Curious who plays in each game and how much they play, as well as what the distribution of playing time might mean? Throughout the season, we’ll post the snap counts for the Seahawks the day after each game and take a look at what stood out.
- Four of five offensive linemen played all 71 snaps, while George Fant missed part of one series with an apparent injury before returning to the game. Rees Odhiambo, who also played for Fant briefly in Seattle’s win over Philadelphia, filled in at left tackle while Fant was out, and also served as a sixth lineman several times, allowing him to total 11 snaps.
- Russell Wilson played 61 snaps before giving way to backup Trevone Boykin in the fourth quarter.
- Jermaine Kearse led Seahawks receivers in playing time at 90 percent, and he also led the Seahawks with 68 receiving yards. Doug Baldwin played 86 percent of the snaps, Tyler Lockett played 62 percent and Tanner McEvoy played 24 percent.
- Jimmy Graham led tight ends at 75 percent playing time, while Nick Vannett was more involved in the offense in Luke Willson’s absence, playing 38 percent of the snaps. Brandon Williams was on the field for 14 percent of the snaps, including Tyler Lockett’s 75-yard touchdown run on which he provided a key block.
- Thomas Rawls led running backs with 55 percent playing time, and turned those 39 plays into 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Troymaine Pope saw the most playing time of his young career at 28 percent, followed by George Farmer at 13 percent. Fullback Will Tukuafu was on the field for only three snaps before leaving the game with a concussion.
- With the Seahawks leading big late, a lot of defensive players who usually play every snap got a bit of a break, with Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead all playing 52 of 58 snaps. Only linebacker Bobby Wagner was on the field for every defensive play.
- Steven Terrell played 71 percent of the snaps, taking over at free safety after Earl Thomas went down with a broken leg.
- Even with Michael Bennett returning from a knee injury, Frank Clark again led defensive linemen in playing time at 69 percent, followed by Cliff Avril (67 percent), Bennett (62 percent), Ahtyba Rubin (55 percent), Cassius Marsh (45 percent), Tony McDaniel (43 percent), Jarran Reed (38 percent) and Damontre Moore (21 percent). Don’t be surprise if Bennett, who was playing for the first time after a five-game absence, eventually sees that percentage go up as the season goes on.
- Mike Morgan, who had an interception on his first play back from injured reserve, started at strongside linebacker, but was on the field for only 29 percent of the snaps, the result of Seattle playing a lot of nickel defense, then turning to reserves late in the game. Nickel corner Jeremy Lane played 66 percent of the snaps, while cornerbacks Neiko Thorpe and DeAndre Elliott each played six snaps late in the game, as did safety Kelcie McCray.
- Brandon Williams once again led the way in special teams playing time at 81 percent, followed by Cassius Marsh at 70 percent. In what is always a positive sign, kicker Steven Hauschka was next at 63 percent, meaning the Seahawks scored a lot of points—Hauschka was 4 for 4 on field goals and 4 for 4 on extra points—which in turn means a lot of kickoffs as well. On the flip side of that, punter Jon Ryan only did his primary job once, but was on the field for nine snaps, eight of them being holds on those Hauschka kicks. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Dewey McDonald and Kelcie McCray each played 59 percent of the special teams snaps, while Neiko Thorpe played 56 percent and DeAndre Elliott and Tyvis Powell played 52 percent.
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