Chiefs 22, Vikings 17
Dwayne Bowe and Leonard Pope were in on all but a handful of plays in this one, which has been the theme all season. With Jerheme Urban out of action, Steve Breaston handled 41 snaps as the No. 2 wide receiver. Keary Colbert was in on 19 snaps, compared to only 11 for Terrance Cooper. The fight to replace Jamaal Charles goes on. Le’Ron McClain is usually at fullback, but he was in the backfield more than anyone vs. Minnesota. He handled 37 snaps, while Dexter McCluster was in the game on 27 plays. He ran a pass route on 14 of those plays. Todd Haley has kept McCluster on a “pitch count” this year. His snaps over the first four weeks: 27, 31, 29, 27. Thomas Jones was in on 20 plays, 11 of which were carries. Jackie Battle played a season-high 16 snaps and is a player to monitor if Thomas Jones continues to struggle.
It was another heavy workload for Adrian Peterson, who was in the game on 54 of a possible 62 snaps. Toby Gerhart was in on only eight plays and is up to 26 snaps on the season. Visanthe Shiancoe was in on 48 plays, while Kyle Rudolph handled 25. Bernard Berrian paced the wide receivers with 43 snaps and leads the team in that category this season. Percy Harvin (40 snaps) saw more action than Michael Jenkins (36) for the first time this season. Devin Aromashodu handled 16 snaps – a season high.
Lions 34, Cowboys 30
Despite the emergence of Titus Young, Nate Burleson was still second among wide receivers to only Calvin Johnson in snaps this week. He handled 54 snaps (40 pass routes) to Young’s 45 (35 pass routes). Brandon Pettigrew was in on all but three plays, while Tony Scheffler played a season-low 14 snaps. Jahvid Best’s top reliever this week was Keiland Williams, who handled nine snaps. He had handled four last week and 11 in Week 2. After a 15-snap Week 3, Jerome Harrison was in on only three plays this week. Maurice Morris is on a roller coaster ride, as well, playing only one snap this week.
Dez Bryant played a season-high 66 snaps, missing only nine plays. Laurent Robinson took over as the No. 2 WR with Miles Austin out and Kevin Ogletree underperforming. He was in on 50 plays and ran 43 of a possible 48 pass routes. Ogletree was in on just 25 plays. Martellus Bennett (45 snaps) continues to play over John Phillips (36) as the No. 2 TE behind Jason Witten. Felix Jones paced the backfield in snaps for the third time this season, this time with 44 snaps played. Tashard Choice ran two fewer pass routes than Jones and was in on 24 snaps. DeMarco Murray was in on only seven plays.
49ers 24, Eagles 23
Barely able to play with an injury, Frank Gore did not start, but still led the 49ers backers with 39 snaps. Kendall Hunter got the start and was in on a career-high 22 snaps. Note that the ratio between the two was 42:21 in Week 3, but Gore was struggling with the same injury during that game. In a bit of a surprise, Anthony Dixon did not play at all. Josh Morgan handled 48 snaps to lead the wideouts. Michael Crabtree played three fewer snaps, but ran three more pass routes than Morgan. Ted Ginn (12 snaps) and Kyle Williams (four) made little impact. One final note – Colin Kaepernick made his NFL debut with one snap early in the game. He was a decoy and handed the ball off.
LeSean McCoy continues to dominate the tailback snaps in Philly. He played 64 snaps to Ronnie Brown’s eight. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were each in on 61 of a possible 68 plays, but Jackson ran one additional pass route. Brent Celek managed 59 plays and ran a season-high 37 pass routes. Jason Avant still has a firm grasp on the No. 3 WR job, handling 49 snaps to Steve Smith’s 10. Clay Harbor made an impact in the receiving game early, but ended up with a season-low 11 snaps.
Saints 23, Jaguars 10
Lance Moore is either still on a pitch count, or has been passed out on the depth chart by Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. Henderson led the wideouts with 62 Week 4 snaps. Meachem was next with 61 and leads all Saints offensive skill position players in that category by a longshot. After missing Week 1, Moore has played 25, 40, and 32 snaps, respectively, over the last three games. He also ran about a dozen fewer pass routes than Henderson/Meachem. Marques Colston was back in action, but played only 29 snaps. He should be back atop this board once he’s 100% healthy. Darren Sproles again led the Saints backfield in snaps – this time with 35, 25 of which were pass plays. Mark Ingram ran the ball 17 times on 28 snaps. Pierre Thomas was in on 25 plays, 18 of which were passes. Jimmy Graham played 70 of a possible 81 snaps and John Gilmore played 20 in relief of injured Dave Thomas.
