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Sunday, August 30, 2009
First-half snap counts for Seahawks' defense

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Seahawks Defensive Player vs. KC
Pos. 1st Qtr. Snaps 2nd Qtr. Snaps Total
Deon Grant FS 15 15 30
Brian Russell
SS 15 15 30
Josh Wilson CB 15 15 30
Ken Lucas
CB 15 15 30
Lofa Tatupu
LB 15 15 30
Leroy Hill
LB 15 12 27
Patrick Kerney
DE 11 9 20
Aaron Curry
LB 11 7 18
Cory Redding
DE 10 7 17
Brandon Mebane
DT 11 5 16
Colin Cole
DT 10 5 15
Darryl Tapp
DE 5 7 12
Lawrence Jackson
DE 5 7 12
Kelly Jennings
CB 3 8 11
Craig Terrill
DT 4 5 9
Nick Reed
DE 2 4 6
Michael Bennett
DT 0 5 5
Baraka Atkins DE 0 5 5
Red Bryant
DT 2 2 4
Jordan Babineaux
CB 1 2 3

The vibrant social life I lead allowed time to count snaps for the Seahawks' offensive and defensive players during their exhibition game Saturday night.

This is not something I'll do for most game, but I was playing around with a new charting system and figured this game would serve as a test run.

The chart shows defensive snap counts for the first half. I'll break out offensive counts in a bit. They were a bit more telling.

The counts are unofficial, of course. I came up with two snaps for Nick Reed in the first quarter even though I'm pretty sure he played just one, the final play of the quarter. It's possible that I counted him instead of someone else. That was the only one I wasn't sure about.

Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was the only front-seven player to participate fully. That is typical for him. Cornerback Kelly Jennings came onto the field in nickel situations. Defensive back Jordan Babineaux played in the dime.

The Seahawks found second-quarter snaps for defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Baraka Atkins after neither played in the first quarter.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, the team's first-round choice in 2008, played 12 snaps in the first half and generally did not stand out. He did get pressure in the second half.