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LA Rams-Washington Playing Time Breakdown: What The Snap Counts Show About The Week 2 Home Loss

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Here’s how the playing time looked for Week 2.

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The Los Angeles Rams dropped a close one to the Washington Folks in Week 2, 20-27. Here’s the playing time breakdown.

Offense

Week 2 v Washington - Offense

Player POS OFF OFF%
Player POS OFF OFF%
Andrew Whitworth OT 50 100.00%
Rodger Saffold OT 50 100.00%
Rob Havenstein OT 50 100.00%
Jamon Brown G 50 100.00%
Jared Goff QB 50 100.00%
John Sullivan C 50 100.00%
Robert Woods WR 45 90.00%
Sammy Watkins WR 45 90.00%
Todd Gurley RB 44 88.00%
Tyler Higbee TE 41 82.00%
Cooper Kupp WR 30 60.00%
Gerald Everett TE 16 32.00%
Derek Carrier TE 9 18.00%
Tavon Austin WR 9 18.00%
Malcolm Brown RB 5 10.00%
Pharoh Cooper WR 4 8.00%
Josh Reynolds WR 2 4.00%

So in Week 1, we had a bit of skewing of the numbers thanks to some garbage time installs with some members of the second team. Not so this week.

With these cleaner numbers, we got a better set of the baseline performance levels across the offense. QB Jared Goff and the offensive line got the full run while WR Sammy Watkins and WR Robert Woods were both in on 90% of the work.

There was some alteration with TE Gerald Everett going down with an injury, but I’m not unsure TE Tyler Higbee wouldn’t have played a similar amount given that he did so in Week 1. While fans might not be pleased with his lack of activity in the passing game (two receptions on four targets for just 17 yards), it’s certainly not for a lack of playing time.

And notably, WR Tavon Austin continues to be a rarity on the field. He played just more than 10% of snaps in Week 1 and less than 20% in Week 2.

Defense

Week 2 v Washington - Defense

Player POS DEF DEF%
Player POS DEF DEF%
Alec Ogletree LB 71 100.00%
Nickell Robey-Coleman CB 71 100.00%
Lamarcus Joyner CB 71 100.00%
Maurice Alexander FS 70 98.59%
Mark Barron LB 68 95.77%
Trumaine Johnson CB 64 90.14%
Connor Barwin LB 60 84.51%
Michael Brockers DT 51 71.83%
Aaron Donald DT 48 67.61%
Robert Quinn OLB 45 63.38%
Tyrunn Walker DT 29 40.85%
Matt Longacre DE 26 36.62%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 23 32.39%
Morgan Fox DE 20 28.17%
Tanzel Smart DT 20 28.17%
Cody Davis FS 15 21.13%
Samson Ebukam LB 11 15.49%
Blake Countess SS 8 11.27%
Kevin Peterson CB 6 8.45%
Corey Littleton LB 4 5.63%

Here again, injuries affected playing time. CB Kayvon Webster was inactive with a shoulder injury that had him on the injury report all week. CB Trumaine Johnson sat out some snaps with reported leg cramps.

But the headline here was the return of DE Aaron Donald. He set his bar in his first game right near the 2/3rd mark. We’ll have to see how that number rises as his physical readiness improves.

One other thing to keep tabs on is the playing time relationship between OLB Robert Quinn and OLB Samson Ebukam.

Special Teams

Week 2 v Washington - Special Teams

Player POS ST ST%
Player POS ST ST%
Corey Littleton LB 27 87.10%
Cody Davis FS 26 83.87%
Blake Countess SS 21 67.74%
Dominique Hatfield CB 21 67.74%
John Johnson SS 20 64.52%
Bryce Hager LB 20 64.52%
Samson Ebukam LB 19 61.29%
Derek Carrier TE 16 51.61%
Kevin Peterson CB 16 51.61%
Malcolm Brown RB 13 41.94%
Pharoh Cooper WR 10 32.26%
Matt Longacre DE 9 29.03%
Jake McQuaide LS 9 29.03%
Greg Zuerlein K 9 29.03%
Johnny Hekker P 9 29.03%
Maurice Alexander FS 8 25.81%
Alec Ogletree LB 7 22.58%
Connor Barwin LB 7 22.58%
Michael Brockers DT 7 22.58%
Aaron Donald DT 7 22.58%
Tyrunn Walker DT 7 22.58%
Morgan Fox DE 6 19.35%
Tavon Austin WR 5 16.13%
Andrew Whitworth OT 4 12.90%
Rodger Saffold OT 4 12.90%
Rob Havenstein OT 4 12.90%
Jamon Brown G 4 12.90%
Tyler Higbee TE 4 12.90%
Robert Quinn OLB 4 12.90%
Darrell Williams OT 4 12.90%
Austin Blythe C 4 12.90%
Josh Reynolds WR 3 9.68%
Trumaine Johnson CB 3 9.68%
Nickell Robey-Coleman CB 2 6.45%
Cooper Kupp WR 1 3.23%
Lamarcus Joyner CB 1 3.23%

Last week, I outlined the eight-man special teams core roster of LB Cory Littleton, S Cody Davis, ILB Bryce Hager, S John Johnson, RB Malcolm Brown, OLB Samson Ebukam, CB Blake Countess and TE Derek Carrier. It’s actually a nine-man crew with CB Dominique Hatfield in the mix. Hatfield topped the 50% line this week while Brown did not, but all nine of those Rams are above the mark cumulatively.