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Snap Judgments: Safety concerns will continue into the offseason

Washington went through five safeties in 2016, but both spots remain holes going into 2017.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins's 19-10 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.

* Week 17 starting safeties, Duke Ihenacho and Will Blackmon played all 72 defensive snaps against New York. Although both were on the Week 1 roster, that is probably not how Washington hoped things would turn out. DeAngelo Hall (ACL) had his third straight major injury and David Bruton was put on IR with a concussion before being waived despite a three-year contract signing last offseason. Even mid-season pick up Donte Whitner was missing with a quad injury after starting for the Redskins shortly after getting signed. Scot McCloughan may not draft for need, but safety is certainly a major issue for the Redskins.

* It is not surprising that Josh Norman (72) and Bashaud Breeland (71) combined to miss just one play in the season finale, but there was a turnstile at the third corner position. Early on in the season Dashaun Phillips was the starting slot corner before getting surpassed by Kendall Fuller; however, Fuller hit a rookie wall and played just 1 play against the Giants and 14 snaps over the last three games of the season combined. Quinton Dunbar was seeing consistent playing time before a concussion kept him out that resulted in Greg Toler (68) seeing time over Fuller against the Giants.

* Even though Jordan Reed played through a Grade 3 separated shoulder after missing last week against the Bears, he was again limited. Reed played just 34 snaps or 62 percent of the game, which corresponded to many of the Redskins' passing downs. Reed was effective at 5 catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, but he might have been able to make an even bigger impact if he was 100 percent.

* With Reed's injury prone status, Vernon Davis (21) may be an underrated offseason priority for Washington as he reinvigorated his career with a solid 44 catches for 583 yards and two touchdown season. Other bigger free agents this season include Pierre Garcon (45) and DeSean Jackson (42) as they finished the year with 79 catches, 1,041 yards, and 3 touchdowns and 56 catches, 1,005 yards, and four touchdowns, respectively.

* The offensive line was fairly consistent for the Redskins over the course of the season. Trent Williams missed four weeks due to suspension, Spencer Long took over at center in Week 3 after the injury to Kory Lichtensteiger, and the unit was banged up over the last month; however, the core unit was in tact for the Week 17 matchup playing all 55 offensive snaps. The starting five that ended the year are all under contract for the 2017 season, but head coach Jay Gruden alluded that their still needs to be improvements because the running game was not consistently strong in the second half of the season.

Previous snap judgments:

Offense (55 Snaps)

Kirk Cousins 55

Spencer Long 55

Brandon Scherff 55

Trent Williams 55

Morgan Moses 55

Spencer Long 55

Jamison Crowder 48

Pierre Garçon 45

DeSean Jackson 42

Jordan Reed 34

Chris Thompson 31

Robert Kelley 24

Vernon Davis 21

Maurice Harris 12

Ty Nsekhe 7

Derek Carrier 7

Ryan Grant 4

Defense (72 Snaps)

Duke Ihenacho 72

Josh Norman 72

Will Blackmon 72

Mason Foster 71

Will Compton 71

Bashaud Breeland 71

Greg Toler 68

Trent Murphy 54

Chris Baker 52

Preston Smith 50

Ryan Kerrigan 38

Ziggy Hood 34

Ricky Jean Francois 27

Cullen Jenkins 23

Matt Ioannidis 10

Lynden Trail 3

Deshazor Everett 2

Terence Garvin 1

Kendall Fuller 1

Special Teams

Zach Vigil 22

Deshazor Everett 22

Terence Garvin 22

Martrell Spaight 21

Deshaun Phillips 18

Derek Carrier 16

Duke Ihenacho 13

Ryan Grant 12

Greg Toler 11

Tress Way 10

Nick Sundberg 10

Mason Foster 10

Preston Smith 10

Matt Ioannidis 10

Kendall Fuller 9

Jamison Crowder 8

Lynden Trail 8

Mack Brown 7

Bashaud Breeland 7

Ricky Jean Francois 7

Dustin Hopkins 6

Ty Nsekhe 6

Trent Murphy 6

Chris Thompson 4

Maurice Harris 4

John Sullivan 3

Shawn Lauvao 3

Spencer Long 3

Brandon Scherff 3

Josh Norman 3

Will Compton 3

Ryan Kerrigan 3

Ziggy Hood 3

Cullen Jenkins 3

Will Blackmon 2

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