Snap judgments: Analyzing how much Redskins players played versus the Jets

Jay Gruden has been tight-lipped about how much he plans to utilize projected starters in the preseason. As a result, we got a major surprise in the Redskins' second preseason game of 2016.

There are many takeaways from the Washington Redskins' preseason win over the New York Jets. Breaking Burgundy breaks them down here and here. Yet another way to do so is to see which players were most -- or least -- on Friday. Here are the biggest takeaways from the Washington snap count courtesy of

General numbers, the highs and lows of snap counts.

  • For the second straight week, reserve tackle Takoby Cofield played a team-high number of snaps (46). In other words, he was on the field for 59 percent of offensive plays. On the other side of the ball, defensive back Lloyd Carrington played 37 snaps, which also amounts to 59 percent of the action.
  • Spencer Long (49 percent of offensive snaps) and Dashaun Phillips (41 percent of defensive snaps) played the most in preseason game No. 2 among those in the Redskins' projected starting lineup. Long's numbers are inflated due to his role as second string center, while coaches are taking a hard look at the brewing slot cornerback battle.
  • Again based on Breaking Burgundy's project starter, the first team offense played nearly 15 snaps or 19 percent of the game, while the first team defense eclipsed 7 snaps or 11 percent of the game. These numbers have high standard deviations and are down significantly from the preseason opener after Jay Gruden decided to hold up several key starters in order to get a better look at backups doing well in practice


  • The competition for the third string running back spot continued with a second dose of live tackling. Keith Marshall led the way with 18 plays of action, while Mack Brown was right on his tail at 17 snaps. Undrafted free agent Robert Kelley, also known as Gruden's bro "Fat Rob", rounded out the group with 15 snaps of action. Marshall, 10 carries, had double the amount of opportunities as Brown, 2 carries, and Kelley, 3 carries, combined.
  • Although five starters were given the day off, Jamison Crowder as well as the right side of the offensive line got quite a bit of work. Crowder missed the first preseason game so Gruden made up for it by giving the Duke receiver 28 snaps that he turned into three nice receptions. Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses played just over half the game at 32 snaps as they continue to develop into a strong, young force.


  • The defensive line rotation continues to be worked out during the preseason. Stephen Paea got the short end of the stick with just 10 plays on the field, while Ziggy Hood and Matt Ioannidis led the way at 17 snaps. Kedric Golston, 12 snaps, Kendall Reyes, 15 snaps, Chris Baker, 16 snaps, and Ricky Jean Francois, 16 snaps, was the usage of the other defensive linemen expected to make the Week 1 roster.
  • Gruden said he wanted to see the likes of Martrell Spaight and Quinton Dunbar play against the Jets first team offense. The head coach will be happy to see lots of tape on the two young defenders as Spaight played 29 snaps and Dunbar recorded 27 plays of action during the early goings.

What's next?

  • With a total of eight projected starters not seeing action against the Jets, Jay Gruden foreshadowed a significant workload for the first team next week. "We’re going to play them a lot next week against the Buffalo Bills," Gruden explained. "We’re going to treat Buffalo very seriously and prepare. Get a good week of preparation. We’ll get some good work next week." As a result, starters could play beyond halftime in the regular season dress rehearsal next week.

See the full list of preseason Week 2 snap counts below.

Offense: (78 Snaps)

Takoby Cofield: 46

Colt McCoy: 40 

Ty Nsekhe: 40

Austin Reiter: 38 

Arie Kouandjio 38 

Spencer Long 38 

Nate Sudfeld 38 

Isaiah Williams 37 

Logan Paulsen 33 

Rashad Ross 32 

Morgan Moses 32 

Brandon Scherff 32 

Jamison Crowder 28 

Ryan Grant 27 

Vernon Davis 27 

Kendal Thompson 26 

Dez Stewart 26 

Nila Kasitati 25 

Marcel Jensen 24 

Josh LeRibeus 24 

Shawn Lauvao 24 

Maurice Harris 21 

Niles Paul 20 

T.J. Thorpe 19 

Keith Marshall 18 

Mack Brown 17 

Kory Lichtensteiger 16 

Valdez Showers 15 

Robert Kelley 15 

Matt Jones 15 

Chris Thompson 13 

Jarvis Turner 7 

Joe Kerridge 6 

Reggie Diggs 1

Defense (63 Snaps)

Lloyd Carrington 37 

Carlos Fields 35 

Geno Matias-Smith 32 

Deshazor Everett 31 

Kendall Fuller 31 

Terence Garvin 31

Martrell Spaight 29 

Quinton Dunbar 27 

Dashaun Phillips 26 

Duke Ihenacho 26

Will Blackmon 26

Mike Wakefield 22 

Ejiro Ederaine 21 

Mariel Cooper 21 

Corey Crawford 21 

Anthony Lanier 21 

Su'a Cravens 20 

Lynden Trail 18 

Matt Ioannidis 17 

Ziggy Hood 17 

Trent Murphy 16 

Jeremy Harris 16 

Ricky Jean Francois 16 

Chris Baker 16 

Preston Smith 16 

Willie Jefferson 15 

Greg Toler 15 

Kendall Reyes 15 

Kedric Golston 12 

Houston Bates 11 

Perry Riley Jr. 10 

Stephen Paea 10 

Shiro Davis 9 

David Bruton Jr. 7 

DeAngelo Hall 7 

Mason Foster 3 

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