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Breaking Down the Carolina Panthers' Playtime Percentages for Week 13

The Carolina Panthers had a couple of new players to work onto the field with one returning from injury and one being a free agent signing earlier in the week. This is the Panthers' playtime percentages for Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints

OFFENSE

Name

Position

Snaps

Percentage

Michael Oher OT 81 100%
Mike Remmers OT 81 100%
Cam Newton QB 81 100%
Ryan Kalil C 81 100%
Trai Turner OG 81 100%
Greg Olsen TE 81 100%
Andrew Norwell OG 81 100%
Jonathan Stewart RB 63 78%
Philly Brown WR 61 75%
Ted Ginn WR 53 65%
Ed Dickson TE 48 59%
Mike Tolbert FB 31 38%
Jerricho Cotchery WR 27 33%
Devin Funchess WR 26 32%
Daryl Williams OT 8 10%
Fozzy Whittaker RB 4 5%
Scott Simonson TE 3 4%

Notes

  • The Carolina Panthers got wide receiver Philly Brown back this week after he missed a couple of games with a shoulder injury. Entering this game there was some questions about how the snaps would break down between Brown and rookie Devin Funchess, who has played well in his absence. The coaching staff clearly has faith in the second year wide receiver as he played 61 snaps to Funchess' 26. However, even though Brown had more than double the snaps he didn't produce any better with only two receptions for 7 yards while Funchess had one reception for 13 yards but it was for a touchdown. 
  • The offense continues to utilize a big formation, playing almost 10% of their snaps against the Saints with six offensive linemen using rookie Daryl Williams as a third offensive tackle. He played eight snaps against the Saints which has been the norm the past few weeks with Williams playing six snaps the week before and eight snaps in Week 11.

DEFENSE

Name

Position

Snaps

Percentage

Bene Benwikere CB 61 100%
Kurt Coleman FS 61 100%
Thomas Davis LB 61 100%
Luke Kuechly LB 61 100%
Josh Norman CB 61 100%
Roman Harper SS 61 100%
Charles Johnson DE 51 84%
Kawann Short DT 49 80%
Jared Allen DE 44 72%
Star Lotulelei DT 32 52%
Cortland Finnegan CB 30 49%
Dwan Edwards DT 28 46%
Shaq Thompson LB 21 34%
Ryan Delaire DE 17 28%
Kony Ealy DE 12 20%
Kyle Love DT 11 18%
Colin Jones FS 9 15%
A.J. Klein LB 1 2%

Notes

  • The Panthers signed free agent Cortland Finnegan on Monday and while he was expected to play some, it was surprising to see him play as much as he did especially considering he hadn't played any football since the end of the 2014 season. He looks to have already passed Colin Jones on the depth chart playing 30 snaps compared to Jones nine.
  • Another player who looks to have gained a place in this defense is rookie Shaq Thompson who played 21 snaps and is well ahead of A.J. Klein's one snap. Klein is certainly valuable to this defense and if the need arises could step in at any position, which he proved earlier in the season replacing Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker. However, going forward it looks to be that Thompson will be the starting linebacker along with Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
  • The biggest surprise on Sunday though had to be how little defensive end Kony Ealy played, especially entering the game with a sack in five straight games. He actually played less than Ryan Delaire, who was activated this week to replace the injured Mario Addison. The reason for the playing time could have been due to two offside penalties on consecutive plays by Ealy which the defensive end called " two bonehead decisions" according to Charlotte Observer's Joe Person.

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