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LA Rams - Arizona Cardinals Playing Time Breakdown: The Return of CB E.J. Gaines

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Here’s who saw the field in the Rams’ 17-13 win over the Cardinals.

Los Angeles Rams At Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams At Arizona Cardinals
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Note: I’ll update the snap counts in this spreadsheet all season including the first tab tracking the season totals. While I’ll paste individual game PT in each week’s recap, I’ll likely refer to the season totals moving forward from that link. So uh, peep it.

Offense

Player POS Off Off%
Rodger Saffold T 59 100.00%
Rob Havenstein T 59 100.00%
Cody Wichmann G 59 100.00%
Greg Robinson T 59 100.00%
Case Keenum QB 59 100.00%
Tim Barnes C 59 100.00%
Lance Kendricks TE 56 94.92%
Todd Gurley RB 51 86.44%
Tavon Austin WR 47 79.66%
Kenny Britt WR 46 77.97%
Brian Quick WR 33 55.93%
Tyler Higbee TE 18 30.51%
Bradley Marquez WR 14 23.73%
Mike Thomas WR 11 18.64%
Cory Harkey TE 10 16.95%
Benny Cunningham RB 5 8.47%
Malcolm Brown RB 2 3.39%
Andrew Donnal T 2 3.39%

RB Todd Gurley continues to see his work rate rise:

Week Plays % Carries Carries per Play
1 37 60.66% 17 0.46
2 44 70.97% 19 0.43
3 52 80.00% 27 0.52
4 51 86.44% 19 0.37

Given the lack of production, I’m interested to see if the Rams keep him ≥80% to try and force him out of the slump.

TE Tyler Higbee has yet to drop below a 30% floor, but hasn’t been targeted once since Week 1. Same camp for WR Bradley Marquez; he hasn’t dropped below 10% of snaps hitting a season high in Week 4, but has only been targeted twice in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Defense

Player POS Def Def%
Trumaine Johnson CB 77 100.00%
Maurice Alexander SS 77 100.00%
Mark Barron LB 77 100.00%
Alec Ogletree LB 77 100.00%
T.J. McDonald SS 72 93.51%
Aaron Donald DT 61 79.22%
Lamarcus Joyner CB 60 77.92%
E.J. Gaines CB 53 68.83%
Eugene Sims DE 49 63.64%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 43 55.84%
Matt Longacre DE 43 55.84%
Robert Quinn DE 39 50.65%
Troy Hill CB 29 37.66%
Cody Davis FS 25 32.47%
Michael Brockers DT 24 31.17%
Cam Thomas DT 19 24.68%
Dominique Easley DT 16 20.78%
Josh Forrest LB 6 7.79%

The big story from the playing time on Sunday was the comeback of CB E.J. Gaines. Not only did he feature in his first regular season action since Week 16 of the 2014 season, he came in and immediately topped 2/3rds of the defensive snaps (and played pretty damn well, to boot).

And shout out to DE Matt Longacre for coming in with DEs William Hayes and Robert Quinn sidelined.

Special Teams

Player POS ST ST%
Cody Davis FS 21 87.50%
Chase Reynolds RB 21 87.50%
Bradley Marquez WR 16 66.67%
Josh Forrest LB 16 66.67%
Cory Littleton LB 16 66.67%
Bryce Hager LB 16 66.67%
Mike Thomas WR 12 50.00%
Eugene Sims DE 11 45.83%
Benny Cunningham RB 9 37.50%
Troy Hill CB 9 37.50%
Jake McQuaide LS 9 37.50%
Johnny Hekker P 9 37.50%
Temarrick Hemingway TE 8 33.33%
Cory Harkey TE 7 29.17%
Trumaine Johnson CB 7 29.17%
T.J. McDonald SS 7 29.17%
Demetrius Rhaney C 7 29.17%
Greg Zuerlein K 7 29.17%
Malcolm Brown RB 6 25.00%
Marqui Christian SS 6 25.00%
Aaron Donald DT 5 20.83%
Michael Brockers DT 5 20.83%
Dominique Easley DT 5 20.83%
Tavon Austin WR 4 16.67%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 4 16.67%
Rodger Saffold T 3 12.50%
Rob Havenstein T 3 12.50%
Cody Wichmann G 3 12.50%
Greg Robinson T 3 12.50%
Andrew Donnal T 3 12.50%
Maurice Alexander SS 3 12.50%
Mark Barron LB 1 4.17%
Matt Longacre DE 1 4.17%

Temarrick Hemingway!


As always, drop your observations on the playing time from this week as well as anything you’re seeing from the season snaps.