The snap count totals are now out and it’s time to delve into the interesting tidbits of the 2019 season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
To begin, let’s look over the offensive stars of the Ravens domination.
- QB Lamar Jackson played 54 snaps, which account for 70% of the total offensive snaps.
- RB Mark Ingram II played 25 snaps. In that time, he had 14 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
- WR Marquise Brown played only 14 snaps. He was targeted five times and finished with four receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
- WR Miles Boykin also saw limited action on offense, with only 18 snaps. He also received five on special teams.
- Bradley Bozeman, Orlando Brown Jr. and Matt Skura were the only three who played all 77 offensive snaps. They also played nine special teams snaps.
- Marshal Yanda also left the field when Robert Griffin III took over, playing the same amount as Jackson.
- Undrafted free agent Patrick Mekari was blessed with 23 snaps on Sunday, which amounts to 30% of the total offensive snaps. Nothing like game reps to build up the confidence.
- James Hurst played the fewest snaps of any lineman (14), and tied Hollywood for the fewest snaps on offense.
Of the three tight ends, Mark Andrews played the fewest snaps (32). Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst tied for 43 snaps.
- Seth Roberts received the most snaps (52) of any skill position player not including quarterback. Willie Snead IV was second (50).
- Chris Moore earned 32 snaps on offense, which ties Boykin and Hollywood combined.
- Patrick Onwuasor played the most snaps on defense, with 49 snaps. He was one play shy of playing all defensive snaps.
Four other players accounted for 90%+ defensive snaps
- Earl Thomas III — 47 (94%)
- Tony Jefferson — 46 (92%)
- Marlon Humphrey — 46 (92%)
- Anthony Averett — 45 (90%)
- Of the more interesting storylines, Kenny Young (21) played more snaps than Chris Board (13). This will be something to keep an eye on in Week 2. Was this due to an out-of-reach score or something more?
- Chuck Clark (16) was the third safety involved on defense as he outplayed both Anthony Levine Sr. (14) and DeShon Elliott (3).
- It appears Brandon Carr has won the early slot cornerback role as he notched 30 snaps of defense.
- The order for pass rushers has a bit interest:
- Matt Judon — 39 (78%)
- Tim Williams — 27 (54%)
- Pernell McPhee — 25 (50%)
- Tyus Bowser — 23 (46%)
Once again, I’m not sure if this is due to the score allowing more rest for McPhee and extra snaps to the young guns, or something more. This is something to watch for in Week 2.
- Cyrus Jones looked great in the preseason but he only played two snaps on defense, the fewest of any Raven for offense or defense. While his skill-set is primarily for return duties, I find this noteworthy with the Jimmy Smith injury. Yes, Carr and Averett were the primary players once Smith went down but I’d expect a larger rotation. But the defense was stonewalling both Dolphin quarterbacks and I suppose there wasn’t a need to put their primary return man at risk.