Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night win over the Tennessee Titans, according to the NFL official gamebook. As usual, we will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses.
The thing that sticks out the most on offense for the Steelers is the amount of snaps that fullback Will Johnson played. You have to go all the way back to Week 3 to find him a game that he played 20 or more snaps in. Most of Johnson’s snaps probably came in the fourth quarter, however, when the offense was trying to run Le’Veon Bell down the throat of the Titans defense.
Rookie running back Dri Archer only played two snaps Monday night. He dropped one swing pass thrown in his direction and on the other play that he was in for, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed seeing him being wide open down the right side on a wheel route. Roethlisberger wound up being sacked on the play.
Running back LeGarrette Blount only played one snap Monday night and it wasn’t a pretty one. This evidently didn’t sit well with Blount, who reportedly left the field prior to the game being over. Blount also only played six snaps in the Week 10 loss to the New York Jets.
Even though he made his first career start Monday night, rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers only played 13 snaps against the Titans. I think that I only counted two or three of those snaps coming in the second half as Cam Thomas received the majority of them at nose tackle in the base defense after halftime. McCullers was on the ground quite a bit early on in the game, so it makes you wonder if the coaching staff wasn’t happy with the rookie’s showing.
Judging by the number of snaps that cornerback Antwon Blake and linebacker Vince Williams played Monday night, the Steelers only used their nickel sub package on 14 plays.
Rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt is still not seeing the field much as evidenced by the four snaps he played against the Titans.
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