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Arizona Cardinals Week 5 snap counts on offense and defense

See how playing time got split up.

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It's time to look at the playing time from Week 5 for the Arizona Cardinals.


There were 58 snaps on offense for the Cardinals.

The starting offensive line -- Jared Veldheer, Ted Larsen, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie -- played all 58 snaps. That is expected. It means they all stayed healthy during the game.

Quarterback: Drew Stanton, 42; Logan Thomas,16.

Not much to say about this. Stanton got hurt and Thomas came in.

Running back: Andre Ellington, 50; Robert Hughes, 8; Stepfan Taylor, 4

Ellington is getting a ton of snaps now. It is clear that with Jonathan Dwyer no longer around, Ellington is the only back Arians really trusts. Both Taylor and Hughes only got one carry each. It is interesting to see how Taylor's playing time has disappeared. We will see in the next few weeks if Marion Grice becomes the primary backup to Ellington.

Wide receiver: Michael Floyd, 55; Larry Fitzgerald, 53; John Brown, 38; Ted Ginn, 6; Jaron Brown, 4

Once again we can see that Michael Floyd has become the number one guy. He plays a little more often than Fitz. IT is amazing to see how Ginn is used. It seems like whenever he is in the game, the ball goes his way. In six snaps, he managed to be targeted twice with passes and drop them, be part of a fake end around and carry the ball once on an end around, only to slip and fall for a loss.

Tight end: John Carlson, 56; Rob Housler, 11; Troy Niklas, 5

The Cardinals did not go with two tight ends very often. That could have had an effect on the running game. You can see how much the team likes Carlson. He almost never leaves the field.


There were 81 defensive snaps. That is a lot. Three players never left the field -- safety Tony Jefferson, linebacker Larry Foote and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Defensive backs: Jefferson, 81; Cromartie, 81; Rashad Johnson, 77; Jerraud Powers 74; Patrick Peterson, 65; Deone Bucannon, 62; Tyrann Mathieu, 15; Justin Bethel, 2

Johnson left the field for a few plays. I haven't confirmed my charting, but Mathieu came in for a few snaps for him, while last game he did so for Jefferson. Bucannon didn't play any safety, but he got a ton of playing time because the defense was almost exclusively in their dime package. It was good to see Bethel get a few snaps. He was actually used once or twice in place of Bucannon as a dollar linebacker.

Linebackers: Foote, 81; Matt Shaughnessy, 58; Sam Acho, 25; Kevin Minter, 17; Alex Okafor, 10

It isn't a surprise that Foote doesn't leave the field. Minter's 17 snaps shows they went with mostly six defensive backs. What isn't shown in this group is the number of plays that Kareem Martin got. He played 65 snaps, all at linebacker, even though he is listed as a defensive lineman. With Shaughnessy's injury, Okafor will now get most OLB snaps.

Defensive linemen: Tommy Kelly, 68; Kareem Martin, 65; Frostee Rucker, 50; Calais Campbell, 34; Dan Williams, 22; Ed Stinson, 3; Alameda Ta'amu, 1

The Campbell injury really hurt. Tommy Kelly played too many snaps, according to Bruce Arians. We saw Williams get time in two-linemen sets, something we have only seen once. Martin's playing time was exclusively at outside linebacker, but that might change. Arians said Martin would have to play both inside and outside with Campbell going down. Stinson and Ta'mu's playing time continues to raise questions. With Stinson, it is probably more an issue of Kelly playing well, while Ta'amu has not yet gotten back to full speed.