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Snap Judgements: Who Played, Who Sat In Redskins Opening Loss

Some Redskins surprisingly played a lot, while others barely broke a sweat.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' regular season loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most of all, here's what the playing time allocation means ahead of a short work week. The coaching staff will probably use Monday's film to adjust who plays and how much on Sunday against Dallas.

* Washington's running attack clearly struggled when given the opportunity. Then the team had to abandon the ground game entirely when they got behind in the down and distance and subsequently on the scoreboard. As a result, Chris Thompson (39 snaps) doubled the playing time of starter Matt Jones (19 snaps) who did not run well in his limited sample size. Thompson was used as a receiver out of the backfield as well as an extra pass protector at times.

* The only position where Washington had significant rotation on defense was the line, as expected. Chris Baker anchored the trench unit with 50 snaps followed by training camp standout Ziggy Hood at 40 snaps. Kedric Golston, 28 snaps, Ricky Jean Francois, 22 snaps, and Kendall Reyes, 18 snaps, rounded out the group but their playing time will likely drop with the re-addition of Cullen Jenkins.

* With Josh Doctson slowly being eased into the offense, the other Redskins weapons played a lot. Jordan Reed (50 snaps), DeSean Jackson (48 snaps), and Jamison Crowder (47 snaps) all played over 80 percent of the 58 offensive snaps.

* Ten players only saw the field on special teams: Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, Quinton Dunbar, Will Blackmon, DeShazor Everett, Martrell Spaight, Terence Garvin, and Washington's specialist trio of Tress Way, Nick Sundberg, and Dustin Hopkins. Dunbar not playing on defense is a surprise and suggests Dashaun Phillips, 46 defensive snaps, has passed him on the depth chart because of his ability to play the slot.

* Two active Redskins did not play a single snap on any of the three phases of the game. One was expected, backup quarterback Colt McCoy, and the other was a bit surprising, backup running back Robert Kelley. Kelley probably showed enough in the preseason deserve a little bit of playing time, especially when Chris Thompson got blown up on pass protection on back-to-back plays. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay hinted Kelley would see action three days before the game, but something must have changed.

* Per league rules, a NFL team can only have 46 players of their 53-man roster active for a game. Kendall Fuller, Duke Ihenacho, Arie Kouandjio, Anthony Lanier, Rashad Ross, Austin Reiter, and Nate Sudfeld bit the bullet on Monday.

* Despite having 46 players available, only 34 players, 16 on offense and 18 on defense, hit the field in non-special team situations.

* Although Kelley did not suit up, he had quite a bit of company on the bench as Niles Paul (6 snaps), Ryan Grant (10 snaps), Greg Toler (2 snaps), and Houston Bates (2 snaps) rarely saw game action on offense or defense. All four contributed on special teams, but unfortunately for Washington, one of the two times Toler hit the field on defense he was burned down the left sideline for a big gain.

* Josh Norman, Will Compton, and DeAngelo Hall all played the entire 68 defensive snaps. Bashaud Breeland, 67, and David Bruton Jr., 66, were not far behind as Washington only played one other defensive back, Phillips, against Ben Roethlisburger during the course of the game.

Full snap counts courtesy of

OFFENSE (58 snaps)

Shawn Lauvao 58

Morgan Moses 58 

Brandon Scherff 58 

Trent Williams 58 

Kirk Cousins 58 

Kory Lichtensteiger 58 

Jordan Reed 50 

DeSean Jackson 48 

Jamison Crowder 47 

Pierre Garçon 40 

Chris Thompson 39 

Vernon Davis 19 

Matt Jones 19 

Josh Doctson 12 

Ryan Grant 10 

Niles Paul 6 

DEFENSE (68 snaps)

Josh Norman 68 

Will Compton 68 

DeAngelo Hall 68 

Bashaud Breeland 67 

David Bruton Jr. 66 

Ryan Kerrigan 60 

Preston Smith 59 

Mason Foster 51 

Chris Baker 50 

Dashaun Phillips 46 

Ziggy Hood 40 

Kedric Golston 28 

Ricky Jean Francois 22 

Su'a Cravens 18 

Kendall Reyes 18 

Trent Murphy 15 

Houston Bates 2 

Greg Toler 2


Houston Bates 21

Terence Garvin 15

Martrell Spaight 15

Deshazor Everett 15

Mason Foster 14

Trent Murphy 14

Su’a Cravens 14

Niles Paul 14

Will Blackmon 13

Kedric Golston 10

Dustin Hopkins 9

Quinton Dunbar 8

Bashuad Breeland 7

David Bruton Jr. 7

Ryan Grant 7

Chris Thompson 7

Preston Smith 7

Kendall Reyes 6

Greg Toler 6

Ricky Jean Francois 6

Ryan Kerrigan 6

Josh Norman 6

Will Compton 6

Nick Sundberg 5

Tress Way 5

Dashaun Phillips 5

Spencer Long 4

Ty Nsekhe 4

Ziggy Hood 4

Shawn Lauvao 4

Morgan Moses 4

Brandon Scherff 4

Jamison Crowder 2

DeAngelo Hall 1

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