Looking through the snap counts of the San Diego Chargers' loss to the Carolina Panthers to try and make sense of the personnel that was on the field.
- The only offensive players to play every snap for the San Diego Chargers were the two Guards (Louis Vasquez, Rex Hadnot), Philip Rivers and Nick Hardwick.
- Danario Alexander was targeted just 3 times, catching zero passes, despite playing on 45 (96%) of the offensive snaps. Malcom Floyd was targeted 2 times on his 46 (98%) offensive snaps. Micheal Spurlock was targeted 1 time and played on 31 (66%) offensive snaps.
- So, where did those offensive targets go? Which receivers was Philip Rivers throwing to? Well, Ryan Mathews was targeted 4 times (making 3 catches) despite playing just 17 (36%) snaps before breaking his collarbone. Antonio Gates got 6 passes thrown his way (catching 4 of them) while playing 40 (85% offensive snaps.
- Rebecca Meachem, to whom Dean Spanos paid $9 million this season, was on the field for just 1 offensive snap and was not thrown to.
- Jared Gaither, to whom Dean Spanos paid $10.6 million this season, was not on the field at all due to an injury.
- Eddie Royal, to whom Dean Spanos paid $6 million this season, was not on the field at all due to injury.
- Curtis Brinkley, not Le'Ron McClain or Jackie Battle, was signed to the active roster during the week and ended up taking the bulk of the snaps at running back (45%) for San Diego.
- The only two defensive players to play every snap for the Chargers were Eric Weddle and Quentin Jammer.
- As for the kids that should (hopefully) get good playing time against the Jets in a meaningless game this week: Shareece Wright played 1 defensive snap, Jonas Mouton played 3 (4%) defensive snaps, and Brandon Taylor played 16 (21%) defensive snaps. None of them had as many snaps at Larry English, who finished with 18 (23%) on defense and 16 (64%) on special teams.
- Melvin Ingram, the team's first round draft pick this season, played on 29 (38%) defense snaps for the Chargers, which is the same amount that Bront Bird had against the Panthers.
- Jarret Johnson was on the field for 50 (65%) of San Diego's defense snaps.
- Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes tied for the most defensive snaps by a Chargers' defensive lineman with 52 (68%).
- Andrew Gachkar (who should never be on the field with the defense) and Gary Guyton (who was signed earlier in the week) combined for 47 defensive snaps at Inside Linebacker.
- Takeo Spikes, who is a thousand years old and should definitely be sitting down so that Jonas Mouton can take his snaps for the rest of the season, was in on 73 (95%) defensive snaps against Carolina.
- Former Chargers RB Mike Tolbert scored 2 touchdowns and was in on 45 (58%) offensive snaps for the Panthers. A special teams standout in San Diego, he played just 2 (8%) special teams snaps for Carolina.