Packers Snap Counts Versus The Rams: Week Twelve

The Packers beat the Los Angeles Rams in a hard-hitting and physical game.

The Packers elevated LaDarius Hamilton from the Practice Squad as a Covid Replacement Player for the game against the Rams.  Inactive players were David Bakhtiari (knee), Kevin King (hip/knee), Malik Taylor (abdomen), Vernon Scott and Jack Heflin.  Dennis Kelly, Jordan Love and Jake Hanson were active but did not play.

 

Player Snaps % STs
Nijman 82 100 7 - 19%
Runyan 82 100 7 - 19%
Patrick 82 100 7 - 19%
Newman 82 100  
Turner 82 100  
Braden     10 - 28%
       
Rodgers 82 100  
Love DNP DNP  
       
Dillon 42 51  
Jones 40 49  
Taylor     4 - 11%
       
Deguara 35 43 7 - 19%
Lewis 33 40  
Dafney 20 24 23 - 64%
Davis 3 4 29 - 81%
       
Adams 80 98 1 - 3%
Valdes-Scantling 57 70  
Lazard 53 65  
St. Brown 26 32 22 - 61%
Cobb 19 23 1 - 3%
A. Rodgers 2 2 10 - 28%

The Packers ran the ball 32 times for 92 yards, a 2.9-yard average.  The yards came hard, but they came.  Per Pro Football Focus, the Packers gained an average of 2.7 yards on first down runs, with 94% of that yardage coming after contact.  It seemed to me that the Packers ran right up the middle a lot, including often behind the right guard, Royce Newman.  It stands to reason that there might often be some contact when running between the tackles so much. 

Dillon rushed 20 times for 69 yards, a 3.5-yard average.  His long run was 8 yards.  Aaron Jones received 10 carries and gained 23 yards (2.3-yard average) with a long of 8.  Jones rushed 8 times in the first half but just twice in the second half.  He lost two yards in the second half on his carries.  Dillon carried the ball 14 times for 51 yards (3.64 yards per carry) in the second half.  Clearly, the Packers used Dillon as a battering ram.  It also may be that Jones was on a snap count due to his recent MCL injury.

Aaron Rodgers was hit five times and sacked once.  Per PFF, the line was responsible for two of those 5 QB hits with both allowed by Yosh Nijman, and they assigned 20 pressures to the Packers' offensive linemen.  The pressure allowed was significant, though PFF credits Rodgers' elite movement skills for alleviating some of the pressure.  Rodgers completed 7 of 16 passes on third down with 5 passes resulting in first downs.  The Packers converted 7 of 19 third downs overall, or 38.6%.  Nijman had an important fumble recovery. 

Josiah Deguara finishing with the most snaps at tight end is interesting.  With Cobb leaving the game with a groin injury, the Packers did not turn to Amari Rodgers, who finished with 2 offensive snaps.  Those snaps went to Equanimeous St. Brown and Allen Lazard.

 

Player Snaps % STs
Amos 62 100 2 - 6%
Savage 62 100 2 - 6%
Douglas 62 100 13 - 36%
Sullivan 62 100 2 - 6%
Stokes 62 100 1 - 3%
Black 19 31 23 - 64%
Yiadom     27 - 75%
Jean-Charles     22 - 61%
       
Campbell 62 100  
P. Smith 46 74  
Barnes 38 61 9 - 25%
Gary 33 53  
Galeai 28 45 8 - 22%
Hamilton 17 27  
Burks 5 8 28 - 78%
Summers     28 - 78%
McDuffie     18 - 50%
       
Clark 52 84  
Keke 32 52 6 - 17%
Lowry 29 47 10 - 28%
Lancaster 6 10 12 - 33%
Slaton 5 8 12 - 33%
       

The Rams running backs carried the ball 19 times for 69 yards, a 3.64 average.  They average just 3.92 yards per carry in the first half on 12 carries.  Kenny Clark had 6 tackles (3 solo), one sack, and a tackle for loss (2 TFL per PFF) to go with a number of pressures.  Krys Barnes led the Packers with 9 tackles (7 solo).  Rasul Douglas and Adrian Amos contributed 5 (3 solo) and 4 solo tackles, respectively.  Clark and Gary each had 2 QB hits with Dean Lowry contributing one QB hit.  Gary had a sack with a forced fumble.

Rasul Douglas gave up a long touchdown completion but he had a good day otherwise with 4 passes defensed, including an interception that he returned for a touchdown.  Eric Stokes rebounded in this game, allowing just 3 completions on 10 targets for 20 yards, per PFF.  He broke up two passes and had 3 solo tackles.  Chandon Sullivan appeared to be responsible for the other long touchdown reception. 

Tipa Gileai played 28 snaps while LaDarius Hamilton played 17 snaps.  Rashan Gary may have been on a snap count.  Hamilton had 3 tackles (2 solo) while Gileai had one solo tackle.  As the Packers opened up their lead in the second half, the need for size on the defensive line was less than normal, which perhaps resulted in lower snap counts for Tyler Lancaster and Tederall Slaton.

