Welcome back to the snap report, a weekly feature where we'll look at the Chargers players involved in each offensive and defensive snap and track how players earn and lose playing time as the year continues.
The Chargers offense ran 24 less plays against the Titans than they did against the Eagles in week 2, while the defense gained an extra 10 plays of ... much needed experience. These snap counts come from the NFL. Numbers are rounded to the nearest percent. Here's a look at the offense:
With Malcolm Floyd out, the Chargers were down to three receivers against the Titans. This led to increased playing time for both backup tight ends Green and Phillips. It's nice to see Keenan Allen gaining his share of playing time with Floyd out. It may not be by choice, but at least we'll get to see what the rookie's got.
Injuries along the offensive line brought some new faces to week 3, with Ohrnberger, Troutman, and Harris all receiving snaps. I don't have to tell you that depth along the offensive line is not considered a strength of the Chargers this season. According to PFF, Ohrnberg and Harris had were positive contributions to the running game, garnering run block ratings of +1.1 and +1.6 respectively, but their pass block ratings of -1.7 and -2.0 might go towards explaining why the Chargers kept the ball on the ground late in the game. In other news, Fozzy got a snap! Yay!
And here are the snap counts for the defense:
With Shareece Wright out due to injury, we got to see a new face in the defensive backfield with Crezdon Butler checking in for 14 snaps. Johnny Patrick failed to capitalize on his increased playing time in week 2, and lost snaps to Richard Marshall and Butler. However, Patrick was one of the few bright spots in run defense for the Chargers in week 3, being one of only two players to achieve a PFF run defense ranking above +1.0. The other player to do this was Andrew Gachkar, who played well in an expanded role due to the absence of the injured Donald Butler. The linebacker rotation will be something I'll be watching closely this week, with hopefully Butler back and Te'o making his debut.