The week sure does start off a bit smoother when the Bolts are coming off a victory. When the team went 12-4 back in 2018, there were so many Victory Mondays that I had to stop and wonder if Patriots fans are constantly in good moods due to all the winning they’ve enjoyed over the past 20 years.
Can you imagine going through that 2018 season in back-to-back seasons? Or heck, three or four times in a row? What a world that would be.
At any rate, here are the snap counts from Sunday’s win over the Jaguars and my accompanying thoughts and notes.
I hope you guys enjoy!
- In his first game active since Week 3, Joe Reed played just seven snaps but recorded his first career touchdown to go with a pair of handoffs for 14 yards. It was great to see and I hope this leads to more confidence for Reed in himself and by his coaching staff.
- Scott Quessenberry saw his first snaps in a game this season when he spelled Ryan Groy for nine snaps while the former spent time stretching out on the sideline after tweaking something on an earlier play. He didn’t allow any negative plays, so consider it a win for Scootsy!
- Despite leading the team with 10 catches for 125 yards, Allen didn’t play as many snaps a he normally does. 85 percent of the snaps is still a lot, but it looked like the Chargers felt comfortable rotating in Williams and Guyton a bit more against a lesser opponent.
- After Justin Jackson was the favorite against the Saints before the bye, Joshua Kelley ended up out-snapping JJ 38-31 against the Jags. Troymaine Pope also worked in for 12 snaps, recording a lone carry for six yards.
- Donald Parham played a career-high 18 snaps against the Jags en route to catching his second touchdown of the season. With Virgil Green now out for roughly the next month, he’ll likely see his snap share rise even more starting with next Sunday against the Broncos.
- Gus Bradley deployed a Dime package more against the Jaguars than he has in the rest of the team’s games combined up to this point. That led to Jahleel Addae playing his first defensive snaps with the Bolts since he was re-signed.
- More defenders played 100% of the snaps against Jacksonville than in any other previous game for the Chargers. Kenneth Murray, Nas Adderley, Rayshawn Jenkins, Casey Hayward, and Michael Davis all played every snap on Sunday, which isn’t exactly what you want for a team who had a bye week much earlier than expected. The Bolts need to find a way to rest some of these starters going forward.
- In his first game back, Justin Jones wound up playing just one more snap than Jerry Tillery. I believed Tillery would return to his early season form with less snaps and more stamina to rush the passer but that’s unfortunately not what happened as he ended up grading out one of the worst players on Sunday by Pro Football Focus.
- Bradley also looked to limit Kyzir White’s snaps a bit with the Dime package since White has been a bit of a liability of coverage in recent weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that become a trend in the coming weeks.
- Nothing surprising here with the special teams snaps. Only thing worth noting is Michael Badgley’s underwhelming performance as of late. Anthony Lynn already has said he’s not bringing in competition for the spot, so that’s a bit frustrating.