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Snap Counts: Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers

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.

Stephen Dunn

  • 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.