A new feature for Footballguys is the inclusion of snap counts. Find Baltimore's here and see links to other teams as well. Snap counts are of utmost importance. Obviously, if a player isn't on the field, he isn't going to produce. Here are some takeaways from the Week 1 snap counts.
Obviously Alshon Jeffery (60 snaps) was a known quantity here, and everyone knew Eddie Royal (65 snaps) would have a role as well. The surprise from Week 1 was Marquess Wilson, who was right there as well with 64 snaps.
What was talked about for the last few months did show up in Week 1. DeMarco Murray was replaced by multiple players. Lance Dunbar led all backs with 33 snaps, and starter Joseph Randle took 27. Darren McFadden grabbed 10.
With only 47 snaps, the Lions didn't stay on the field much. This is the reason their offensive players generally disappointed.
Ameer Abdullah was electric with his 21 snaps, but Joique Bell almost matched him with 18. Theo Riddick saw 8 plays, while preseason darling, Zach Zenner, hit the field for just a pair of snaps. This gives us a pretty clear pecking order and also tells us the Lions are going to rotate their backs.
With Arian Foster out, the running back role was supposed to go to Alfred Blue with possibly a dash of Chris Polk. We ended up with a dash of each as Blue was given 22 snaps compared to Polk's 14. The surprise was a big helping of Jonathan Grimes, who was allowed 41 snaps. Grimes' production was quite low considering how often he was on the field. This looks like a logjam waiting to be cleared by the return of Foster.
With T.Y. Hilton possibly missing some time, the wide receiver to look at is Donte Moncrief. He out-snapped Phillip Dorsett 57 to 17. Dorsett's number will increase if Hilton is out, but Moncrief is favored here.
The Dolphins are involving their wide receivers big time. After Jordan Cameron's 56 snaps, Dion Sims was the only other tight end on the field, and he took a mere 3 snaps before suffering a concussion. Meanwhile, Jarvis Landry saw 54, Rishard Matthews took 45, Greg Jennings was given 39, and Kenny Stills had 23.
Remember when Cordarrelle Patterson was a thing? Well he was given 2 snaps against the 49ers. If you're still holding out hope, you can let go now.
This is a tight end-centered offense. Only three wide receivers saw the field, but four tight ends took more than a dozen snaps. Obviously, Rob Gronkowski saw all 61. Scott Chandler was given 25, Michael Williams had 18, and Michael Hoomanawanui was used for 13.
Amari Cooper (56 snaps) and Michael Crabtree (51) were obvously the top two wide receivers in Oakland. The WR3 job was wide open, but Seth Roberts plainly had that in Week 1. He took 41 snaps while Andre Holmes and Rod Streater were given 10 each.
As expected, the Eagles used all three of their running backs. DeMarco Murray saw 33 snaps, Darren Sproles was given 25, and Ryan Mathews saw 16. No running back saw the field for even half of Philadelphia's 74 offensive plays.
San Diego uses three wide receivers. A lot. Keenan Allen, Steve Johnson, and Malcom Floyd each took more than 70 snaps. And they use those three wide receivers. No one else at the position hit the field.
Tyler Lockett is an exciting talent, and the Seahawks have him locked into the WR3 job. Lockett's 58 snaps were behind the 77 and 76 seen by Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Lockett, however, was way ahead of the rest of the pack as Ricardo Lockette had 5 snaps and Chris Matthews was given 3.
Snap counts in blowouts can be misleading, but seeing 58 snap is very encouraging for Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He appears to have the tight end job secured.
As with the Buccaneers, it's tough to read much into these numbers. Dorial Green-Beckham with only 9 snaps, however, clearly shows he needs more polish.