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Snap Reactions: Notes on the Seahawks’ snap counts from Sunday’s win over the Eagles

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

In their return to action following the bye week, the Seahawks went on the road to Philadelphia and silenced the home crowd in an ugly 17-9 victory. Seattle was shorthanded on the day, without Jadeveon Clowney, and that showed in the rotation of the defensive line. That and more in the snap counts, below:

  • The most noteworthy item off the top is, of course, the running back rotation. Chris Carson’s snaps, and touches, were becoming unsustainable, particularly with a back as talented as Rashaad Penny behind him. The split in Week 12 was closer to where it should be—Carson at 54 percent and Penny 46—though it was perhaps partially a result of Carson’s continued fumble issues.
  • Despite posting just the one catch, it was encouraging to see Tyler Lockett play 86 percent of the offense’s snaps after a scary injury in Week 10. Assuming he is healthy, we should see Lockett’s stats get back up to where they should be in Week 13.
  • It was interesting to see that Josh Gordon, David Moore and Malik Turner essentially split snaps behind Lockett and DK Metcalf: Gordon saw 34 percent, Moore 28 percent and Turner 26 percent. That will likely change in the coming weeks, and it’ll be fascinating to see how.
  • Following the release of Jamar Taylor, all eyes would be on the usage of Ugo Amadi as the team’s new nickel on Sunday. Instead, it was Akeem King coming into the lineup in sub packages. Mychal Kendricks stuck at his usual clip, at 67 percent, while King received the 34 percent that previously went to Taylor.
  • The Seahawks really leaned on their defensive line rotation with Clowney injured, but there were a few positives to come from it. Ezekiel Ansah played 49 percent of the defense’s snaps in what was his most impactful game; L.J. Collier saw 34 percent in his return to the lineup; and, of course, Shaquem Griffin enjoyed a highly productive Week 12 while seeing 33 percent of the defensive snaps.

Just off a bye week, Seattle will get a slightly longer week before their Week 13 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, on Monday Night Football.