Rams vs. Seahawks snap count: Lance Kendricks carries a load

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The St. Louis Rams leaned heavily on their second-year tight end to help the offense on Sunday, but not in the way you might have imagined.

Lance Kendricks played a whole lot of football this week. The St. Louis Rams tight end saw 55 of 61 offensive snaps in the 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The only players that saw more offensive snaps were quarterback Sam Bradford and the offensive line.

Kendricks' increased role on Sunday comes as no surprise. The Rams doubtlessly watched the tape on Seattle's game the week before, the one against Green Bay, the one where they sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half. In the second half, Rodgers was not sacked, and a big part of that was the decision to use extra blockers to help a beleaguered offensive line.

The Rams brought Kendricks into the game as a blocker. He was only targeted twice in the passing game, catching both passes, one of which was a dump off the other was a 26-yard seam route that converted a thrid-and-13 in the fourth quarter.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is well-known for his use of tight ends, but the Rams' starting tight end belonged to offensive line coach Paul Boudreau this week, where the second-year player's University of Wisconsin pedigree as a blocker came in handy to a Rams team needing to keep their quarterback upright.

How about the rest of the snap counts?

Offense

Wayne Hunter T: 61, 100%
Harvey Dahl G: 61, 100%
Quinn Ojinnaka G: 61, 100%
Barry Richardson T: 61, 100%
Robert Turner C: 61, 100%
Sam Bradford QB: 61, 100%
Lance Kendricks TE: 55, 90%
Steven Jackson RB: 47, 77%
Danny Amendola WR: 45, 74%
Chris Givens WR: 42, 69%
Brandon Gibson WR: 36, 59%
Matthew Mulligan TE: 26, 43%
Brit Miller FB: 16, 26%
Brian Quick WR: 14, 23%
Daryl Richardson RB: 13, 21%
Austin Pettis WR: 7, 11%
Mike McNeill TE: 4, 7%

  • Quick went from the bench to 14 snaps in just one week. Makes you wonder if there wasn't a message being sent with last week's move. He was targeted three times, catching one pass.
  • Austin Pettis was a perfect 2-for-2 in passes thrown his way. The Rams didn't use him on a ton of snaps, but he was productive when he was in the game.

Defense

Craig Dahl SS: 61, 100%
Janoris Jenkins CB: 61, 100%
Cortland Finnegan CB: 61, 100%
James Laurinaitis LB: 61, 100%
Jo-Lonn Dunbar LB: 59, 97%
Quintin Mikell FS: 59, 97%
Robert Quinn DE: 53, 87%
Chris Long DE: 47, 77%
Michael Brockers DT: 45, 74%
Kendall Langford DT: 41, 67%
Rocky McIntosh LB: 34, 56%
William Hayes DE: 26, 43%
Bradley Fletcher CB: 21, 34%
Eugene Sims DE: 16, 26%
Kellen Heard DT: 14, 23%
Mario Haggan LB: 5, 8%
Trumaine Johnson CB: 5, 8%
Justin Cole LB: 2, 3%

  • The nickel package was on the field some yesterday, which is part of the reason they did such a nice job containing Russell Wilson. It was a revolving door between strong side linebackers and defensive backs taking their place.
  • I'll be interested to watch the tape and see what kind of formations they were using. That's a pretty steady rotation of defensive linemen.
  • Brockers' ankle may not be 100 percent, but it's apparently strong enough to handle a heavy workload.
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