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Snap counts totals at the bye week: Vikings safeties carrying the load

By Matthew Coller

Through five weeks, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smith have played more snaps than any other Minnesota Vikings. Sendejo is tops on the list with just one more than Smith at 345. Linebacker Anthony Barr isn’t far behind with 340 total defensive plays.

Also notable from the defensive side of the ball is how often the Vikings play Nickle packages, which should probably be considered the new “base” defense in the NFL with the increase in the use of slot wide receivers and spread offenses. Nickle corner Captain Munnerlyn has been on the field for a large percentage of plays with 259 total snaps.

The distribution of snaps across the defensive line speaks to the Vikings’ depth. Everson Griffen (300) and Brian Robison (291) have seen the most action at defensive end, but pass rushing sets have allowed Danielle Hunter to play 198 snaps and Tom Johnson 197. Minnesota big man Linvall Joseph has been a two-down tackle at times with 205 plays.

The cornerbacks have been mixed and matched, too. Trae Waynes has been more than just a substitute. After filling in the first two games for an injured Xavier Rhodes, he has continued to see action, totaling 220 plays.

On offense, the Vikings’ best offensive lineman has also been the one on the field the most. Center Joe Berger has played 324 snaps. His compadres, however, have been a mix-mash due to injuries. Alex Boone has 288, missing much of the Carolina game while Brandon Fusco has 258 after playing very little against Houston. A total of nine different linemen have seen snaps this year.

The wide receiver distribution is interesting as well. After being a regular through the first four weeks, Charles Johnson did not see much of the field last week and Jarius Wright received 45 snaps. The receivers are as follows:

Stefon Diggs: 225

Adam Thielen: 213

Charles Johnson: 162

Cordarrelle Patterson: 94 (33 more than all of last year)

Jarius Wright: 45

Laquon Treadwell: 12

Clearly it sticks out that the first-round pick has only seen 12 snaps through the bye week. Mike Zimmer has continued to say that he’s making progress, but he has not been rewarded with more time on the field, even with Diggs out last week.

Kyle Rudolph has become a favorite of Sam Bradford’s. He has played the second most snaps on offense with 307.

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The post Snap counts totals at the bye week: Vikings safeties carrying the load appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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