Playing-time breakdown: Chargers

January, 31, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- An examination of the snap counts from the 2013 regular season for the San Diego Chargers.

OFFENSE (Based on the 16-game regular season)

QuarterbackPhilip Rivers 1,046, Charlie Whitehurst 12.

Running backDanny Woodhead 467, Ryan Mathews 456, Ronnie Brown 136, Le’Ron McClain 129, Fozzy Whittaker 1.

Wide receiverKeenan Allen 898, Vincent Brown 872, Eddie Royal 669, Malcom Floyd 83, Seyi Ajirotutu 70, Lavelle Hawkins 10.

Tight endAntonio Gates 921, Ladarius Green 350, John Phillips 228, Jake Byrne 3.

Offensive lineNick Hardwick 1,024, D.J. Fluker 999, Jeromey Clary 987, Chad Rinehart 638, King Dunlap 635, Johnnie Troutman 603, Michael Harris 179, Rich Ohrnberger 144, Stephen Schilling 56, Nick Becton 12, Mike Remmers 4.

Offensive analysis – A little surprised to see that Woodhead played more than Mathews by just a snap. Mathews carries the ball 285 times in 2013 on 456 plays, or 62.5 percent of the time. ... San Diego’s offensive line allowed 60 quarterback hits during the regular season (fifth-best in the NFL) and 30 sacks (tied for fourth-best in the league) ... Gates’ 921 snaps is the most he’s played in a season in at least six years. ... The Chargers finished No. 2 in the NFL in fourth-down conversion rate (83 percent). ... Rivers is second to Eli Manning (151) among active quarterbacks in consecutive games played with 129.

DEFENSE (Based on 16-game regular season)

LineCorey Liuget 686, Kendall Reyes 686, Cam Thomas 453, Sean Lissemore 208, Lawrence Guy 119, Jarius Wynn 83, Kwame Geathers 27.

LinebackerDonald Butler 670, Manti Te’o 504, Reggie Walker 451, Jarret Johnson 418, Thomas Keiser 380, Larry English 357, Tourek Williams 204, Dwight Freeney 165, Andrew Gachkar 161, Melvin Ingram 117, Bront Bird 110.

SecondaryEric Weddle 957, Marcus Gilchrist 951, Shareece Wright 755, Richard Marshall 603, Derek Cox 538, Johnny Patrick 457, Jahleel Addae 354, Darrell Stuckey 89, Crezdon Butler 24.

Defensive analysis – Weddle’s 115 tackles is the most he’s had during a regular season since 2008 (127). ... San Diego’s defense forced just seven turnovers through the first 10 games, but created 10 turnovers in the last six games of the regular season, and another six turnovers in two postseason games. ... Walker’s 451 snaps are the most he’s played in his five-year NFL career. ... Butler missed three games due to a groin injury, and hasn’t played a full, 16-game season since 2011.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter



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