Tuesday, August 27, 2013
AFC North quarterback snap counts
By Jamison Hensley
Coming into the preseason, everyone would agree that the Cleveland Browns' Brandon Weeden needed to receive the most work of any AFC North quarterback. Not only did he have to prove he's the starter, but he's also in his second season and would benefit from the experience.
Three weeks into the preseason, Weeden ranks fifth among projected starters with 88 snaps this preseason. It will likely surprise you that he doesn't lead the division in that category. The Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco is third with 95. Only Ryan Tannehill and Jake Locker have played more than Flacco this preseason.
Flacco's snap counts are skewed. He logged a league-high 59 plays in Week 3 because the Carolina Panthers scored off three returns (punt, interception and fumble), which gave the ball right back to Flacco and the Ravens' offense. Flacco ranked 19th in snaps through two preseason games and played the least amount of snaps of any AFC North starting quarterback in Week 2.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sits in the middle of the pack. He has played 76 snaps, which is the 14th-most among projected starters.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has the least amount of snaps among AFC North quarterbacks, ranking 23rd in the league with 63. He played the fewest among division quarterbacks in Week 1 (11 snaps) and Week 3 (28 snaps). If you take out the projected starters who missed a preseason game, there are only six who have played fewer snaps than Dalton this preseason.
Thanks to ESPN's Mike Sando for keeping the updated quarterback snap counts.