Quarterly playing-time report: Offense

December, 8, 2012
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We're at the three-quarter mark of the season, so here's a breakdown of the offensive snap counts for the third quarter of the season, games nine to 12 (based on 264 snaps):

QUARTERBACK
Mark Sanchez -- 221 snaps/84 percent
Greg McElroy --32 snaps/12 percent
Tim Tebow -- 11 snaps/4 percent

Analysis: Stunning. Who could've imagined that McElroy would have more playing time than Tebow? All told, Tebow has played only 66 snaps on offense.

RUNNING BACK
Shonn Greene -- 130 snaps/49 percent
Bilal Powell -- 108 snaps/41 percent
Lex Hilliard -- 88 snaps/33 percent
Joe McKnight -- 14 snaps/5 percent
Kahlil Bell -- 3 snaps/1 percent

Analysis: They've shifted to a committee approach in recent weeks, creating more opportunities for Powell. Greene's days as the "bell cow" (Rex Ryan's term) appear over.

WIDE RECEIVER
Stephen Hill -- 150 snaps/57 percent
Jeremy Kerley -- 140 snaps/53 percent
Chaz Schilens -- 131 snaps/50 percent
Clyde Gates -- 73 snaps/39 percent
Antonio Cromartie -- 8 snaps/3 percent
Jordan White -- 1 snap/1 percent

Analysis: Well, look at the bright side: Hill is getting a lot of on-the-job training. That will serve him well in the future. For now, his lack of experience hurts the team.

TIGHT END
Dustin Keller -- 176 snaps/67 percent
Jeff Cumberland -- 135 snaps/51 percent
Konrad Reuland -- 75 snaps/28 percent
Jason Smith -- 57 snaps/22 percent

Analysis: Cumberland has received a ton of playing time, although he doesn't have much production to show for it. Keller, hampered by injuries, wishes he could take a mulligan (not Matthew Mulligan).

OFFENSIVE LINE
D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- 264 snaps/100 percent
Austin Howard -- 264 snaps/100 percent
Nick Mangold -- 264 snaps/100 percent
Brandon Moore -- 253 snaps/96 percent
Matt Slauson -- 220 snaps/83 percent
Vladimir Ducasse -- 55 snaps/21 percent

Analysis: The Jets have been really lucky here in terms of injuries. The left-guard platoon has made recent headlines (here's to you, coach Guges), but it's not like Ducasse is seeing a whole lot of time.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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