Final Redskins' playing time totals

Final Redskins' playing time totals
January 6, 2011, 2:34 pm
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Thursday, January 5, 2011, 9:33 a.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer


Final playing time totals (unofficial) and comments on each position group now that the Redskins season is complete:

OFFENSE (1,043 snaps)Running backs
Clinton Portis 149 (14.3 percent)
Larry Johnson 11 (1.1)
Keiland Williams 442 (42.4)
Mike Sellers 358 (34.3)
Ryan Torain 380 (36.4)
Darrel Young 6 (.01)
James Davis 49 (4.7)
Analysis: Sellers was the only back to play in every game. Portis game-by-game totals were 51, 40, 24, 22 and 12. Torain played at least 39 snaps in each of the final four games. Davis saw 31 snaps against the Giants but when he blew a blitz pick up in his first play against Tampa Bay in Week 14, he didnt see the field again. Sellers playing time fluctuated from a high of 39 (Tennessee) to a low of 10 (Minnesota). Once the coaches began to trust Williams or injuries gave them no choice he played at least 23 snaps in each of the last 10 games. Sellers playing time gives an indication of how much the Redskins went with a two-back formation.

Tight ends
Chris Cooley 992 (95.1 percent)
Fred Davis 383 (36.7)
Logan Paulsen 29 (2.8)
Kory Lichtensteiger 5 (.004, as third tight end)
Analysis: Cooley played every snap in nine of 16 games. Davis played at least 10 snaps in every game and saw highs of 35 against Indianapolis when Cooley sustained a concussion and played at least 25 snaps in eight games. Nearly half (14 of 29) of Paulsens snaps came in the first Giants game when the Redskins used a three-tight end formation on regular downs. The rest of his playing time came in goal-line situations.

Anthony Armstrong 773 (74.1 percent)
Brandon Banks 14 (1.3)
Terrence Austin 41 (3.9)
Joey Galloway 341 (32.7)
Roydell Williams 270 (25.9)
Santana Moss 968 (92.8)
Devin Thomas 1 (.01)
Analysis: Banks total includes three plays as the Wildcat quarterback. Moss played every snap in the second Dallas game (65) and the only time he missed double-digit snaps was against Tennessee (played 77 of 90). Armstrong started the year as the Redskins third receiver, putting together games of 35, 25 and 23 snaps, before he was finally started ahead of Galloway. Armstrong played at least 49 snaps in the last nine games. The snaps-per-catch averages: Moss 10.4, Armstrong 17.6, Galloway 28.4 and Williams 33.8. Austin played 20 snaps in the second Giants game. Banks knee obviously limited his time as a receiver (just 10 snaps in the last eight games).

DEFENSE (1,088 snaps)Defensive line
Kedric Golston 447 (41.7 percent)
Vonnie Holliday 405 (37.2)
Albert Haynesworth 204 (18.8)
Phillip Daniels 240 (22.1)
Adam Carriker 572 (52.6)
Maake Kemoeatu 356 (37.7)
Anthony Bryant 165 (16.2)
Jeremy Jarmon 69 (6.3)
Darrion Scott 28 (2.6)
Joe Joseph 3 (.27)
Analysis: Carriker was the only defensive lineman to play in every game. That weeks opponent forced fluctuation in playing time. The Rams were basic in their offensive formations, allowing the Redskins to use a traditional 3-4 Golston (49), Carriker (46) and Kemoeatu (51) saw a ton of playing time. A few weeks later, the Colts offense made the Redskins play nickel and Carriker and Kemoeatu were limited to four snaps apiece. Haynesworths game-by-game totals: 17 (Dallas), 25 (at St. Louis), 33 (at Philadelphia), 33 (at Chicago), 37 (at Detroit), 25 (Philadelphia), 14 (at Tennessee) and 20 (Minnesota). The big fella was then sent home. Playing a new position, Golston saw at least 25 snaps in 12 of his 13 games. Holliday was listed as a reserve but often saw starter-like playing time. He played 30 snaps seven times and after playing less than 17 snaps in five second-half games, played 52, 61 and 53 snaps the last three weeks. Daniels was serviceable as a reserve, seeing double-digit snaps in 12 of his 14 games. When Kemoteau went on injured reserve, Bryant played a combined 131 snaps the last three games. Jarmon played 24 snaps the first 13 games and 45 snaps the last three games.

London Fletcher 1,083 (99.5 percent)
Brian Orakpo 927 (85.2)
Rocky McIntosh 925 (85.9)
Lorenzo Alexander 632 (58.1)
Andre Carter 723 (66.4)
H.B. Blades 56 (5.1)
Perry Riley 10 (.92)
Chris Wilson 115 (10.6)
Rob Jackson 43 (3.9)
Analysis: Fletcher played every snap in 14 of 16 games, missing a snap against Houston (when the Texans punter ran out the clock instead of kicking) and the last four snaps in the Philadelphia blowout (garbage time). So really, Fletcher didnt miss a meaningful defensive snap. McIntosh played every snap in five games and missed one play apiece against Houston, St. Louis, the first Philadelphia game and Tampa Bay. In his 15 games, Orakpo played 90.9 percent of the snaps (927 of 1,019). Alexander played at least 29 snaps in each of his 15 games. Carter saw less than 20 snaps in three of the last five games. The final game was the only time Wilson didnt see a defensive snap. Jackson wasnt on the roster for the first 14 games but played 23 and 20 snaps the last two weeks. Thirty-two of Blades 56 snaps came when McIntosh got hurt at Tennessee.

Defensive backs
Carlos Rogers 753 (69.2)
DeAngelo Hall 1,070 (98.3)
Kevin Barnes 306 (28.1)
LaRon Landry 636 (58.5)
Phillip Buchanon 658 (60.5)
Byron Westbrook 51 (4.7)
Reed Doughty 619 (56.9)
Chris Horton 11 (1.01)
Macho Harris 69 (6.3)
Analysis: Playing every snap in a game were Moore (eight times), Hall (seven), Doughty (six), Landry (six), Rogers (four), Barnes (two), Buchanon (one) and Harris (one). Landry missed only 12 snaps in his nine games. Hall was second on the defense only to Fletcher in total snaps and usually left the field only on goal-line plays. Barnes played only four snaps in the first nine games before injuries gave him an opportunity. The Redskins went nickel on 62 of 68 snaps against Indianapolis. Doughtys playing time ranged from 82 of 83 snaps against Houston to zero the next week at St. Louis and one snap at Detroit to late-season games of 54, 64, 63 and 54 snaps when Landry went down. Thirty-six of Westbrooks plays came in the final two games and each of Harris 69 plays came against Jacksonville. Rogers missed only eight plays in the first eight games but injuries limited him to only 175 of 502 snaps (34.9 percent) in the last nine games.

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