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Skins Stats & Snaps: Panthers @ Redskins (Offense)

A look at the stats and snap counts for every offensive player on the Redskins in the team’s Week 6 matchup with the Carolina Panthers

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Snaps- Jay Gruden used 18 of his 24 offensive players and one defender (Ryan Anderson) over the course of 70 snaps in Sunday’s game versus the Carolina Panthers. Of the six who did not play on offense, four were inactive (Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson, Geron Christian and Shawn Lauvao), one played exclusively on special teams (Casey Dunn) and one who was active, but did not play at all (Colt McCoy).

Points- Of the Redskins’ 23 points in the game, 17 of them came in the first 25 minutes of the game; their other six points came on two second-half field goals. The team has struggled to find the end zone in the second half of games all season long, so much so that they rank dead last in the NFL in second half points scored this season (24 points).

3rd & 4th Down- Washington faced a season-high 16 third-downs on Sunday. They were able to convert on seven of them, which was good for a 44% conversion rate.

Half of the third downs the Redskins faced were from six or more yards out, and they only moved the chains on one of those plays (21-yard completion to Richardson on 3rd-and-10). The other eight came on plays with four yards or less to go to reach the sticks and they were able to convert on six of those attempts (85.7%).

The Skins went for it twice on fourth down and moved the chains on one of those plays (50%).

Red Zone- The Redskins offense scored a touchdown on one of their two trips to the red zone against the Panthers, and half of their plays (4-of-8) in the red area were considered successful.

It should also be noted that the team’s first touchdown of the afternoon came from just outside the 20-yard line (22-yard touchdown).

Offensive Rankings- The defense has put up some very impressive numbers this season, but the offense is lagging quite far behind. Jay Gruden’s O ranks 25th in yards per game (344), 26th in yards per play (5.2), 24th in points per game (21.2) and 21st in DVOA (-5.7%).


Quarterbacks (2 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Alex Smith * 70 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%

Alex Smith (Traditional Stats)- Alex Smith completed 21 of his 36 passes against the Panthers for a season-low 163 yards, which was lowest yardage total since Week 15 of the 2016 season, when he also passed for 163 yards. You have to go back 29 games to find the last time Smith put up a lower total (127 yards in Week 8 of 2016). His 58.3% completion rate was a new season low and his pathetic YPA of 4.53 was his worst such average since 2013, his first year with the Chiefs.

Smith did toss 2 touchdown passes and didn’t throw any picks, but he was sacked on three dropbacks for the fourth time as a member of the Redskins and fumbled the ball for the second time in as many weeks and for the fifth time this year.

Alex Smith (Rushing)- He gained 14 yards on his five non-kneel down rushes and picked up a pair of first downs on QB sneaks that came on 3rd-and-1 and 4th-and-1. Alex Smith has picked up 10 chain movers on the ground so far this season, which ranks fifth among all quarterbacks.

Alex Smith (Advanced Stats)- Smith didn’t fare much better as far as the advanced stats were concerned, either. His passer rating (88.1), adjusted net yards per attempt (5.03), QBR (41.7) and PFF rating (60.9) all would have been new season lows if you excluded last week’s meltdown against the Saints.

He was especially bad when pressured. Smith completed just 4 of his 15 passes under pressure for 42 yards (39.6 passer rating). His 49.7 QB rating under pressure for the year ranks 30th out of 38 qualifying signal callers.


Wide Receivers (6 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Doctson 59 84%
Paul Richardson 52 74%
Maurice Harris 44 63%
Brian Quick * 11 16%
Michael Floyd 7 10%
Jamison Crowder Inactive N/A

Paul Richardson- Richardson performed more than admirably considering he was playing through multiple injuries. He caught three of the five targets thrown his way for 31 yards, a team-high 3 receiving first downs and a touchdown. His touchdown and his reception of 21 yards later in the game both came on third down. The 21 yarder was tied for the team’s second longest play of the game. He also rushed for 2 yards on a 1st-down play.

