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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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.