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Join BRB as we break down the snap numbers from the Texans' victory over the Saints.

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So here's this weeks snap count numbers for the Texans victory over the Saints

*N/A indicates the player didn't post snap numbers the week before


OFFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS:

Name

Snaps Taken

Percentage of Snaps taken

Difference In Snap Percentage vs 49ers

Oday Aboushi G 56 85% +34%
Kendall Lamm T 41 62% +21%
Will Fuller WR 36 55% +14%
Tony Bergstrom C 35 53% --22%
Xavier Su'a Filo G 35 53% +12%
Chris Clark T 32 48% +23%
Brock Osweiler QB 32 48% +23%
Greg Mancz C 32 48% +7%
Braxton Miller WR 31 47% +9%
Jaelen Strong WR 30 45% +4%
Jeff Adams T 25 38% -1%
Chad Slade G 22 33% -26%
Stephen Anderson TE 21 32% 0%
Tom Savage QB 20 30% -32%
Kenny Hilliard RB 19 29% +7%
Josh Lenz WR 19 29% +1%
Ryan Griffin TE 19 29% +10%
Cecil Shorts III WR 18 27% N/A
Keith Mumphery WR 17 26% -17%
DeAndre Hopkins WR 17 26% +1%
Jay Prosch FB 16 24% +14%
Andrew McDonald T 16 24% -37%
C.J Fiedorowicz TE 15 23% +10%
Lamar Mller RB 15 23% +6%
Brandon Weeden QB 14 21% +8%
Akeem Hunt RB 13 20% -13%
Tyler Ervin RB 10 15% +4%
Jonathan Grimes RB 9 14% +5%
Karim Barton G 9 14% -22%
Dalton Freeman C 9 14% N/A
Arturo Udavinis T 9 14% -5%
Matt Pierson T 9 14% -5%
Eric Tomlinson TE 8 12% -27%
Anothony Denham TE 7 11% +7%
Wendall Williams WR 6 9% -8%
Tevin Jones WR 3 5% -7%
Quenton Bundrage WR 1 2% -12%

DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS:

Name

Snaps Taken

Percentage of Total Snaps Taken

Difference In Snap Percentage vs 49ers

K.J. Dillon, DB 47 62% +30%
Antonio Allen, CB 39 51% +19%
Terrence Mitchell, CB 37 49% -2%
Eddie Pleasant, FS 37 49% -11%
Brennan Scarlett, LB 33 43% N/A
A.J. Bouye, CB 30 39% N/A
Ufomba Kamalu, DE 30 39% +12%
Kevin Johnson, CB 29 38% -24%
Eric Lee, LB 28 37% -11%
Joel Heath, DE 28 37% +6%
Jadeveon Clowney, LB 28 37% N/A
Duke Thomas, CB 27 36% +11%
Dan Pettinato, DE 25 33% -5%
Benardrick McKinney, LB 25 33% +10%
D.J. Reader, DT 23 30% +10%
Tony Washington, LB 23 30% -16%
Robert Nelson, CB 23 30% -26%
Charles James, DB 22 29% -19%
Max Bullough, LB 22 29% -15%
Christian Covington, NT 22 29% +1%
Quintin Demps, FS 22 29% -2%
Kareem Jackson, CB 22 29% +2%
Brian Peters, LB 20 26% -9%
Akeem Dent, LB 19 25% +6%
Devon Still, DT 18 25% -1%
Andre Hal, S 16 21% -14%
Reshard Cliett, LB 15 20% +18%
John Simon, LB 14 18% -5%
Whitney Mercilus, LB 13 17% -4%
Brian Cushing, LB 13 17% N/A
Johnathan Joseph, CB 13 17% -5%
Shakeel Rashad, LB 11 14% -23%
Vince Wilfork, NT 11 14% +4%
Gerald Rivers, LB 9 12% -21%
Carlos Thompson, LB 6 8% -20%
Ra'Zahn Howard, DT 4 5% -11%

Biggest Rises and Falls:

Rise:

  • K.J. Dillon--30% increase in snaps
  • Brock Osweiler--24% increase in snaps
  • Oday Aboushi--34% increase in snaps
  • Chris Clark --3% increase in snaps

Falls:

  • Eric Tomlinson--27% decrease in snaps
  • Robert Nelson--26% decrease in snaps
  • Chad Slade--32% decrease in snaps
  • Andrew McDonald--37% decrease in snaps
  • Tom Savage--32% decrease in snaps

Looking through some of the trends from this week's numbers, it's easy to see a heavier focus on the offensive first team unit getting more snaps. Osweiler, Fuller and Xavier Su'a Filo saw high snap counts, with Osweiler in particular being rather active in his snaps, passing 19 times over his 32 total snaps. Not surprisingly, the two highest snap counts on the offensive side belonged to back-up offensive linemen. With the injuries to Nick Martin, Derek Newton and Duane Brown, the Texans' O-line has been thinner than usual. On Saturday in particular, it was down to its bare bones due to Jeff Allen leaving the team to deal with a death in the family. Considering this, it might be an omen of what's to come for Chad Slade and Andrew McDonald since they saw massive decreases in their snap count during a week like this. As for the running backs, both Akeem Hunt and Kenny Hilliard posted similar snap counts to last week, while Hilliard's carries saw a decrease from 12 down to 6. Akeem Hunt, on the other hand, kept up his reasonably high usage rate, seeing the ball 7 times in his 19 snaps.

On the defensive side, the inclusion of Brian Cushing and the increase of snaps to Reshard Cliett both lead to big decreases in back-up linebacker snaps with 3 separate linebackers seeing 20% less snaps. We talked last week about the Texans' apparent move to build DB depth, and the snap count reflected that again with the highest snap count on the defensive side of the ball belonging to a DB. As this site chronicled a few days ago, the safety position is still very much open to debate with the Texans having a track record of showing younger talent more playing time if merited.

With the first set of roster cuts scheduled for 8 days from now, these numbers could indicate almost anything about what the front office is thinking in terms of who to cut and who not to cut. Either way, by this time next week, the snap count list will be getting shorter. With that in mind, who do you think will be on the cutting board soon? Is there anything noticeable or noteworthy that sticks out to you from this week's snap count? Let us know in the comments below.

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