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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Looking through the official game book of the Chargers win over the Steelers to see how much playing time certain San Diego Chargers players received.

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  • Of the four offensive players that played every offensive snap (Philip Rivers, Rex Hadnot, Kevin Haslam, Reggie Wells), only one of them is a starter for the 2012 San Diego Chargers.
  • Antonio Gates, who the team might want to stop running into the ground, played on all but 2 offensive snaps.
  • Despite Gates (77, 97%) and Malcom Floyd (74, 94%) playing significantly more snaps that Danario Alexander (54, 68%), Alexander was thrown at far more than anybody else on the team.
  • Ryan Mathews (48, 61%) and Ronnie Brown (29, 37%) did a good job of sharing the load at Running Back.
  • Micheal Spurlock played on just 30 snaps (38%), but caught 7 passes (in 7 targets) for 64 yards. By contrast, Roger Meachem played on 7 snaps (9%) and wasn't thrown to once.
  • The only Chargers to play every defensive snap were Corey Lynch, Eric Weddle and Takeo Spikes.
  • Bront Bird led the team with 6 tackles and an interception, despite playing on just 19 defensive snaps.
  • Marcus Gilchrist was in on 50 defensive snaps (77%)! Pagano's increasing usage of Gilchrist is one of the reasons the defense is getting better.
  • With Vaughn Martin leaving early with an injury, second round pick Kendall Reyes got to play 47 defensive snaps (72%).
  • First round pick Melvin Ingram played just 28 snaps (43%). The only OLB on the team with less defensive snaps in the game was Larry English, who had 14 (22%).
  • Third round pick Brandon Taylor got to play on 1 defensive snap! He was also in on 15 special teams snaps.
  • 2011's second round pick, Jonas Mouton, was active and played on 3 special teams snaps.
  • Darrell Stuckey and Chris Carr were both limited to zero defensive snaps but contributed on special teams.