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St. Louis Rams vs. Washington: Snap Counts, Playing Time And Personnel Analysis

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The Rams made some minor adjustments to their personnel from Week 1 to yesterday's 24-10 loss to Washington.

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Offense

Rodger Saffold T 52 100.00%
Rob Havenstein T 52 100.00%
Jamon Brown G 52 100.00%
Tim Barnes C 52 100.00%
Nick Foles QB 52 100.00%
Greg Robinson T 52 100.00%
Kenny Britt WR 48 92.31%
Stedman Bailey WR 39 75.00%
Tavon Austin WR 39 75.00%
Jared Cook TE 37 71.15%
Tre Mason RB 28 53.85%
Lance Kendricks TE 23 44.23%
Benny Cunningham RB 22 42.31%
Chris Givens WR 16 30.77%
Cory Harkey TE 8 15.38%

The Stedman Bailey bump was huge; Steddy played just 31.67% of snaps in Week 1 compared to three-quarters of the snaps yesterday.

Tre Mason's return split time between he and Benny Cunningham, though you have to wonder how obviously things were being telegraphed between the two. Despite 28 plays for Mason to Cunningham's 22, Mason had seven rushes to just one for Cunningham. That means 21 of Benny's plays were passes...

And Cory Harkey's time got halved as well. The game got away from the running strategy, but this was still something I didn't expect.

Defense

T.J. McDonald SS 72 100.00%
Rodney McLeod FS 72 100.00%
Alec Ogletree LB 71 98.61%
James Laurinaitis LB 71 98.61%
Trumaine Johnson CB 68 94.44%
Janoris Jenkins CB 63 87.50%
Robert Quinn DE 58 80.56%
Aaron Donald DT 57 79.17%
Michael Brockers DT 52 72.22%
Chris Long DE 50 69.44%
William Hayes DE 36 50.00%
Akeem Ayers LB 27 37.50%
LaMarcus Joyner CB 25 34.72%
Mark Barron SS 24 33.33%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 17 23.61%
Nick Fairley DT 15 20.83%
Marcus Roberson GB 13 18.06%
Cameron Lynch LB 1 1.39%

It's hard not to point to the Rams' lack of 4-3 usage as a reason Washington came out eager to attack with the run. Even though Akeem Ayers' usage tripled to counter the run and LaMarcus Joyner's PT halved, it clearly wasn't sufficient.

Trumaine Johnson's ability to play a full game adjusted things as well for Joyner and CB Marcus Roberson.

Special Teams

Daren Bates LB 28 93.33%
Cameron Lynch LB 23 76.67%
Maurice Alexander SS 23 76.67%
Bradley Marquez WR 23 76.67%
Bryce Hager LB 23 76.67%
Isaiah Pead RB 20 66.67%
Cory Harkey TE 17 56.67%
Benny Cunningham RB 15 50.00%
Jake McQuaide LS 12 40.00%
Johnny Hekker P 12 40.00%
Marcus Roberson GB 8 26.67%
Stedman Bailey WR 7 23.33%
Demetrius Rhaney C 7 23.33%
Garrett Reynolds G 7 23.33%
Tavon Austin WR 6 20.00%
T.J. McDonald SS 6 20.00%
Rodney McLeod FS 6 20.00%
Janoris Jenkins CB 6 20.00%
LaMarcus Joyner CB 6 20.00%
Robert Quinn DE 5 16.67%
Aaron Donald DT 5 16.67%
Michael Brockers DT 5 16.67%
Chris Long DE 5 16.67%
William Hayes DE 5 16.67%
Greg Zuerlein K 5 16.67%
Trumaine Johnson CB 4 13.33%
Mark Barron SS 3 10.00%
Rodger Saffold T 2 6.67%
Rob Havenstein T 2 6.67%
Jamon Brown G 2 6.67%
Lance Kendricks TE 2 6.67%
Andrew Donnal T 2 6.67%

You can see why Daren Bates is so crucial to this team. It's oversimplifying, but the Tyler Lockette punt return in Week 1 vs. the clean coverage (and that's probably understating it -- they were damn good) in Week 2 isn't entirely attributable to Bates...but it's not unrelated.

Shout out to the 2015 UDFAs in Cameron Lynch, Bryce Hager and Bradley Marquez. I was a Lynch and Marquez fan, but Hager's certainly earned his stripes.

Something important to look ahead for, and for your Saturday TSTers to keep in mind: Isaiah Pead. He's in his contract year, and there's just no way he's around in the offseason in four months. Who fills in for him in special teams? Do the Rams need another running back? Even if the answer's no, we all realize Jeff Fisher is going to spend a pick in the first three rounds on one, right? You thought Jeff Fisher might not be around next year? What are these "standards" you have and how do they apply?

Drop your snap counts reactions in the comments.