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Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1 snap counts versus Houston Texans

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars opened the season against the Houston Texans this past Sunday, and, well, things didn’t go as planned. The Jaguars lost to the Texans — a team many fans and analysts alike felt had the worst roster in the NFL — by a final score of 37-21.

Head coach Urban Meyer says he still believes in this team despite the poor performance, and there is plenty of time for Jacksonville to improve this season. With that said, let’s take a quick look at how many snaps each player for the Jaguars received in the first game of the season, according to NFL Game Statistics & Information, as it will give us a better glimpse of the personnel Meyer and his staff used against Houston.

Note: Number of plays are listed next to the player’s name/position and percentage of total offensive plays are listed in parentheses.

Offense

  • A.J. Cann, guard, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Andrew Norwell, guard, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Jawaan Taylor, tackle, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Brandon Linder, center, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Cam Robinson, tackle, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Trevor Lawrence (rookie), quarterback, 74 plays (100 percent)
  • Marvin Jones, wide receiver, 67 plays (91 percent)
  • D.J. Chark, wide receiver, 62 plays (84 percent)
  • James O’Shaughnessy, tight end, 59 plays (80 percent)
  • Laviska Shenault, wide receiver, 52 plays (70 percent)
  • James Robinson, running back, 47 plays (64 percent)
  • Chris Manhertz, tight end, 26 plays (35 percent)
  • Carlos Hyde, running back, 25 plays (34 percent)
  • Jamal Agnew, wide receiver, 10 plays (14 percent)
  • Devin Smith, wide receiver, nine plays (12 percent)
  • Tyron Johnson, wide receiver, nine plays (12 percent)
  • Luke Farrell (rookie), tight end, four plays (five percent)

For better or for worse, all five starting offensive linemen played 100 percent of the snaps (74 each). Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was the only other player to play 100 percent of the offensive snaps. In terms of wide receivers, Marvin Jones led the way with 67 reps (91 percent of total snaps), while D.J. Chark was in for 62 plays (84 percent) and Laviska Shenault was in for 70 percent of the total plays (52 snaps).

Somewhat surprisingly — but not all that surprisingly given how many times the Jaguars had to throw the ball — James O’Shaughnessy out-snapped Chris Manhertz 59-26 at tight end. That is an 80 percent clip for O’Shaughnessy versus a 35 percent clip for Manhertz. At running back, James Robinson saw 64 percent of the offensive snaps (47), while Carlos Hyde played 34 percent of the reps (25 snaps). Outside of Lawrence, tight end Luke Farrell was the only other rookie to receiver offensive snaps (four plays).

Defense

  • Shaquill Griffin, cornerback, 78 plays (100 percent)
  • Rayshawn Jenkins, strong safety, 78 (100 percent)
  • CJ Henderson, cornerback, 78 (100 percent)
  • Myles Jack, linebacker, 71 plays (91 percent)
  • Damien Wilson, linebacker, 60 plays (77 percent)
  • Andrew Wingard, free safety, 55 plays (71 percent)
  • Josh Allen, outside linebacker/edge, 53 plays (68 percent)
  • Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, 51 plays (65 percent)
  • DaVon Hamilton, nose tackle, 46 plays (59 percent)
  • Roy Robertson-Harris, defensive tackle, 45 plays (58 percent)
  • Jihad Ward, outside linebacker/edge, 43 plays (55 percent)
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, outside linebacker/edge, 37 plays (47 percent)
  • Dawuane Smoot, defensive end, 36 plays (46 percent)
  • Taven Bryan, defensive tackle, 30 plays (38 percent)
  • Tyson Campbell (rookie), cornerback, 29 plays (37 percent)
  • Andre Cisco (rookie), safety, 23 plays (29 percent)
  • Lerentee McCray, defensive end, 15 plays (19 percent)
  • Rudy Ford, strong safety, 12 plays (15 percent)
  • Dakota Allen, linebacker, seven plays (nine percent)
  • Shaquille Quarterman, linebacker, seven plays (nine percent)
  • Chris Claybrooks, cornerback, three plays (four percent)

Shaquill Griffin, Rayshawn Jenkins and CJ Henderson — all defensive backs — were the only three players to play every defensive snap for the Jaguars. Linebacker Myles Jack played nearly the full game as well, as he was on the field for 71 of the 78 total plays (91 percent). Fellow linebacker Damien Wilson ranked fourth on the defense with 60 plays (77 percent), while outside linebacker/edge rusher Josh Allen ranked fifth at 53 plays (68 percent).

Defensive linemen Malcom Brown, DaVon Hamilton and Roy Robertson-Harris, as well as outside linebacker/edge rusher Jihad Ward, all played above 50 percent of total defensive snaps. Ward out-snapped fellow outside linebacker/edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson 43-37, which puts Ward at a 55 percent share of the plays, and Chaisson at 47 percent. Cornerback Tyson Campbell and safety Andre Cisco were the lone rookies to receive defensive playing time.

Special Teams

  • Dakota Allen, linebacker, 31 plays (89 percent)
  • Lerentee McCray, defensive end, 29 plays (83 percent)
  • Chris Claybrooks, cornerback, 29 plays (83 percent)
  • Rudy Ford, strong safety, 24 plays (69 percent)
  • Dare Ogunbowale, running back, 22 plays (63 percent)
  • Chapelle Russell, linebacker 22 plays (63 percent)
  • Andre Cisco (rookie), safety, 19 plays (54 percent)
  • Andrew Wingard, free safety, 19 plays (54 percent)
  • Shaquille Quarterman, linebacker, 18 plays (51 percent)
  • Brandon Rusnak, cornerback, 18 plays (51 percent)
  • Jamal Agnew, wide receiver, 14 plays (40 percent)
  • J O’Shaughnessy, tight end, 12 plays (34 percent)
  • Logan Cooke, punter, 10 plays (29 percent)
  • Ross Matiscik, long snapper, 10 plays (29 percent)
  • Shaquill Griffin, cornerback, nine plays (26 percent)
  • DaVon Hamilton, nose tackle, nine plays (26 percent)
  • Josh Lambo, kicker, eight plays (23 percent)
  • Rayshawn Jenkins, strong safety, seven plays (20 percent)
  • Tyson Campbell (rookie), cornerback, seven plays (20 percent)
  • Damien Wilson, linebacker, seven plays (20 percent)
  • Josh Allen, outside linebacker/edge, seven plays (20 percent)
  • Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, seven plays (20 percent)
  • Roy Robertson-Harris, defensive tackle, seven plays (20 percent)
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, outside linebacker/edge, six plays (17 percent)
  • A.J. Cann, offensive guard, four plays (11 percent)
  • Andrew Norwell, offensive guard, four plays (11 percent)
  • Jawaan Taylor, offensive tackle, four plays (11 percent)
  • Chris Manhertz, tight end, four plays (11 percent)
  • Ben Bartch, offensive tackle, four plays (11 percent)
  • Tyler Shatley, offensive guard, four plays (11 percent)
  • Will Richardson, offensive tackle, four plays (11 percent)
  • Luke Farrell (rookie), tight end, two plays (six percent)
  • Jihad Ward, outside linebacker/edge, two plays (six percent)
  • C.J. Henderson, cornerback, one play (three percent)

No player for the Jaguars played in 100 percent of special team snaps, but linebacker Dakota Allen was close, playing in 89 percent of the total special teams snaps with 31. Defensive end Lerentee McCray and cornerback Chris Claybrooks were not far behind Allen, playing 29 special teams snaps each (83 percent). Safety Rudy Ford was in on 69 percent of the special teams action (24 plays). No other player saw more than 63 percent of the reps.