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Offensive and defensive snap counts for Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles

A look at the playing time breakdowns.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals had 70 official offensive snaps on Sunday. They had 92 on defense. That's a lot.

But today we look at how the snaps were split up.


Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 70

He got all the snaps. That's good.

Offensive line: Jared Veldheer, 70; Ted Larsen, 70; Lyle Sendlein, 70; Paul Fanaika, 70; Bobby Massie, 70; Jonathan Cooper, 1

Cooper came in for one play near the goalline as a jumbo tight end, something the Cardinals did a bit in 2013 with Bobby Massie.

Running backs: Andre Ellington, 53; Robert Hughes, 10; Stepfan Taylor, 5

This was the game everyone thought Marion Grice would get some snaps. He didn't. He did get on the field for one special teams snap. It was the Ellington show again. Bruce Arians is making it known that if Ellington feels fresh he will be on the field. Apparently that's how  it is going to be.

Wide receivers: Larry FItzgerald, 65; Michael Floyd, 55; John Brown, 44; Jaron Brown, 19; Ted Ginn, 15

Jaron Brown got a few more snaps because of the knee injury Floyd suffered. He was the guy to replace him on the field. Jaron also continues to get some looks on formations with three tight ends. That says a lot about his blocking ability. The Cardinals used more sets with four receivers than I think they have the rest of the year so far. That is  why Ginn played so much.

Tight ends: John Carlson, 56; Rob Housler, 21; Darren Fells, 6

This is normal. The only thing is when they put three tight ends on the field and try to run the ball, it usually isn't very good. That would have everything to do with the fact that the three tight ends who played aren't very good at blocking.


There were a lot of snaps -- 92! Rashad Johnson and Larry Foote were the only ones not to come off the field.

Defensive backs: Rashad Johnson, 92; Antonio Cromartie, 91; Jerraud Powers, 84; Deone Bucannon, 76; Tyrann Mathieu, 76; Tony Jefferson, 73; Patrick Peterson, 26; Justin Bethel, 1

The Cardinals played a ton of dime on Sunday. Peterson's injury gave the other guys a ton of playing. Bethel might have played more, getting only the one snap when Cromartie had to leave the field after getting hurt. But the trust the coaches have in Powers showed, and it gave them a chance to slide Mathieu back in at nickel corner where he played last year.

Linebackers: Larry Foote, 92; Alex Okafor, 69; Sam Acho, 65; Marcus Benard, 16; Kevin Minter, 16

You can see how Okafor and Acho are the guys outside. It was good to see Benard get playing time and it also reveals something about Thomas Keiser, who went from playing 50 snaps in New York to a guy who has been inactive for a few games.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 62; Tommy Kelly, 62; Ed Stinson, 51; Frostee Rucker, 31; Dan Williams, 18; Kareem Martin, 10

Campbell got less snaps than he normally would percentage-wise, but he was out there a lot, as was Kelly. Notice the playing time disparity between fifth round rookie Stinson and third round rookie Martin. Stinson has been very good and even gave some pressure. Stinson is giving as much as Martin in pass rush (virtually nothing), but is solid against the run. That's why he is playing. Martin hasn't shown a lot this year. It was hoped he would have produced more pressure on quarterbacks.