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2018 Regular Season Snap Counts: Offense

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The Redskins’ 2018 season was, once again, largely dictated by injuries, especially in the last half of the year. What started as a promising 6-3 campaign was soon derailed once quarterback Alex Smith (one of 24 total players whose seasons were cut short to injury) hit the Injured Reserve list in mid-November,

That understandably skewed this season’s total snap counts, which can sometimes offer a good picture of which players proved to be durable and relied upon, and sometimes merely indicate that health was a consistent obstacle. This year offered a little bit of both. 

Below is the complete list of offensive snap counts from the season, along with some nuggets of info:

Total (1,020)

  • Chase Roullier: 1,020
  • Morgan Moses: 965
  • Josh Doctson: 846
  • Trent Williams: 792
  • Alex Smith: 651
  • Jordan Reed: 512
  • Tony Bergstrom: 509
  • Brandon Scherff: 506
  • Adrian Peterson: 479
  • Maurice Harris: 462
  • Vernon Davis: 447
  • Jamison Crowder: 428
  • Ty Nsekhe: 403
  • Paul Richardson Jr.: 368
  • Jeremy Sprinkle: 363
  • Michael Floyd: 345
  • Chris Thompson: 309
  • Shawn Lauvao: 284
  • Luke Bowanko: 244
  • Josh Johnson: 204
  • Jonathan Cooper: 201
  • Kapri Bibbs: 160
  • Trey Quinn: 107
  • Colt McCoy: 100
  • Brian Quick: 81
  • Mark Sanchez: 65
  • Matt Flanagan: 61
  • Kyle Fuller: 56
  • Zac Kerin: 48
  • Byron Marshall: 47
  • Geron Christian Sr.: 43
  • Austin Howard: 37
  • Samaje Perine: 30
  • Darvin Kidsy: 13
  • Ryan Anderson: 11
  • Robert Kelley: 9
  • Jehu Chesson: 7
  • Timon Parris: 6

-- Center Chase Roullier tops the list. He and Morgan Moses were the only offensive linemen, hit hard by injuries again, to start every game this season. Left tackle Trent Williams missed a few games with a thumb injury, while starting guards Brandon Scherff (torn pec)and Shawn Lauvao (torn ACL) suffered season-ending injuries halfway through their campaigns. Like last year, that mean a lot of rotation, specifically at the guard positions.

-- The Redskins started four different quarterbacks over the course of the second half of the season. After Alex Smith’s leg injury, Colt McCoy started his first game in four years on Thanksgiving in Dallas, then injured his leg the following week in Philadelphia. Mark Sanchez started against the Giants the next week but only lasted into the third quarter before the team opted for Josh Johnson the rest of the schedule.

-- For the second straight season, Josh Doctson led all wide receivers in snaps with 846, about 100 more than last season. He recorded 44 receptions for 532 yards, career highs, and scored twice in 15 games. It was otherwise an injury-filled season for receivers, as the Redskins lost Paul Richardson Jr., Jamison Crowder and Trey Quinn for multiple games throughout the year.

-- Even at 33, Adrian Peterson proved he could be durable and still run strong at the end of a 16-game schedule. He started every game in 2018, after starting only five last season, and played about half the team’s total snaps on offense. His snaps waned once Smith went down with injury, but made a strong impression against the Titans in the second to last game of the year. He finished with 1,042 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

-- After Chris Thompson, who also battled more injuries in the middle of the year, the other members of the running backs group – Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall and Kapri Bibbs – had their own injury issues and played marginal roles at various points of the year. Bibbs was waived in December, but was the most productive out of the other trio and took advantage of his limited opportunities.

-- For better perspective, linebacker Ryan Anderson (11) played more snaps than Kelley (9), who hit IR early in the season, after being used more in goal line packages to help provide lanes for Peterson.

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