So far this season, P-Rich leads all Washington wideouts in targets (24), receptions (16), receiving yards (212), receiving touchdowns (2), yards from scrimmage (225), catch percentage (66.7%), yards per reception (13.3), yards per target (8.83), yards per route run (1.25) and PFF grade (66.9). In other words, he’s easily been the best wide receiver on the team in 2018.

Maurice Harris- Maurice Harris was in on 44 snaps and saw a 63% snap rate against the Panthers. This was the second time in the last two weeks that Harris has topped 40 snaps and a 60% playing-time rate, which is something he had only done once in his career prior to last week (Week 10 vs. Vikings in 2017).

Harris basically filled in for Crowder, as 19 of 28 routes came out of the slot (67.9%). Mo was targeted four times in the game and caught a career-high tying three balls for 13 yards and a first down. He also moved the chains on a 6-yard tote, on what was the first rushing attempt of his career. Harris’ 19 yards from scrimmage on Sunday represented the fourth highest total of his career.

Josh Doctson- Josh Doctson led the wideout corps in snaps (59) for the fourth time this season. He had 6 targets thrown his way (2nd most on the team) and led the team in both routes run (35) and air yards (79), yet he was only able to haul in 3 receptions for 20 yards and no first downs. He also caught a 13-yard pass that would’ve moved the chains had the play not been negated by a Trent Williams holding foul.

Doctson ranks 110th out of the 112 wide receivers in both yards per target (3.58) and yards per route run (0.48). Chad Williams (2nd year) and James Washington (rookie) are the only players with worse averages.

Brian Quick- Quick started for the first time this year and for only the second time since 2016 (Week 9 at Seahawks in 2017). He also played on over 10 snaps and 15% of the snaps in back-to-back games for the first time since joining the team.

The former second rounder caught both of his targets for a total of 12 yards. Those figures doubled his 2018 totals coming into the game (1 target, 1 reception and 6 yards). Both of Quick’s catches went for 6 yards on 3rd-and-2 plays, and represented his first chain movers since Week 16 of last year. This marked the first time that Quick caught passes in back-to-back weeks as a member of the Redskins.

His 77.9 PFF grade ranked third on the offense.

Michael Floyd- After starting and playing 9 snaps in his first game with the team last week, Michael Floyd saw his PT drop a bit on Sunday (7 snaps and 10%). Floyd was used as a blocker in the running game on four of his seven snaps and only ran three routes.

He was targeted for the first time this season when Alex Smith threw a ball 11 yards in the air on a 3rd-and-4 play on the team’s opening drive in the second half. Unfortunately, the pass was defended by James Bradberry and the Redskins turned the ball over on downs after the following play.

Jamison Crowder- Crowder missed the game with an ankle injury. This was only the second contest that Crowder has missed in his four-year career (Week 9 at Seahawks in 2017). He sounds iffy to play this week against the Cowboys, as well.

If you assume he plays in the team’s remaining 11 games and continues to match his season averages in games that he’s played in, then Crowder would finish the year with 49 receptions and 503 yards, which would be 10 receptions and 101 yards lower than his career lows for a single season.


Tight Ends (3 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Jordan Reed * 47 67%
Vernon Davis * 36 51%
Jeremy Sprinkle * 21 30%

Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis started for the fourth straight game and played on over half of the offensive snaps for the second time this season (51%).

On the first play of the Redskins’ second drive and their fourth play of the game, Davis caught a 22-yard touchdown pass, his first of the year, from Alex Smith to give the team a 7-0 lead. This was the first touchdown Smith had thrown to Davis since Week 3 of the 2012 season (2,212 days ago). The first TD they ever connected on was scored over 12 years ago (4,417 days ago). No two players have ever had a longer gap between their first passing TD connections on different teams. The duo has combined for 31 career scores, the third most by an active QB-TE pairing.

