Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Snap Counts

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 95 of 95
CB Brandon Carr: 95 of 95
OLB Anthony Spencer: 94 of 95
CB Morris Claiborne: 93 of 95
DE Jason Hatcher: 72 of 95
ILB Dan Connor: 65 of 95
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 59 of 95
DE Marcus Spears: 56 of 95
S Eric Frampton: 51 of 95
DL Sean Lissemore: 47 of 95
CB Charlie Peprah: 44 of 95
ILB Alex Albright: 43 of 95
CB Mike Jenkins: 42 of 95
DE Tyrone Crawford: 41 of 95
OLB Victor Butler: 40 of 95
CB Sterling Moore: 28 of 95
LB Brady Poppinga: 25 of 95
DE Brian Schaefering: 19 of 95
LB Ernie Sims: 19 of 95
CB Michael Coe: 16 of 95
S Danny McCray: 1 of 95

Taylor's Takes: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan benched Danny McCray, who has struggled for several weeks, and Eric Frampton replaced him in the starting lineup. McCray, fighting through several injuries, played primarily on special teams, which is what he does best. ... Dan Connor did yeoman work at inside linebacker and recorded a season-high 12 tackles. ... DeMarcus Ware, playing with a shoulder strain and a hyperextended elbow, missed a chunk of the second half after aggravating the injury. Victor Butler played more snaps than he had in any game since Week 4 against Chicago.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 34-31 overtime loss to New Orleans, while analyzing what it means:

TE Jason Witten: 57 of 57
LT Tyron Smith: 57 of 57
RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 57 of 57
LG Nate Livings: 57 of 57
C Ryan Cook: 57 of 57
QB Tony Romo: 57 of 57
WR Miles Austin: 55 of 57
RB DeMarco Murray: 50 of 57
WR Dez Bryant: 49 of 57
RT Doug Free: 35 of 57
WR Kevin Ogletree: 24 of 57
RT Jermey Parnell: 22 of 57
WR Dwayne Harris: 18 of 57
TE John Phillips: 9 of 57
TE James Hanna: 8 of 57
FB Lawrence Vickers: 8 of 57
RB Felix Jones: 7 of 57

Taylor's Takes: The rotation at right tackle is getting closer to 50-50 playing time between Doug Free and Jermey Parnell. It has had the desired result. Free is playing his best football and the Cowboys are getting an idea of whether Parnell can handle the job full time, if the Cowboys release Free in the offseason. Or they can keep both players and have them battle it out in training camp. ... Dwayne Harris continues to get steady playing time and produce with 10 catches for 129 yards in the last four games. ... Felix Jones has no role in the offense, playing 17 snaps in the last three games. Murray has taken his third-down job, which has usurped his playing time. ... Murray has been off the field just 29 plays in the last three games. ... Cole Beasley has been active, but not played in two of the last three games.

Offensive snaps: No role for Felix Jones

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A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 27-24 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while analyzing what it means:

LT Tyron Smith: 67 of 67
RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 67 of 67
LG Nate Livings: 67 of 67
C Ryan Cook: 67 of 67
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QB Tony Romo: 67 of 67
TE Jason Witten: 66 of 67
WR Miles Austin: 57 of 67
RB DeMarco Murray: 54 of 67
WR Dez Bryant: 49 of 67
RT Doug Free: 47 of 67
TE John Phillips: 24 of 67
RT Jermey Parnell: 23 of 67
WR Kevin Ogletree: 23 of 67
TE James Hanna: 17 of 67
WR Dwayne Harris: 16 of 67
FB Lawrence Vickers: 14 of 67
RB Felix Jones: 6 of 67
WR Cole Beasley: 5 of 67
RB Lance Dunbar: 1 of 67

Taylor's Takes: If you thought for some reason Felix Jones was going to return next season, forget about it. A week after getting his lowest playing time of the season, Jones set a new low for plays against Pittsburgh. He’s a non-factor these days and doesn’t even have a role on third down anymore. ... In the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Dwayne Harris was in the game and Kevin Ogletree was on the bench. ... Ogletree had more plays, but that was probably the result of Dez Bryant not playing quite as much because of his broken left index finger. ... Rookie TE James Hanna played a season-high 17 snaps and caught two passes for 45 yards, which could result in John Phillips losing playing time.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 27-24 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 60 of 60
CB Mike Jenkins: 60 of 60
CB Brandon Carr: 59 of 60
OLB Anthony Spencer: 58 of 60
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 52 of 60
DE Jason Hatcher: 50 of 60
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ILB Alex Albright: 49 of 60
S Danny McCray: 41 of 60
ILB Dan Connor: 38 of 60
CB Sterling Moore: 37 of 60
S Eric Frampton: 29 of 60
DL Sean Lissemore: 29 of 60
DE Marcus Spears: 27 of 60
DE Tyrone Crawford: 22 of 60
OLB Victor Butler: 13 of 60
CB Michael Coe: 10 of 60
DE Brian Schaefering: 10 of 60
NT Robert Callaway: 6 of 60
LB Ernie Sims: 5 of 60

