A new feature for Footballguys is the inclusion of snap counts. Find Baltimore's here and see links to other teams as well. Snap counts are of utmost importance. Obviously, if a player isn't on the field, he isn't going to produce. Here are some takeaways from the Week 1 snap counts.
The Cardinals appear to want to use three running backs this year. In Week 1, it was Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, and David Johnson with 39, 18, and 5 snaps, respectively. In Week 2 - with Ellington gone, the Johnson moved up the chain, and Kerwynn Williams was the third man. This trio saw 34, 16, and 8 plays.
Michael Floyd is healing up. He saw 39 snaps in Week 2 after getting only 9 plays in Week 1.
Justin Forsett saw a healthy 42 snaps, but that was only because the Baltimore offense saw 82. Lorenzo Taliaferro, who missed Week 1, was given 34 snaps. We could much more of a time-share here than expected. Javorius Allen had 6 plays and is way behind.
Marlon Brown has a role as he led all wide receivers with 70 snaps.
Karlos Williams clearly has a role with his 23 snaps, but LeSean McCoy is still the primary runner as he saw 49 plays. Anthony Dixon and Marcus Thigpen don't have roles and have 5 total snaps this season.
For a team that doesn't have any wide receivers, the Panthers sure do play a lot of them as five took more than 10 snaps each: Corey Brown led the way with 60. Ted Ginn Jr and Devin Funchess saw 49 and 38 plays, respectively. Kevin Norwood with 13 and Jerricho Cotchery with 11 - before being injujred - round out Carolina's wide receivers corps. It will be interesting to see if a healthy Cotchery continues to play more than Funchess.
Greg Olsen has been on the field for all 149 offensive plays this season.
Nothing much else to see other than Sanu's snaps dropping from 51 to 27. That's something to keep an eye on.
Travis Benjamin stuffed the stat sheet, but he didn't even see half of the team's plays. He took 23 out of 49 possible snaps.
Brice Butler hadn't even been in Dallas for a week, but the Cowboys gave him 25 snaps. That was fourth among wide receivers, but it's reasonable to expect him to get a big role when he has learned the playbook.
The Lions are still sorting out their backfield and deciding on how to best use Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and Joique Bell. In Week 1, Abdullah and Bell were used the most. In Week 2, Abdullah and Riddick easily out-snapped Bell. This is a very unsettled sitution, except for Zach Zenner. He didn't take an offensive snap in Week 2.
The James Jones experience is real. Jones took 70 snaps - the same as Randall Cobb - compared to 56 for Adams, who left the game - but later re-entered - with an injury. That allowed Ty Montgomery to showed up with 25 offensive plays.
As Arian Foster continues to rehab, the Texans haven't found his true backup. After Jonathan Grimes led all backs in Week 1 with 41 snaps, he only saw 16 in Week 2. Meanwhile, Chris Polk zoomed from 14 plays to 43 in Week 2. Alfred Blue was consistent with 22 snaps each week.
Despite how mediocre this offense has been so far, Gore got the lion's share of running back snaps in Week 2. Andrew Luck should get this thing rolling soon, so Gore's numbers will heat up as well.
A week ago, T.Y. Hilton was in danger of missing a few weeks. He played 54 snaps in Week 2, so he seems fine.
T.J. Yeldon was a workhorse in Week 2. He took 62 snaps, and the rest of Jacksonville's running backs combined for 12.
The Vikings skill players look pretty locked into their roles Adrian Peterson is the stud back; Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright are the to three wide receivers - in that order; and Kyle Rudolph is the top tight end while Rhett Ellison sees the field for less than half of Minnesota's offensive plays.
Jerick McKinnon still hasn't gotten double-digit snaps this season - 8 in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2.
C.J. Spiller returned but only saw 7 snaps. Those came at the expense of Khiry Robinson, whose play count went from 27 to 16 in Week 2. As Spiller's health improves, look for Robinson's snaps to decrease.
Oakland's Week 2 game was much closer than their Week 1 contest, so it was interesting to see the snap counts at running back. In Week 1, Latavius Murray was spelled often. That wasn't the case in Week. Murray had 56 while the rest of the backs too 24. The ration in Week 1 was 37:42, so it's clear that the Raiders prefer Murray when it matters.
In Week 1, DeMarco Murray took 33 snaps compared to 41 total for Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews. In Week 2, the ratio moved to 43:22. Maybe the Eagles wanted Murray to run all over his former team, but it will be interesting to see which week will be the norm.
Week 2 was even worse for Dri Archer as he didn't see the field. Now that Le'Veon Bell is back, Archer doesn't merit a fantasy roster spot.
Despite the blowout, Pittsburgh only used three wide receivers.
Jarryd Hayne is a great story but not a fantasy option. With Reggie Bush inactive and Carlos Hyde knocked out of the game, Hayne still only saw 4 snaps. Mike Davis, on the other hand, was given 41 plays from scrimmage.
In Week 1, Ricardo Lockette and Chris Matthews saw 8 combined snaps out of 83 offensive plays. In Week 2, the duo totaled 31 plays out of a possible 60. Their increased participation meant fewer snaps for Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Tyler Lockett.
Jimmy Graham led all non-quarterbacks with 50 snaps. The downside here is that he could have had 60. The Seahawks are struggling offensively, but their best receiver sits 17 percent of the time.
Doug Martin with 39 snaps was far ahead of Charls Sims' 27. This is opposition to what happened in Week 1 when Sims edged Martin by 3 snaps. The difference in the two games is obvious: the Buccaneers were blown out in Week 1 but won in Week 2. If that holds, all we need to do is predict when Tampa Bay will or won't be blown out. Easy game.
Terrance West fumbled in Week 2 and only saw 5 total snaps. In his place, Bishop Sankey still didn't see half of the team's possible offensive plays - 32 out of 80. Dexter McCluster, however, was given 47 snaps.
Dorial Green-Beckham hit paydirt, but he still isn't very involved in the offense. His 13 snaps could obviously increase, but right now he's definitely Tennessee's WR4.
As everyone saw on the highlights, Matt Jones' role was increased dramatically. In Week 1, Alfred Morris easily out-snapped Jones by a 49 to 10 margin. In Week 2, they took 34 and 31 snaps, respectively.