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Counting snaps: Minnesota Vikings backups get their day

The Minnesota Vikings got many of their backups into large roles because of injuries.

Nick Easton and Zac Kerin hadn’t played an offensive snap for the Minnesota Vikings before Sunday’s win against the Houston Texans.

But, because of injuries, both of the Vikings’ backup offensive linemen not only got in the game but had significant roles. Kerin was called into duty eight plays into the game when RG Brandon Fusco suffered a concussion. Kerin played 66 of the 74 offensive snaps.

Easton got more extensive playing time because the Vikings entered the game with only two healthy tight ends – Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt. When Pruitt went down with a right knee injury, Easton, a backup interior offensive lineman, was called into duty essentially as a blocking tight end. He played in 13 snaps.

The other interesting development on offense was the diminished role for WR Charles Johnson. A starter for the first four games, Johnson played in only 12 snaps, despite the Vikings being without their other regular starter and leading receiver Stefon Diggs.

Instead, it was Adam Thielen playing in 68 of the 74 offensive snaps (his previous high for 2016 was 39 snaps last week). Cordarrelle Patterson also had his most significant role on offense, playing in 45 snaps (his previous high this year was 36, also last week).

Jarius Wright, who had played only one snap in the previous four games combined, played 44 snaps.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS SNAPS VS. TEXANS

  Week 5
  Houston Texans
  Off Def ST
Players 74 64 29
J Berger 74 0 5
B Fusco 8 0 0
A Smith 0 0 0
A Boone 74 0 5
T Clemmings 74 0 4
S Bradford 74 0 0
K Rudolph 68 0 5
S Diggs 0 0 0
C Johnson 12 0 3
A Thielen 68 0 3
D Morgan 0 0 0
Z Line 27 0 9
J McKinnon 41 0 0
R Ellison 0 0 0
M Asiata 34 0 9
C Patterson 45 0 2
J Wright 44 0 0
L Treadwell 8 0 6
Z Kerin 66 0 5
N Easton 13 0 0
J Sirles 74 0 5
M Pruitt 10 0 0
A Peterson 0 0 0
S Hill 0 0 0
M Kalil 0 0 0
A Sendejo 0 64 14
E Kendricks 0 64 5
A Barr 0 64 5
H Smith 0 64 4
X Rhodes 0 55 0
T Newman 0 56 1
T Waynes 0 16 19
E Griffen 0 62 5
B Robison 0 55 5
L Joseph 0 38 4
C Munnerlyn 0 48 0
D Hunter 0 38 1
C Greenway 0 7 6
T Johnson 0 39 4
S Floyd 0 0 0
S Stephen 0 22 6
M Alexander 0 12 10
A Harris 0 0 18
M Sherels 0 0 23
A Cole 0 0 19
E Lamur 0 0 19
J Trattou 0 0 24
J Kearse 0 0 14
K Brothers 0 0 0
E Robinson 0 0 19
B Walsh 0 0 11
K McDermott 0 0 10
J Locke 0 0 10

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