 

WR: 2.89

RB: 1.00

TE: 1.11

 

DL: 2.00

ILB: 1.69

OLB: 2.00

DB:  5.31

 

*All Statistics per NFL Gamebook unless otherwise noted.

 

 

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2021 at 05:07 am

One of the interesting things in this game is the tight rotation of defensive players. The DBs appear to be set in stone (until Jaire Alexander returns from IR - fingers crossed on that). The ILBs are going to be Campbell for every snap with Barnes getting the lions' share of any remaining snaps. I think OLBs will be Preston and Gary with Tipa and Hamilton filling in until Garvin returns from the Covid list. The only area that will vary is the DL as I expect Slaton and Lancaster to get more snaps depending on the score and the opponent.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2021 at 05:22 am

I was surprised that the Packers released Kerrith Whyte from the PS though they needed a spot. I liked Whyte and frankly thought there were several guys on the PS who seem like better candidates. Oh well, this seldom matters, though Rasul Douglas was sitting on a PS squad as someone noted in the Gut Reactions thread.

I also note that Will Redmond was released from the IR, having passed his physical. That should increase the Packers' cap space by something like $388K, if I remember correctly. Randy Ramsey is still on the IR.

Next Gen Stats indicates that Rashan Gary had 6 pressures on 22 pass rushing opportunities. 29%. Yeah, heal up and be ready for the stretch run.

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Coldworld's picture

November 29, 2021 at 06:04 am

I’m not surprised at the low snap counts for Slaton and Lancaster. It was pretty obvious that the Rams weren’t going to commit to the run even before they were down.

The Rams are noticeable for how little they do over the short and intermediate middle. That played away from Barnes’ weaknesses and we saw more Sullivan. If King were healthy, I think he might have shared that role.

Another potential multi interception game, but at least we are getting in position to make these plays. At some point we will win one that way if it continues.

Gary with one arm is streets ahead of the next man up. Hamilton may improve, but Galeai showed why he’s not ready to do more than cover, at times being manhandled like a rag doll. Hamilton wasn’t bad but he’s not a threat at this point. Perhaps Orchard has enough left in the tank to be the 5th OLB option until Garvin and Z are back. Keke had an impact again.

Two plays by the Rams bother me. The take out of Savage on the inside kick. I’m not sure whether that is illegal, but it probably should be in those circumstances. The other was Donald squeezing Patrick’s windpipe right in front of an official. That is illegal and makes something of a mockery of NFL player safety rules.

I see nice things being said about ESB, but the team really missed Cobb. Compared to 95 yards and a TD in the first half, ESB managed 1 catch for 7 in the second. Yes he looks good with the ball in hand, but he’s seldom in a place to get it unless schemed open. That said, LaFleur and Rodgers need to find a way to do that if Cobb can’t go in future. I think we are better for a plausible threat and they don’t seem to want to use Rodgers or Taylor when he is healthy. We are much more balanced when we have a slot WR working and involved. We left too many points on the table in the second half, partly as a result.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2021 at 07:02 am

I forgot about King! I rather agreed with another comment that King should be our silver-center cent (a coin minted but never circulated in the US).

I didn't think our OL played quite as well as others apparently did. Nor would I suggest that GB dominated this game, though the TOP was 40 to 20. The offense got the ball on turnovers at the 27 and 29, didn't do much and kicked field goals. On another turnover, the offense got the ball at the 6 yard line but they did punch it in for a TD. That's 13 points and Douglas' pick six was good for another 6, so 19 points off turnovers. LAR had 3 points off the muff/turnover. LAR's drivers were 81, 75 and 80 yards long, plus the FG off the muff and a gimme 2 pt. conversion.

I was going to write something about Cobb's injury and needing more than 2 recs for 13 from Lazard and Deguara each and 1 rec and 7 yards from ESB, but I decided to let LH have his superduper WR line from the gut reactions thread go unchallenged.

Aaron Donald played 81 of 82 snaps. Greg Gaines played 76 snaps which is 93 %. [BTW, where do they get all these good NTs and IDLs - Gaines is better than the starter, Sebastian Day, who is on IR since Nov. 5. Gaines was a pain all day.] Big time and big money DTs play lots of snaps. I am not worried about Clark playing 52 snaps even if that is 84%. I don't entirely approve of so many snaps for Donald and Gaines, mind. I'd keep Clark at 45 to 60 snaps per game if at all possible.

Tipa played pretty well last week but less well this week. Neither Tipa nor Hamilton did much when asked to rush the passer. Tipa is fast getting upfield but he gets pushed outside the arc. It doesn't look like can or at least knows how to convert speed to power or otherwise make an inside move. Hamilton just occupied a blocker and gained no space, IIRC.

