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Falcons snap counts and notes for the Week 3 win over the Cowboys

It was a wild win for Atlanta over Dallas, and now we take a look at how snap counts and playing time broke down in Week 3.

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Matt Ryan: 74 (100%)
Chris Chester: 74
Jake Matthews: 74
Ryan Schraeder: 74
Andy Levitre: 74
Mike Person: 73
Roddy White: 65
Devonta Freeman: 65
Levine Toilolo: 63
Julio Jones: 60
Leonard Hankerson: 48
Patrick DiMarco: 36
Jacob Tamme: 12
Terron Ward: 8
Nick Williams: 7
Eric Weems: 3
Tyler Polumbus: 3

No surprises here this week, even if the game itself was pretty wild. Roddy White continues to out-snap Leonard Hankerson, but he's simply not being targeted in the passing game, and I don't know that we can expect that to change at this point. He still blocks well and teams have to account for him, but that's the extent of the damage he's doing now.

Devonta Freeman dominated the snaps with Tevin Coleman out, and will likely continue to do so until the latter's return. Expect a more even split once that happens. Patrick DiMarco was a bigger part of the offense this week, and you saw that reflected in the team's ground-heavy gameplan.

Finally, the line continues to play together for pretty much every snap, and they continue to be one of the better blocking units in the NFL. No, I don't have any idea how that's happening, either.


Paul Worrilow: 54
William Moore: 54
Robert Alford: 53
Desmond Trufant: 53
Justin Durant: 53
Ricardo Allen: 46
O'Brien Schofield: 37
Vic Beasley: 35
Jonathan Babineaux: 35
Adrian Clayborn: 34
Phillip Adams: 27
Tyson Jackson: 20
Paul Soliai: 19
Nate Stupar: 16
Ra'Shede Hageman: 15
Kroy Biermann: 14
Robenson Therezie: 8
Jalen Collins: 7
Grady Jarrett: 7
Malliciah Goodman: 5
Kemal Ishmael: 1
Joplo Bartu: 1

This was a nightmare game for Paul Worrilow in general, and it's worth noting that A) he was coming off of an injury and may have been a little bit limited and B) he still led the defense in snaps. A fully healthy Worrilow is a fine starter, but when he's limited like that, the Falcons have to consider giving him a break. Getting Brooks Reed back will give the Falcons more options.

The same could be said for William Moore, who had some very big plays and a couple of disappointing ones, as he has all three weeks of the season thus far. Ishmael appears buried on defense, but I don't think it's the worst idea to spell WAR every now and then with his hard-hitting young backup.

The defensive line still didn't feature heavy doses of Paul Soliai, Tyson Jackson, and Ra'Shede Hageman, even though the Cowboys are a run-heavy team. When they were in the game all three guys made big impacts, but this appears to be the status quo unless the Falcons face off against the Luke McCown-led Saints.

Finally, I think it's safe to assume that Bartu, who got just one snap on defense and five on special teams, could be on the chopping block if the Falcons feel confident they're getting Reed back soon and need to sign a tight end or running back to fill out a depleted depth chart. Keep an eye on that, even though I'd prefer to have him around.

Special Teams

Kemal Ishmael: 23
Kroy Biermann: 23
Nate Stupar: 23
Allen Bradford: 19
Eric Weems: 19
Patrick DiMarco: 19
Robenseon Therezie: 18
Jalen Collins: 15
Matt Bosher: 15
Robert Alford: 14
Desmond Trufant: 13
Levine Toilolo: 9
Josh Harris: 9
Ricardo Allen: 6
Chris Chester: 5
Ryan Schraeder: 5
Jake Matthews: 5
Mike Person: 5
Joplo Bartu: 5
Tyler Polumbus: 5
Paul Soliai: 5
Grady Jarrett: 5
Matt Bryant: 5
James Stone: 5
Tyson Jackson: 4
Nick Williams: 4
Paul Worrilow: 4
Justin Durant: 4
Vic Beasley: 4
Adrian Clayborn: 3
Dezmen Southward: 3
Jacob Tamme: 1

Again, we see Biermann, Stupar, Ishmael, Bradford and Weems forming the core of the team's coverage unit. Therezie's getting more run on special teams, too, and it's very obvious the coaching staff is loving what he brings to the table.

I am pleased to see Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant getting fewer snaps on special teams, if only because special teams play carries that extra additional risk of injury, however slight.

Your thoughts on these snap counts?