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Falcons snap counts for preseason game 2: J’Terius Jones leads the defense once again

Sean Harlow has excellent ability to be on the field when the ball is snapped, and the numbers prove it.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
J’Terius Jones is on the field
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Another game, another set of sweet, juicy snap counts. Let’s dive in.


The in-house leaders for snaps include multiple reserve offensive linemen, with Sean Harlow leading the way with 63, followed by Cornelius Edison and Daniel Brunskill at 60 and then Kevin Graf at 50. Edison, Harlow, and Brunskill were also the offensive snap leaders last week, so the team is being consistent as far as which offensive linemen it wants to see on the field during preseason.

Unsurprisingly to those who watched the game, Matt Simms took far more snaps than any other quarterback. Notably, the Falcons had fullbacks on the field for very few snaps. Derrick Coleman only played seven offensive snaps, while Tyler Renew only was on the field for two snaps.

Sean Harlow 63

Cornelius Edison 60

Daniel Brunskill 60

Matt Simms 54

Kevin Graf 50

Eric Saubert 43

Deonte Burton 37

Brian Hill 32

Marvin Hall 32

Anthony (Accents are for Winners) Dablé 31

Josh Perkins 26

Ben Garland 26

Terron Ward 25

Reggie Davis 23

Wes Schweitzer 22

Nick Williams 20

Travis Averill 19

Darien Griswold 18

Reginald Davis III 16

Austin Hooper 14

Ryan Schraeder 14

Jake Matthews 14

Andy Levitre 14

Bra’Lon Cherry 13

Larson Graham 12

D.J. Tialavea 12

Justin Hardy 11

Matt Ryan 10

Alex Mack 10

Alek Torgersen 9

Mohamed Sanu 8

Derrick Coleman 7

Jhurell Pressley 7

Kelvin Taylor 7

Andre Roberts 6

Tevin Coleman 6

Andreas Knappe 5

Matt Schaub 4

Wil Freeman 3

Tyler Renew 2

Alex Gray 1

Austin Pasztor 1


Another week with J’Terius Jones taking the most snaps on defense. It appears that the team wants to give him an extended look. Vellano, Branch, Odom, and Tupou all spend another week toward the very top of the playing list. Kemal Ishmael received a very long look at linebacker, even playing with the deep reserves at the very end of the game. For some reason, the team is limiting Brian Poole’s snaps as much as any defender on the roster. This is the second week in a row in which Poole only lined up for two defensive snaps.

J’Terius Jones 40

Kemal Ishmael 37

Joe Vellano 37

Marcelis Branch 36

Chris Odom 36

Taniela Tupou 34

Josh Keyes 29

Akeem King 29

Jarnor Jones 29

Duke Riley 23

Quincy Mauger 23

LaRoy Reynolds 22

Jack Lynn 22

Blidi Wreh-Wilson 21

C.J. Goodwin 20

Deron Washington 18

Deji Olatoye 17

Sharrod Neasman 17

Jack Crawford 17

Damontae Kazee 14

De’Vondre Campbell 12

Courtney Upshaw 12

Derrick Shelby 12

Jalen Collins 12

Ra’Shede Hageman 11

Brooks Reed 11

Takk McKinley 10

Jordan Moore 9

Robert Alford 6

Ricardo Allen 6

Dontari Poe 6

Grady Jarrett 6

Keanu Neal 6

Adrian Clayborn 5

Vic Beasley 4

Desmond Trufant 3

Deion Jones 3

Brian Poole 2

Martin Ifedi 1

Special Teams

It was a forgettable day for the punt team, so appearing on the field a lot on special teams wasn’t exactly a badge of honor on Sunday. In addition to the fact that they played double-digit special teams snaps, Terron Ward and Nick Williams were featured in key roles and on the starting units, with Nick fielding punts (even after the hit that many assumed would take him out of the game) and also calling out assignments to the big linemen on the starting kickoff return team.


Matt Bosher 11

Josh Harris 11

Mike Meyer 4

Matt Bryant 4

Levine Toilolo 2 (0 offensive snaps)

Others with 10 or more special teams snaps

Josh Keyes 22

Marcelis Branch 20

Eric Saubert 20

Deante Burton 16

Josh Perkins 16

Brian Hill 14

Duke Riley 13

Terron Ward 11

Nick Williams 11