Jaguars vs. Texans: Analyzing snap counts (defense)

Bob Levey

Taking a look at the defensive snap counts for the Jaguars against the Houston Texans.


Defensive tackle
Sen'Derrick Marks Roy Miller Brandon Deaderick
88%
50/57 plays
63%
36/57 plays
18%
10/57 plays

Thoughts: The defensive tackle rotation remained largely the same as it has much of the season. Marks gets the majority of the snaps with Miller coming in predominantly on run downs. Marks picked up another pass deflection and three more pressures.


LEO/Defensive end
Jason Babin Tyson Alualu Andre Branch Ryan Davis
70%
40/57 plays
67%
38/57 plays
65%
37/57 plays
30%
17/57 plays

Thoughts: The Jaguars gave gotten good rotation at their defensive end position, especially at the LEO-end. With the addition of Ryan Davis the past two weeks, they've seem to run a lot more "bear" fronts and fronts using two LEO ends. In Ryan Davis' 17 snaps, he rushed the passer 16 games with a hit and a hurry on the QB. His addition has seemed to help spark the pass rush.


Linebacker
Paul Posluszny Russell Allen Geno Hayes John Lotulelei
JT Thomas
100%
57/57 plays
72%
41/57 plays
81%
46/57 plays
4%
2/57 plays
4%
2/57 plays

Thoughts: With Paul Posluszny back in the lineup, the snap distribution at the linebacker spot should come as no shock. Poz is back to play 100 percent of the snaps with Russell Allen the most likely off on nickel downs.


Cornerback
Dwayne Gratz Alan Ball Mike Harris
100%
57/57 plays
100%
57/57 plays
40%
23/57 plays

Thoughts: With the Jaguars going "heavy nickel" quite a bit this season, it's not a surprise that they only have a nickel corner on the field less than half the time, including on Sunday against the Houston Texans. If Will Blackmon had been available, it's possible he'd have been on the field more than Harris was, but I would expect this trend to continue.


Safety
Jonathan Cyprien Josh Evans Winston Guy
100%
57/57 plays
67%
38/57 plays
33%
19/57 plays

Thoughts: For the past few games the Jaguars have done a heavy rotation at the safety position, mostly at the "free" safety spot, with Josh Evans and Winston Guy. They've also done a lot of "heavy nickel" with all three on the field at the same time. I would expect this to continue as the season goes on.

(h/t to Dawgs by Nature for this idea)

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