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Week 1 offensive snaps counts for Arizona Cardinals

Take a look at the playing time against the Saints.

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The snap counts are in and we can look at who played a lot and who played a little for the Arizona Cardinals against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, there were 62 official snaps and 57 official plays, but snaps include those plays that occurred, but were negated by penalties.

Here are the numbers:

Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 62

Whew. No one else took any snaps.

Offensive line: Jared Veldheer, 62; Ted Larsen, 62; Lyle Sendlein, 62; Jonathan Cooper, 62; Earl Watford, 62; A.Q. Shipley, 1

This is another "whew," because it means there were no injuries. This is especially good to see from Cooper, who has been quite unlucky since entering the league. Shipley got his one snap as a fullback, lead blocking for Andre Ellington on his touchdown run. My guess is we will see that more this year.

Running back: Andre Ellington, 39; Chris Johnson, 18; David Johnson, 5

The veteran Johnson probably didn't get as many snaps as most thought he might, but that is how Bruce Arians uses his running backs. That will change this week, as Ellington is expected to miss at least one game. The team did get the ball in Johnson's hands when he was in the game, though. In 18 snaps, he carried the ball 10 times and was targeted on one pass. The rookie Johnson had the one catch for a touchdown and was targeted one other time in his five snaps.

Wide receivers: John Brown, 60; Larry Fitzgerald, 58; J.J. Nelson, 28; Jaron Brown, 13; Michael Floyd, 9

Perhaps the surprise is how little time on the field Floyd saw. Of course, he had not played in the preseason and had practiced only on a limited basis for one week. Based on snaps, you can see who is number one now -- Smokey.

Tight ends: Darren Fells, 52; Jermaine Gresham, 24; Troy Niklas, 3

Unless things change, expect this to be more or less the tight end rotation.