WFT Snap Count vs. Eagles: Young leads D-line, RB by committee

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Football is the ultimate team sport and to be good in this league, depth matters.

And looking at who saw the field in their first action of a preseason-less season offers a few clues about the Washington Football Team.

Here are the snap counts for Jack Del Rio’s defense and Scott Turner’s offense in Washington’s Week 1 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Offense: 70 total plays
Quarterback and Offensive Line
Dwayne Haskins - 70 (100%)
Geron Christian Sr. - 70 (100%)
Wes Martin - 70 (100%)
Chase Roullier - 70 (100%)
Brandon Scherff - 70 (100%)
Morgan Moses - 70 (100%)
Wes Schweitzer - 6 (9%)

If Washington wants to have hope this season, the starting five linemen and Haskins will need to have near-perfect attendance records. While the consistency in personnel was there, Ron Rivera would like to see more consistency in play. He said Monday the left side of the line ”got smacked it in the face early” before responding well.

Running Backs
J.D. McKissic - 31 (44%)
Peyton Barber - 29 (41%)
Antonio Gibson - 18 (26%)

A month ago these numbers would have been shocking when Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson were still with the team. What is curious here is while McKissic is the most experienced back and had the most snaps, he got the fewest number of carries, 3, compared to 17 for Barber and 9 for Gibson. While Barber had two touchdowns, he averaged an abysmal 1.7 yards per attempt.

Wide Receivers
Terry McLaurin - 65 (93%)
Steven Sims - 58 (83%)
Dontrelle Inman - 36 (51%)

The three receivers combined for 10 catches on 15 targets for 132 yards. WR Cam Sims didn’t feature for the offense but played 16 snaps on special teams, Isaiah Wright played 10 special teams snaps, Antonio Gandy-Golden was active but did not feature.

Tight Ends
Logan Thomas - 52 (74%)
Jeremy Sprinkle - 28 (40%)
Marcus Baugh - 27 (39%)

With veteran tight end Jordan Reed gone, this unit is in need of a playmakers and Logan Thomas laid down a marker with Haskins targeting him eight times in Week 1.

Defense: 68 total plays
Defensive Line
Chase Young - 53 (78%)
DaRon Payne - 52 (76%)
Montez Sweat - 48 (71%)
Jon Allen - 36 (53%)
Matt Ioannidis - 30 (44%)
Ryan Kerrigan - 22 (32%)
Tim Settle - 16 (24%)
Ryan Anderson - 12 (18%)
James Smith-Williams - 1 (1.5%)

This unit won the game for Washington with eight sacks and constant pressure making Carson Wentz uncomfortable all game long. Chase Young leading the way in snaps in his NFL debut shows how ready the No. 2 draft pick from 2020 was for the jump to the pro level. The depth of the unit was really on display as Ioannidis tallied 1.5 sacks and four QB hits on 30 plays.

Linebackers
Jon Bostic - 68 (100%)
Kevin Pierre-Louis - 67 (97%)
Shaun Dion Hamilton - 15 (22%)

The unit with the least amount of depth, but Bostic was a monster with eight tackles, a sack, and three hits on Wentz. Cole Holcomb didn’t feature on defense before he left the game due to an injury but played 21 snaps on special teams.

Secondary
S Troy Apke - 68 (100%)
S Landon Collins - 68 (100%)
CB Ronald Darby - 68 (100%)
CB Jimmy Moreland - 68 (100%)
CB Fabian Moreau - 31 (46%)
CB Kamren Curl - 22 (32%)
S Deshazor Everett - 3 (4%)

The picks from Moreland and Moreau were important, but Collins and Curl each making two tackles for loss is just as important. Washington’s secondary was without its top corner Kendall Fuller who was inactive due to an injury.