Mike Thomas, once again, paced the Jaguars wideouts in snaps, but Jason Hill was only one behind. These two are the clear one-two punch. Cecil Shorts handled 29 snaps, compared to just 15 for Jarett Dillard. Shorts enjoys a 102-to-52 edge over Dillard this season. Marcedes Lewis playd 50+ snaps for the second week in a row, while Zach Miller and Zach Potter split two dozen TE2 snaps down the middle. Maurice Jones-Drew had a quite afternoon, but played a season-high 47 snaps. He’s seen an increase in snaps each week this season. Deji Karim was in on 15 plays and is strictly a handcuff.
Patriots 31, Raiders 19
Despite a quiet day at the office, Rob Gronkowski played all 61 snaps in Week 4. With Aaron Hernandez out and Dan Gronkowski cut two weeks back, lineman Thomas Welch handled No. 2 TE duties, playing 22 snaps. Wes Welker continues to steal the glory at wideout, but Deion Branch matched him with 53 snaps this week. Branch has played only 17 fewer snaps this season. Matt Slater played a season-high 20 snaps to Chad Ochocinco’s season-low 16 and Julian Edelman’s 16. Danny Woodhead struggled with an injury in this one, allowing Stevan Ridley to handle a career-high 18 snaps. He played behind BenJarvus-Green Ellis, who was in on a season-best 37 plays.
Jacoby Ford was back in the fold, but was limited to just 22 snaps. Darrius Heyward-Bey (54 snaps) and Denarius Moore (51) picked up the slack. Chaz Schilens (23) and Derek Hagan (20) were also involved. Kevin Boss played a season-high 48 snaps and Richard Gordon, filling in for an injured Marcel Reece, played a career-high 24 snaps. Darren McFadden handled 39 snaps to Michael Bush’s 26. 17 of Bush’s snaps were pass plays.
Redskins 17, Rams 10
Fred Davis played a season-high 62 snaps in Week 4, but note that Chris Cooley’s snaps have been on the rise, as well. Cooley played a season-high 50 snaps this week and has seen his snaps go from 38 to 37 to 41 to 50 over the last four games. On the season, Davis leads the Redskins skill position players in snaps with 237. Santana Moss played 55 Week 4 snaps to pace the wideouts for the fourth week in a row. Jabar Gaffney (45 snaps) was just behind. With Anthony Armstrong out, Donte’ Stallworth stepped into a season-high 28 snaps. Niles Paul added 22 and Terrence Austin was in on five. In his 2011 debut, Ryan Torain edged Tim Hightower by one snap to pace the tailbacks. Hightower was, however, in on nine more pass plays. Roy Helu was in on just 12 plays.
Mike Sims-Walker dominated the wideouts in snaps again this week – this time with 64. He holds a 228-to-151 edge over second place Brandon Gibson in that area this season. Danario Alexander played more snaps than Gibson for the second week in a row and seems to have the handle on the No. 2 job. Gibson was actually fourth among wide receivers this week, playing just 23 to Alexander’s 48 and Austin Pettis’ 38. Despite his struggles, Lance Kendricks continues to play a ton. He handled a TE-leading 47 snaps and is second among offensive skill position players with 175. Steven Jackson played all 67 snaps in Week 4, leaving none for any other tailbacks.
Texans 17, Steelers 10
Andre Johnson played just 28 snaps in this one before going down with a leg injury that will likely cost him a few games. Kevin Walter (41 snaps) and Jacoby Jones (33) filled in. Bryant Johnson played only seven snaps as the No. 3 WR in his absence. Owen Daniels handled 52 snaps and now leads all Texans skill position players in snaps this season with 226. Joel Dreessen has played more than you think this season. He’s been in on 167 plays after a season-low 34 snaps in Week 4. James Casey played just 28 snaps after a breakout 47 snap performance in Week 3. His snaps have gone from 45 to 23 to 47 to 28 over the season’s first four games. Arian Foster returned to action and seems to be at full health. He handled 51 of a possible 56 snaps. Ben Tate was in on three plays before suffering an injury. Chris Ogbonnaya played two snaps in relief of both Tate and Derrick Ward.