This was Davis’ 61st career touchdown reception, which moved him past Jerry Smith, who was one of the best tight ends in team history, for seventh all-time on the career TD list by a tight end. VD is now two scores away from passing Shannon Sharpe and moving into sixth place. His 557 receptions and 7,221 yards rank ninth and tenth at the position all-time.

In Sunday’s matchup with the Panthers, Davis tied his season highs in targets (3) and first downs (2). He set new 2018 marks in receptions (3) and air yards (46). He finished the game with 48 receiving yards, which marks the 18th time he has gone for over 40 yards in his 37 games as a member of the Redskins (48.6%).

Davis’ 22-yard TD and his 21-yard chain mover on a 3rd-and-1 of the team’s other touchdown drive were the Skins’ two longest plays of the game.

Jordan Reed- It looks like the Redskins may have finally decided to start using Jordan Reed more. The six-year pro set new season highs in snaps (47), snap percentage (67%) and targets (9), which was also a team high.

Reed only produced 38 yards - his second lowest total of the year - but he did haul in two first downs on his team-best 5 receptions in the game.

Four of his nine targets came on third down. He caught two of them, one of which went for a first down and another that set the team up for a 1-yard conversion on a fourth-down QB sneak. The Redskins ended up scoring on both drives Reed caught a third-down pass on.

Reed was very inefficient in this game, with yards-per-reception (7.2) and yards-per-target (4.0) figures that ranked 12th and 5th worst, respectively, in his 57-game career. However, it should be noted, just getting him on the field and targeting him more pays dividends for the other pass catchers on the team. Reed was essentially used as a decoy on both of Alex Smith’s touchdown passes.

Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle saw his snap count jump from 11 last week to 21 on Sunday. As we’ve discussed in this space before though, this happened because the Redskins won and were able to run the ball more. He is averaging 12 snaps and an 18% snap rate when Washington loses and 26.3 snaps and a 37% playing-time clip when they win, which means he plays twice as much when the team wins.

Sprinkle also made one of the biggest plays of his career when he recovered a fumble (1st career) on the Panthers’ first punt return of the game. The recovery set the offense up at the 22-yard line. Vernon Davis scored on the first play of the ensuing drive and the Redskins never relinquished their lead.


Running Backs (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Adrian Peterson * 37 53%
Kapri Bibbs 26 37%
Samaje Perine 8 11%
Ryan Anderson 1 1%
Chris Thompson Inactive N/A

Adrian Peterson- A battered and bruised Adrian Peterson put the Redskins offense on his back and willed the team to a win. AP ran the rock 17 times for 97 yards, 4 first downs and a 5.7 average, which was his fourth highest YPC since 2013.

Peterson only lost yardage on a single rush, gained 5-plus yards on nearly half of his carries (8-of-17) and had a success rate that was just shy of 60% (58.8%). He broke 3 tackles in the running game and averaged a very strong 3.94 yards after contact per attempt.

He was unable to corral his only target of the day. This was the second time in the team’s last three contests that Peterson did not catch any passes.

His 79.0 PFF grade for the game ranked second on the team and first on the offense.

All Day has now rushed for at least 95 yards in three games this year and is just one of five players who have accomplished that feat this season. The others are Todd Gurley (3), James Conner (3), Ezekiel Elliott (3) and Sony Michel (3).

Kapri Bibbs- Kapri Bibbs played on offense for the third time in as many games since being called up from the practice squad. With Chris Thompson out, Bibbs role was expanded and he played on a season-high 26 snaps, which is 12 snaps more than his total coming into this week.

He took his two carries for 11 yards on gains of 8 and 3 (5.5 YPC) and caught 1-of-2 targets for 6 yards. Only the 8-yard rush went down as a successful play.

Samaje Perine- Perine, who played in all 16 games and made 8 starts last season, was active for the first time in 2018. He played 8 snaps and finished his day with zero yards from scrimmage; the second-year back gained 3 yards on a rush and negated that gain with a 3-yard loss on a screen pass.

