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Carolina Panthers' Snap Counts Against the New York Giants

About halfway through the second half, it looked like the Carolina Panthers were heading towards their second straight game of pulling starters before the end of the game. However, due to a comeback by the New York Giants the Panthers saw their starters play the entire game. This is a breakdown of the snap counts for the Panthers' players in Week 15.

OFFENSE

Name Position Snaps Percentage
Michael Oher OT 77 100%
Mike Remmers OT 77 100%
Cam Newton QB 77 100%
Trai Turner OG 77 100%
Greg Olsen TE 77 100%
Andrew Norwell OG 77 100%
Ryan Kalil C 75 97%
Philly Brown WR 67 87%
Jerricho Cotchery WR 51 66%
Ted Ginn WR 45 58%
Cameron Artis-Payne RB 31 40%
Devin Funchess WR 30 39%
Ed Dickson TE 29 38%
Fozzy Whittaker RB 26 34%
Mike Tolbert FB 23 30%
Daryl Williams OT 6 8%
Fernando Velasco C 2 3%

Notes

  • The Carolina Panthers had some questions at the running back position entering this game and how the snaps would be broken up between Cameron Artis-PayneFozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert. The player who got the most snaps was the one player who has seen the least amount of playing time the past few weeks. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne had only played one snap since Week 4 entering the Panthers' game with the Giants but finished the game with 31. He was followed by Whittaker with 26 and Tolbert 23.
  • The offense continues to try and utilize bigger formations as they had six plays against the Giants with three offensive tackles on the field and also spent almost 40% of the game in a two tight end set. The Panthers are able to do this effectively because they have speed on the outside with Ted Ginn Jr. that doesn't allow defenses to stack the line when they are in these bigger formations.

DEFENSE

Name Position Snaps Percentage
Charles Tillman CB 75 100%
Kurt Coleman FS 75 100%
Thomas Davis LB 75 100%
Luke Kuechly LB 75 100%
Josh Norman CB 75 100%
Roman Harper SS 75 100%
Cortland Finnegan CB 66 88%
Kawann Short DT 55 73%
Jared Allen DE 54 72%
Charles Johnson DE 50 67%
Star Lotulelei DT 43 57%
Kony Ealy DE 37 49%
Dwan Edwards DT 31 41%
Mario Addison DE 18 24%
Kyle Love DT 12 16%
Shaq Thompson LB 9 12%

Notes

  • This game saw the return of cornerback Charles Tillman who missed the past four weeks with a knee injury. The thing that stood out was that Tillman played every snap against the Giants, something he had not done all year. Hopefully this a sign that the knee injury is behind him and won't be an issue down the stretch.
  • The Panthers' defense also spent almost the entire game, 66 out of 75 plays, in their nickel defense. While this defense has primarily worked out of this defensive formation, this is one of the highest percentages of the year. This certainly a positive that their nickel, Cortland Finnegan, was able to play as many snaps as he did. Finnegan was out of football for close to a year before he was signed by the Panthers at the end of November and was playing in only his third game. 

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