Despite a heavy decline in targets, Hines Ward played 52 of a possible 57 snaps in Week 4 and still trails only Heath Miller among Steelers offensive skill position players this season. Mike Wallace also played 52 snaps this week and is just 17 behind Ward on the year. Antonio Brown has been picking up Ward’s targets, but played only 27 snaps in Week 4. Fortunately for his owners, 22 of those were pass plays. On the other hand, Pittsburgh ran the ball on 19 of Emmanuel Sanders 21 snaps. You’re welcome, defensive coordinators. Week 4 showed us a three-man rotation at tailback between Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, and Mewelde Moore, who each played between 15 and 16 snaps.
Buccaneers 24, Colts 17
Mike Williams did not miss a snap in Week 4 and has sat out on only two this season. Arrelious Benn played 38 snaps as the No. 2 wideout, but still hasn’t put much distance on the other Bucs wideouts. Dez Briscoe and emerging Preston Parker each were in an on 26 snaps. LeGarrette Blount played a season-high 51 snaps this week, but Earnest Graham still handled the passing down workload. The Bucs threw the ball on 15 of Graham’s 18 snaps. Kregg Lumpkin has played between seven and eight snaps in three of the team’s four games, including Week 4. Luke Stocker played 36 snaps and is up to 112 this season. He’s played quite a bit across from top TE Kellen Winslow, who was in on 64 Week 4 plays.
Reggie Wayne did not miss a Week 4 snap and has sat out on just one play all season. Pierre Garcon continues to hold down the No. 2 WR job – this week with 49 snaps played. Austin Collie was in on 37 snaps, 29 of which were pass plays. He ran only foure fewer pass routes than Garcon. Dallas Clark was in on 50 of a possible 52 Week 4 snaps. Blocker Brody Eldridge handled 15. Jacob Tamme was in on two plays and has been in the game on just nine plays this year. Joe Addai paced the tailbacks with 33 snaps, compared to 16 for Delone Carter. Addai holds a 170-to-57 snap edge on Carter this season. Donald Brown made his 2011 debut with three snaps played.
Bears 34, Panthers 29
Kellen Davis has been a mainstay in the lineup this year and actually led the offensive skill position players in snaps with 45 in Week 4. He’s up 166 on the year, 124 ahead of the next closest tight end, Matt Spaeth. Matt Forte handled 40 snaps this week compared to only nine for Marion Barber, who made his Bears debut. Devin Hester paced the wideouts with 32 snaps and leads all Bears skill position players in that category this season. Johnny Knox was just behind at 27 snaps and Roy Williams handled 21. Sam Hurd (15 snaps) played ahead of Dane Sanzenbacher (13).
Steve Smith played 69 snaps in this one and has now been on field for 61+ snaps in each of the team’s first four games. Legedu Naanee continues to keep pace with Smith, having played 68 snaps this week. Greg Olsen also hit the 68 mark. Those three are 1-2-3, respectively, in overall snaps by skill position players this season. Jeremy Shockey was in on a season-high 40 snaps as the Panthers continue to heavily use the 2-TE set. Brandon LaFell handled 31 snaps and is up to 141 on the season as the No. 3 wideout. Jonathan Stewart played 43 snaps to DeAngelo Williams’ 24. Stewart was in on 29 pass plays compared to just 12 for Williams. Stewart has a 146-to-114 snap edge on the year.
Ravens 34, Jets 17
Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith each played 68 of a possible 73 snaps in this one. Boldin leads the skill position players in snaps this season and Smith has seen his rise each week. LaQuan Williams (16 snaps) handled WR No. 3 duties over Tandon Doss (four). Ed Dickson continues his firm grasp of the top Tight End job. He handled 66 snaps to Dennis Pitta’s 24. IT’s a 234-to-89 edge for Dickson this season. Ray Rice was in on 52 snaps, compared to 21 for Ricky Williams. A seven-snap Week 2 when the Ravens offense managed only 52 offensive plays being the only exception, Williams has racked up 21+ snaps in each of the team’s other three games.