Taylor's Takes: CB Sterling Moore, NT Robert Callaway, CB Michael Coe and DE Brian Schaefering combined for 63 plays. So defensive coordinator Rob Ryan deserves considerable credit for getting his unit to play well with a bunch of no-name, new-to-the-team guys. ... Eric Frampton replaced Danny McCray in some situations in the nickel and dime because McCray was struggling. He couldn’t cover TE Heath Miller in the first half and receiver Mike Wallace ran past him for a 60-yard gain in the third quarter. ... LB Alex Albright played a season-high 49 snaps and finished with five tackles -- none bigger than his third-down stop in the second quarter.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 62 of 62
LB Ernie Sims: 58 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 54 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 52 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 50 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 50 of 62
S Danny McCray: 42 of 62
DL Sean Lissemore: 37 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 35 of 62
CB Morris Claiborne: 34 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 25 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 24 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 22 of 62
CB Sterling Moore: 22 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 22 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 17 of 62
NT Robert Calloway: 10 of 62
LB Vince Agnew: 4 of 62

Taylor's Takes: Without Josh Brent, who was arrested Saturday for intoxication manslaughter in the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys used a combination of Sean Lissemore and Robert Calloway at nose tackle. The Bengals averaged 7.3 yards per carry and did much of their damage between the tackles. ... Cornerback Sterling Moore, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, has made himself valuable because he can play outside and the slot, which is why he received considerable playing time. ... Gerald Sensabaugh has not missed a play in 10 weeks. ... Alex Albright played better this week and split some time at inside linebacker with Dan Connor.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 72 of 72
LG Nate Livings: 72 of 72
QB Tony Romo: 72 of 72
LT Tyron Smith: 72 of 72
TE Jason Witten: 72 of 72
WR Miles Austin: 67 of 72
RB DeMarco Murray: 63 of 72
RT Doug Free: 58 of 72
WR Dez Bryant: 57 of 72
WR Dwayne Harris: 35 of 72
TE John Phillips: 21 of 72
FB Lawrence Vickers: 21 of 72
RT Jermey Parnell: 15 of 72
WR Kevin Ogletree: 13 of 72
TE James Hanna: 11 of 72
RB Felix Jones: 4 of 72
RG Derrick Dockery: 3 of 72
RB Lance Dunbar: 1 of 72

Taylor's Takes: Tackle Jermey Parnell has earned playing time with the starters based on his work in practice and his performance against Cleveland and Washington. He rotated series with Doug Free, serving notice that the right can tackle will get replaced if he doesn’t improve. Jason Garrett said Free played one of his best games. ... Dwayne Harris has usurped Kevin Ogletree. Harris, who had eight passes directed his way, played nearly three times as much as Ogletree, who had a key 23-yard catch in the fourth quarter. ... Felix Jones played only four snaps, his lowest total of the season, while DeMarco Murray had a season-high 63 snaps.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 38-33 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 65 of 65
LG Nate Livings: 65 of 65
LG Nate Livings: 65 of 65
C Ryan Cook: 65 of 65
QB Tony Romo: 65 of 65
RT Doug Free: 65 of 65
TE Jason Witten: 65 of 65
WR Dez Bryant: 54 of 65
WR Miles Austin: 44 of 65
RB DeMarco Murray: 37 of 65
FB Lawrence Vickers: 35 of 65
TE John Phillips: 26 of 65
WR Kevin Ogletree: 21 of 65
RB Felix Jones: 16 of 65
WR Dwayne Harris: 11 of 65
OL Jermey Parnell: 6 of 65
TE James Hanna: 5 of 65
WR Cole Beasley: 4 of 65
RB Lance Dunbar: 1of 65

