The Seahawks got a few key players back for their biggest game of the season in Week 17, but came up short in a 26-21 thriller. Between the players returning—Jadeveon Clowney, Shaquill Griffin, Marshawn Lynch—and the players who left with injury (Mychal Kendricks, Jaron Brown), Seattle’s snap counts are worth combing through. Most notably, an interesting development in the secondary. All that and more, below:
- With the wide receiver position decimated by injuries—Malik Turner ruled out with a concussion before Sunday, and then Jaron Brown ruled out with a knee injury after three snaps—David Moore saw the large majority of snaps behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Moore played 72 percent, compared to just nine percent for John Ursua.
- In his return to the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch played 31 percent of the offense’s snaps, carrying the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. Travis Homer paced the group with 67 percent of snaps in an exciting performance, while Robert Turbin didn’t see the field on offense.
- George Fant started in Duane Brown’s place at left tackle, switching spots with Jamarco Jones from a week ago. Jones, filling the jumbo tight end/sixth offensive lineman role in Fant’s place, saw 12 percent of snaps.
- Jadeveon Clowney, returning from injury, played the third most snaps among defensive linemen at 66 percent. Clowney saw frequent double teams and notched just the sole tackle. L.J. Collier again saw the fewest amount of snaps along the defensive line, with just 14 percent.
- Both Marquise Blair (10 percent) and Ugo Amadi (18 percent) out-snapped incumbent nickelback Akeem King (four percent), as the defense went into dime packages a few times. This seems like a drastic shift: Both of King’s two snaps came on the outside with Tre Flowers sidelined. Amadi is the team’s new slot corner, if Sunday’s snap counts are any indication.