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Snaps and stuff: Redskins' Week 5 usage

Checking out how the Redskins used their running backs, linemen and others in Week 5.

Like the headline says, we're taking a look at the snap counts from the Washington Redskins' 25-19 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons with some thoughts thrown in...

Players in for 100 percent of snaps

Offense (61 snaps) - Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Kory Lichtensteiger

Defense (80 snaps) - Dashon Goldson, Bashaud Breeland, Keenan Robinson, Will Blackmon

  • Whether Julio Jones was anywhere close to 100 percent healthy or not -- he wasn't -- Washington's secondary held up despite numerous injuries. By the way, Blackmon's one month anniversary with the team is Thursday.

Running backs

Chris Thompson - 26 snaps (43 percent)

Matt Jones - 20 snaps (33 percent)

Alfred Morris - 14 snaps (23 percent)

  • So much for establishing Alfred Morris as the lead back. The interesting part with Morris receiving so few snaps is that Washington led most of the game and only trailed for two minutes in regulation. That formula usually means the Redskins stick with the run, which means more Morris. Jones had the most touches (13) of three followed by Thompson (7), who is the only one with a consistent role at this point.

Wide receivers

Ryan Grant – 49 snaps (80 percent)

Jamison Crowder – 49 snaps (80 percent)

Pierre Garcon – 47 snaps (77 percent)

Rashad Ross – 11 snaps (18 percent)

Andre Roberts – nine snaps (15 percent)

  • Grant could go from matching Crowder with the most snaps to seeing his role take the biggest hit should DeSean Jackson (hamstring) return from injury this week. Despite all the plays, Grant finished with only one reception on four targets. The 2014 fifth-round pick shines as a route-runner -- when he doesn't slip, of course -- but for now that's probably not enough to overcome his limited speed. As for the shifty Crowder, he caught all eight of his targets.

Tight ends

Derek Carrier - 58 snaps (95 percent)

Anthony McCoy - 11 snaps (18 percent)

  • The Redskins only carried two tight ends on the active roster wiith Jordan Reed injured and barely used more than one. Carrier only had two catches, bue he made them count with a touchdown and 20-yard grab on Washington's final drive of regulation.

Defensive line

Jason Hatcher – 48 snaps (60 percent)
Chris Baker – 44 snaps (55 percent)
Terrance Knighton – 39 snaps (49 percent)
Stephen Paea – 27 snaps (34 percent)
Ricky Jean Francois – 15 snaps (26 percent)
Kendric Golston – eight snaps (10 percent)

  • Baker continues receiving ample more snaps at end than Paea. Hey, why not seeing as Baker forced two fumbles and registered a sack. The defensive line and linebackers put consistent pressure on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, preventing him from picking apart the depleted secondary. However, the Falcons did rush for 176 yards, easily the most allowed by the Redskins this season, and helped make this pregame tweet appear prescient.

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