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Rams-Chiefs: Snap Counts Show Rams Struggling to Fill Injury-Affected Gaps

The injuries came hard and heavy yesterday, and the snap counts may reveal the Rams' plans to fill the holes they left.

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Offense

G Robinson G 52 100.00%
J Barksdale T 52 100.00%
A Davis QB 52 100.00%
K Britt WR 41 78.85%
J Cook TE 38 73.08%
D Joseph G 37 71.15%
T Austin WR 33 63.46%
J Long T 30 57.69%
S Wells C 29 55.77%
L Kendricks TE 28 53.85%
M Person G 23 44.23%
B Jones C 23 44.23%
S Bailey WR 22 42.31%
C Givens WR 21 40.38%
B Cunningham RB 18 34.62%
T Mason RB 18 34.62%
R Saffold T 15 28.85%
Z Stacy RB 15 28.85%
C Harkey TE 14 26.92%
B Quick WR 11 21.15%

Well the big change here was that with the struggling offense, the Rams tried to get something in passing personnel...an effort made more difficult from the early Brian Quick injury. So that meant big jumps for Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens.

Obviously the hemorrhaging of starting offensive lines threw things way off in terms of the snap counts.

And if you have any idea what the hell we're doing at running back, please let me know.

Defense

T McDonald SS 66 100.00%
J Laurinaitis LB 66 100.00%
M Roberson CB 65 98.48%
E Gaines CB 65 98.48%
A Ogletree LB 62 93.94%
W Hayes DE 50 75.76%
R McLeod FS 49 74.24%
J Dunbar LB 48 72.73%
R Quinn DE 47 71.21%
A Donald DT 40 60.61%
M Brockers DT 40 60.61%
E Sims DE 36 54.55%
L Joyner FS 35 53.03%
K Langford DT 28 42.42%
A Carrington DT 21 31.82%
D Bates LB 5 7.58%
C Davis FS 3 4.55%

The Rams went with a bit more 4-3 than usual this week bumping up Dunbar's work rate and dropping Joyner a bit.

And Donald's role contracted a bit bringing more Brockers, Langford and Carrington.

And Roberson did a decent job I thought in jumping into the fire with the injuries the Rams were already saddled with at CB.

Again though, the defense wasn't really on the hook for yesterday. Things went awry late, but the offensive side is much more interesting to me this week given how abysmal they were.

Special Teams

D Bates LB 25 92.59%
W Herring LB 25 92.59%
C Harkey TE 18 66.67%
C Reynolds RB 18 66.67%
C Davis FS 17 62.96%
M McFadden LB 17 62.96%
T Watts RB 17 62.96%
S Bailey WR 13 48.15%
B Cunningham RB 13 48.15%
M Roberson CB 12 44.44%
T McDonald SS 9 33.33%
M Person G 8 29.63%
B Jones C 8 29.63%
E Gaines CB 8 29.63%
E Sims DE 8 29.63%
J Hekker P 8 29.63%
J McQuaide LS 8 29.63%
R Quinn DE 7 25.93%
A Donald DT 7 25.93%
A Carrington DT 7 25.93%
W Hayes DE 6 22.22%
R McLeod FS 6 22.22%
J Thomas CB 6 22.22%
T Austin WR 5 18.52%
G Zuerlein K 4 14.81%
L Joyner FS 3 11.11%
G Robinson G 2 7.41%
J Barksdale T 2 7.41%
D Joseph G 2 7.41%
L Kendricks TE 2 7.41%
T Mason RB 2 7.41%
J Long T 1 3.70%
R Saffold T 1 3.70%

Well if nothing else, it's time to start wondering what's up with Greg Zuerlein. There was some suggestion that he was still dealing with the illness he contracted mid-week, but that's no excuse to miss a field goal under 40 yards and muff the kickoff out of halftime that resulted in a Knile Davis return touchdown.

Mike McFadden & Jemea Thomas sightings.

The real key is to see how the Rams respond to injuries across all three units. It certainly seems like the offensive line will be constructed of Robinson-Person-Jones-Joseph-Barksdale from left to right, but perhaps Tim Barnes or some free agent/practice squad moves this week change things.

And we'll have to see if Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson get healthy this week and what that means at cornerback.