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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 5 vs New York Jets

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A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, we see who contributed to the demolition of the New York Jets.

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As we all knew going into the game Sunday, there was no reason the San Diego Chargers should lose to the New York Jets. Granted, this had never stopped them before, but on Sunday things were as they should be. The Chargers dismantled the Jets in all three phases in a way that I can't remember seeing as a lifelong fan of this franchise. It was truly beautiful.

Let's start by seeing who contributed on offense:

Pos. Name W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" W4 Snaps "% of Total W4" "WoW% Change"
G Chad Rinehart 74 100% 63 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 74 100% 63 100% 0%
QB Philip Rivers 72 97% 63 100% -3%
C Doug Legursky 70 95% 63 100% -5%
WR Keenan Allen 63 85% 63 100% -15%
RB Branden Oliver 41 55% 18 29% 27%
T D.J. Fluker 40 54% 63 100% -46%
TE Antonio Gates 40 54% 59 94% -40%
G Johnnie Troutman 40 54% 33 52% 2%
WR Eddie Royal 38 51% 48 76% -25%
G Chris Watt 38 51% 30 48% 4%
TE Ladarius Green 37 50% 0 0% 50%
T Willie Smith 34 46% 9 14% 32%
WR Malcom Floyd 33 45% 52 83% -38%
TE John Phillips 31 42% 17 27% 15%
TE David Johnson 30 41% 0 0% 41%
WR Seyi Ajirotutu 24 32% 6 10% 23%
RB Donald Brown 22 30% 43 68% -39%
RB Shaun Draughn 11 15% 0 0% 15%
QB Kellen Clemens 2 3% 0 0% 3%

Only Rinehart and Dunlap played every snap thanks to Rivers bowing out before the last two plays, Legursky's and Fluker's injuries, and the ongoing competition at right guard. Kellen Clemens saw his first "action" of the season thanks to the blowout. Hopefully, he can get some more kneel down snaps in the coming weeks. The Reich-McCoy offense continues to be very tight end heavy with Johnson, Phillips, Green and Gates all getting at least 30 snaps out of the team's 74.

And as for the defense:

Pos. Name W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" W4 Snaps "% of Total W4" "WoW% Change"
SS Marcus Gilchrist 54 95% 66 100% -5%
FS Eric Weddle 51 89% 66 100% -11%
CB Brandon Flowers 48 84% 62 94% -10%
LB Donald Butler 48 84% 60 91% -7%
LB Dwight Freeney 47 82% 38 58% 25%
SS Jahleel Addae 43 75% 53 80% -5%
CB Jason Verrett 37 65% 0 0% 65%
LB Andrew Gachkar 35 61% 52 79% -17%
DE Kendall Reyes 29 51% 35 53% -2%
LB Jarret Johnson 27 47% 38 58% -10%
DE Corey Liuget 27 47% 38 58% -10%
CB Richard Marshall 27 47% 38 58% -10%
LB Tourek Williams 23 40% 20 30% 10%
LB Kavell Conner 23 40% 20 30% 10%
DE Tenny Palepoi 23 40% 19 29% 12%
DE Ricardo Mathews 18 32% 26 39% -8%
LB Cordarro Law 17 30% 31 47% -17%
DT Sean Lissemore 16 28% 23 35% -7%
DE Ryan Carrethers 15 26% 9 14% 13%
CB Steve Williams 8 14% 5 8% 6%
CB Chris Davis 8 14% 0 0% 14%
SS Darrell Stuckey 3 5% 0 0% 5%
CB Shareece Wright 0 0% 27 41% -41%

Nobody had to play every snap this week, which I think we can all agree is a nice change of pace. Even with Wright missing the game, none of the corners saw over 48 snaps. The fact that Freeney continues to be in the top 5 in snaps is a little bit of a concern since the team can't afford to lose him for an extended period of time. Jerry Attaochu can't get healthy and start taking snaps at Jack soon enough. Also, it's fascinating that Reyes was the only defensive linemen to crack 50% of the defensive snaps.