Santonio Holmes was in on 55 plays in this one and leads the team’s offensive skill position players in snaps this season. Plaxico Burress was in on 47 plays and Derrick Mason followed with 31. Jeremy Kerley and Patrick Turner combined for six snaps in Week 4. Dustin Keller was in on 51 plays, second on offense to only Holmes. Matt Mulligan handled 16 snaps as the No. 2 TE. LaDainian Tomlinson played 29 snaps to Shonn Greene’s 26 in this one. Greene still holds a 127-to-119 edge on the season
Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
Julio Jones handled 62 snaps in Week 4 and has played only 30 fewer snaps than Roddy White this season. Harry Douglas was in on a season-low 22 snaps. Tony Gonzalez was in on 66 plays, the third time he’s been over 60 snaps this season. Michael Palmer and Reggie Kelly again shared No. 2 TE duties. Michael Turner was in on 45 snaps – a season high, while Jacquizz Rodgers handled 32 snaps with Jason Snelling out of action. Only nine of Rodgers’ snaps were run plays.
Sidney Rice seems to be fully back. He has handled 50+ snaps in each of his first two games as a Seahawk. He paced all Seattle wideouts in Week 4. Doug Baldwin is shaping up to be a steal as an undrafted free agent. He was in on 37 snaps after playing 39 in Week 4. He played six more snaps than Mike Williams and underwhelming Golden Tate was in on just six plays. Tate also played behind Ben Obomanu, who played 22 snaps. Zach Miller handled 46 snaps at tight end with Anthony McCoy covering 20 plays. Marshawn Lynch paced the running backs in snaps for the third time in four games. He played four more snaps than Justin Forsett and holds a 34 snap edge on the season. Leon Washington was in on five plays and is up to 26 on the season.
Packers 49, Broncos 23
Greg Jennings was in the game on 56 Week 4 plays, which paced the Packers skill position players for the fourth time in as many weeks. Donald Driver managed 26 snaps despite leaving the game for a while with an injury. Jordy Nelson (42 snaps) and James Jones (37) picked up the slack. Randall Cobb also helped up by matching his career-high of 15 snaps. Behind Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless handled 19 snaps, which was four more than Tom Crabtree and 13 more than DJ Williams. With Ryan Grant out, James Starks handled 49 snaps. John Kuhn was in on 19 plays and Alex Green managed only six in his NFL debut.
The Broncos offense was led by a 52 snap effort from Eric Decker and a 48 snap day from Brandon Lloyd. Decker has played 107 snaps to Lloyd’s 102 over the last two weeks. Matt Willis continues to fill in for Eddie Royal, handling 36 snaps. Daniel Fells was in on 45 plays as the top tight end. Virgil Green was in on 18 plays and has been right about two dozen snaps each of the last three weeks. He played ahead of Dante Rosario (four snaps). Willis McGahee is now this team’s lead back. He was in on 28 plays, compared to Knowshon Moreno’s 16. McGahee ran on 15 of his snaps, while 12 of Moreno’s 16 snaps were pass plays. Lance Ball also chipped in with 12 snaps, nine of which were pass plays.
Bengals 23, Bills 20
Jermaine Gresham was in the game on 68 snaps in Week 4 and has been over 60 three times this season. Donald Lee played 17 snaps as the No. 2 TE. AJ Green was the top wideout with 66 snaps played and is up to 227 on the year – second on the team to only Gresham. Jerome Simpson regained his WR No. 2 duties with 62 snaps played. Andre Caldwell handled 33 snaps and Andrew Hawkins was in on six plays. Cedric Benson was in on 44 snaps and has played either 44 or 45 snaps in three of the team’s first four games. Brian Leonard handled 17 snaps to Bernard Scott’s 10 and holds a 64-to-24 edge on underused Scott this season.
It continues to be a three-headed WR attack on offense for the Bills. Steve Johnson, Donald Jones, and David Nelson each played between 52 and 55 snaps in Week 4. Each ran exactly 35 pass routes. Naamen Roosevelt handled 14 snaps as the No. 4 WR and Brad Smith was targeted on four of his eight snaps. Fred Jackson was in on 51 plays (32 passes), compared to just 14 snaps (nine passes) for CJ Spiller. Scott Chandler matched his Week 3 snap total with 25.
