Defensive snap counts: New players get a look

There were some new trends in the Texans' defensive rotations this weekend. Let's take a look at the Texans' defensive snap counts from Sunday's 25-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts according to the NFL's official stats.

ILB Darryl Sharpton: 70 of 70

S D.J. Swearinger: 70 of 70

OLB Brooks Reed: 69 of 70

DE J.J. Watt: 67 of 70

S Shiloh Keo: 64 of 70

CB Kareem Jackson: 62 of 70

OLB Whitney Mercilus: 57 of 70

ILB Joe Mays: 56 of 70

CB Johnathan Joseph: 55 of 70

CB Brice McCain: 46 of 70

DE Antonio Smith: 45 of 70

DT Earl Mitchell: 27 of 70

DL Jared Crick: 24 of 70

DT Terrell McClain: 18 of 70

S Eddie Pleasant: 14 of 70

LB Ricky Sapp: 14 of 70

CB Brandon Harris: 9 of 70

LB Mike Mohamed: 3 of 70

I went back and took a look at the snaps played by Texans defensive players during the first 13 games of the season. The five players with the most snaps for the Texans were Reed, Mercilus, Joseph, Watt and Antonio Smith. You'll note here that Smith's snaps were toward the bottom of the pack in Indianapolis.

Nose tackle Terrell McClain, who averaged 8.77 snaps per game during the Texans' first 13 games, jumped all the way to 18. Meanwhile starting nose tackle Earl Mitchell, who averaged 32.77 snaps per game during that time, fell slightly to 27.

Another mover was linebacker Ricky Sapp, who played in 14 defensive snaps on Sunday -- his first 14 since being claimed off waivers by the Texans a month ago.