Welcome back to the snap report, a weekly feature where we 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. As always, these snap counts come from the NFL and the numbers are rounded to the nearest percent.
Going into last week's game against the Bengals, I thought the Chargers were going to need to score 30 points to stay in the game. Somewhat surprisingly, the Charger defense came out to play and held the Bengals to 17 points - the second lowest for a Chargers opponent this year. However, the offense turned the ball over three times and never got into the red zone, despite reaching Cincinnati territory on seven of their ten drives. That's one way to keep fans from complaining about the red zone play calling. Here are the offensive snap counts:
Seven Chargers played every offensive snap against the Bengals, the high mark for the season.
With Eddie Royal missing out due to injury, Ladarius Green set yet another career high with 59 snaps and saw the field as much as Antonio Gates. It has become pretty clear that the offense is considerably better with Green on the field, and it's nice to see the coaching staff rewarding his production.
D.J. Fluker struggled again in pass protection at left tackle, surrendering seven hurries on Philip Rivers. The sooner the King Dunlap can return to the field, the better.
Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead split snaps at about a 55/45 percent rate, respectively, which left only one snap for Ronnie Brown.
Now to the defensive snaps:
Derek Cox was relegated to solely special teams duty against the Bengals, with Richard Marshall getting the start and Johnny Patrick playing nickel cornerback. Marshall rewarded his coach's decision, making seven solo tackles and only allowing one catch that was over ten yards. Baby steps.
The pass rush struggled against the Bengals, only touching Andy Dalton one time. With Jarret Johnson out again to injury, Reggie Walker and Tourek Williams got the most opportunities at outside linebacker, resulting in Thomas Keiser losing 40 percent of his snaps.
The defensive line rotated five players against the Bengals, with no one really standing out. Kendall Reyes continued his sophomore slump with a PFF rating of -3.7 last week, soundly holding onto his spot at the bottom of PFF's rankings for 3-4 defensive ends. Last year, Reyes rushed the passer well, despite not being a stout run defender. However, this year has been rough for him in both aspects, with PFF grades of -8.9 and -10.5 for pass rushing and run defense, respectively. The New York Giants are near the bottom of the league in both pass protection and run blocking, so let's see if Reyes (and the rest of the defensive line) can get off the schnide this week.