Titans 31, Browns 13
Finally, we can discuss how the Titans attempted to fill Kenny Britt’s shoes. Nate Washington and Damian Williams were the clear top two options at wideout. Each of them handled 45 snaps, 20 of which were pass routes. Lavelle Hawkins chipped in with 20 snaps as the No. 3 wideout. Marc Mariani (five snaps) and Donnie Avery (one) were barely involved. Daniel Graham played a season-high 24 snaps, but ran only two pass routes, as the team spent plenty of time running the ball to kill the clock. Jared Cook was in on a season-low 22 plays, but ran 17 pass routes. Chris Johnson handled 40 snaps and has played between 40 and 42 snaps in three of the team’s first four games. Javon Ringer was in on 14 snaps and Jamie Harper handled only one. It’s worth noting that the Titans ran only 50 offensive plays in this game, which is very low and depresses the snap numbers a bit.
Greg Little played 71 snaps in Week 4 and is up to a Browns wide receiver-leading 214 on the year. He’s led the Browns wideouts in snaps each week this season. Mohamed Massaquoi was next in line at wide receiver with 61 snaps played, but Josh Cribbs was just behind at 58. Brian Robiskie’s snaps are on the decline. He was in on just 26 plays this week. Ben Watson handled 68 snaps, compared to 17 for Alex Smith and 15 for Evan Moore. 15 was a season-high for Moore, but note that the Browns racked up an absurd 87 offensive plays, 19 more than their previous season-high of 68 in Week 1. Peyton Hillis played 53 snaps to Montario Hardesty’s 39 in Week 4. Hillis ran 10 more pass routes.
Chargers 26, Dolphins 16
With Antonio Gates still out, Randy McMichael led Chargers skill position players with 50 snaps played. Reserve TE Kory Sperry was in on 31 playes. Malcom Floyd led the wideouts with 46 snaps due to a limited Vincent Jackson, who was in on only 20 plays. Patrick Crayton filled in for Jackson with 45 snaps played. Vincent Brown was in on a career-high 20 snaps, 17 of which were pass plays. Ryan Mathews played 35 snaps to Mike Tolbert’s 32. 24 of Tolbert’s snaps were pass plays. Mathews enjoys a 151-to-129 edge on the year, but it’s even closer than that when you take into account that Tolbert was limited with an injury in Week 3.
Brandon Marshall missed only one snap in this one and is up to 234 snaps on the year. Among skill position players on offense, he trails only Anthony Fasano (by 11) on the year. Fasano added 50 Week 4 snaps, while Jeron Mastrud was in on a season-best 21 plays. Brian Hartline was in on 39 snaps, compared to just 24 for Davone Bess. Hartline ran 26 pass routes, compared to just 19 for Bess. Hartline has played 211 snaps to Bess’ 167 this season. With Daniel Thomas out, Reggie Bush handled 38 snaps. Lex Hillard was second in line and handled 16 snaps. Newcomer Steve Slaton was in the game on four plays. Utilityman Charles Clay racked up a career-high 14 snaps.
Giants 31, Cardinals 27
Hakeem Nicks was in on 59 Week 4 snaps, which paced the wideouts for the fourth week in a row. Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz have entered a committee at WR No. 2, at least, for the short term. Manningham played 45 snaps to Cruz’s 40. Ahmad Bradshaw handled 48 snaps to Brandon Jacobs’ 16. Bradshaw enjoys a massive 157-to-68 edge on Jacobs this season. Jake Ballard handled 47 snaps and trails only Nicks and Bradshaw in snaps among offensive skill position players on the season. Travis Beckum was in on 19 plays and Bear Pascoe handled 10. Henry Hynoski (29 snaps) is the top fullback.
Larry Fitzgerald’s 67 snaps paced the offense again this week. He’s missed only six snaps this season. Andre Roberts was next in line with 57 snaps and continues to play quite a bit more than Early Doucet (33 Week 4 snaps). Roberts has a 211-to-109 edge on Doucet this season. DeMarco Sampson played four snaps and seems to have a handle on the No. 4 WR job. Todd Heap’s 58 snaps were just one off his Week 3 total. After handling a total of 53 snaps over the season’s first two weeks, he’s played 117 over the last two. Jeff King, on the other hand, has been between 24 and 38 snaps each of the first four weeks. Heap’s role is expanding, King’s is declining. Beanie Wells was in on 57 Week 4 snaps, well ahead of LaRod Stephens-Howling’s seven and Alfonso Smith’s three.
Rest will be added once the data comes in…