According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 27-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers:
Offense (46 total)
QB: Marcus Mariota 46
RB/FB: Antonio Andrews 25, Dexter McCluster 18, Jalston Fowler 7, Bishop Sankey 3
WR: Harry Douglas 37, Justin Hunter 33, Dorial Green-Beckham 29, Rico Richardson 3
TE: Delanie Walker 34, Anthony Fasano 24, Craig Stevens 14, Phillip Supernaw 3
OL: Byron Bell 46, Andy Gallik 46, Taylor Lewan 46, Joe Looney 46, Chance Warmack 46
Defense (68 total)
DL: DaQuan Jones 47, Jurrell Casey 46, Al Woods 37, Angelo Blackson 23, Sammie Hill 21, Karl Klug 21
OLB: Brian Orakpo 64, Derrick Morgan 63, David Bass 9
ILB: Avery Williamson 68, Wesley Woodyard 45, Zach Brown 16
CB: Coty Sensabaugh 63, B.W. Webb 35, Blidi Wreh-Wilson 28, Cody Riggs 20
S: Michael Griffin 68, Da’Norris Searcy 58, Daimion Stafford 16
Beau Brinkley, Marqueston Huff, Steven Johnson, Jamon Meredith, and Justin Staples each only appeared on special teams. Jeremiah Poutasi and Zach Mettenberger were active but did not appear in the game.
Notes and observations:
1. 46 snaps is the fewest the offense has had since the Monday night game against the Steelers Week 11 last year when they had 40. The key: lots of three-and-outs (4 in each game) and few offensive possessions (9 that game, 9 plus the end of first half Hail Mary yesterday), plus sustaining drives by the opponent to allow for that unique combination to happen.
2. Last week DGB was up over Justin Hunter, this week Hunter (who gets a bit of a bump from playing in 1-WR sets) over DGB. Hunter’s season-ending ankle injury obviously obviates this going forward. With an extremely short week, I’d expect the Titans to bring Tre McBride up from the practice squad if Kendall Wright cannot return.
3. The near-complete ineffectiveness running the ball and other factors probably put the Titans in more 3-WR sets this week and fewer multiple tight end looks. Carolina’s defense may have also had something to do with that. Something to watch against the Jaguars, if Mike Mularkey is backsliding into Ken Whisenhunt’s lost ways.
4. First time this season Jurrell Casey did not lead all defensive linemen in snaps. DaQuan Jones also edged him out in last year’s season finale. The game before that Casey did not lead all Tenenssee 3-4 DL/4-3 DTs in snaps was against the Broncos in Week 14 of 2013.
5. With Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo both healthy during the game, David Bass was back to his limited playing time. This still worries me for the rest of the season.
6. I thought coming in this might be more of a Wesley Woodyard game than a Zach Brown game, and Brown did indeed post his second-lowest snap count of the season and lowest percentage of playing time (he played 15 of 53 snaps against the Bills). Woodyard was credited with 4 solo tackles and 4 assists, while Brown had 2 solo tackles.
7. Panthers WR3 Devin Funchess 22 snaps, Titans nickel back Cody Riggs 20 snaps (Webb played for Wreh-Wilson once he went out). Pretty good match this week, though as normal that elides plenty of complications.