Snap Counts From The Seahawks' Week 5 Win at Los Angeles Rams

A look at who played, and how much they played, in Seattle's 16-10 Week 5 win over the Rams.

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.

Offense

  • With Chris Carson landing on injured reserve last week, the distribution of playing time at running back was one of the things to watch in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Rams, and while Eddie Lacy got the start at the position it was Thomas Rawls who wound up seeing the most snaps, with Rawls playing 47 percent of Seattle's offensive plays to Lacy's 28 percent. Despite the playing time leaning in Rawls' favor, the two backs each received 10 touches. Rawls carried eight times for 20 yards and made two catches for 15 yards, while Lacy ran the ball nine times for 19 yards and made one grab for nine yards. J.D. McKissic, meanwhile, played 26 percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps as he filled the team's third-down role for the injured C.J. Prosise. McKissic ran twice for no gain and hauled in three passes for 36 yards.
  • Quarterback Russell Wilson and all five starting offensive linemen played 100 percent of Seattle's offensive snaps. The Seahawks used a sixth offensive linemen, tackle Matt Tobin, on 12 percent of their plays.
  • Doug Baldwin led the receiving corps in snaps, playing 72 percent. The veteran was followed up by Paul Richardson, who played 69 percent, Tyler Lockett, who played 56 percent, Amara Darboh, who saw action on 26 percent of plays, and Tanner McEvoy, who played 21 percent. 
  • Jimmy Graham scored the only touchdown of the game for Seattle, a play that marked the 60th score of his career, while playing 62 percent of snaps to lead Seahawks tight ends.

Defense

  • The Seahawks had five every-down players against the Rams, as cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Richard Sherman, safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, as well as linebacker Bobby Wagner played 100 percent of Seattle's defensive snaps. Linebacker K.J. Wright (97 percent) and nickel cornerback Justin Coleman (92 percent), who was filling in for the injured Jeremy Lane, weren't far behind.

Along the defensive line, several players saw increased playing time with defensive ends Cliff Avril and Quinton Jefferson out with injuries. Michael Bennett led the way, playing 81 percent of the snaps, followed by Frank Clark (77 percent), Jarran Reed (62 percent), Sheldon Richardson (61 percent), and Marcus Smith (50 percent). Branden Jackson, who the Seahawks signed from their practice squad on Saturday, saw meaningful action in his first game, playing 28 percent of Seattle's snaps. Nazair Jones (23 percent) and Garrison Smith (18 percent) rounded out the team's defensive line rotation. 

Special Teams

  • After missing game time in recent weeks because of injury, cornerback Neiko Thorpe was a welcome addition back to Seattle's special teams unit. Playing 74 percent of the Seahawks' special teams snaps, Thorpe recorded a tackle and recovered a fumble after the Rams muffed a punt.
  • Safety Bradley McDougald led all Seahawks players in special teams snaps, seeing the field on 83 percent of plays. He was followed up by linebacker Terence Garvin (78 percent), Thorpe (74 percent), linebacker D.J. Alexander (70 percent) and fullback Tre Madden (70 percent).
  • Interestingly, Ethan Pocic played just 30 percent of Seattle's special teams snaps but managed to lead the team in return yardage, with the rookie offensive lineman fielding a second quarter Rams kickoff and bringing it back 13 yards. To be fair to Seahawks Pro Bowl return man Tyler Lockett, however, the Rams' two other kickoffs went for touchbacks, and Lockett was only given the opportunity to return one punt, which he brought back for 10 yards, while another was fair caught and another landed out of bounds.
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