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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Offensive snaps: Deficit puts Vickers on bench

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 29-24 loss to the New York Giants, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 86 of 86
LT Tyron Smith: 86 of 86
LG Nate Livings: 86 of 86
QB Tony Romo: 86 of 86
RT Doug Free: 86 of 86
TE Jason Witten: 86 of 86
WR Miles Austin: 79 of 86
WR Dez Bryant: 74 of 86
RB Felix Jones: 62 of 86
WR Kevin Ogletree: 50 of 86
TE John Phillips: 33 of 86
RB Phillip Tanner: 23 of 86
FB Lawrence Vickers: 12 of 86
OL Jeremy Parnell: 5 of 86
WR Dwayne Harris: 4 of 86
TE James Hanna: 2 of 86

In the Cowboys’ first game against the Giants, Lawrence Vickers played a season-high 29 snaps and the team rushed for 143 yards. When the Cowboys fell behind 23-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter, it essentially removed Vickers from the game plan. Dallas finished with 19 yards on 17 carries and a long of five. ... Kevin Ogletree contributed nothing statistically, despite considerable playing time. It’s the second time in two games Ogletree has failed to catch a pass. ... John Phillips has taken Martellus Bennett’s role as a blocker, but he’s not nearly as good in the role, which is among the reasons Felix Jones had 19 yards on 13 carries. ... Jones, nursing a knee injury, lacked burst and acceleration, so it was somewhat surprising Lance Dunbar didn’t play any offense and Phillip Tanner played primarily on third down.