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.
All five starting linemen and quarterback Russell Wilson played all 66 offensive snaps. Additionally, rookie center Joey Hunt earned his first snap, though as a fullback on Christine Michael’s 1-yard touchdown run. J’Marcus Webb was also in on that play, meaning the Seahawks had all seven of their active linemen on the field at the same time.
Tight end Jimmy Graham was on the field for almost every play (95 percent), and had another solid game, catching six passes for a team-high 89 yards. Graham fell just short of becoming the first pass-catcher in Seahawks history to eclipse 100 receiving yards in three straight games. Luke Willson, meanwhile, played 29 percent of the snaps, a workload that was smaller than usual in part because of a knee injury. Rookie Nick Vannett made his NFL debut, but played just three snaps, while Brandon Williams played 15 percent of the snaps.
Doug Baldwin played 85 percent of the snaps while fellow starting receiver Jermaine Kearse played 80 percent. After being limited in the past two games because of a knee injury, Tyler Lockett was back to a more normal work load, playing 64 percent of the snaps while also getting back to kick returning duty.
Christine Michael again led the way at running back, playing 73 percent of the snaps, while C.J. Spiller played 23 percent. Rookie back Alex Collins was on the field for just two plays, but made the most of them, scoring a touchdown in the first half and snagging a crucial third-down pass from Wilson that helped set up the game-winning field goal.
Earl Thomas, Kelcie McCray, Richard Sherman, DeShawn Shead, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright played all 67 defensive snaps.
The Seahawks played quite a bit of base defense, as is evident in Kevin Pierre-Louis’ 60 percent playing time at strongside linebacker. The flip side of that was nickel corner Jeremy Lane playing 39 percent of the snaps.
With Michael Bennett leaving the game early, Cliff Avril led the defensive line rotation, playing 85 percent of the snaps. Tony McDaniel played 66 percent of the snaps, followed by Bennett (64 percent), Ahtyba Rubin (61 percent), Cassius Marsh (52 percent), Jarran Reed (45 percent) and Garrison Smith (28 percent).
Tight end Brandon Williams saw the most special teams action, playing 87 percent of the snaps, making him the only offensive player over 50 percent (Luke Willson is usually more involved, but his knee injury limited him to 47 percent playing time). Linebacker Brock Coyle was next at 80 percent, followed by Dewey McDonald and Neiko Thorpe at 67 percent, and Cassius Marsh and Steven Terrell at 63 percent.
See some sideline action from the Seahawks 26-24 victory over the Falcons at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 16.