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Analyzing the Ravens Week 3 snaps count totals

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A lot of receivers on top with far less production

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, the Ravens stopped the ‘pitch-count’ on WR Marquise Brown. Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, they did the same.

**Note: All snap counts courtesy of NFLGSIS

Offensive 100%ers — Players who played all 83 offensive snaps

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

The importance of the offensive line is always demonstrated here. These big guys are battling each snap. They’re always forgotten about until they miss a block or suffer an injury. Meanwhile, they’re the greatest protectors for Jackson and the reason Mark Ingram leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (5).

Tight end snaps breakdown

  • Mark Andrews: 44 (53%)
  • Nick Boyle: 43 (52%)
  • Hayden Hurst: 22 (27%)

The three-headed monster continues to rotate between the three as to who plays the most snaps each game. Against the Dolphins, both Hurst and Boyle tied for first. Next game, Boyle was at the top. The second week, Boyle was on top once again with Andrews second. Now, Andrews is on top, which I found strange. He was dealing with a foot injury and not 100%, according to many reports.

Biggest note: Hurst’s snaps depleted once more.

  • 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)

Could this be due to the trade rumors with the Jacksonville Jaguars, or is Hurst struggling?

Wide receiver snaps breakdown

  • Marquise Brown: 62 (75%)
  • Willie Snead IV: 59 (71%)
  • Seth Roberts: 52 (63%)
  • Miles Boykin: 27 (33%)
  • Chris Moore: 12 (14%)

As I mentioned in the intro, the Ravens are confident in Hollywood’s health. He’s up to 75% of the offensive snaps and Lamar’s consistently throwing his way. Now it’s about translating those targets into catches, yards and touchdowns.

Running back snaps breakdown

  • Mark Ingram: 50 (60%)
  • Gus Edwards: 22 (27%)
  • Justice Hill: 11 (13%)
  • Pat Ricard: 11 (13%)

Give Mark Ingram the ball. He’s currently fifth in rushing yards and first in rushing touchdowns. He has the fourth-highest yards per carry, too (6.0). I’ve also not seen enough from Justice Hill the past couple games and that only fuels my ‘feed Ingram’ argument.

Defense

Defensive 100%ers — Players who played all 68 defensive snaps

  • Tony Jefferson
  • Earl Thomas III

Unlike last week in which there were six players, only TJ and ETIII were on the field for all of 68 plays.

Linebacker snaps breakdown

  • Patrick Onwuasor: 67 (99%)*
  • Matt Judon: 58 (85%)
  • Pernell McPhee: 56 (82%)
  • Kenny Young: 40 (59%)
  • Tim Williams: 15 (22%)
  • Chris Board: 13 (19%)
  • Tyus Bowser: 13 (19%)

* Note — This is Peanut’s second game missing only a single snap (Week 1)

The Ravens are still top-heavy in the outside linebacker department. Judon and Mcphee are on the field for over 80% of the play while Bowser and Williams combine for only 28 snaps. In training camp, they both looked good. I’m surprised we’re not seeing more.

As for the inside linebacker role, the second spot appears to be Kenny’s.

  • Week 1 — KY 21 vs. CB 13
  • Week 2 — KY 17 vs. CB 15
  • Week 3 — KY 40 vs. CB 13

Defensive backs snaps breakdown

  • Jefferson: 68 (100%)
  • Thomas: 68 (100%)
  • Brandon Carr: 62 (91%)
  • Marlon Humphrey: 58 (85%)
  • Maurice Canady: 31 (46%)
  • Anthony Averett: 28 (41%)
  • Chuck Clark: 22 (32%)
  • Anthony Levine: 16 (22%)
  • Justin Bethel: 0
  • Cyrus Jones: 0
  • DeShon Elliott: 0

A week after Averett played all 60 snaps against the Cardinals air-raid offense, the coaching staff played practice-squad promoted Canady more snaps. Was it punishment for missing the fumble recovery? Honestly, why is Canady receiving more snaps than Clark, Levine, Bethel, Jones and Elliott? I rooted for Canady for a long time but he never quite turned the corner.

I also don’t fully understand why Bethel, Jones and Elliott haven’t seen a defensive snap in two weeks? Jones in the slot was getting some good reps in the preseason and hauled in a pick-six. Elliott has been touted as a big-hitting rang-y safety. Why not use his physicality to defend Travis Kelce? I get if he was torched on play one and they realized it wasn’t going to work but not to field him in two weeks is strange.

Defensive line snaps breakdown

  • Brandon Williams: 45 (66%)
  • Michael Pierce: 39 (57%)
  • Chris Wormley: 22 (32%)
  • Patrick Ricard: 18 (26%)

I don’t like seeing Williams on the field for that many snaps; he’s not a pass rusher. Even with Pierce and Williams on the field, the Chiefs rushed for 140 yards. Yes, the Chiefs offense is hell to defend but that’s still a lot on the ground.

This is a game where we’re wondering why Willie Henry didn’t land on the roster. He was the best interior rusher on the roster, or so we thought. Pierce was looking to overtake that role but he has notched only one tackle for loss this season.