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Falcons vs. Panthers: Snap Counts For Week 11

There's only a handful of surprises in this week's snap counts, most of them on defense.

Scott Cunningham


Jake Matthews:  74 (100%)
James Stone: 74
Ryan Schraeder: 74
Justin Blalock: 74
Matt Ryan: 74
Jon Asamoah: 70
Roddy White: 69
Julio Jones: 64
Levine Toilolo: 58
Harry Douglas: 48
Steven Jackson: 37
Jacquizz Rodgers: 28
Eric Weems: 18
Devonta Freeman: 13
Patrick DiMarco: 11
Gabe Carimi: 10
Bear Pascoe: 9
Antone Smith: 6
Devin Hester: 6
Harland Gunn: 4

The offense has settled into fairly predictable snap counts, albeit ones that have been delivering relatively mediocre results in terms of points and yardage for this team. Antone Smith's snap count is lower than usual and he got very few meaningful touches once again, while Gabe Carimi continues to get on the field in jumbo packages. Given the porous state of the Cleveland Browns' run defense, I'd expect to see more opportunities for him as the Falcons try to pound it with Steven Jackson, who still has the lion's share of the snaps.


Paul Worrilow: 66 (100%)
Kemal Ishmael: 66
Desmond Trufant: 66
Dwight Lowery: 65
Kroy Biermann: 59
Robert McClain: 57
Jonathan Babineaux: 49
Malliciah Goodman: 47
Paul Soliai: 37
Josh Wilson: 36
Tyson Jackson: 31
Corey Peters: 29
Joplo Bartu: 24
Prince Shembo: 23
Dezmen Southward: 20
Osi Umenyiora: 20
Ra'Shede Hageman: 15
Robert Alford: 9
Jonathan Massaquoi: 7

A lot to unpack here. Biermann got a huge share of the snaps one week after a borderline dominant performance, but was largely ineffective this time around. Osi Umenyiora didn't do much with his, either, which certainly leaves us all pining for Massaquoi's return to complete health. Stansly Maponga didn't even see the field on defense.

Prince Shembo appears to be getting past whatever injury/curse/incident saw him go several weeks with minimal snaps, as he came in just one behind Bartu this week. And my predictions that we might see the Falcons throttle down on Ishmael's snaps in favor of Charles Godfrey and Dezmen Southward clearly were misplaced, and with good reason, because Ishmael was largely an asset in coverage yesterday and had his third pick of the season.

Alford's exit paved the way for Robert McClain to return to action, where he scuffled in coverage, particularly in the second half. If Alford's going to miss any time, we'll hope McClain's better and Josh Wilson can help him hold down the fort.

Special Teams

Nate Stupar: 23
Robert McClain: 23
Eric Weems: 23
Dezmen Southward: 22
Josh Wilson: 21
Patrick DiMarco: 19
Matt Bosher: 18
Antone Smith: 16
Jacquizz Rodgers: 13
Devonta Freeman: 13
Malliciah Goodman: 13
Prince Shembo: 12
Josh Harris: 12
Stansly Maponga: 12
Tyson Jackson: 10
Charles Godfrey: 9
Ra'Shede Hageman: 5
Matt Bryant: 5

Hageman only got five special teams snaps, but besides Matt Bryant, he had easily the biggest special teams play of the game on the blocked field goal at the end of the game. The man does work.

Otherwise, no surprises here. Stupar, McClain, Weems, Southward, Wilson and DiMarco remain core pieces of the special teams units, which generally perform well no matter what's going on around them.

Your thoughts on these snap counts?