Packers Week Four Snap Counts Vs. Atlanta Falcons

The big story about the snap counts is about coping with attrition.  Even so, who the coaches actually do decide to play can be interesting.

The preferred starters on the offensive line played every snap.  Wagner, Nijman and Runyan played their normal number of special teams snaps.

In the absence of Davante Adams and Lazard, the Packers turned to Shepherd and Taylor.  They played a combined 81 snaps but saw just 4 targets.  The Packers continued to play Jamaal Williams more than some might expect.  Williams played slightly more snaps than Aaron Jones, but Jones received 20 "looks" (carries plus targets) in his 33 snaps whereas Williams received 16 in 36 snaps.  Ervin also continues to receive a lot of snaps compared to looks but it certainly seems to work.  The Packers held Marcedes Lewis out.  Tonyan had a big game but the share of snaps among the tight ends did not change much.  The Packers limited Deguara to one special teams snap and just seven on offense.  





Name

Snaps

%

ST

Jenkins

63

100

7 - 22%

Patrick

63

100

7 - 22%

Turner

63

100

 

Bakh

63

100

 

Linsley

63

100

 

Runyan

0

 

5 - 22%

Nijman

0

0

5 - 22%

Wagner

7

11

5 - 22%

 

 

 

 

Rodgers

62

98

0 - 0

Boyle

1

2

0- 0

Lovett

6

10

15 -65%

 

 

 

 

MVS

61

97

 

Shepherd

36

57

 

Taylor

45

71

15 - 47%

Begelton

2

3

2 - 9%

 

 

 

 

Tonyan

42

67

NONE

Sternberger

14

22

4 -17%

Degaura

7

11

1 - 4%

 

 

 

 

Jones

33

52

0 - 0

J. Williams

36

57

9 - 39%

Ervin

23

37

7 -30%

Dillon

3

5

6 - 26%

22 played Off.

 

 

 

With Sullivan out so soon due to a concussion and King later straining a quad, the Packers relied upon their depth.  I do not see any surprises in the snap counts for the secondary.  Calvin Ridley was banged up but played 45 snaps and had 5 targets without a reception, while Julio Jones played just 21 snaps.  Summers remained the starter but Barnes got a significant increase in snaps.  Burks managed just two snaps on defense while playing a ton of special teams snaps.

The defensive linemen played their normal roles in the absence of Kenny Clark.  Winn played eleven snaps, up from five last week. There have been reports that Snacks Harrison will travel to Seattle on Tuesday and to Green Bay on Wednesday.  The Packers can just leave Winn on the practice squad for now and sign him to the 53 man roster if they want to play him in another NFL game. Some decisions probably will be made soon along the defensive line.





Name

Snaps

%

STs

Amos

70

100

3 - 13%

Alexander

70

100

None

Savage

67

96

6 - 26

Greene

50

71

12 - 70%

Redmond

39

56

17 - 74%

King

30

43

 

Jackson

28

40

11 - 48%

Scott

11

16

13 - 57%

Hollman

12

17

11 - 48%

Sullivan

3

4

2 - 9%

 

 

 

 

P. Smith

67

96

 

Z Smith

64

91

7 - 22%

Summers

52

74

18 - 78%

Barnes

38

54

4 - 17%

Garvin

24

34

 

Ramsey

8

11

7 - 30%

Burks

2

3

18 - 74%

D Harris

 

 

13 - 57%

 

 

 

 

Lowry DE

43

61

5 - 22%

Lancaster

35

50

7 - 30%

Keke

35

50

3 - 13%

Winn

11

16

1 - 4%

M Adams

10

14

8 - 35%

 

 

 

 

23 played Def.

 

 

 

 





Name

Snaps

%

ST

Crosby

 

 

11 - 48%

Scott

 

 

7 - 30%

Bradley

 

 

7 - 30%

 



Inactive Players

Love, Nickerson, Adams, Clark, Gary and M. Lewis

Active/DNP

None

Tonyan and Alexander normally play quite a few snaps on special teams. They played none against Atlanta despite the Packers losing other players who also normally play a lot on special teams. Deguara played just one ST snap but that might have been due to easing him back into playing.

 

 

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Lphill's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:04 am

I wouldn’t give up on Sternberger, I think he will have a breakout game, interesting this week Burks snaps on defense, with Gary out he could have given a breather to one of the Smiths , Summers could have as well .

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:20 am

Summers and Burks are not really physically comparable to the Smiths. Summers was in any case busy as ILB 1.

Burks was filling in as an OLB in cover role last week. This week Garvin and Ramsey were both active and available. It looks like with a Greene playing many more snaps Burks wasn’t needed at ILB much either despite Barnes going down, but by then mostly in coverage mode with Scott coming in due to lead.

