In the 40-17 victory the Arizona Cardinals had on Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles, a tight end got more playing time than any other skill players. This is uncommon. It is almost always Larry Fitzgerald who gets the most snaps. However, with Jermaine Gresham returning from injury and the offense using tight ends in almost all their plays, it was Darren Fells to lead the way in offensive plays.
Running back David Johnson also played a significant amount of snaps, getting a bell cow workload.
Let's see the snap counts for the offense:
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 71; Drew Stanton, 5
Palmer got to get a little breather late in the game and also had to come out for one play when he dislocated his finger.
Offensive line: Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Ted Larsen, Bobby Massie -- all 76
No injuries and no extra lineman lining up as a tight end or fullback.
Running back: David Johnson 54; Kerwynn Williams, 12; Stepfan Taylor, 10
As long as Johnson is healthy (or mostly healthy), they are going to lean on him.
Wide receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, 61; John Brown, 59; Michael Floyd, 43; Jaron Brown, 23; J.J. Nelson, 4
Jaron Brown got more playing time than normal.
Tight end: Darren Fells, 69; Jermaine Gresham, 32; Troy Niklas, 13
Arizona used two-tight end formations in roughly half of its plays. They love to run the ball out of that formation. With David Johnson's 187 rushing yards, it makes sense. Gresham, returning from injury, did not jump back into the number one role. This is what happened with Darren Fells when he got hurt as well. He returned as number two.