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Falcons vs. Washington 2015: Snap counts and analysis for Week 5

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The Falcons pulled one off at home in Week 5, and we break down the snap counts to see what information we can glean about the team.

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Offense

Chris Chester: 80 (100%)
Ryan Schraeder: 80
Jake Matthews: 80
Andy Levitre: 80
Julio Jones: 73
Roddy White: 71
Devonta Freeman: 68
Jacob Tamme: 63
Mike Person: 43
Leonard Hankerson: 39
James Stone: 37
Levine Toilolo: 31
Nick Williams: 22
Patrick DiMarco: 13
Tevin Coleman: 9
Terron Ward: 6
Tony Moeaki: 5

Clearly, Julio Jones' hamstring isn't the world's biggest concern for the team, or he wouldn't have been out there for 73 snaps. Given how limited he looked early on, that may have been too many snaps, regardless.

Mike Person's injury thrust James Stone into the starting lineup, and Stone looked fine in relief. The entire line was battling more than usual in this one, a productive of Washington's tough front. Otherwise, the only real surprise here is that Ward got nearly as many snaps as Coleman. Once his rib injury heals up fully, I expect you'll see a lot more of Tevin mixing into the offense, but Devonta Freeman is also quite literally running away with the job.

The larger story, of course, is how ineffective the offense was throughout much of the day. Charles McDonald will dive in on why, but you certainly can't blame it on a lack of personnel, unless you think a limited Julio and missing Leonard Hankerson was enough to torpedo the offense. If so, uh oh.

Defense

Paul Worrilow: 61 (100%)
William Moore: 61
Desmond Trufant: 60
Robert Alford: 60
Jonathan Babineaux: 43
Phillip Adams: 42
Vic Beasley: 42
Adrian Clayborn: 41
O'Brien Schofield: 40
Ricardo Allen: 34
Nate Stupar: 28
Robenson Therezie: 27
Kroy Biermann: 21
Brooks Reed: 21
Joplo Bartu: 19
Paul Soliai: 19
Tyson Jackson: 19
Ra'Shede Hageman: 14
Kemal Ishmael: 12
Grady Jarrett: 7

The defense was missing Justin Durant and got only about half of a game from Ricardo Allen, but they were remarkably stout against the run. Credit the entire defense for doing quality work, and getting Brooks Reed slowly up to speed is only going to help.

The cornerback corps has been remarkable. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford played every snap again, and Phillip Adams gets a ton of snaps in the nickel and plays quite well in those snaps. Not needing to rush Jalen Collins into action has been a major boost.

Nate Stupar is getting about half of the defensive snaps and this point, and has legitimately been one of the most impressive players on defense. It's pretty clear, given that the Falcons have now faced multiple teams with strong ground games, that Jackson, Soliai, and Hageman are players who aren't ever going to get the majority of snaps with this defense, though Hageman does still have some legitimate upside and has played well. The fact that the Falcons can essentially trot out an effective jumbo line for obvious run situations is a plus.

Special Teams

Kroy Biermann: 20
Kemal Ishmael: 19
Nate Stupar: 19
Allen Bradford: 15
Eric Weems: 15
Desmond Trufant: 14
Robenson Therezie: 14
Levine Toilolo: 12
Matt Bosher: 12
Jalen Collins: 11
Robert Alford: 11
Patrick DiMarco: 9
Joplo Bartu: 8
James Stone: 7
Nick Williams: 7
Josh Harris: 6
Matt Bryant: 5
Chris Chester: 5
Jake Matthews: 5
Ryan Schraeder: 5
Ricardo Allen: 5
Paul Soliai: 5
Terron Ward: 4
Paul Worrilow: 4
Phillip Adams: 4
Adrian Clayborn: 4
Tyson Jackson: 4
Ra'Shede Hageman: 4
Grady Jarrett: 4
Mike Person: 3
Andy Levitre: 2

There are no surprises here. As you know by now, Biermann, Ishmael, Stupar, Bradford, and Weems are the most productive and most-used Falcons special teamers.