Against the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals had 80 snaps. That is a lot of plays to only have scored 19 points. Of course, we know there were roughly nine snaps inside the five-yard line in one offensive series before David Johnson scored a touchdown.
With a look at the snap counts for the week, we can see that David Johnson got the most work at running back, which was the result of two injuries ahead of him. It is a bit of foreshadowing as well, as he will probably be top dog in the weeks to come until Andre Ellington is healthy.
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 80; Drew Stanton, 1
Yes, they had Palmer and Stanton on the field at the same time for one strange play. Near the goalline, Stanton game in at QB and Palmer was lined up wide left. I'm not sure we should ever want to see that again.
Running back: David Johnson, 31; Chris Johnson, 23; Andre Ellington, 19; Stepfan Taylor, 7
For the first time in weeks, Taylor gets a look on offense. He will get more work now that the injuries have shown up.
Wide receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, 73; John Brown, 66; Michael Floyd, 51; J.J. Nelson, 14; Jaron Brown, 6; Brittan Golden, 1
Golden is part of the clock team when the offense kneels down to let the clock run down. Floyd clearly was being limited a bit. It was good to see John Brown on the field that much.
Tight end: Jermaine Gresham, 66; Darren Fells, 29; Troy Niklas, 7
You can tell Gresham took over the TE1 position and has not let Fells take it back. Niklas was so very close to getting a touchdown when a pass to Gresham was dropped (he was interfered with) and the ball hit the defender's foot, bounced up and Niklas caught it. Unfortunately the defender's other foot was out of bounds, which made the play an incomplete pass.
Offensive line: Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, Lyle Sendlein, Ted Larsen, Bobby Massie, 80; A.Q. Shipley, 7
Shipley came back as a fullback for the first time since Darren Fells returned from injury. Everyone else simply stayed on the field.