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Arizona Cardinals week two defensive and special teams snap counts

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

As with the offensive snap counts, the defensive snap counts tell the story of the Cardinals loss.

79 defensive snaps is quite a bit when your offense only runs 60.

Let’s check out the numbers.

Defensive Line

Corey Peters 55 (70%)
Rodney Gunter 54 (68%)
Zach Allen 45 (57%)
Clinton McDonald 19 (24%)
Miles Brown 7 (9%)

Peters is still the anchor and best player on this unit that has shown more than we expected.


Chandler Jones 75 (95%)
Terrell Suggs 58 (73%)
Cassius Marsh 22 (28%)
Brooks Reed 5 (6%)

Marsh stunk this game. So did everyone else, but Marsh was just extra stinky.


Jordan Hicks 79 (100%)
Haason Reddick 67 (85%)
Joe Walker 34 (43%)

Cards had some three off ball linebacker looks this week, or Reddick was playing edge, I’ll have to go back and look.


D.J. Swearinger 79 (100%)
Budda Baker 77 (97%)
Byron Murphy 75 (95%)
Tramaine Brock 73 (92%)
Chris Jones 30 (38%)
Deionte Thompson 15 (19%)

Cardinals obviously were trying to figure out a way to cover the Ravens tight ends. Giving linebackers and safeties and corners a chance. It didn’t work.

Specials Only

Ezekiel Turner 24 (86%)
Dennis Gardeck 24 (86%)
Charles Washington 24 (86%)
D.J. Foster 19 (68%)
Aaron Brewer 9 (32%)
Zane Gonzalez 9 (32%)
Andy Lee 9 (32%)
Jalen Thompson 5 (18%)
Mason Cole 4 (14%)
Joshua Miles 4 (14%)
Kevin Peterson 3 (11%)

Trent Sherfield 16 (57%) Sherfield gets a nod since he is mostly a special teamer.

Clearly Foster was kept because of his special teams prowess. Interested to see if we are going to see any of Peterson on the defense.

What stands out to you?