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Coldworld's picture

November 29, 2021 at 07:22 am

Tipa doesn’t have power. He’s 230 something and willowy. He is starting to be decent in coverage, but he’s not going to rush in the way the other OLBs do. He’s more akin to Fackrell than anything. This wasn’t really a day where that role was much called for. I agree on Hamilton. Perhaps he can improve, perhaps not, but he’s just a body able to hold his position at this point.

I agree with you on the Ram’s usage, particularly on a day where Dillon had pounded them, but that’s the price of a big name strategy: not much underneath. I am not sure Day is going to regain that spot, but I’m told that was discussed as possible prior to him going down.

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murf7777's picture

November 29, 2021 at 08:25 am

Douglas and Campbell have been unbelievable steals this year. The Touchdown on Douglas was a fault in communication or responsibility by the safety. Hard to cover a person one on one with the middle of the field wide open. If it was on the sideline that’s a different story as you can use it as an extra defender.

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stockholder's picture

November 29, 2021 at 07:43 am

DeGuara didn't surprise. He's getting the reps and its showing. Cobb too. The double teams on clark are getting to obvious. The OL played great. ( With NO All-pros. Give them credit.) "Their DL was advertised as great". Arron Rodgers plays to win. He's still priority #1. Amos is the glue in the secondary. Stafford Loves to pick on Sullivan. And thats what needs to change. "He must play tighter." Praise the LBs! Their doing a great job!

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murf7777's picture

November 29, 2021 at 08:26 am

I would say the OL played good, if it weren’t for a great QB like Rodgers, I don’t think we win with that line against the Rams. We need to sign Rodgers to a 4 year contract.

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stockholder's picture

November 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Yes- If he leaves it will be for the raiders. Why? Long Hair, Howard Hughes Contract.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2021 at 08:00 pm

PFF grades for the OL per Zach Kruse's article:'

38.2 - Runyan
43.4 - Patrick
51.5 - Newman
51.5 to 71: Somewhere in that range = Nijman and Turner.

Winning sometimes allows things to go unnoticed or unexamined. Not surprisingly, Aaron Donald graded out at 90.8.

38 and 43 are reject grades. 51 is a needs replacement grade. 51 to 71 is somewhere in the replacement to average to just short of quality starter. PFF grades should be taken with a grain of doubt. Here, the grades match my eye test.

The Packers won this game despite the performance of the offensive line. No doubt those players battled and were gritty, and ultimately got done what was necessary.

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PatrickGB's picture

November 29, 2021 at 11:48 am

AmRodgers has been a disappointment. I was not high on him before or after the draft. He had a lot of write ups about him being the next Cobb. So far he isn’t . Other WR’s who are rookies have stepped in and done well for their teams while he has not. He was supposed to be skilled at returning punts but that has been something that he struggled with early on. But he IS a rookie and time will tell. I hope it doesn’t take too long.

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Duneslick's picture

November 29, 2021 at 01:29 pm

he looks slow to me. Must have been timed by clemson coachs before the draft

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Matt Gonzales's picture

November 29, 2021 at 04:36 pm

O.o

Really, though, this is a prime example of how speed =/= game speed. Amari is clearly having a tough time processing what is going on on the field, and it is making him slower, more indecisive, and messing with his mechanics. There are plenty of other Packers receivers that dealt with this who blossomed later. There are others that were never able to adjust to NFL game speed and the complexity of the playbook.

Amari would probably do just fine this year with a very limited role and only being put on the field for motion/end around plays, but there are other receivers that can do that too, and who can also play the whole route tree.

At this point, if Cobb isn't back after the bye I expect EQ and Taylor to continue absorbing his snaps, with Rodgers the odd man out.

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Lphill's picture

November 29, 2021 at 02:39 pm

No carries for Taylor , Dillon was getting winded and they were being cautious with Jones , I'm surprised they didn't spell Dillon with Taylor , he's a big back too.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2021 at 08:21 pm

I thought Deguara had a decent day. I see that Dafney graded out higher but got fewer snaps. I think that will continue. Dafney is a limited player who offers nothing as a receiver. Deguara seems to be rounding into better shape but he is a receiving threat, albeit a mild irritant to a defense at this point. The offense probably needs that extra dimension so I expect Deguara to get far more snaps that Dafney going forward.

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LLCHESTY's picture

November 29, 2021 at 11:40 pm

I was listening to sports radio in Madison today and missed who they were talking to but it was a former LB who said he played "one year and a cup of coffee in the NFL." He said he thinks Deguara is a deceptive receiver because he's so still at the LOS. He said usually TEs that are going out on routes have their head up looking around to see where the D is lined up but Deguara comes to the LOS and keeps his head down like he's just focused on blocking the guy in front of him. I thought that was interesting and I'll be looking at it next game.

I thought this was a cool tidbit on Gary vs Whitworth too, although I'm not sure I'd call it a strip sack, just a big fist hitting the QBs arm in the sweet spot.

https://twitter.com/JacobMorley/status/1465155017774706695?t=h1drwMlGhxf...

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