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Snap Judgements: Surprise contributors on defense

Due to injuries, Washington has reserves playing big minutes.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' first home win of the season against the Cleveland Browns. Most of all, here's what the playing time allocation means with the coaching staff looking to stabilize playing time before next Sunday's showdown with the Ravens.

* With the season-ending ACL injury to DeAngelo HallWill Blackmon was expected to step into the starting role and make a big dent in playing time. Most probably did not expect the converted corner to play all 72 defensive snaps in his first start at safety in his career. The only other defender that played the entire game on defense is All-Pro corner Josh Norman, but Blackmon also played 10 snaps on special teams. Either the coaching staff has total faith in Blackmon, who was picked up mid-season last year, or DeShazor Everett is not ready for defensive playing time

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* At the other safety position, David Bruton's starting job may be in jeopardy as he went from playing nearly every snap the last three weeks to just 60 percent. How much of that stems from concussion symptoms that eventually took him out of the game, but Duke Ihenacho certainly played  more (50 percent). Ihenacho, however, struggled to tackle multiple times during the Browns game like much of the Washington defense.

* With the injuries to Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and Dashaun Phillips (hamstring), Quinton Dunbar (56 snaps) and Kendall Fuller (45) went from not playing on defense in Week 1 to being on the field the majority of the time. Dunbar was picked on at times, while Fuller had a solid showing. Veteran Greg Toler only played 9 snaps.

* Another projected reserve to play significantly for the Redskins was outside linebacker Trent Murphy. Replacing an injured Ryan Kerrigan (left elbow) who only played eight snaps before exiting, Murphy played the fourth highest snap count on defense by staying on the field 92 percent of the time. Kerrigan's injury also forced bookend Preston Smith to play a season-high 88 percent of snaps. Houston Bates chipped in with 11 snaps of defensive action.

* During the first two games of the regular season, Washington rushed the ball 29 times compared to a total 56 opportunities during the past two games. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay moving to the booth to call plays may have something to do with that. Matt Jones had a season-high in playing time percentage, 66 percent on 41 snaps, which head coach Jay Gruden believes correlated to a big day. Because Washington was leading for a majority of the game, Chris Thompson was only utilized on 32 percent of offensive play while Rob Kelley saw just one snap that ended up being a red zone carry.

* Of note, Will Compton may not be the greatest player in the league but he is a tough guy. The middle linebacker left the game on two separate occasions due to injury but only missed the required two plays of defensive snaps before getting back out there with his unit. Martrell Spaight, returning from another concussion, filled in as the signal caller on those plays.

* Unlike last week, Washington did not have mid-game changes to the offensive line as Arie Kouandjio and Spencer Long played all 62 snaps at left guard and center, respectively. Ty Nsekhe played two snaps as an extra lineman, a new wrinkle Bill Callahan implemented for the first time this season.

* Even with the return of Kendall Reyes (groin), 19 snaps, Washington only averaged 2.28 defensive linemen on the field during any given defensive play. Rookie Matt Ioannidis saw his first NFL action with 7 plays while Chris Baker (47 snaps) and Ziggy Hood (42) continued to anchor the unit.

* The trio of Jordan Reed (55 snaps), Pierre Garcon (48), and DeSean Jackson (44) all played over 70 percent of the offensive snaps.

* On the other end receiver/returner Rashad Ross played just snap on offense and nothing on special teams. Though active after a previous concussion scare, ILB Martrell Spaight received only two snaps.

* Previous snap judgements:

Full snap counts courtesy of Redskins.com.

Offense (62 snaps)

Morgan Moses 62

Brandon Scherff 62

Spencer Long 62

Arie Kouandjio 62

Trent Williams 62

Kirk Cousins 62

Jordan Reed 55

DeSean Jackson 48

Pierre Garçon 44

Matt Jones 41

Jamison Crowder 34

Vernon Davis 34

Chris Thompson 20

Niles Paul 18

Ryan Grant 12

Ty Nsekhe 2

Robert Kelley 1

Rashad Ross 1

Defense (72 snaps)

Will Blackmon 72

Josh Norman 72

Will Compton 70

Trent Murphy 66

Preston Smith 63

Quinton Dunbar 56

Chris Baker 47

Mason Foster 45

Kendall Fuller 45

David Bruton Jr. 43

Ziggy Hood 42

Duke Ihenacho 36

Ricky Jean Francois 30

Su'a Cravens 27

Cullen Jenkins 19

Kendall Reyes 19

Houston Bates 11

Greg Toler 9

Ryan Kerrigan 8

Matt Ioannidis 7

Terence Garvin 3

Martrell Spaight 2

Special Teams

Houston Bates 18

Deshazor Everett 14

Terence Garvin 14

Niles Paul 14

Mason Foster 12

Dustin Hopkins 11

Trent Murphy 11

Duke Ihenacho 11

Will Blackmon 10

Martrell Spaight 10

Ty Nsekhe 9

Tress Way 8

Nick Sundberg 8

Su’a Cravens 8

Quinton Dunbar 8

Greg Toler 7

Kendall Fuller 7

David Bruton Jr. 6

Will Compton 6

Matt Ioannidis 5

Ziggy Hood 5

Morgan Moses 5

Spencer Long 5

Brandon Scherff 5

Arie Kouandjio 5

Cullen Jenkins 4

Ricky Jean Francois 4

Preston Smith 4

Josh Norman 4

Chris Thompson 4

Ryan Grant 4

Jamison Crowder 1

Robert Kelley 1

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