Taylor's Take: So much for the Cowboys’ limiting DeMarco Murray’s touches once he returned after missing six games with a sprained foot. He touched the ball 27 times - 23 carries and four catches - in the 37 snaps he played. ... Murray’s return also meant more playing time for fullback Lawrence Vickers since the Cowboys spent much of the game in tradition two running back, two receiver, one tight end personnel. ... Felix Jones almost had the day off. He averaged 40.5 plays with Murray out, but was on the field considerably less in this game. He has two bad knees and practiced sparingly, so he could use some down time. ... For some reason Kevin Ogletree played more than Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris combined and they still finished with more receptions than he did.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-33 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 63 of 63
CB Brandon Carr: 63 of 63
CB Morris Claiborne: 63 of 63
ILB Ernie Sims: 63 of 63
S Danny McCray: 62 of 63
OLB Anthony Spencer: 57 of 63
DE Jason Hatcher: 54 of 63
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 53 of 63
CB Mike Jenkins: 42 of 63
ILB Dan Connor: 37 of 63
DE Marcus Spears: 26 of 63
DL Sean Lissemore: 23 of 63
NT Josh Brent: 28 of 63
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 63
DE Ben Bass 16 of 63
OLB Victor Butler: 15 of 63
DE Tyrone Crawford: 13 of 63
OLB Kyle Wilber: 7 of 63
ILB Alex Albright: 4 of 63
CB Sterling Moore: 2 of 63
CB Vince Agnew: 1 of 63

Taylor's Takes: It’s easy to see how injuries have affected the Cowboys’ defense, four players played every snap of the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia and Danny McCray played all but one. Perhaps, that explains some of the team’s second-half woes. They were just tired. ... Sterling Moore, signed on Friday, played two snaps. One more indication of the Cowboys’ depth issues. ... Victor Butler had his most extensive playing time in three weeks because DeMarcus Ware missed several plays with a shoulder injury.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offense in the 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 77 of 77
LG Nate Livings: 77 of 77
QB Tony Romo: 77 of 77
RT Doug Free: 77 of 77
RG Derrick Dockery: 77 of 77
TE Jason Witten: 77 of 77
LT Jermey Parnell: 77 of 77
WR Dez Bryant: 74 of 77
WR Dwayne Harris: 68 of 77
WR Cole Beasley: 61 of 77
RB Felix Jones: 35 of 77
RB Lance Dunbar: 27 of 77
FB Lawrence Vickers: 15 of 77
TE John Phillips: 8 of 77
WR Andre Holmes: 8 of 77
WR Miles Austin: 10 of 77
TE James Hanna: 2 of 77

Taylor's Takes: There’s no need for Kevin Ogletree to play ahead of Dwayne Harris or Cole Beasley anymore this season. They combined for 11 catches, 139 yards and two plays of more than 20 yards in their most extensive playing time of the season. Harris and Beasley still have potential and they could have roles in Dallas. Ogletree is in his fourth year with the Cowboys and has no future here. ... John Phillips playing time has decreased each of the last three games. ... Jason Witten has not missed a played in nine games, the only skill position player to do so. ... Andre Holmes must not have shown much in his brief playing time, since he was cut on Monday to make room for Anthony Armstrong and placed on the practice squad.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 61 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 60 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 60 of 62
CB Morris Claiborne: 54 of 62
ILB Bruce Carter: 46 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 44 of 62
S Danny McCray: 38 of 62
NT Josh Price-Brent: 36 of 62
ILB Ernie Sims: 35 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 35 of 62
S Charlie Peprah: 32 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 31 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 30 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 25 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 62
DE Ben Bass 16 of 62
CB Orlando Scandrick: 13 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 3 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 1 of 62

Taylor's Takes: Victor Butler, who has shown an ability to rush the passer this season, had his most limited playing time of the season. At a time when a young player such as Butler should be pressing for playing time, his keeps getting reduced. Yet another unproductive draft pick. ... Ben Bass and Marcus Spears continue to split time as they replaced defensive end Kenyon Coleman.


IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 90 of 90
LG Nate Livings: 90 of 90
QB Tony Romo: 90 of 90
RT Doug Free: 90 of 90
RG Derrick Dockery: 90 of 90
TE Jason Witten: 90 of 90
WR Miles Austin: 86 of 90
OL Jermey Parnell: 74 of 90
WR Dez Bryant: 74 of 90
RB Felix Jones: 46 of 90
RB Lance Dunbar: 37 of 90
WR Kevin Ogletree: 30 of 90
WR Dwayne Harris: 26 of 90
WR Cole Beasley: 21 of 90
FB Lawrence Vickers: 20 of 90
LT Tyron Smith: 16 of 90
TE John Phillips: 11 of 90
TE James Hanna: 8 of 90

