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Snap Reactions: Notes on the Seahawks’ snap counts from Sunday’s loss to the Saints

New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks dropped their first game of the 2019 season on Sunday, a frustrating, ugly affair that ended 33-27, thanks to a touchdown on an untimed down. Seattle’s performance overshadowed the season debuts of both Ezekiel Ansah and David Moore, both of whom will be mentioned below, following the Seahawks’ snap counts from Week 3:

  • Jaron Brown saw his place in Seattle’s three wide receiver sets restored on Sunday, after losing playing time and targets to Malik Turner in Week 2. Brown was behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf in playing time, with 74 percent of snaps. Turner, at 20 percent, and David Moore, at 24 percent, made up the rest of the group. With Turner continuing to flash, and Moore returning to health, it’s fair to wonder how much longer Brown can cling to a starting spot.
  • One of the biggest storylines stemming from Week 3 was Chris Carson’s continued fumbling issues; that also stemmed one of the biggest storylines in relation to the team’s snap counts. The much-maligned CJ Prosise led the way in the backfield, seeing 55 percent of the offense’s snaps, compared to Carson at 44 percent.
  • For a second straight week, K.J. Wright has out snapped Mychal Kendricks by a considerable amount (98 percent to 72), making it very clear who is to remain in the game with Bobby Wagner when the defense goes into a sub package.
  • The aforementioned Ansah played 33 percent of the defense’s snaps in his debut, and failed to register a stat. On the TV copy, Ansah looked rusty, coming off the ball slow on a handful of downs. Hard to be too pessimistic about his debut specifically, though, on a day where the entire defensive line struggled.
  • Finally, Jamar Taylor played 28 percent of the defense’s snaps, which is right around where Ugo Amadi (Week 1) and Taylor (Week 2) saw their playing time fall previously this season as the nickelback. Through nearly the first quarter of the season, the Seahawks are playing nickel around 50 percent less than they did last year, with Justin Coleman.

Seattle will head out on the road in Week 4, for their first NFC West showdown of the 2019 season. In Arizona, the Seahawks will take on Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, as they attempt to get back on track following their first defeat.