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

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Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Despite facing a slew of injuries both before kickoff and over the course of the game, the Seahawks closed out their road schedule in 2019 with a win against the lowly Panthers. In Carolina, Seattle saw their best players at all three levels of the defense either exit during the game or be inactive, but still escaped with a 30-24 win. Those injuries made for some interesting juggling, which we will get into below:

  • In the Seahawks’ first game since Rashaad Penny suffered a season-ending injury, Chris Carson saw his playtime remain at the high level it was last week, and prior to Penny’s good form, as he played 76 percent of the offense’s snaps. C.J. Prosise, 15 percent, and Travis Homer, nine percent, saw little time. One or both will need to cut into Carson’s snaps to keep Seattle’s lead man fresh for January.
  • For the second straight week, Josh Gordon was the team’s third wide receiver in playing time, at 37 percent. It was highlighted, weirdly, by an interception, but he also hauled in one of the catches of the season.
  • David Moore’s playing time dropped down to just 15 percent of snaps, behind Malik Turner (30 percent) and Jaron Brown (16 percent). John Ursua doubled his season total from two snaps to four.
  • Akeem King, starting at left cornerback in Shaquill Griffin’s place, played every snap.
  • Rasheem Green saw 62 percent of defensive snaps as a starter and was hugely impactful. Green’s development this year has been superb, and he will be at least a valuable rotational piece for the next several seasons.
  • Lano Hill saw 60 percent of defensive snaps, as Quandre Diggs was forced out with an ankle sprain. Marquise Blair also saw seven percent of snaps, as the juggling continued on the back end.
  • L.J. Collier saw a solid 51 percent of the defense’s snaps, and made a couple positive plays. It would be great to see him break into the rotation down the stretch.
  • Shaquem Griffin played a fair bit of snaps, at 36 percent, to help round out the rotation even further, with Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah missing.
  • As King slid outside from nickel, Ugo Amadi saw 35 percent of the defense’s snaps in King’s vacated slot role, and looked comfortable.

Seattle will now return home for Weeks 16 and 17, and hopefully, get healthy in the process. That will start next Sunday, against the Cardinals.