Sternberger was taking on a lot of Lewis’ role. He did OK. Tonyan is more versed in move routes, and also the starting TE.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:19 am

I was surprised to see Shepherd at WR so much. Fortunately, we didn’t give him a chance to embarrass himself. We gave Dillon one carry. We threw it to Turner once with good results. By my rough count, 46 of our 63 plays had the ball going to an RB or TE. We threw it at MVS 9 times.

We scored 30, well below our average but still.....it’s 30. The defense got enough stops that a team that had averaged 30 only got 16.

We never trailed. At halftime, we already had more points than Atlanta ended up with. No turnovers for the 4th straight week. Rodgers got sacked once and also took two hits that I saw. We punted twice. We failed on downs at the goal line (I’m in favor of lining it up in the I formation, putting a massive lead blocker at FB, and giving the ball to a pile driver while running it over your best OL. It’s not tricky, but it works)

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I want to say a word about Tonyan. I’ve driven through his hometown on several occasions and have followed him with interest since he came to Green Bay. I thought the acquisitions of Sternberger and DeGuara....and signing Lewis...might mean the Packers didn't think he was part of the answer at TE. But he’s our #1 TE now, and he’s earned it. Tonyan could have pulled a Joshjones and asked the Packers to release him but instead decided to compete...and win. He’s having a great start to this season.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:36 am

Shepherd did get open and made 2 of his 3 catches including a key third down. The non catch was blanket coverage. Don’t write him off (no I’m not tipping him to be a starter of choice).

MVS drew coverage, even Shepherd did. Bafflingly the Falcons never adjusted to Williams or Tonyan, so the receivers were not the optimal targets mostly.

Tonyan has been a long term project who they say has had a really good work ethic (like Shepherd). That can transform latent talent given time. So glad we stick with those types. Glad we didn’t just cut him. Got flack for saying I was impressed he could tough it out with his injury last year. Core injuries can be pretty darn painful as well as restricting. This is why we need to be more patient and listen better with young players that have good work ethics. We are seeing the dividend now with Tonyan as we did with Lazard and I think beginning to with MVS.

Deguara is a different beast to Tonyan and brought in for a different role. Just hope he is healthy after the bye. That role is only going to help and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Telling you now, Shepherd is another worth investing the time in. Like Tonyan did, will take time, but he has some ability from personal viewing. This is how we afford a deep and varied WR corps. We are getting there.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:27 am

We don’t play a lot of special teams. We punt once or twice a game and there aren’t any returns. We kickoff into the end zone and let them start at the 25. We rarely return punts. In other words, there’s no reason to have starters on our special teams , other than the linemen on extra points and FGs.

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splitpea1's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:36 am

Let's continue to keep Tonyan and Alexander off the special teams as much as possible.... Nice to see Raven Greene get an increased workload and a drive-killing sack.... Dillon is going to have a tough time getting on the field if Jones and Williams continue to produce they way they've been.

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NitschkeFan's picture

October 06, 2020 at 12:20 pm

@TGR, thanks as always for this snap counts post. Really enjoy the info.

As I mentioned one week ago, I wish the Smith brothers could get a few plays of relief but this week with Gary out I knew that was unlikely. Z played well but Preston has been invisible this season, and if that doesn't change I'm inclined to think he might be a cap casualty in the offseason.

Hard to complain at 4-0 with the #1 offense. O-Line probably had their worst game of the season, but that's after 3 very good games. They weren't bad but it seemed like Rodgers was under more pressure (and a couple of ugly head first scrambles) and the run blocking was mediocre this game. It was interesting to see a 6th O-Lineman brought in for 7 plays but I need to re-watch the game to see if that was effective and I assume it was because Lewis was out of the lineup.

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HankScorpio's picture

October 06, 2020 at 02:00 pm

Once again, Aaron Jones plays right around half the snaps. Excellent job by ML to manage his pitch count early in the season so he's available when it really matters.

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flackcatcher's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:51 pm

Raven Greene changed numbers. Quite a legacy for the young man to carry. His snap count increased with the Packers playing their base 3-5 for most of the second half. Soft tissue injuries are taking a toll real early, the curse of not being 'football shape'. Do the Packers have another Fback (as MLF calls the position) on the roster. Great job as always TGR...

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Guam's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:11 pm

Interesting that Winn gets slightly more snaps than M. Adams in his first action with the Packers. And plays reasonably well - had a couple of good run stuffing plays. Between that and the Snacks Harrison rumors, I think Adams' days are numbered.

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