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Of Snap Counts And Grades: Colts Game

Only 12 Cardinals played double-digit snaps on offense

A nod to where the Cardinals are health-wise right now -- only 12 players played more than 10 offensive snaps (of the possible 65) against the Colts on Christmas night.

The offensive line -- D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Max Garcia, Josh Jones and Kelvin Beachum -- played all 65, as did quarterback Kyler Murray. Tight end Zach Ertz played 63, and running back Chase Edmonds played a season-most 60.

Wide receivers A.J. Green (56), Christian Kirk (55) and Antoine Wesley (50) were out there vritually all game, and then there was backup tight end Demetrius Harris (21).

And that was it. Backup running back Jonathan Ward played only nine, wide receiver Andy Isabella 5, and tight end Darrell Daniels 6. Backup running back Eno Benjamin was dressed but didn't get in the game, either on offense or special teams.

It was Murray who had the best Pro Football Focus grade on offense, with a 77.7. Garcia, even with his bad snap that led to a safety, was next with a 73.6, with Ertz at 71.6 and then Edmonds at a 63.0. Not surprisingly, the offensive grades didn't come up on the higher end.

On defense, linebacker Jordan Hicks, safety Budda Baker and cornerback Byron Murphy again played every snap (70). Injuries played a role in snap distribution. With cornerback Marco Wilson playing just 27 before hurting his shoulder, Kevin Peterson played 24 and Antonio Hamilton jumped to 57. With the Cardinals trying to be smart with Isaiah Simmons and his bad shoulder, Simmons played only 40 snaps (he's usually close to 100 percent) and Joe Walker was at 30. Zaven Collins again did not play a defensive snap.

With the Cards revved up to stop Jonathan Taylor, defensive linemen Leki Fotu (40) and Corey Peters (38) each had a season-high in snaps. Zach Allen (51) again had the most snaps on the defensive line, while Chandler Jones (62) and Markus Golden (51) were the top outside linebackers.

It was a third outside linebacker, Devon Kennard, with the best grade (82.2 on 17 snaps), with defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (77.2 on 22 snaps) next. Then came Hicks (70.1), Baker (68.1), Peterson (67.2), Wilson (65.6) and Simmons (65.4).

WR Antoine Wesley
WR Antoine Wesley

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