Snap Judgements: Norman, Bruton Play Plenty, Others Not In Redskins Week 2 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' division loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Most of all, here's what the playing time allocation means ahead of a Code Red work week. The coaching staff might make changes in playing time before next Sunday's showdown with the Giants.

* Although the Redskins running attack was a strength, it was not a positive enough. Washington averaged 4.8 yards per carry, their highest mark since Week 10 last season, but only had 17 rushes. The limited number of opportunities on the ground include Matt Jones only playing 39 snaps equivalent to 58 percent of the game. Change of pace back Chris Thompson played the remaining 42 percent of the game and was involved in a failed third-and-one play late in the game. UDFA Robert Kelley again failed to see the field.

* Defensive line continued to be a struggle for Washington who dealt with Kendall Reyes (groin) and Anthony Lanier being inactive. The Redskins coaching staff probably would have used Lanier yesterday if they knew nose tackle Kedric Golston would leave the game after one snap with a hamstring injury. End and at times nose tackle Ziggy Hood, 69 percent of defensive snaps, and Chris Baker, 68 percent, anchored Washington in the trenches, while Cullen Jenkins, 43 percent, and Ricky Jean Francois, 41 percent, provided the starters a rest.

* With Golston's injury, the Redskins only averaged 2.22 defensive linemen on the field per snap but used Trent Murphy as an extra defensive linemen on a handful of occasions. Murphy had a career high 1.5 sacks on Sunday and showed flashes of what the team expected when he was selected in the second round three years ago. Washington also showed fronts with Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith flanking a nose guard in a unique three man line.

* Rookie receive Josh Doctson saw a slight increase in playing time, 19 snaps from 12 snaps last Monday, and a lot more targets in the unsuccessful fade game. The TCU product is slowly getting eased into the offense, but Washington was still consistently in sets that included at least three pass catchers. Jordan Reed (58 snaps), DeSean Jackson (51 snaps), Jamison Crowder (48 snaps), and Pierre Garcon (46 snaps) all played at least 69 percent of the offensive game.

* Another rookie, Su'a Cravens, was used sparingly during the game, 20 snaps, but played with a heavy heart after the passing of his grandfather. Like Doctson, look for Cravens' playing time to increase as he works into the fold.

* Per league rules, a NFL team can only have 46 players of their 53-man roster active for a game. Reyes, Lanier, Martrell Spaight (concussion) Kendall Fuller, Arie Kouandjio, Rashad Ross, and Nate Sudfeld bit the bullet on Sunday. Duke Ihenacho was up for the Dallas game but only played on special teams, while Fuller could eventually take playing time away from Dashaun Phillips (46 snaps).

* Washington's starting secondary, Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, and David Bruton, played all but 8 snaps during the course of the game. The starting linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Will Compton, and Mason Foster, played on average 82 percent of the defensive snaps.

* On the other side of the ball, Kirk Cousins and the offensive line played the entire 68 snaps of offense.

* Despite having 46 players available, only 36 players, 16 on offense and 20 on defense, hit the field in non-special team situations. Greg Toler, Will Blackmon, Terence Garvin, Houston Bates, and Kedric Golston all played under five snaps on the defensive side of the ball. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy was the only player not to step onto the field during a live play.

* Nine players only saw the field on special teams: Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, Quinton Dunbar, DeShazor Everett, Duke Ihenacho, Robert Kelley and Washington's specialist trio of Tress Way, Nick Sundberg, and Dustin Hopkins.

* Here are the snap judgements from last week against Pittsburgh.

Full snap counts courtesy of

Offense (67 snaps)

Morgan Moses 67

Brandon Scherff 67

Shawn Lauvao 67

Trent Williams 67

Kirk Cousins 67

Kory Lichtensteiger 67

Jordan Reed 58

DeSean Jackson 51

Jamison Crowder 48

Pierre Garçon 46

Matt Jones 39

Chris Thompson 28

Vernon Davis 27

Josh Doctson 19

Ryan Grant 12

Niles Paul 7

Defense (68 snaps)

David Bruton Jr. 68

Josh Norman 68

DeAngelo Hall 66

Bashaud Breeland 62

Will Compton 61

Ryan Kerrigan 57

Mason Foster 55

Preston Smith 50

Ziggy Hood 47

Dashaun Phillips 46

Chris Baker 46

Trent Murphy 34

Cullen Jenkins 29

Ricky Jean Francois 28

Su'a Cravens 20

Greg Toler 4

Will Blackmon 3

Terence Garvin 2

Houston Bates 1

Kedric Golston 1

Special Teams

Houston Bates 22

Niles Paul 17

Deshazor Everett 17

Terence Garvin 17

Trent Murphy 16

Su’a Cravens 15

Will Blackmon 14

Mason Foster 13

Duke Ihenacho 12

Dustin Hopkins 11

Quinton Dunbar 11

Ty Nsekhe 10

Greg Toler 8

Nick Sundberg 7

Tress Way 7

David Bruton Jr. 7

Will Compton 7

Dashaun Phillips 7

Bashaud Breeland 6  

Preston Smith 6

Chris Thompson 6

Spencer Long 5

Cullen Jenkins 5

Ricky Jean Francois 5

Ziggy Hood 5

Josh Norman 5

Ryan Grant 6

Morgan Moses 5

Brandon Scherff 5

Shawn Lauvao 5

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Vernon Davis 5

Jamison Crowder 3

Robert Kelley 2

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