Seahawks vs. Jets Week 10 snap counts, quick analysis

Kevin Casey

The Seahawks' player snap counts are out for Sunday's win versus the New York Jets so let's take a look at a few potent notables.

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Offense:

John Moffitt started his second straight game in the place of a concussed James Carpenter, logging all 72 of the Seahawks' offensive snaps. In fact, the entire offensive line -- Breno Giacomini, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, Moffitt and Russell Okung -- were all on the field for all 72 snaps. Russell Wilson, unlike the Jets' preferred quarterback substitution methods, was also on the field for all 72.

Zach Miller was predictably a big part of the offensive gameplan, heading to the sideline for only 4 snaps. I believe he was slightly shaken up after Antonio Cromartie hit him on a short out-route and missed a snap or two for that, so needless to say, Miller remains a nearly every-down player in this offense. Also, I'll cheerfully add that Miller was targeted a team-high six times and caught five of them for 37 yards -- including two huge first downs in third down situations. He's starting to become a steady option for rookie QB Russell Wilson, catching everything thrown his way and demonstrating excellent ball control after an uncharacteristic fumble versus the Patriots.

Anthony McCoy too saw a lot of action - 37 total snaps on the day. Evan Moore saw one snap in a goal-line look, and drew a defensive pass interference call. At least, for his sake, he was the target on the play.

Golden Tate is officially the starting X-receiver for the Seahawks, if there was any lingering doubt about depth charts or roles going forward. He and Sidney Rice are the two receiver mainstays in this offense now, both seeing 50 offensive snaps apiece vs. the Jets. Both players are clicking very well with Wilson, and both players are providing Wilson great downfield options.

Doug Baldwin too has an integral, if slightly less frequent role for this team -- though it's notable he's still recovering fully from a high ankle sprain -- and saw 30 snaps on Sunday. Baldwin's three catches all went for first downs - one came on a third-and-8 in the 3rd quarter and another on an improvised play by Wilson in which he switched sides of the field on a scramble and found Doug coming back to the ball.

Jermaine Kearse saw 11 snaps and Braylon Edwards 22. At this point, both Kearse and Edwards are quality depth but aren't seeing a ton of targets in the offense (zero total for the both of them on Sunday). Unfortunately for Edwards, in addition to not being targeted, the only time I noticed him was when he drew a false start penalty. That said, I still hold out hope they can integrate the big man into the game-plan a little more - namely as an infrequent slot option in 3WR sets that could be used to exploit matchups -- in a similar fashion to Sidney Rice's seam pass touchdown from Wilson on Sunday where Seattle got Rice matched up against a 5-9 nickel corner in Ellis Lankster and just threw it up and over him. Edwards is still a big target and puts forth good effort downfield blocking, from what I can tell, so he's a guy to monitor in terms of snaps.

Marshawn Lynch got a heavy load on Sunday - seeing 44 snaps (27 carries and one reception totaling 151 yards); leading the way for Lynch was Michael Robinson, who saw 21 snaps. Robert Turbin backed Lynch up, and saw 20 snaps. Leon Washington got some late-first-half action with 6 snaps in the 2-minute drill. He had one long run called back on a Paul McQuistan hold.

Defense:

On defense, it's rare that Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas leave the field and this game was no outlier -- the two safeties from the Seahawks' 2010 Draft saw every defensive snap, as did a rookie from the 2012 Draft - Bobby Wagner. Chris Clemons was in on all 52 snaps as well, and not surprisingly, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman saw nearly every snap, leaving only in goal line sets (Chris Maragos and Heath Farwell got one snap apiece in one of these looks).

K.J. Wright was inactive with a concussion, and Mike Morgan saw 36 snaps in his stead. Leroy Hill was on the field for all but 3 snaps. Jeron Johnson saw 6 snaps.

On the defensive line, the Seahawks continued with their big man rotation. Brandon Mebane was in on 42 snaps, Red Bryant 36, and Alan Branch 39.

Jason Jones was on the field for 18 snaps but made the most of it - springing Chris Clemons for a big QB hit on Mark Sanchez on one play and undoubtedly a contributing factor to Bruce Irvin's two sacks as Jones stole some of the Jets' OLine's attention. Speaking of Irvin - he got his two sacks and two tackles for a loss in only 13 snaps. Pretty impressive efficiency. With Clinton McDonald and Greg Scruggs inactive on Sunday, there was a few Jaye Howard sightings for the first time in a while -- with the rookie 4th round pick from this past Draft logging 7 snaps.

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