Seahawks snap counts vs. Vikings: Frank Clark’s busiest day

Dec 7, 2015, 9:29 AM | Updated: 9:34 am
Rookie Frank Clark played more on Sunday than in any other game this season. (Rod Mar, Seahawks)...
Rookie Frank Clark played more on Sunday than in any other game this season. (Rod Mar, Seahawks)
(Rod Mar, Seahawks)

Here are the position-by-position snap counts from the Seahawks’ win over Minnesota and a few notes:

DEFENSE (52 total)

Defensive linemen

Michael Bennett: 40 (77%)
Cliff Avril: 37 (71%)
Frank Clark: 27 (52%)
Brandon Mebane: 23 (44%)
Cassius Marsh: 21 (40%)
Ahtyba Rubin: 21 (40%)
A.J. Francis: 10 (19%)

Coach Pete Carroll has mentioned more than once his desire for Clark to play more. This game provided the opportunity with Jordan Hill and Demarcus Dobbs both sidelined with injuries. Clark’s snap total and snap percentage were both season highs. He filled up the stat sheet, too, with two sacks, three quarterback hits and a pair of batted passes. Much of Clark’s playing time came as an interior rusher when Seattle was in its nickel defense, which was most of the game as Minnesota trailed big throughout. That Minnesota largely had to abandon the run also helps explain why Francis, a 321-pound run-stuffer, played only 10 snaps in his Seahawks debut.

Linebackers

K.J. Wright: 49 (94%)
Bobby Wagner: 49 (94%)
Bruce Irvin: 40 (77%)
Mike Morgan: 13 (25%)
Kevin Pierre-Louis: 3 (6%)
Eric Pinkins: 2 (4%)

Much of Irvin’s playing time also came as pass-rusher in nickel situations. Pinkins was recently promoted from the practice squad and had yet to see any snaps on defense until Sunday.

Defensive backs

DeShawn Shead: 52 (100%)
Kam Chancellor: 49 (94%)
Earl Thomas: 49 (94%)
Richard Sherman: 48 (92%)
Jeremy Lane: 32 (62%)
Kelcie McCray: 3 (6%)
Steven Terrell: 3 (6%)
Marcus Burley: 1 (2%)

Neither McCray nor Terrell had played on defense this season until Sunday.

OFFENSE (67 total)

Wide receivers

Jermaine Kearse: 44 (66%)
Doug Baldwin: 43 (64%)
Tyler Lockett: 38 (57%)
Kevin Smith: 28 (42%)
B.J. Daniels: 11 (16%)

Smith’s snap total and snap percentage were his highest in any of the three games he’s played in since his promotion from the practice squad. He appears to be Seattle’s fourth wide receiver now than Paul Richardson has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Running backs

Thomas Rawls: 44 (66%)
Will Tukuafu: 13 (19%)
Fred Jackson: 11 (16%)
DuJuan Harris: 9 (13%)
Derrick Coleman: 4 (6%)

Harris made his Seahawks debut a day after being promoted from the practice squad.

Tight ends

Luke Willson: 54 (81%)
Cooper Helfet: 35 (52%)

Willson and Helfet are now Seattle’s first and second tight ends, respectively, with Jimmy Graham out for the remainder of the season. Chase Coffman, who was signed last week, was inactive.

Notes: Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made his first appearance of the season, playing five snaps after relieving Russell Wilson with 4:32 left in the game. All five of Seattle’s starting offensive linemen played all 67 snaps; Alvin Bailey played one snap as an extra tackle.

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