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Snap Count Analysis: With Injuries, Rams Adjust on Defense

The Rams had to overcome a series of injuries, but were still able to defeat the Chargers, 35-23, to improve their record to 3-0. 

As the team prepares for a tight turnaround for Thursday Night Football, here's a look back at the snap counts for Week 3.


— The Rams had 77 offensive snaps on Sunday — the most they've recorded over the first three weeks. But through three weeks, Los Angeles has averaged 70.6 offensive snaps per game. 

— All but one member of the Rams' offensive line played in each of the 77 snaps — left guard Rodger Saffold, center John Sullivan, right guard Austin Blythe, and right tackle Rob Havenstein. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth did not play the last three snaps, with rookie Joe Noteboom coming in to run block for Malcolm Brown on 3rd-and-1 and quarterback Jared Goff's two victory formation snaps. 

— Of the three starting wide receivers, Cooper Kupp (75) played one more snap than Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks (74). However, all three finished Sunday with very high snap percentages. 

— Running back Todd Gurley (64 snaps) split time with running back Malcolm Brown (13 snaps). Gurley registered 156 yards from scrimmage, and Brown was highly productive despite playing just 17 percent of the time. Brown finished with 5 rushes for 42 yards — averaging 8.4 yards per carry. 

— Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett also split time at tight end on Sunday, with Higbee taking 58 snaps (75 percent) and Everett coming in for 21 (27 percent). Johnny Mundt also saw two offensive plays during the contest at the position. 

— Second-year wide receiver Josh Reynolds saw four offensive snaps on Sunday.


— The defensive snaps from Sunday ended up a bit wonky due to the multiple injuries suffered on the unit. 

— Inside linebacker Cory Littleton, safety John Johnson, and safety Lamarcus Joyner were the only three players to line up for all 52 defensive snaps. 

— Defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh both played 48 snaps (92 percent) — a particularly high number for any defensive lineman. Suh recorded his first sack as a Ram in the second half. 

— At corner, Marcus Peters played only 15 snaps (29 percent) before going down with a lower-leg injury. Aqib Talib played 35 snaps (67 percent) before exiting the game in the second half. 

— With Peters out, Sam Shields replaced him at cornerback, playing 37 snaps (71 percent). Troy Hill came in late in the game and played nine snaps (17 percent). Nickell Robey-Coleman also helped spell some of those snaps on the outside, playing a total of 35 (67 percent). 

— Outside linebacker Dominique Easley also suffered a knee injury, and while he re-entered the game, McVay said he didn't feel right and went back out. With that, Easley played only eight snaps. At the position, Samson Ebukam played 47 snaps (90 percent), and Matt Longacre played 19 snaps (37 percent).


— Because JoJo Natson broke his hand, he played only six snaps for the Rams on Sunday. Safety Blake Countess took over for Natson as the club's kick returner, taking two kickoffs out of the end zone for an average of 25.5 yards per return. 

— Punter Johnny Hekker also had a very quiet day, having to punt only one time. He did, however, have to hold for five extra points and one field goal attempt, giving him a total of seven snaps on Sunday.

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