5 Observations: Defensive Snaps

Delving deeper into Pro Football Focus' snap counts, we take a look at some of the intriguing numbers behind Bill Davis' defense.

1. The Bottom Five

The five low-men in snap counts on defense: Nolan Carroll (105), Beau Allen (93), Brandon Bair (92), Marcus Smith (50), and Earl Wolff (16). Wolff's is startling, but not until you realize how much Bill Davis leans on Malcolm Jenkins (469) and Nate Allen (460). Chris Maragos doesn't have a single defensive snap.

2. Vinny Curry has four sacks in 151 snaps

That's a 2.65 percent chance that a play Curry's in on will end with him garnering a sack. Of the 151 snaps, 113 were pass rushes, increasing his sack odds to a 3.54 percent chance.

3. Brandon Boykin's 180 snaps have been recently inflated

Boykin, through three games, had played 77 downs, maxing with 29 against the Redskins. After being in on just 18 plays against the 49ers (Boykin was injured in punt coverage), the cries to use the "Boy King" more were pacified. The slot corner took part in 39 snaps against the Rams, and 46 of a possible 68 against the Giants, helping rob Eli Manning of his underneath targets.

4. Cary Williams is tied with Jenkins for most snaps played, 469

Maybe there is something to Williams' cries of exhaustion?

5. Despite playing in just two games, Mychal Kendricks has played more defensive snaps than Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho

Kendricks' 132 in two games belie his importance to the team. Matthews' 122 and Acho's 114 indicate difficulty in finding a true replacement for Kendricks' tenacity, even though Matthews has played extremely well over the prior two games.

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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