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Jess Root

Cardinals’ Week 2 defensive snap counts and observations vs. Raiders

The Arizona Cardinals played 67 defensive snaps on Sunday in their 29-23 overtime win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

How was the playing time divided up?

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Below, we go over the individual snap counts of each player who got on the field defensively, grouped by position group.

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Defensive line

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Zach Allen, 56; J.J. Watt, 42; Rashard Lawrence, 33; Leki Fotu, 20; Michael Dogbe, 18

As is the norm, Allen played almost every snap. Watt was set to be on a pitch count. However, the Cardinals don’t want to play him more than about 70% of their defensive snaps normally.

Outside linebacker

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Markus Golden, 50; Dennis Gardeck, 33; Victor Dimukeje, 21; Devon Kennard, 17; Cameron Thomas, 1

Golden’s play count went up and we see that Kennard’s role is decreasing. Thomas still is not playing much of a role.

Inside linebacker

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Zaven Collins, 67; Nick Vigil, 26; Tanner Vallejo, 20; Isaiah Simmons, 15; Ben Niemann, 7; Zeke Turner, 1

Turner’s one play was a touchdown catch for Raiders tight end Darren Waller.

Simmons was essentially benched after a terrible showing in Week 1. But Collins played every snap. That might be the biggest takeaway from this. Collins is making progress.


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Byron Murphy, 66; Marco Wilson, 65; Jace Whittaker, 45

Because Simmons was not used as much in the slot, that meant Whittaker was asked to play a lot.


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Budda Baker, 67; Jalen Thompson, 66; Deionte Thompson, 1


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