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Snap Judgements: Who will step up to fill injury created holes?

Some Redskins played a lot, while others barely broke a sweat. New bodies likely join the fray in Week 4

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' first win of the season at the New York Giants. Most of all, here's what the playing time allocation means with the coaching staff looking to replace injured players before next Sunday's showdown with the Browns.

* Washington rushed the ball 30 times against New York compared to just 29 in the first two games of the year combined. However, Matt Jones' playing time actually decreased to 33 snaps, 46 percent, which played second fiddle to Chris Thompson who had 34 snaps. Jones missed a handful of plays to Robert Kelley, making his offensive debut, due to the concussion protocol but Jones is not playing nearly as much as many expected out of training camp. Jones, 17 attempts, nearly  tripled the number of carries of the passing weapon Thompson, 6 carries, but playing time is split nearly 50-50. 

* Su'a Cravens continues to see his playing time increase as the rookie hit the field for 29 snaps including the game-clinching interception. Cravens is currently playing linebacker, but it will be interesting to see if he is shifted to safety with the season-ending ACL injury to DeAngelo Hall. For now that does not seem to be the case as Will Blackmon will get the first crack at filling the free safety role.

* On average, the Redskins only had two true defensive linemen on the field during any given play. Trent Murphy, 37 snaps, helped supplement the lack of big bodies on the field by playing 55 percent of the game, but Washington is clearly opting to limit the exposure of their talent restricted defensive line. Murphy is also being trusted to play in place of Ryan Kerrigan, 55 snaps, and Preston Smith, 41 snaps, at times when the starters need a breather.

* With the injuries to Kedric Golston (hamstring) and Kendall Reyes (groin), Chris Baker played 76 percent of defensive snaps, while Ziggy Hood contributed 60 percent of the time. Cullen Jenkins and Ricky Jean Francois played 34 and 30 percent, respectively, which is down about 10 percent from last week for each. Washington promoted rookie Matt Ioannidis to the active roster and he suited up against the Giants but did not receive any playing time. 

* The trio of tight end Jordan Reed (64 snaps), Pierre Garcon (55), and DeSean Jackson (51) all played over 70 percent of the offensive snaps. Additionally, Jamison Crowder played 44 snaps as the Redskins went with three wide receiver sets on a majority of plays. Rashad Ross only saw two offensive snaps and zero opportunities on special teams in his first action of the year.

* Washington had the ultimate patchwork offensive line once Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger left the game to start the second half. Trent Williams played the entire game but split time at his natural left tackle position, 34 snaps, and left guard, 36 snaps. Ty Nsekhe played 37 snaps at left tackle, which he may play at against the Browns as head coach Jay Gruden did not rule out Williams staying at guard. The coaching staff's level of confidence in Arie Kouandjio will play a major factor in who starts at left guard. With the in-game line dilemmas, Vernon Davis, a strong blocking tight end, saw a season-high 35 snaps. With Lauvao and Lichtensteiger week-to-week, the one likely bet is Spencer Long starts at center where he played 37 of his 38 offensive snaps against New York.

* Similarly to the offensive line, the Redskins pieced together a secondary after Bashaud Breeland (ankle), DeAngelo Hall (ACL), and Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) left with injuries. Josh Norman anchored the unit by playing the entire game, while David Bruton played 87 percent of the game. Greg Toler and Will Blackmon only played nine defensive snaps in the first two games of the season, but played 44 and 43 plays, respectively, against the Giants. Additionally, Quinton Dunbar and Duke Ihenacho played 34 and 13 snaps, respectively, after only playing special teams in the first two weeks of the season. Look for Toler, Dunbar, and possibly rookie Kendall Fuller to fill the holes of Breeland and Phillips, while Blackmon and Ihenacho try to replace Hall for the season. 

* Because of injuries, Terrence Garvin and Deshazor Everett were the only non-specialist players to playsolely on special teams.

* Previous snap judgements:

Full snap counts courtesy of

Offense (71 Snaps)

Morgan Moses 71

Brandon Scherff 71

Trent Williams 71

Kirk Cousins 71

Jordan Reed 64

Pierre Garçon 55

DeSean Jackson 51

Jamison Crowder 44

Spencer Long 38

Ty Nsekhe 36

Vernon Davis 35

Chris Thompson 34

Shawn Lauvao 34

Kory Lichtensteiger 34

Matt Jones 33

Ryan Grant 18

Niles Paul 15

Robert Kelley 4

Rashad Ross 2

Defense (67 Snaps)

Will Compton 67

Josh Norman 67

David Bruton Jr. 58

Ryan Kerrigan 55

Chris Baker 51

Dashaun Phillips 49

Will Blackmon 44

Greg Toler 43

Preston Smith 41

Ziggy Hood 40

Mason Foster 38

Trent Murphy 37

DeAngelo Hall 32

Su'a Cravens 29

Quinton Dunbar 34

Cullen Jenkins 23

Ricky Jean Francois 20

Duke Ihenacho 13

Bashaud Breeland 5

Houston Bates 1

Special Teams

Houston  Bates 26

Niles Paul 21

Terence Garvin 21

Trent Murphy 20

Dashaun Phillips 18

Duke Ihenacho 17

Mason Foster 15

Dustin Hopkins 15

Deshazor Everett 15

Quinton Dunbar 15

Will Blackmon 14

Su’a Cravens 14

Ty Nsekhe 12

Greg Toler 12

David Bruton Jr. 12

Tress Way 11

Nick Sundberg 11

Ryan Grant 9

Will Compton 9

Ziggy Hood 7

Morgan Moses 7

Brandon Scherff 7

Spencer Long 7

Chris Thompson 6

Preston Smith 5

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Cullen Jenkins 5

Ricky Jean Francois 5

Shawn Lauvao 4

Josh Norman 4

Trent Williams 3

Jamison Crowder 3

Bashaud Breeland 1

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