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Counting snaps: Wide receiver splits for Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings’ top three receivers all brought something to the game with similar usage.

With Stefon Diggs coming off back-to-back games with 13 receptions, an NFL record, he wasn’t even the Minnesota Vikings’ most-used receiver on Sunday.

Diggs played in 43 of the 58 offensive snaps, and Adam Thielen got one more snap. It was all part of the receiver usage in which Thielen, Diggs and Cordarrelle Patterson played between 60 and 76 percent of the snaps as the Vikings mixed up their personnel, and their targets, on Sunday.

Thielen had the most snaps but the fewest targets (five). He ended up with the most receiving yards, catching all five passes thrown his way for 65 yards. Patterson had the fewest snaps of the three but the most targets (eight) and fewest catches (four). Diggs had the most catches (six) but the least yardage (37). They each brought something to the win. 

Defensively, Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr each played all 74 snaps and Andrew Sendejo missed only one snap.

 Captain Munnerlyn made his return to the lineup after missing the previous week with an ankle injury and the nickel cornerback was put to heavy use, playing in 63 snaps as the Cardinals employed their oft-used three-receiver sets (Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd all played between 72 and 97 percent of the snaps).

Munnerlyn’s heavy usage meant little time for base-defense linebacker Chad Greenway, who played in only 15 snaps.

VIKINGS SNAPS vs. CARDINALS

  Off Def ST
Players 58 74 29
J Berger 58 0 5
B Fusco 58 0 5
A Boone 58 0 5
T Clemmings 58 0 5
J Sirles 58 0 5
S Bradford 58 0 0
K Rudolph 55 0 5
S Diggs 43 0 0
C Johnson 13 0 15
A Thielen 44 0 5
C Patterson 35 0 8
R Ellison 16 0 14
D Morgan 0 0 0
Z Line 18 0 11
M Asiata 21 0 5
J McKinnon 31 0 0
R Hillman 6 0 0
J Wright 0 0 0
L Treadwell 6 0 5
Z Kerin 0 0 0
N Easton 2 0 0
S Hill 0 0 0
A Sendejo 0 73 4
E Kendricks 0 69 4
A Barr 0 74 4
H Smith 0 74 5
X Rhodes 0 67 1
T Newman 0 22 4
T Waynes 0 59 14
E Griffen 0 63 3
B Robison 0 53 3
L Joseph 0 47 3
C Munnerlyn 0 63 0
D Hunter 0 52 7
C Greenway 0 15 4
T Johnson 0 49 3
S Floyd 0 0 0
S Stephen 0 33 7
M Alexander 0 0 6
A Harris 0 0 20
M Sherels 0 0 10
A Cole 0 0 20
E Lamur 0 1 15
J Trattou 0 0 20
J Kearse 0 0 20
K Brothers 0 0 20
E Robinson 0 0 0
K McDermott 0 0 9
J Locke 0 0 9
K Forbath 0 0 11

 


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