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Rams Snap Counts — 2017 Season in Review

Posted Jan 14, 2018

Before the Rams head into the offseason, check out a recap of the team's snap count totals along with playing time observations from the 2017 season.

For the Rams, 2017 marked the introduction of a new head coach and a slew of new players, the franchise’s first division title in over a decade, and the promise of more exciting things to come.

But before the team moves on into the offseason, check below for a recap of the Rams’ snap count totals from 2017, along with playing time observations from the entire season:

OFFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS 

— The Rams offensive line was one of the healthiest and most consistent in the league this year. All five starters — left tackle Andrew Whitworth, left guard Rodger Saffold, center John Sullivan, right tackle Rob Havenstein, and right guard Jamon Brown — started in 15 straight games. Most were held out of Week 17’s contest against the 49ers by head coach Sean McVay, but were not sidelined by injury.

— Brown (1037) led the way in snap counts, taking the most of any player on the team and was also the only player on the line to start in all 16 games. It was a significant increase for the third-year pro, who took just 393 snaps last year.

—  Quarterback Jared Goff was behind center for 937 snaps — getting through the entire season healthy. After taking over as the starter last season, Goff showed a lot of development in his second-year campaign, throwing for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion came in as a reliever for 102 snaps this season. 

— Running back Todd Gurley led all skill players with 794 snaps. While his total snap count was not much more than last season (742 snaps), his production increased by a large margin under McVay. This season, the Georgia product accounted for 19 of the team’s 45 touchdowns and 2,093 yards from scrimmage, while last season he recorded just 1,212 yards and six touchdowns.  

— Rookie Cooper Kupp proved to be a breakout player on offense. Not only did the Eastern Washington product lead all rookies with 740 snaps, he also became one of Goff’s most reliable targets. In total, he finished the year 62 receptions for 869 yards.

DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

— With the overall improvement of the Rams offense, the defense did not take nearly as many snaps this season. In 2016, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree led the unit with 1,089 snaps. But this year, cornerback Trumaine Johnson had the highest snap count total, although he participated in just 935 snaps.

— An achilles injury kept linebacker Mark Barron off the field for nearly three weeks this season, but that didn’t stop him from taking on a heavy workload. Barron finished the year with the third-highest snap count total (823) and recorded a team-high three interceptions.

— Veteran defensive tackle Aaron Donald flourished this year under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 system. Donald played in just 14 games, but participated in the fourth-highest amount of snaps, with 789. He also recorded a league-leading 91 quarterback pressures,  52 tackles — 16 for loss — 11.0 sacks, 27 quarterback hits, and five forced fumbles.

— First-year players made a big difference on the defense this season, both as starters and as key rotational pieces. Rookie safety John Johnson III made a huge impact on the backend, recording 91 tackles and 11 pass breakups. Though he started in just 11 games, the Boston College product took the sixth-highest number of snaps all season with 718.

— Cornerback Nickell-Robey Coleman signed with the Rams as a free agent in the offseason. And while it was his first year in a new system, the USC product showcased his versatility stepping in on the outside and in the slot — recording 50 tackles, a pair of interceptions, and a forced fumble through 655 snaps.

SPECIAL TEAMS SNAP COUNTS

— In total, 58 Rams appeared on at least one special teams play during the 2017 season.

— Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper may have seen a decrease in his offensive snap counts from year to year, but he took on a very important role on special teams. This season, Cooper added 209 special teams snaps to his stat sheet, earning a Pro Bowl nod and All-Pro Honors.

Johnny Hekker punted 33 fewer times in 2017, but pinned 30 of his 65 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Overall, Hekker averaged 47.9 yards per punt, which was good for No. 4 in the NFL.

— And at kicker, Greg Zuerlein went 38-of-40 in field goal attempts this season, while Sam Ficken — who was signed while Zuerlein missed time with a back injury — nailed 2-of-3 attempts. Zuerlein (158 points) also led the league in total scoring, though he played just 14 games.

— Defensive back Blake Countess and outside linebacker Samson Ebukam recorded a team-leading eight special teams tackles and ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in special teams snap counts, with 324 and 260 snaps, respectively.