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Snap Judgments: Redskins Clearly Cravens More Su'a

Our examination of Washington's Week 10 playing time shows a rise for one rookie and a re-confirmation of another's growing role.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' 26-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

* For the second week in a row, Robert Kelley started at running back. Unlike two weeks ago when Matt Jones was hurt, Washington made the former third-round pick a healthy scratch because he doesn't contribute on special teams. Kirk Cousins' high praise for Kelley suggests the rookie runner will remain the team's starter for the foreseeable future, and his numbers also back up that possibility. Over the past two games, Kelley has played 43 and 42 offensive snaps, which is more than Jones has played in any of his seven appearances this year. Kelley's 66.6 snap percentage in Week 10 also bested any of Jones' participation rates this season. With Mack Brown seeing 15 snaps on special teams, Jones may keep riding the bench next week against Green Bay and beyond.

* After setting a career high in Week 9 with 30 plays, linebacker Su'a Cravens surpassed that mark by playing 37 snaps. Cravens also set a career high with five tackles. The second-round pick's uptick in playing time came at the expense of starting inside linebacker Mason Foster, who was on the field for only 34 snaps.

* With DeSean Jackson sidelined with a shoulder injury, it was Ryan Grant who ate up most of the available playing time at wideout, which was expected because that was also the case when Jackson exited early against the Bengals in Week 8. The truly surprising part was that Grant (49), played two snaps more than Jamison Crowder and only two snaps fewer than Pierre Garcon. Maurice Harris (eight) and deep threat Rashad Ross (four) rounded out the group. Grant had no catches despite three targets.

* Despite struggling against Stefon Diggs, his former teammate at Good Counsel High, cornerback Kendall Fuller saw 42 snaps spread out throughout the game. Even though Diggs tied his career high in receptions with 13 and accumulated a whopping 164 yards, the coaching staff kept Fuller on the local product for the majority of the afternoon. Josh Norman played the entire game again but did not follow Diggs into the slot where he lined up most of the time. Bashaud Breeland played 55 snaps and was matched up on Diggs at times. With Quinton Dunbar playing only nine snaps and Greg Toler not seeing the field at all, it's clear that Washington is rolling with a three-corner rotation.

* For the third week in a row, safety Donte Whitner played every single defensive snap (67). Whitner was the stabilizing force while Will Blackmon and Duke Ihenacho split playing time equally at 31 snaps each. Whitner's eight tackles tied Will Compton for second-most on the team, trailing only linebacker Mason Foster (nine). 

* In his first action since tearing his ACL last December, tight end Derek Carrier saw only nine plays while replacing Niles Paul, who is out for the year due to a shoulder injury. Jordan Reed (50) and Vernon Davis (34) continue to be the lead dogs at the position.

* Despite his big game, Preston Smith actually played the least of Washington's three main outside linebackers. He saw 41 snaps while Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy played 52 and 47, respectively. The three rotated in and out most of the time, but there were some occasions when all three were on the field at the same time. As the Redskins averaged 2.25 defensive linemen on the field per play Sunday, the three outside-linebacker look gives the team more leverage at the line of scrimmage.

* Previous snap judgments:

Offense (63 Snaps)

Shawn Lauvao 63

Ty Nsekhe 63

Spencer Long 63

Kirk Cousins 63

Brandon Scherff 62

Morgan Moses 61

Pierre Garçon 51

Jordan Reed 50

Ryan Grant 49

Jamison Crowder 47

Robert Kelley 42

Vernon Davis 34

Chris Thompson 21

Derek Carrier 9

Maurice Harris 8

Rashad Ross 4

Vinston Painter 3

Defense (67 snaps)

Will Compton 67

Josh Norman 67

Donte Whitner Sr. 67

Bashaud Breeland 55

Ryan Kerrigan 52

Trent Murphy 47

Chris Baker 45

Kendall Fuller 42

Ziggy Hood 42

Preston Smith 41

Su'a Cravens 37

Mason Foster 34

Will Blackmon 31

Duke Ihenacho 31

Ricky Jean Francois 30

Anthony Lanier 18

Cullen Jenkins 16

Quinton Dunbar 9

Terence Garvin 4

Special Teams

Houston Bates 20

Deshazor Everett 17

Terence Garvin 16

Quinton Dunbar 15

Mack Brown 15

Dustin Hopkins 13

Martrell Spaight 12

Anthony Lanier 11

Su’a Cravens 10

Duke Ihenacho 10

Bashaud Breeland 9

Tress Way 8

Nick Sundberg 8

Ryan Grant 8

Kendall Fuller 7

Ziggy Hood 6

John Sullivan 6

Shawn Lauvao 6

Ty Nsekhe 6

Spencer Long 6

Brandon Scherff 6

Morgan Moses 6

Derek Carrier 6

Vinston Painter 6

Greg Toler 5

Ricky Jean Francois 5

Mason Foster 5

Jamison Crowder 5

Will Compton 5

Robert Kelley 5

Cullen Jenkins 3

Preston Smith 3

Chris Thompson 3

Maurice Harris 3

Rashad Ross 3

Josh Norman 3

Ryan Kerrigan 3

Trent Murphy 2 

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