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Snap Count Analysis: Reserves See Plenty of Playing Time in Week 17 vs. 49ers

The Rams were able to take care of business on Sunday with a 48-32 victory over the 49ers. At one point, Los Angeles was up 48-17 on its NFC West rival, which put the game out of reach and allowed L.A. to play many reserves.

Here's a look at the Rams snap counts for Week 17.


— Only three players were on the field for each of Los Angeles' 73 offensive snaps on Sunday: left guard Rodger Saffold, right guard Austin Blythe, and right tackle Rob Havenstein. Los Angeles was able to play its reserves after building a hefty lead.

— Wide receiver Josh Reynolds was next on the list with 70 snaps (96 percent). Reynolds caught a pair of touchdowns in the contest, finishing with four receptions for 55 yards.

— The Rams' regular starters were at about 50-55 snaps. Quarterback Jared Goff and center John Sullivan each played 55 (75 percent). Wideout Brandin Cooks was just behind at 54 snaps (74 percent). And wide receiver Robert Woods played 51 snaps (70 percent).

— At left tackle, All-Pro Andrew Whitworth exited the game with a knee injury after 26 snaps (36 percent). Third-round pick Joe Noteboom played the rest of the game at left tackle, at 47 snaps (64 percent). The rookie out of TCU had a key block on Cooks' 18-yard touchdown reception.

— Running back C.J. Anderson started his second game in a row for Todd Gurley, playing 47 snaps (64 percent). Anderson finished with 23 carries for 132 yards with a touchdown, plus three receptions for 22 yards. John Kelly was the second RB up, playing 26 snaps (36 percent). He finished with 15 carries for 30 yards, plus one reception for 18 yards.

— Tight ends Gerald Everett (45 snaps, 62 percent) and Tyler Higbee (43 snaps, 59 percent) mostly split time at the position, though the Rams did utilize some two tight end sets. The club also used a third tight end a couple times, though Johnny Mundt played just 11 total snaps (15 percent).


— No player for L.A. was on the field for each of the 62 defensive snaps. Safety John Johnson came closest, playing 58 snaps (94 percent).

— Defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh (54 snaps, 87 percent) and Aaron Donald (51 snaps, 82 percent) were next on the list. Donald recorded a sack in the contest.

— On the whole, the starting defense was on the field for about 45-49 snaps. Outside linebackers Dante Fowler and Samson Ebukam each played 45 snaps (73 percent). Inside linebacker Mark Barron played 47 snaps (76 percent). Cornerback Aqib Talib played 48 snaps (77 percent). And linebacker Cory Littleton and cornerback Marcus Peters were both ont he field with 49 snaps (79 percent).

— Safeties Marqui Christian (38 snaps, 61 percent) and Blake Countess (21 snaps, 34 percent). Countess, however, had to exit the game and is in concussion protocol.

— While plenty of reserves got in, cornerback Darious Williams played four defensive snaps (six percent) — his first defensive action of the season.


— Linebacker Bryce Hager and linebacker Ramik Wilson played the most special teams snaps (23 snaps, 74 percent). Linebacker Micah Kiser (19 snaps, 61 percent) was next on that list.

— Kicker Greg Zuerlein had a lot of work on Sunday, too, playing 16 snaps (52 percent). The only game he had with more snaps was the victory over Kansas City (19 snaps).

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