Ryan Anderson- Anderson operated as the team’s fullback for the third straight game and for the fourth time this season and has already matched his offensive snap total from last season (6).

Anderson’s only offensive appearance on Sunday was on a QB sneak on 3rd-and-1 that gained 2 yards.

Ryan Anderson is basically the Redskins’ de facto fullback. No other player on the roster has taken more snaps at the position this year than he has.

Chris Thompson- Thompson missed the game with rib and knee injuries. This was the first game he has missed this season, but this is not a new trend for the skilled third-down back. CT has only played in more than 13 games and received over 350 offensive snaps once in his career (2016).

Even with the missed game, Thompson is somehow still first or tied for first on the team in targets (31), receptions (26) and receiving first downs (10).

Redskins Rushing- The Skins’ rushing attack gained 132 yards on 28 carries and posted a 4.7 YPC average, which is just 0.03 yards below the season high the team set in Week 3 against the Packers.

Redskins runners only failed to gain two or more yards on one non-kneel down carry (3.7%), while they gained at least 5 yards on 11 rushes (41%) and took 3 runs for at least 10 yards (11%).

The team also put very impressive rushing success rate (56%) and yards-after-contact per attempt (3.36) numbers.


Offensive Linemen (9 players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Tony Bergstrom * 70 100%
Morgan Moses * 70 100%
Chase Roullier * 70 100%
Brandon Scherff * 70 100%
Trent Williams * 70 100%
Ty Nsekhe 1 1%
Casey Dunn ST Only 0%
Geron Christian Inactive N/A
Shawn Lauvao Inactive N/A

Offensive Line (Team)- Alex Smith was sacked three times against the Panthers, which marks the fourth time in the team’s five games that he has been thrice sacked. Only the Texans, Packers and Browns have given up three-plus sacks in more games this season, and none of those teams have had a bye week yet like the Redskins have.

The line also gave up a couple of hits and was primarily responsible for Smith being pressured on a whopping 48.8% of his dropbacks, which was the third highest pressure rate against a QB in Week 6.

The line did, however, pave the way for the Skins to rush for 132 yards and a 4.7-yard clip. The offense only lost yardage on one non-kneel down rush and picked up first downs on all five of their runs within 4 yards of the line to gain.

Trent Williams- Trent Williams’ struggles continued in this one. He allowed a team-and season-high 5 pressures (all hurries) and committed a holding penalty which negated a 13-yard first-down reception by Josh Doctson and stalled a 2nd-quarter drive.

This marked the first time Williams allowed 5 or more pressures since the 2014 season. He had also only given up more than 3 pressures in a game once in that span. Only five players have committed more accepted penalties than he has this season (5).

His PFF grade for Sunday’s performance was a lowly 56.2, which was his lowest rating since 2013 (55.3 in a Week 3 game against Detroit).

Williams did, at least, partially salvage his day with a huge fumble recovery and return. After Morgan Moses allowed Julius Peppers to get a strip-sack on third down, Williams recovered the ball 6 yards behind the line of scrimmage and ran it 8 yards for a gain of 2.

That was just enough to give Dustin Hopkins a shot at making a career-long 56-yard field goal. Hopkins surprisingly made the kick, which forced the Panthers to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal on their final drive.

The recovery was only the second of Williams’ career. This marked the first time in his career that he gained offensive yardage.

Chase Roullier- With Shawn Lauvao still on the mend, Chase Roullier manned the left guard spot for the team’s third straight contest. Unfortunately, he gave up a career-high 4 pressures (all hurries). He only allowed more than 2 pressures in a game once before Sunday (3 vs. Vikings in Week 10 of last season).

Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom easily played his worst game of the year on Sunday. The veteran center tied Trent Williams for the most pressures allowed (5) and gave up a team-worst 2 QB hits.

Prior to Sunday, Bergstrom had never surrendered more than 3 pressures in a single game. His 5 pressures against Carolina actually matched his entire total from last season, which is kind of crazy, considering he took 225 snaps with the offense in 2017.

