Snap Judgments: Revolving safety door continues

The review of who played and how much in Washington's Week 6 win shows stability is not a thing when it comes to Washington's safety position.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' division victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.

* Converted corner Will Blackmon continues to hold down the free safety position after playing all 52 defensive snaps on Sunday, but the same cannot be said about his strong safety partner. With David Bruton (concussion) out for the year, Duke Ihenacho was expected to fill the role but the 27-year old only played 19 plays or 37 percent of the Eagles game. Instead, newly signed veteran Donte Whitner played the majority of the strong safety snaps (40 plays or 77 percent). On Monday, Jay Gruden said Ihenacho would start next week against Detroit but admitted Whitner has earned his reps and the starting job will be re-evaluated weekly.

* Although Matt Jones was clearly the work horse in the running game with 16 carries, Chris Thompson received more playing time. Thompson played nearly half the game (36 snaps) while Jones (30) played slightly less. Undrafted rookie Robert Kelley made the most of his nine snaps with five carries for 59 yards. Gruden alluded that the rotating backfield will continue after Sunday's game.

* Washington did not have had their top two rookies, Josh Doctson (Achilles) and Su'a Cravens (concussion), but its third round pick is starting to make an impact after not dressing earlier in the season. Kendall Fuller played a career high 87 percent of the game with 45 defensive snaps, which was tied with Bashaud Breeland for second at the corner position behind Josh Norman who played his usual 100 percent. Quinton Dunbar only played four snaps, while Greg Toler only saw special teams action. It will be interesting to see how Fuller's playing time changes, if it does, once Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) is healthy.

* With Jordan Reed (concussion) sidelined, Vernon Davis stepped right in and played a whopping 72 snaps, which was good for all but two offensive plays. Quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke highly of the 32-year old who recorded his first touchdown in over two years. Concussions are hard to predict, but once Reed returns, which may be soon, Davis might have earned more playing time on offense.

* This week, Washington averaged 2.06 defensive linemen on the field during any given play. Chris Baker (37 snaps) and Ziggy Hood (35 snaps) continue to be the main men in the trenches with Ricky Jean Francois (15), Cullen Jenkins (13), and Matt Ioannidis (7) giving them the occasional breather. The Redskins continue to play less 3-4 base packages because it exposes their defensive line weakness.

* Washington saw a season-high 36 players contribute on special teams on Sunday. The important third phase of the game saw over 78 percent of the active roster help out.

* Previous snap judgements:

Full snap counts courtesy of

Offense (74 Snaps)

Shawn Lauvao 74

Morgan Moses 74

Spencer Long 74

Brandon Scherff 74

Kirk Cousins 74

Trent Williams 74

Vernon Davis 72

Pierre Garçon 60

Jamison Crowder 56

DeSean Jackson 50

Chris Thompson 36

Matt Jones 30

Niles Paul 22

Ryan Grant 20

Robert Kelley 9

Rashad Ross 9

Ty Nsekhe 6

Defense (52 Snaps)

Will Blackmon 52

Josh Norman 52

Will Compton 48

Kendall Fuller 45

Mason Foster 45

Bashaud Breeland 45

Ryan Kerrigan 42

Donte Whitner Sr. 40

Chris Baker 37

Ziggy Hood 35

Preston Smith 33

Trent Murphy 31

Duke Ihenacho 19

Ricky Jean Francois 15

Cullen Jenkins 13

Terence Garvin 7

Matt Ioannidis 7

Quinton Dunbar 4

Martrell Spaight 2

Special Teams

Houston Bates 25

Terence Garvin 21

Deshazor Everett 21

Martrell Spaight 20

Josh Evans 17

Quinton Dunbar 16

Niles Paul 15

Kendall Fuller 12

Ryan Grant 11

Dustin Hopkins 11

Duke Ihenacho 10

Matt Ioannidis 10

Ty Nsekhe 9

Nick Sundberg 9

Tress Way 9

Robert Kelley 8

Mason Foster 8

Will Compton 8

Jamison Crowder 7

Ricky Jean Francois 7

Greg Toler 6

Donte Whitner Sr. 6

John Sullivan 5

Shawn Lauvao 5

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Morgan Moses 5

Spencer Long 5

Brandon Scherff 5

Chris Thompson 5

Will Blackmon 5

Josh Norman 4

Cullen Jenkins 4

Bashaud Breeland 4

Ziggy Hood 4

Preston Smith 4

Trent Murphy 4

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