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Falcons vs. Steelers Week 15 Snap Counts

Breaking down the Falcons snaps for their Week 15 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Falcons played a frustrating, uneven game yesterday. It's little surprise that given that, one of the big story lines will be Jonathan Massaquoi's lack of snaps, and Jon Asamoah's injury. We'll address both here.

On to the snap counts.

Offense

Ryan Schraeder: 60 (100%)
James Stone: 60
Jake Matthews: 60
Justin Blalock: 60
Matt Ryan: 60
Roddy White: 57
Levine Toilolo: 56
Harry Douglas: 50
Devin Hester: 36
Gabe Carimi: 35
Steven Jackson: 27
Jon Asamoah: 25
Jacquizz Rodgers: 19
Bear Pascoe: 18
Eric Weems; 14
Devonta Freeman: 13
Patrick DiMarco: 6
Harland Gunn: 4

It's pretty clear at this point that the Falcons don't see Drew Davis as a contributor on offense despite his speed, which left the Falcons with 3.5 real receiving options yesterday, given that Levine Toilolo isn't a factor and Eric Weems might grab 1-2 targets a game. It's pretty evident that the offense is limited by the number of reliable pass catchers when injuries strike, in other words.

Losing Asamoah hurt, with Carimi being an obvious downgrade at right guard. We'll have to hope he returns at full health soon, but given that he's dealing with a back injury, it's not particularly likely.

Defense

Kemal Ishmael: 59 (100%)
Robert McClain: 59
Desmond Trufant: 59
Paul Worrilow: 59
Dwight Lowery: 59
Kroy Biermann: 49
Corey Peters: 37
Paul Soliai: 35
Jonathan Babineaux: 34
Joplo Bartu: 26
Cliff Matthews: 25
Josh Wilson: 22
Malliciah Goodman: 21
Tyson Jackson: 19
Prince Shembo: 18
Javier Arenas: 15
Dezmen Southward: 15
Osi Umenyiora: 15
Ra'Shede Hageman: 13
Stansly Maponga: 10

Lowery and Trufant had subpar games by their standards, which obviously hurt. Not having William Moore also hurt. The Falcons managed to get a little more pressure from Kroy Biermann, Corey Peters and Paul Soliai in this game, though it wasn't enough to force Roethlisberger into any major mistakes. Peters, you'll note, finally led all defensive tackles in snaps.

The twin frustrations here are that Jonathan Massaquoi got zero snaps days after lobbying for more playing time through ESPN, which is the latest chapter in an increasingly dumb saga for this team, and that Hageman continues to hover in the teens for snaps. Yesterday he was a force on several of those snaps, and it's glaringly obvious that he should be slicing a few snaps away from guys like Tyson Jackson and even Malliciah Goodman so he has more chances to impact the game.

At least Maponga got in, though?

Special Teams

Nate Stupar: 22
Javier Arenas: 19
Eric Weems: 17
Drew Davis: 14
Cliff Matthews: 14
Matt Bosher: 12
Patrick DiMarco: 11
Harland Gunn: 10
Dezmen Southward: 10
Matt Bryant: 4

Stupar, Weems, Matthews, Davis and Arenas (now that he's finally active) form the core of a quality special teams coverage unit. That's really all I have to say about that.