Taylor's Takes: For the first time this season Dwayne Harris (26 plays) and Cole Beasley (21) combined for more playing time than Ogletree (30). They also produced four catches on four targets for 28 yards and Harris drew a pivotal 35-yard pass interference which set up the tying field goal that forced overtime. ... Ogletree caught one of three passes directed toward him, but did draw a key personal foul late in the fourth quarter. He left and did not return. ... Jermey Parnell, seeing extensive action for the first time in his career, struggled. He gave up two sacks and was penalized once for holding. Another was declined. ...John Phillips’ playing time continues to shrink.
IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 70 of 70
ILB Bruce Carter: 70 of 70
CB Brandon Carr: 69 of 70
OLB Anthony Spencer: 69 of 70
CB Morris Claiborne: 68 of 70
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 62 of 70
DE Jason Hatcher: 51 of 70
NT Jay Ratliff: 49 of 70
S Danny McCray: 41 of 70
CB Orlando Scandrick: 29 of 70
DE Marcus Spears: 26 of 70
S Charlie Peprah: 25 of 70
ILB Ernie Sims: 23 of 70
NT Josh Brent-Price: 19 of 70
DE Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 70
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 70
ILB Alex Albright: 11 of 70
OLB Victor Butler: 9 of 70
DE Ben Bass 9 of 70
CB Vince Agnew: 2 of 70

Taylor's Takes: Bruce Carter has not missed any of the 337 defensive snaps from scrimmage since Sean Lee was lost for the season with a toe injury, one indication of just how important he’s become to the defense. ... Coordinator Rob Ryan used former No.1 pick Marcus Spears and rookie free agent Ben Bass to replace run-stopping defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who’s out for the season with a torn triceps. Spears and Bass combined for 25 plays, which is just about what Coleman averaged this season as a first- and second-down player. ... Inside linebacker Dan Connor returned after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury and split playing time with Ernie Sims. Alex Albright has gotten playing time in three straight games for the first time this season.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 54 of 54
LT Tyron Smith: 54 of 54
LG Nate Livings: 54 of 54
QB Tony Romo: 54 of 54
RT Doug Free: 54 of 54
TE Jason Witten: 54 of 54
WR Miles Austin: 49 of 54
WR Dez Bryant: 44 of 54
RB Felix Jones: 34 of 54
FB Lawrence Vickers: 27 of 54
WR Kevin Ogletree: 24 of 54
TE John Phillips: 18 of 54
RB Lance Dunbar: 10 of 54
WR Dwayne Harris: 3 of 54
OL Jeremy Parnell: 2 of 54
WR Cole Beasley: 2 of 54
TE James Hanna: 1 of 54
RB Phillip Tanner: 1 of 54

Taylor's Takes: Kevin Ogletree averaged 39 plays per game in the first five games of the season; he’s averaged 30 plays in the past four games. In three of the last four games, he’s played fewer than 30 snaps, which seems to indicate he’s getting slowly phased out of the offense. ... Dwayne Harris (18) and Cole Beasley (6) have combined for 24 snaps the past two games and Beasley was in the slot on a key third-down in the Cowboys’ first series. ... Lance Dunbar has usurped Phillip Tanner’s role as Felix Jones’ backup. Tanner has three plays the past two games, while Dunbar has 22. ... Tight end John Phillips is another player who’s seen his playing time dwindle. Lawrence Vickers played considerably more than usual on Sunday, an indication Jason Garrett believes he will help the running game more than Phillips.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 78 of 78
ILB Bruce Carter: 78 of 78
CB Brandon Carr: 78 of 78
CB Morris Claiborne: 77 of 78
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 65 of 78
OLB Anthony Spencer: 64 of 78
DE Jason Hatcher: 61 of 78
CB Orlando Scandrick: 56 of 78
S Charlie Peprah: 55 of 78
NT Jay Ratliff: 52 of 78
ILB Ernie Sims: 50 of 78
S Danny McCray: 47 of 78
OLB Victor Butler: 21 of 78
NT Josh Brent-Price: 20 of 78
DE Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 78
DE Kenyon Coleman: 15 of 78
DE Marcus Spears: 8 of 78
ILB Alex Albright: 7 of 78
OLB Kyle Wilber: 4 of 78
CB Vince Agnew: 5 of 78

Taylor's Takes: Safety Charlie Peprah started at safety and received extensive playing time, enabling the Cowboys to cut back on Danny McCray's load in hopes of making him an even bigger difference-maker on special teams. ... Kenyon Coleman tore a triceps muscle in the second quarter, which mean Jason Hatcher played more than he has all season with Marcus Spears and Tyrone Crawford getting time at defensive end too. ... With the Eagles in so many formations with three receivers, Orlando Scandrick surpassed the 50-play mark for the first time this season. ... Victor Butler, relegated to the bench after struggling, while Anthony Spencer was out, played his best game of the season and was rewarded with additional playing time.

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