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Snap Counts: Houston Texans v. San Francisco 49ers

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Join BRB as we delve into the snap counts from the Texans first preseason game and try to decipher whether it means anything.

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Offense:

Name

Offensive Snaps taken

Offensive Snap Percentages

Tony Bergstrom C 52 75%
Tom Savage QB 43 62%
Chad Slade G 41 59%
Andrew McDonald T 35 51%
Oday Aboushi G 35 51%
Keith Mumphery WR 30 43%
Kendall Lamm T 28 41%
Will Fuller WR 28 41%
X Su'a-Filo G 28 41%
Greg Mancz C 28 41%
Jaelen Strong WR 28 41%
Eric Tomlinson TE 27 39%
Jeff Adams T 26 39%
Braxton Miller WR 25 38%
Karim Barton G 23 36%
Akeem Hunt RB 23 33%
Stephen Anderson TE 22 32%
Josh Lenz WR 19 28%
Jeff Allen G 17 25%
Chris Clark T 17 25%
Brock Osweiler QB 17 25%
DeAndre Hopkins WR 17 25%
Kenny Hilliard RB 15 22%
Tyler Ervin RB 13 19%
Ryan Griffin TE 13 19%
Wendall Williams WR 12 17%
Lamar Miller RB 12 17%
Tevin Jones WR 11 16%
Quenton Bundrage WR 10 14%
Jay Prosch FB 9 13%
C.J Fiedorowicz TE 9 13%
Brandon Weeden QB 9 13%
Jonathan Grimes RB 6 9%
Matt Pierson T 6 9%
Arturo Uzdavinis T 6 9%
Anthony Denham TE 3 4%






A few key things worth noting here:

  • With Alfred Blue on the shelf due to a shoulder injury, there was an emphasis on playing the other running backs behind Lamar Miller.  All of them looked to make a statement for a roster spot. In terms of snap percentages, Akeem Hunt accumulated a third of total running back snaps with 23. We then had a group of 3 backs, Lamar Miller, Tyler Ervin and Kenny Hilliard, each getting around 12-15 snaps. In terms of usage rate, Hilliard and Hunt were both utilised the most when they were on the field. Hilliard in particular saw the ball 13 times (12 carries, 1 reception) in his 15 total offensive snaps. Hunt also saw a lot of the ball during his 23 snaps, rushing seven times while being targeted 3 times in the passing game. While Hilliard and Hunt were both impressive in their time on the field, the backfield will get more crowded with the return of Blue this week. As of right now, it seems Jonathan Grimes might be the RB on the bubble after getting the least amount of snaps of any of the running backs.
  • For all the talk of Stephen Anderson (rightly so), Anderson's snap count was below that of former UTEP TE Eric Tomlinson, who had seven more snaps than Anderson despite not posting a single target or reception.

Defense:

Name

Defensive Snap Count

Defensive Snap Percentage

Kevin Johnson CB 50 62%
Robert Nelson CB 44 54%
Eric Lee LB 39 48%
Charles James CB 39 47%
Terrance Mitchell CB 38 46%
Tony Washington LB 37 44%
Max Bullough LB 36 38%
Eddie Pleasant FS 31 38%
Dan Pettinato DE 31 38%
Shakeel Rashad LB 30 37%
Brian Peters LB 28 35%
Corey Moore S 28 35%
Andre Hal S 28 35%
Gerald Rivers LB 27 33%
KJ Dillon S 26 32%
Antonio Allen CB 26 32%
Joel Heath DE 25 31%
Christian Covington DE 24 30%
Carlos Thompson LB 23 28%
Kurtis Drummond S 22 27%
Ufomba Kamalu DE 22 27%
Quinton Demps FS 22 27%
Kareem Jackson CB 22 27%
Devon Still DT 21 26%
Duke Thomas CB 20 25%
John Simon LB 19 23%
Benardrick McKinney LB 19 23%
Johnathan Joseph CB 18 22%
Whitney Mercilus LB 17 21%
D.J. Reader NT 16 20%
Akeem Dent LB 15 19%
Brandon Dunn DT 14 17%
Ra'Zahn Howard DT 13 16%
Ryan Langford LB 11 14%

Vince Wilfork NT

Reshard Cliett LB

8

2

10%

2%

  • Much like a lot of Texans fans, I was a bit perplexed when the Texans selected Reshard Cliett in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Cliett lost his rookie season to a knee injury, so his first real NFL snaps came this last Sunday against the Niners. Yet Cliett only charted 2 defensive snaps, the lowest of any active Texans player, and 3 special team snaps. While Cliett is still making a recovery, it should be noted that UDFAs Eric Lee and Shakeel Rashad both posted high snap counts. It might be that playing time could be restricted for Cliett moving forward. There is still plenty of preseason left, but if Cliett does not get an increased amount of snaps over the next few weeks, it might be time to consider his future as a Texan.
  • When the Texans drafted Kevin Johnson in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft despite already having Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph on the roster, it was a signal that the growing prominence of the passing game in the NFL required growth in quality DBs on any given team. The snap count is a reflection of this mentality, with 4 of the top 6 defensive snap counts belonging to cornerbacks. Kevin Johnson in particular posted a remarkably high snap count for someone who sees as much first team action as KJo does. I personally like the idea of getting that playing time for Johnson on the perimeter, but it'll be interesting to see if he posts similar numbers for playing time for the rest of the pre-season.

What say you about last week's snap count? Any trends that you find worrying or exciting? Let us know the comments below.

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