His 49.3 PFF grade for the game ranked second worst on the team and dead last on the offense. Justin Britt and Spencer Long (oh, hey!) were the only centers who received lower marks in Week 6. Bergstrom is the sixth oldest player to start for a team at the pivot this season.

Brandon Scherff- Brandon Scherff was already banged up coming into the game and went down with an injury after a failed 4th-down play on Sunday. Nevertheless, he toughed it out and played on all 70 offensive snaps.

And on top of that, Scherff was the only starting offensive lineman on the team who did not allow a single pressure, the other four allowed at least two QB disruptions a piece.

So far this year, the former top-5 pick has only missed four snaps, has yet to commit a single penalty and has allowed fewer pressures (6) than any other OL on the team who has started in at least one contest. A third-straight Pro Bowl could definitely be in the cards if he can keep this up.

Morgan Moses- On the same 4th-quarter drive, Moses committed a holding penalty that negated a 15-yard Adrian Peterson run and got beat by Julius Peppers for a sack-fumble of Alex Smith on a third down inside Panthers’ territory. Luckily for him, Moses was, at least somewhat, bailed out by Trent Williams and Dustin Hopkins on the drive. The fifth-year vet also surrendered a hurry against Carolina.

The aforementioned penalty was only Moses’ second of the year, but it was the third time that he had allowed a sack, and the second in the team’s last two games. Morgan Moses has given up three sacks this season and is the only player on the team who allowed more than one.

Ty Nsekhe- Nsekhe’s only snap of the game came on Alex Smith’s successful 3rd-and-1 QB sneak on the team’s final scoring drive of the day (56-yard field goal).

Casey Dunn- The 24-year-old rookie was active for the third consecutive week. He only played on special teams for the second time, but that’s an improvement over the zero overall snaps he played against the Saints.

Shawn Lauvao- Starting left guard, Shawn Lauvao, missed his third straight game with a bad calf. Lauvao, who turns 31 next week, is eighth oldest guard to start in a game this season.

Geron Christian- Christian found himself on the inactive list for the fifth time in the team’s five games this season.

Only two of the other offensive linemen who were drafted in the first 125 picks of the 2018 draft have not appeared in a game this season. The other two are Alex Cappa (94th overall pick) and Isaiah Wynn, who was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season.

All but one of the other 18 O-linemen drafted within the top 125 picks this year have played in at least four games this season; Billy Price has missed three games with a foot injury (2 GP).


Offense (25 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap % Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Tony Bergstrom * 70 100% Jeremy Sprinkle * 21 30%
Morgan Moses * 70 100% Brian Quick * 11 16%
Chase Roullier * 70 100% Samaje Perine 8 11%
Brandon Scherff * 70 100% Michael Floyd 7 10%
Alex Smith * 70 100% Ryan Anderson 1 1%
Trent Williams * 70 100% Ty Nsekhe 1 1%
Josh Doctson 59 84% Colt McCoy 0 0%
Paul Richardson 52 74% Casey Dunn ST Only 0%
Jordan Reed * 47 67% Geron Christian Inactive N/A
Maurice Harris 44 63% Jamison Crowder Inactive N/A
Adrian Peterson * 37 53% Shawn Lauvao Inactive N/A
Vernon Davis * 36 51% Chris Thompson Inactive N/A
Kapri Bibbs 26 37%

*All statistics are courtesy of Air Yards, ESPN, NBC Sports,, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference,, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*


Will Vernon Davis end up in the Hall of Fame?

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  • 6%
    Absolutely Not
    (11 votes)
  • 28%
    Very unlikely, but not impossible
    (51 votes)
  • 33%
    Close, but no cigar, he’ll only end up in the Hall of Very Good
    (61 votes)
  • 21%
    Possibly, but he has more work to do
    (39 votes)
  • 10%
    Definitely, he’s already one of the best tight ends of all time
    (20 votes)
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