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Falcons vs. Buccaneers Week 10 Snap Counts

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Interesting notes and snap counts from the Falcons' 27-17 win over Tampa Bay.

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It's snap count time, and today we've got a bounce in our step thanks to the win.

Offense

Jake Matthews: 66 (100%)
James Stone: 66
Ryan Schraeder: 66
Jon Asamoah: 66
Matt Ryan: 66
Justin Blalock: 62
Levine Toilolo: 55
Julio Jones: 53
Roddy White: 53
Steven Jackson: 31
Harry Douglas: 31
Patrick DiMarco: 20
Gabe Carimi: 18
Jacquizz Rodgers: 16
Devin Hester: 14
Eric Weems: 11
Antone Smith: 11
Devonta Freeman: 10
Bear Pascoe: 7
Harland Gunn: 4

No real surprises here. Antone Smith's usage has almost caught up to Jacquizz Rodgers', but he only got a handful of touches and was supremely unproductive with them. Freeman fared better, but he too had very limited opportunities with Steven Jackson dominating handoffs and doing good things with them. I still think Smith should get more opportunities, but he does better work in the passing game than on the ground.

Blalock just got a breather from Gunn for four snaps.

Defense

Desmond Trufant: 72 (100%)
Paul Worrilow: 72
Dwight Lowery: 72
Robert Alford: 67
Kroy Biermann: 63
Jonathan Babineaux: 56
Kemal Ishmael: 52
Dezmen Southward: 49
Josh Wilson: 49
Corey Peters: 45
Malliciah Goodman: 36
Osi Umenyiora: 34
Tyson Jackson: 33
Joplo Bartu: 30
Paul Soliai: 29
Prince Shembo: 15
Ra'Shede Hageman: 8
Jonathan Massaquoi: 6
Stansly Maponga: 4

Dezmen Southward stands out here. The Falcons elected to go with three defensive backs pretty frequently and got Southward on the field, where he scuffled a bit in coverage but fared fairly well overall. Expect to see more of that going forward, especially against teams that can't or won't challenge the Falcons via the run. Josh Wilson benefited greatly from those sets, as well.

Joplo Bartu was on the field less this time around, while Shembo continues to be the third wheel at inside linebacker for reasons I can only guess at. Ra'Shede Hageman saw his snaps dip a week after Instagramgate, while Mass's reduced snap counts were, I suspect, due to injury.

Special Teams

Robert McClain: 16
Nate Stupar: 16
Eric Weems: 16
Antone Smith: 16
Dezmen Southward: 16
Matt Bosher: 14
Patrick DiMarco: 12
Josh Wilson: 10
Stansly Maponga: 9
Malliciah Goodman: 9
Robert Alford: 9
Devonta Freeman: 9
Jacquizz Rodgers: 7

McClain is a full-time special teamer at this point. I don't anticipate he'll return to the team in 2015, given that. Southward and Wilson continue to be major parts of the special teams effort, despite their growing defensive snap counts. Nothing else of note here.

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