Pro Football Focus: Offensive Snap Report

Nov 16, 2012

Pro Football FocusBryan Fontaine gives us an offensive snap report for Week 10, or a summary of the participation data for relevant skill position players. Although the focus is snaps, Fontaine covers other important categories like pass routes and designed runs.


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Tim Tebow (7 snaps) had four rushing attempts and three pass attempts against the Seahawks. He completed all three passes – though for just eight yards. The news out of New York this week is that Tebow will not be given a chance to start this year despite Mark Sanchez’s struggles. It is safe to cut bait in fantasy leagues if you were hoping for the best.


Rookie Nick Foles (48 snaps) got the opportunity fans were clamoring for the last few weeks when Michael Vick (18) suffered a concussion against Dallas. Foles will at least start in Week 11 and quite possibly for the remainder of the season so the Eagles can see what they have in their young signal caller. He completed a high number of his passes (68.8%) but his 6.0 aDOT was significantly lower than Vick’s 8.4 aDOT this year and last.


Running Back


Another week, another update on the Atlanta backfield situation. Michael Turner (33 snaps) continues to see more snaps and rushing attempts than Jacquizz Rodgers (29). Unfortunately for Turner, if he continues to have stat lines of 13 attempts for 15 yards – Rodgers or Jason Snelling (10) could inherit the majority of the rushing duties. Rodgers has quietly improved his yards per carry to 3.7 and his yards after contact per attempt to 2.9 in recent weeks.


The elite fantasy options do not get much mention in this space, but it is worth nothing that Jamaal Charles (42 snaps) finally got a full workload against the Steelers on Monday night. Charles carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards and a touchdown to Peyton Hillis’ 21 snaps and 10 rushing attempts.


Just a few weeks ago, it appeared that Jonathan Stewart (30 snaps) was going to the unquestioned feature back in Carolina. Recent weeks indicate that is not happening. DeAngelo Williams (22) took six carries against Denver but unfortunately only gained six yards. Stewart is still the best fantasy option in Carolina but his inconsistent workload makes him a more attractive flex option than a strong RB2.


The Colts have a full-blown committee approach between Vick Ballard (33 snaps, 12 attempts) and Donald Brown (26, 14) – who is back in the lineup. Ballard was used a blocker on seven more snaps than Brown, which was the only major difference in their roles against Jacksonville. It will be tough to know which player to start each week going forward.


The backfield remains cluttered in New Orleans, but for at least one week, Mark Ingram (24 snaps) reigned supreme. Ingram led the team by a wide margin with 16 carries for 67 yards. This despite that Chris Ivory (10) running the ball seven times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Thomas (27) led the running backs in snaps in a receiving role. Unfortunately, Thomas ran 20 pass routes and only was targeted once.


Ahmad Bradshaw (23 snaps) began losing snaps to Andre Brown (41) against Cincinnati and now is undergoing a battery of tests for an undisclosed injury. Brown has received more work around the goal line lately and now has seven red zone touchdowns to Bradshaw’s four on the season. The bye week could not come at a better time for Bradshaw to get healthier.


Taiwan Jones (6 snaps) did not see the carries the Oakland beat writers were projecting for him against Baltimore. Instead, Marcel Reece (56) was the featured back with 13 attempts and 7 catches for 56 yards. Reece has been a player who has seen time at fullback, halfback, tight end and wide receiver, but he was the running back on 79% of his snaps – including lining up wide 18% of the time.


Steven Jackson (64 snaps) turned back the clock against the 49ers with a season-high 29 rushing attempts for 101 yards and a touchdown. It was a surprising result for Jackson given the strength of the San Francisco defense and that he had split time with Daryl Richardson (10) for the last several games. His yards per carry are down from recent years but his yards per carry after contact per attempt remain steady at 2.6.


Wide Receiver


The Bears only used three wide receivers against the Texans on Sunday night: Brandon Marshall (53), Earl Bennett (44) and Devin Hester (25). The rainy conditions played a big part in that, but it was interesting to note that Bennett saw the second-most snaps despite playing in the slot 66% of the time. Of course, one reception for nine yards is nothing to write home about in your fantasy leagues. Alshon Jeffery will line up opposite Marshall when he returns to the lineup from injury.


Cincinnati has searched for a wide receiver to start opposite all season. Armon Binns got the first shot but was benched due to his ineffectiveness. Brandon Tate got the next shot but had similar poor results. This week Mohamed Sanu (35 snaps) got an extended look and responded with four receptions for 47 yards and a redzone touchdown. Sanu had been off our radar because he was primarily a slot player behind Andrew Hawkins. The Bengals gave him a shot to play outside this week and he obviously responded. He was out wide on 63% of his snaps and if the trend continues, he could be a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues because of how often he is targeted when he runs a pass route (25.5%).


Robert Meachem (7 snaps) were hardly knew you. Danario Alexander (58) tied for the team lead in snaps with Malcom Floyd (58) but had the team lead with 41 pass routes – running a route on each one of Philip Rivers’ drop backs. As long as Alexander can stay healthy, he is the best bet on the team to fill the roll Vincent Jackson once did as a larger physical receiver.


Tight End


Ed Dickson (42 snaps) was on the field more often than move tight end Dennis Pitta (32) but was used as blocker on 59% of his snaps. Pitta had the edge in pass routes 22 to 17 and targets (5 to 2).


Kyle Rudolph (67 snaps) had a strong performance in Week 10 that was the result of Percy Harvin missing the game with an injury. Rudolph was only left to pass block four times and led the entire team in pass routes run with 31. He also added a team-high seven receptions on nine targets.



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