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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 6 vs Denver Broncos

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Breaking down the Chargers’ snap counts in their win versus the Broncos

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Finally, a week where we can look at the snap counts without having to figure out some unthinkable reason as to why the Chargers lost. This week we saw a few new faces and adjustments in playing time; however, those who have remained healthy are still topping the snap counts charts. The one trend that has been debunked is when the Chargers have more defensive snaps than offensive snaps, they lose. This week the defense had more snaps, but the Chargers were able to squeak out a win.

Chargers’ Offense:

Pos. Name W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" W6 Snaps % of Total W6 Snaps WoW % Change
G Orlando Franklin 50 98% 66 100% 2%
G D.J. Fluker 51 100% 66 100% 0%
QB Philip Rivers 51 100% 66 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 50 98% 66 100% 2%
C Matt Slauson 51 100% 66 100% 0%
T Joe Barksdale 0 0% 65 98% 98%
WR Dontrelle Inman 44 86% 60 91% 5%
RB Melvin Gordon 46 90% 52 79% -11%
WR Tyrell Wiliams 34 67% 48 73% 6%
TE Hunter Henry 42 82% 45 68% -14%
TE Sean McGrath 18 35% 37 56% 21%
TE Antonio Gates 18 35% 31 47% 12%
WR Travis Benjamin 31 61% 25 38% -23%
FB Derek Watt 11 22% 16 24% 2%
RB Dexter McCluster 2 4% 9 14% 10%
WR Griff Whalen 7 14% 9 5% -9%
T Chris Hairston 50 98% 2 3% -95%
RB Kenneth Farrow 0 0% 2 3% 3%
G Kenny Wiggins 4 8% 1 2% -6%

It was good to see Joe Barksdale back on the O-line, which definitely cut into Kenny Wiggins’ playing time. If the Chargers are going to have a chance the next few weeks, the line has to remain healthy. They already had trouble this week facing the Broncos, which is no easy task, but they’ll need to see the guys at the top of this snap count chart to remain healthy as the weeks go on.

With Travis Benjamin struggling, Tyrell Williams needed to step in and make big plays. While he made a somewhat of a difference on the field, his playing time saw a slight increase, as well as Dontrelle Inman’s. Looks like the coaching staff may have been trying keep Benjamin accountable for his continued turnover mistakes.

I do like the steady playing time of Hunter Henry, coupled with Sean McGrath’s snaps because it makes Antonio Gates that much more effective during the game. Henry is already looking like he can ball with the best of them and I see this playing time distribution continuing throughout the season (assuming they all stay healthy).

The addition of Dexter McCluster and the spared use of Kenneth Farrow have not cut into Melvin Gordon’s playing time too much. This week MGIII saw a slight decrease in snaps, but I don’t see this being a trend.

Chargers’ Defense:

Pos. Name W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" W6 Snaps % of Total W6 Snaps WoW % Change
FS Dwight Lowery 72 100% 73 100% 0%
CB Casey Hayward 71 99% 73 100% 1%
CB Craig Mager 71 99% 73 100% 1%
LB Jatavis Brown 65 90% 73 100% 10%
CB Steve Williams 51 71% 71 97% 26%
SS Adrian Phillips 37 51% 68 93% 42%
LB Melvin Ingram 64 89% 66 90% 1%
DE Joey Bosa 27 38% 54 74% 36%
DT Tenny Palepoi 46 64% 43 59% -5%
DT Corey Liuget 53 74% 43 59% -15%
LB Korey Toomer 50 69% 32 44% -25%
LB Denzel Perryman 0 0% 23 32% 32%
DT Caruan Reid 19 26% 22 30% 4%
NT Brandon Mebane 41 57% 22 30% -27%
LB Kyle Emanuel 28 39% 19 26% -13%
FS Dexter McCoil 24 33% 18 25% -8%
NT Damion Square 0 0% 16 22% 22%
LB Jerry Attaochu 31 43% 9 12% -31%
LB Tourek Williams 9 12% 4 5% -7%
FS Darrell Stuckey 1 1% 1 1% 0%
LB Joshua Perry 13 18% 0 0% -18%
CB Trevor Williams 14 19% 0 0% -19%

Finally, the higher defensive snaps to offensive snaps trend is over. I knew this wouldn’t keep up and I was just waiting for the trend to end. This week the Chargers had more defensive snaps, but they won. The defense came up big and were able to score a safety by drawing a holding call in the end zone. The Chargers’ defensive front was effective last night, probably due to the additions, and increased snaps to a few front seven players. Damion Square, Joey Bosa, and Denzel Perryman saw more snaps this week compared to last week, which is what the Chargers needed in terms of depth.

The DBs’ snaps have varied almost every week due to injuries, but the one player that has been king of the snap count hill is Dwight Lowery. With the absence of Brandon Flowers and Jason Verret, the DBs snaps will remain in constant change.

One player to keep an eye on is Korey “It’s Not A” Toomer. While Korey Toomer saw a dip in playing time, he was playing well throughout the game. Toomer, along with the rookie class, were key in handling the Broncos.

Next week we will break down the potential shootout against the Atlanta Falcons, who also knocked off the Broncos last week.