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Snap Reactions: Notes on the Seahawks’ snap counts from Week 14 win over the Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Seattle Seahawks got it done on Monday Night Football, topping the Vikings with a generous scoreline of 21-7. It was a hideous showing from both offenses for the better part of the game, but the Seahawks got the win they needed to firmly place themselves as the NFC’s fifth seed.

Check out the full snap counts from Seattle’s victory below before we hit on points of interest:

Mychal Kendricks reclaims his spot upon returning

Returning from an eight game suspension on Monday night, Kendricks was plugged back in next to Bobby Wagner, despite the strong play from Austin Calitro and Barkevious Mingo in recent weeks. Kendricks played 76% of the defense’s snaps in his first game back and collected three tackles.

Prior to his suspension, Kendricks was quietly solid alongside Wagner, more than making up for K.J. Wright’s absence. Though Calitro and Mingo filled the role nicely, Kendricks does provide the Seahawks with an improvement at WILL linebacker and he should keep his starting spot, health permitting. However, on Tuesday morning, Pete Carroll said Kendricks hurt his knee against Minnesota and his status moving forward is unclear.

Jaron Brown boosted in Doug Baldwin’s absence

For the short time when the Seahawks had all wide receivers healthy and available, Malik Turner began to encroach on Jaron Brown’s playing time as the fourth wide receiver. That was quieted last week, with Brown hauling in two scores. Against the Vikings, with Baldwin sidelined, the hierarchy was again clear, with Brown getting the biggest boost.

Turner remained in his very limited role, seeing just 11% of the offense’s snaps, while Brown stepped into the third wide receiver spot, playing 65% of snaps. As long as Baldwin remains sidelined, we can expect it to be Tyler Lockett and David Moore playing the bulk of snaps, with Brown as the third receiver in.

Delano Hill, three safeties step back

Seattle’s use of three safeties has been interesting to follow in recent weeks, with Hill’s playtime increasing in each of the past three games, including playing nearly half the defense’s snaps in Week 13. It’s an interesting wrinkle, but seems to be completely matchup dependent.

Against an offense with little threat from their tight end, Hill’s snaps dropped back down to just 21%. With the 49ers again up next, it will be interesting to see if Hill’s playing time balloons back up to combat the incredible George Kittle.

Quick Hits:

  • Ed Dickson out-snapped Nick Vannett for a third consecutive game. Seeing Vannett become a decent role player in 2018 has been nice, but after a slow start, Dickson is firmly the starter there.
  • J.D. McKissic has now played just three offensive snaps since returning from injured reserve last week. He again featured heavily on special teams, so it isn’t health related—he needs to be more involved on offense.
  • Another 59% of snaps for George Fant, whose playing time is larger than anyone could’ve expected. And he finally caught one!

The Seahawks will now turn their attention back to San Francisco, where they go to face the 49ers on Sunday afternoon.