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Cardinals vs. Giants snap counts: Tyrann Mathieu only gets five snaps

A look back at the playing time for the Cardinals players.

Alex Trautwig

It's time to look at the playing time for all of the Arizona Cardinals players. The snap counts are out from the NFL. There aren't really any surprises, but we did see Tyrann Mathieu get some game action and Jonathan Cooper got into the game as well.

On offense, the official number has 68 snaps.

Quarterback Drew Stanton and most of the offensive line played all 68 snaps. Jared Veldheer, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie all played every snap. Ted Larsen played 66 and Jonathan Cooper played two. Watching the game live and then again rewatching it, I didn't notice Cooper was in the game.

Among the running backs, Andre Ellington saw his snap count go up to 43. Jonathan Dwyer played 23 snaps, while Robert Hughes got 12 and Stepfan Taylor got two.

Larry Fitzgerald led the receivers with 55 snaps. He was followed by Michael Floyd with 52, John Brown with 33, Ted Ginn with 11 and Jaron Brown with one.

Tight ends were on the field a lot. John Carlson played 66 snaps. Rob Housler got 25 and Troy Niklas got 17.

On defense, the league record shows 72 snaps. Safety Rashad Johnson and linebacker Larry Foote were the ironmen, playing every snap.

Among the defensive backs, Johnson played every snap. Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Tony Jefferson played 70, coming out only for two plays when the defense was on the goallline. They went with nine players in the box and Deone Bucannon and Rashad Johnson as the only DBs. Jerraud Powers played 58 snaps, Bucannon played 37 and Tyrann Mathieu had five in his first game action.

Among the linebackers, Foote played every down. Kevin Minter played beside him for 34 snaps. At outside linebacker, Matt Shaughessy, Thomas Keiser and Sam Acho all rotated. Shaughnessy played the most with 53, Keiser was next with 50 and Acho played 36.

The defensive line snaps were led by Calais Campbell, who was in for 66 of the snaps. Tommy Kelly played  54. Ed Stinson played 18, Dan Williams 15, Kareem Martin eight and Alameda Ta'amu, still being brought back slowly, played four snaps.

I will go more in depth with the formations in another post, but it was interesting that Mathieu did not replace any defensive backs when he came in. In each of his snaps, he was a seventh DB. They never took Rashad Johnson off the field, who will presumably lose a chunk of his playing time when Mathieu is playing a full load.

Are there any observations you take away from the snap counts?