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Analyzing the Ravens Week 5 snap count totals

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Breaking down the numbers

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

It’s been nearly 24 hours since the latest rendition of the Ravens vs. Steelers rivalry and it’s now time to delve into the details, just as I do every week.

**Note: All snap counts courtesy of NFLGSIS

Offensive 100%ers — Players who played all 81 offensive snaps

  • Ronnie Stanley
  • Matt Skura
  • Orlando Brown Jr.
  • Bradley Bozeman
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Marshal Yanda

No surprise here. When these men all stay healthy, they’re called upon.

Tight end snaps breakdown

  • Nick Boyle: 52 (64%)
  • Mark Andrews: 43 (53%)
  • Hayden Hurst: 33 (41%)

It makes sense for Boyle to have the highest total among the group, seeing as they needed the extra blocking. I’m hoping Andrews gets much-needed rest this week and, if necessary, a drop in snaps against the Cincinnati Bengals to truly heal up.

This is the first increase in snaps for Hurst, after decreasing week after week.

  • Week 1 — 43 (tied for first with Boyle)
  • Week 2 — 33 (nine fewer snaps than second place)
  • Week 3 — 22 (21 fewer snaps than second place)
  • Week 4 — 15 (14 fewer snaps than second place)
  • Week 5 — 33 (10 fewer snaps than second place)

I liked his play against the Steelers and I hope he’s earned more time. I want Hurst more involved in the offense next week. Give Andrews a bit of rest and let Hurst demonstrate his skill in the receiving game.

Wide receiver snaps breakdown

  • Willie Snead IV: 56 (69%)
  • Seth Roberts: 53 (65%)
  • Marquise Brown: 37 (46%)
  • Chris Moore: 20 (25%)
  • Miles Boykin: 20 (25%)

It’s another game where Seth Roberts notches a bunch of snaps but few plays. Against the Steelers, he was only targeted twice and came up empty. I’d say Boykin needs more time on the field but he lost snaps yet again. I posed a question on the previous article in this series, wondering if Boykin did enough to earn more snaps after his three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown last week. Apparently not, as he lost a snap.

  • Week 2 — 38
  • Week 3 — 27
  • Week 4 — 21
  • Week 5 — 20

Running back snaps breakdown

  • Mark Ingram: 53 (65%)
  • Gus Edwards: 21 (26%)
  • Patrick Ricard: 12 (15%)
  • Justice Hill: 5 (6%)

This was an AFC North battle built on strength and power over speed and agility. It is apparent here, with Hill only receiving five snaps and two of them being called for run plays.

Going off assumption here but the Ravens may be utilizing Edwards in pass blocking, seeing as only five of his 21 snaps were running the football.


Defense

Defensive 100%ers — Players who played all 60 defensive snaps

  • Marlon Humphrey

That’s the list.

Linebacker snaps breakdown

  • Patrick Onwuasor: 54 (90%)
  • Matt Judon: 47 (78%)
  • Pernell McPhee: 45 (75%)
  • Josh Bynes: 43 (72%)
  • Jaylon Ferguson: 21 (35%)
  • Tyus Bowser: 19 (32%)
  • Chris Board: 1 (2%)
  • Kenny Young: Inactive

After all the talk in training camp of Board and Young battling it out for the second linebacker spot beside Peanut, neither Board nor Young make the cut. In the end, Bynes steals the ‘MIKE’ and Peanut is shifted to the ‘WILL.’

The big talk this week surrounded rookie Ferguson’s increase in snaps after LB Tim Williams was cut. For the record, he didn’t increase his count. He had one fewer snap than Week 4. So much for this article.

Defensive backs snaps breakdown

  • M. Humphrey: 60
  • Brandon Carr: 58 (97%)
  • Earl Thomas III: 58 (97%)
  • Maurice Canady: 55 (92%)
  • Tony Jefferson: 46 (77%)
  • Chuck Clark: 16 (27%)
  • Anthony Levine: 16 (27%)
  • DeShon Elliott: 3 (5%)

The biggest eye-opener is Canady receiving 92% of all defensive snaps. They called on this man to make plays and he showed out.

Also, Elliott can’t seem to break out. Even with Jefferson out with injury, he played only three snaps on the day.

Defensive line snaps breakdown

  • Brandon Williams: 41 (68%)
  • Michael Pierce: 41 (68%)
  • Chris Wormley: 17 (28%)
  • Patrick Ricard: 13 (22%)
  • Zach Sieler: 6 (10%)

After 47 snaps against the Browns, Wormley plummeted down 30 snaps. Most of this is due to Williams’ return, as he played 22 snaps when Williams was healthy against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens gave Sieler some run but just over a handful of snaps.