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Offensive and defensive snap counts for Cardinals vs. Falcons

A look at who got playing time on Sunday.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

It is time to look at the playing time for the Arizona Cardinals against the Atlanta Falcons.

Offense:

There were 55 offensive snaps, according the NFL's game book.

Quarterback Drew Stanton played all 55. The offensive line did not all do so, as Jonathan Cooper came in for an injured Paul Fanaika.

Offensive line: Jared Veldheer, 55; Bobby Massie, 55; Lyle Sendlein, 55; Ted Larsen, 45; Jonathan Cooper, 40; Paul Fanaika, 25

With some simple math, Cooper entered the game to get a look in place of Larsen for 10 snaps. He then played 30 after Fanaika had to leave the game. My guess is that he would not have entered the game again had Fanaika not gotten hurt. If you recall, a season ago against the same Falcons, Bobby Massie came off the bench for a couple of series at right tackle. It appears that it was just to give him a look. He didn't play there the rest of the season.

Running backs: Marion Grice, 32; Andre Ellington 13; Stepfan Taylor, 9

No Robert Hughes. That's interesting. It is also interesting to see that Grice is the baby Ellington. Taylor has a role, regardless of Ellington. But when Ellington goes down, Grice is the guy. We'll see if that holds true once Michael Bush is up to speed, or if Bush will supplant Taylor.

Receivers: Michael Floyd, 54; John Brown, 54; Jaron Brown, 35; Ted Ginn, 17

Nothing surprising or noteworthy here.

Tight ends: John Carlson, 25; Darren Fells, 23; Rob Housler, 13

Wow. Carlson's playing time disappeared. Fells saw a lot more time.

Defense:

There were a whopping 78 snaps on defense. Rashad Johnson and Larry Foote once again were the ironmen.

Defensive backs: Rashad Johnson, 78; Patrick Peterson, 76; Antonio Cromartie, 71; Deone Bucannon, 56; Jerraud Powers, 53; Tony Jefferson, 51; Tyrann Mathieu, 27

There is something different about the numbers here. Cromartie was gone for a few plays. I know there were some goalline sets and that explains the two snaps Peterson wasn't on the field. (In the biggest goalline defense formations the Cardinals use, they have five down linemen, four linebackers and two DBs -- usuallly Rashad Johnson and Deone Bucannon). But with Cromartie out more than that, and based on some linebacker playing time, Arizona apparently had a few snaps with only three DBs.

Linebackers: Larry Foote, 78; Alex Okafor, 66; Sam Acho, 34; Kevin Minter, 15; Lorenzo Alexander, 14; Glenn Carson, 11; Marcus Benard, 6

Alexander got more playing time and the undrafted Carson saw defensive playing time. This went unnoticed by me. I will need to see this. This leads me to believe that they went with an extra linebacker a few times.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 59; Tommy Kelly, 51; Frostee Rucker, 40; Josh Mauro, 40; Dan Williams, 38; Kareem Martin, 5

The snaps were high, but that was because of how many plays the Falcons ran. Williams got a lot of playing time. The coaches really don't like playing Rucker more than about 40. That is why his number never seems to stray from that amount.

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Are there any other takeaways you get from the snap counts?