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Falcons vs. Redskins preseason 2016: Snap Counts and Bliss

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We're back with your weekly snap counts, folks. Better buckle up, cause it's a long one.

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If there's any point in the season where snap counts hold the most weight, it's right now. Position battles are heating up, and players are clawing their way towards a roster spot. Let's take a look at how it all added up last Thursday.

Offense

Bryce Harris: 48 (71%)
Mike Person: 47
Ben Garland: 38
Wes Schweitzer: 33
Matt Schaub: 31
Tom Compton: 30
Justin Hardy: 30
Brandon Wilds: 28
Austin Hooper: 26
Aldrick Robinson: 26
Joshua Perkins: 26
Nick Williams: 21
Jake Matthews: 20
Ryan Schraeder: 20
Gus Johnson: 20
Mohammad Sanu: 20 
Alex Mack: 20
Jordan Leslie: 19
Michael Huey: 18
Laurence Gibson: 18
D.J. Tialavea: 17
Arthur Lynch: 16
Chris Chester: 16
Matt Simms: 16
Sean Renfree: 15
Devin Fuller: 14
David Glidden: 14
Jake Reed: 11
Devonta Freeman: 11
Will Ratelle: 10
Corey Washington: 10
Collin Rahrig: 10
Eric Weems: 9
Tevin Coleman: 9
J.D. McKissic: 8
Shahbaz Ahmed: 8
Matt Ryan: 6
Patrick DiMarco: 4
Jacob Tamme: 4
Andy Levitre: 3
Julio Jones: 3

The first week of preseason wasn't without its speed bumps, which shouldn't be too surprising. The first team offense struggled but wasn't given any favors with the field positioning in the first drive. Thankfully, they still have a little less than a month to flesh out any timing or chemistry issues and we can point our focus to the interesting story lines here.

Aldrick Robinson really helped his case for a roster spot with an 118-yard performance. His ability to blow the top off a defense was lacking in Atlanta's offense last season thanks to teams doubling up on Julio Jones. It's looking fairly good that he'll be the fourth option there.

Sixth round pick Wes Schweitzer got extended action and caught the praise of head coach Dan Quinn and offensive line coach Chris Morgan. In an intense battle for the right guard spot, this is pretty big. I'm putting my money on Chester for Week One, but Wes is another part of the reason people are so hyped about this draft class.

Matt Schaub gave us the infamous Falcons' backup quarterback excitement that we get every preseason; going 10/15 and 179 yards. If he keeps this us, it's likely he'll be the backup for 2016. Oh, and we can never have too many guys named Matt.

In the rushing department, Brandon Wilds had a nice run of 15 yards but finished with 26 on 10 attempts. It'll take more to overtake Terron Ward, but there are three more weeks of glorious preseason action to find out.

Defense

Robensen Therezie: 33 (53%)
Brian Poole: 32
Deion Jones: 31
De'Vondre Campbell: 31
C.J. Goodwin: 28
Jalen Collins: 28
Kemal Ishmael: 27
Nordly Capi: 25
Akeem King: 23
Sharrod Neasman: 22
LaRoy Reynolds: 21
Courtney Upshaw: 21
DeMarcus Van Dyke: 20
Philip Wheeler: 20
Brandon WIlliams: 19
Derrick Shelby: 19
Tyler Starr: 19
Devonte Johnson: 19
Cory Johnson: 19
Malliciah Goodman: 17
Ricardo Allen: 17
Ivan McLennan: 16
Efe Obada: 15
Vic Beasley: 15
Brooks Reed: 14
Damian Parms: 13
Grady Jarrett: 13
Jordan Sefon: 13
Adrian Clayborn: 12
Paul Worrilow: 10
Sean Weatherspoon: 10
Ra'Shede Hageman: 10
Jonathan Babineaux: 9
Robert Alford: 8
Desmond Trufant: 8
Chris Mayes: 7
Tyson Jackson: 6
Joey Mbu: 5

Excitement is in the air. The rookie linebacker duo of Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell earned their offseason praise Thursday night with quick reactions and sound play. Going into this season, the linebacker corps was easily looking to be the weakest point of the team, and it could still be that way. Though, it's hard to not be excited with some electric rookies, a fresh Sean Weatherspoon, and solid pieces in Worrilow, Wheeler, Upshaw, and Reed. The next three weeks are about to be interesting.

The defensive backs kept everything contained for the most part. Akeem King almost blew a touchdown, but Vernon Davis pulled a Vernon Davis. King seemed to be the favorite going into training camp, but last week showed that nothing is cemented -- Brian Poole and C.J. Goodwin will be in the mix as well.

Matt Bosher: 17 (53%)
Joshua Perkins: 16
Austin Hooper: 15
D.J. Tialavea: 13
Deion Jones: 13
Josh Harris: 12
Damian Parms: 10
DeMarcus Van Dyke: 10
LaRoy Reynolds: 10
Sharrod Neasman: 10
Paul Worrilow: 9
Brian Poole: 9
Devin Fuller: 9
Kemal Ishmael: 8
Akeem King: 8
Eric Weems: 8
Tom Compton: 8
Wes Schweitzer: 8
Nick Williams: 7
Malliciah Goodman: 6
Brandon Williams: 6
Jalen Collins: 6
J.D. McKissic: 6
Joey Mbu: 5
Philip Wheeler: 5
Brandon Wilds: 5
Justin Hardy: 5
Nick Rose: 4
Ivan McLennan: 4
Robensen Therezie: 4
Aldrick Robinson: 4
Ben Garland: 4
Mike Person: 4
Bryce Harris: 4
Matt Bryant: 3
Robert Alford: 3
Ricardo Allen: 3
Derrick Shelby: 3
Andy Levitre: 3
Patrick DiMarco: 3
Jake Reed: 3
Arthur Lynch: 3
Jordan Leslie: 3
Ryan Schraeder: 3
Jake Matthews: 3
Sean Weatherspoon: 2
Efe Obada: 2
Tyler Starr: 2
Matt Wells: 1
Tyson Jackson: 1
Chris Mayes: 1
Ra'Shede Hageman: 1
Adrian Clayborn: 1
Grady Jarrett: 1
Brooks Reed: 1
Vic Beasley: 1
Cory Johnson: 1
Devonte Johnson: 1
Nordly Capi: 1
Gus Johnson: 1

Everything went well here with the exception of a missed field goal by Nick Rose. But to be fair, we knew this was Bryant's job all along. J.D. McKissic made Fuller's job a bit harder by returning a kick 101 yards for a touchdown after halftime. Just like right guard, linebacker, and corner, the return job is up in the air. Can't be upset with much in this department.

Thoughts on this week's snap counts?