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Defensive snap counts for Arizona Cardinals against San Diego Chargers

Who played on defense?

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We already have the snap counts for the offensive side  of the ball. Let's see where the playing time was divided up on defense. On defense, it is more reactionary, as formations are decided by the opposing offense. However, we can see who played and who didn't.


Defensive line: Josh Mauro, 42; Ed Stinson, 34; Xavier Williams, 27; Matt Shaughnessy, 25; Alameda Ta'amu, 18; Cory Redding, 11; Frostee Rucker, 10; Calais Campbell, 9; Rodney Gunter, 5

Some might ask why Gunter only played five snaps. While I do not speak with certainty on this, it is simply because he was part of the first team. He played so little because he is the nose tackle, who comes out in any sub packages. I don't think there is anything to read into with it -- I don't think.

Linebackers: Kareem Martin, 41; Markus Golden, 37; Adrae Kirk, 35; Kenny Demens, 17; LaMarr Woodley, 17; Lorenzo Alexander, 14; Alani Fua, 13; Glenn Carson, 12; Edwin Jackson, 12; Gabe Martin, 11; Alex Okafor, 10; Kevin Minter, 9

Lots of Martin. Lots of split time with the inside backers, as essentially five guys are fighting for one spot.

Defensive backs: Harold Jones-Quartey, 43; Anthony Walters, 39; Jimmy Legree, 39; Chris Clemons, 36; Cariel Brooks, 32; C.J. Roberts, 28; Darren Woodard, 26; Shaquille Richardson, 26; Ross Weaver, 15; Justin Bethel, 10; Tyrann Mathieu, 10; Patrick Peterson, 10; Deone Bucannon, 10; Tony Jefferson, 8; Rashad Johnson, 7

Bucannon didn't actually play any defensive back. He lined up at inside linebacker even in base packages. Chris Clemons played a lot of dollar as well. The depth chart continues to show Mathieu and Jefferson as the starters, but it was Mathieu and Johnson who started the game at safety while Bucannon was at linebacker.