, at 21 years and 87 days old, he was the second youngest player in recorded Redskins history to make his first start for the team (Week 4 at Cleveland).  However, he got just under 300 snaps and was in on just 27% of the defensive snaps in his rookie campaign in the league.  Even if you exclude the games in which he was inactive and his final game played (injured after 2 snaps against the Eagles), Cravens still was only in on 43% of the snaps.  That is still too low of a number for a player as talented as he is.

Special Teams Aces- Terence Garvin and Martrell Spaight recorded the second and fourth most special teams snaps on the team during the 2016 season.  They also finished first and second in total specials tackles, with Spaight recording ten of them and Garvin collecting eight.  Garvin is the only unrestricted free agent in this group.

Cornerbacks (6)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Josh Norman * 16/16 1059 96% 70 (16%) 24 of 120 29.7 2021 UFA $20M ($8.5M)
Bashaud Breeland * 14/14 765 70% 106 (24%) 89 of 120 25.6 2018 UFA $810K $688K
Kendall Fuller 13/6 478 44% 96 (22%) 100 of 120 22.5 2020 UFA $737K $198K
Quinton Dunbar 14/2 300 27% 159 (36%) 89 of 120 25.1 2018 RFA $615K $615K
Greg Toler 16/2 254 23% 121 (28%) N/A 32.7 UFA N/A N/A
Dashaun Philips 5/2 148 13% 60 (14%) N/A 26.7 2018 RFA $615K $615K

Josh Norman- Norman led the team in defensive and total snaps (1,129).  He played on 100% of the snaps in 11 games and on over 90% of them in 14 contests.  His $20M cap hit is the highest currently on the books for 2017, and so far he's been worth it.  Per PFF, he broke up or intercepted a league-high 20 percent of his targets this past season.  He does need to work on following the rules, though.  Norman's 19 penalties are tied for the second most by any player in the last eight years (Brandon Browner had 24 in 2015).

Bashaud Breeland- After a horrendous start to the year that saw him allow 190 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first two games, Bashaud Breeland bounced back in a big way after the Week 9 bye.  By my count, from Weeks 10-17 he never allowed more than 70 yards receiving in a game, gave up fewer than 35 in at least five of those games, only allowed one touchdown, defended eight passes and recorded two interceptions.

Kendall Fuller and Rookie Snaps- Fuller led all Skins rookies in snaps (478) and total snaps (574) this season.  The 2016 draft class combined for just 908 snaps and 302 special teams snaps.  That's pretty disappointing considering that last year's class numbers were 3,257 snaps and 568 specials snaps.

Safeties (7)
Player (* - Starter) GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps PFF Rank 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Duke Ihenacho 15/10 636 58% 181 (40%) 79 of 91 28.2 UFA N/A N/A
Will Blackmon 15/6 573 52% 95 (21%) 39 of 91 32.8 2018 UFA $1.1M $1M
Donte Whitner 11/9 566 51% 11 (2%) 78 of 91 32.1 UFA N/A N/A
David Bruton 4/4 234 21% 32 (7%) N/A 30.1 No Team N/A N/A
DeAngelo Hall 3/3 166 15% 1 (0%) N/A 33.8 2018 UFA $5.1M $4.3M
Deshazor Everett 16/0 38 3% 282 (64%) N/A 25.5 2018 RFA $615K $615K
Josh Evans 2/0 0 0% 24 (5%) N/A 26.2 2018 UFA $775K $775K

Duke Ihenacho- Duke Ihenacho only started ten games, but still led all Redskins safeties in snaps.  Ihenacho also led the group in missed tackles.  In fact, his 15 whiffs were the second most by a defensive back in the league.  He is the only safety still on the team that got over 100 defensive snaps and that is not already at least 32.

No Safety in Numbers- Every player on this unit is scheduled to hit free agency by the end of next season.  But like the defensive line, maybe that wouldn't be so bad.  The group combined for just two interceptions and nine passes defended and their highest PFF ranking by an individual player was 39th (Will Blackmon).

Special Teams Aces Part Deux- Deshazor Everett led the team with eight solo special tackles.  He and Duke Ihenacho saw the third and fifth most special teams snaps for Washington.  Ihenacho chipped in with five solo and two assisted special stops.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Week ST Snaps
Week 1 (Pit) 25
Week 2 (Dal) 27
Week 3 (@NYG) 33
Week 4 (Cle) 23
Week 5 (@Bal) 28
Week 6 (Phi) 30
Week 7 (@Det) 22
Week 8 (@Cin) 32
Bye -
Week 10 (Min) 26
Week 11 (GB) 29
Week 12 (@Dal) 29
Week 13 (@Arz) 28
Week 14 (@Phi) 25
Week 15 (Car) 35
Week 16 (@Chi) 27
Week 17 (NYG) 28
TOTAL 447

Not-So-Special Rankings- After finishing in the top ten of Football Outsiders special teams DVOA metric for the first time in ten years last season (6th), the Redskins fell back into mediocrity and came in 14th (-1.7%).

Specialist (4)
Player GP/GS Snaps Snap % ST Snaps ST % 2017 Age Status 17 Cap Savings
Dustin Hopkins 16/0 0 0% 173 39% 26.9 2018 UFA $690K $690K
Tress Way 16/0 0 0% 132 30% 27.4 2021 UFA $1.5M $500K
Nick Sundberg 14/0 0 0% 117 26% 30.1 UFA N/A N/A
Rick Lovato 2/0 0 0% 15 3% 25.0 Eagles N/A N/A

Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins led all Washington specialists with 173 special teams snaps.  Unfortunately, Hopkins production took a nosedive after a strong start to the year.  He missed 11 combined field goals and extra points, tied for the most by a Redskins kicker since 1993.

That's all I got.  I hope you enjoyed the final edition of Skins Snaps and Stats for the 2016 season.  Hail to the Redskins!

*All statistics are courtesy of CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, NFL Penalties, Over the Cap, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Real Redskins, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats, Sporting Charts, Team Rankings and The Washington Post*