Here we go again. Week 4’s snap counts against the Bucs on Sunday.
There’s always some nice little nuggets you can pull from these and I think it’s one of the more underrated pieces of information we can get from the most-recent game.
Let’s get to it.
- If it wasn’t for two snaps missed by Sam Tevi, all five offensive linemen who started the game would have played 100% of the snaps for the first time since Week 1 against the Bengals.
- With Mike Williams sidelined, it was actually Jason Moore who played the most snaps behind Keenan Allen and Jalen Guyton. K.J. Hill played just two snaps, which was the fifth-most for wide receivers behind Allen, Guyton, Moore, and Tyron Johnson.
- With Austin Ekeler going down in the first first quarter, the snap share between Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson was about 60-40 skewed in Kelley’s direction. With Ekeler now expected to be placed on IR, I predict that type of split to continue.
- All four starters in the secondary and linebacker Kyzir White played 100% of the snaps against the Bucs. That’s incredible to see as usually no more than two players reach that mark. The injuries to the defense are really forcing some of these players to do it all.
- The Chargers were in a base much more than usual - which still isn’t much - due to the Buccaneers using a lot of multiple-tight end sets. Especially early on, it seemed like Perryman was playing a ton in the beginning but once Tampa Bay was down, they starting chucking it, which forced the Bolts back into Nickel.
- Linval Joseph played 82% of the snaps on defense, which is a season-high by a mile. He wqs averaging around 60-65% during the first three weeks, and that number looks even crazier knowing there were 76 snaps total for that side of the ball in this one. The defensive line is surely missing both Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones as two extra bodies to use in the rotation.
- Some guys at the bottom of the depth chart earned some more snaps than usual, with Cortez Broughton seeing 11 while Jessie Lemonier and Tevaughn Campbell got their first snaps of the year.
- Not a ton to be surprised about on special teams. All the usual suspects are here. The biggest thing to me was when we learned prior to the game that Joe Reed wasn’t going to be active. It ended up working in the team’s favor to a degree, but he’s still their best kick returner.