Here’s a look at who played how much against the Texans (snap counts via the NFL).
Offense 65 snaps
QB/O-line: Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Shaun Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 65
Chester and Polumbus played every snap last year (1,172) and Williams missed just two.
Wide receivers: DeSean Jackson 60, Pierre Garçon 56, Andre Roberts 49, Aldrick Robinson 5, Ryan Grant 5
It’s clear who the “big three” are with Robinson and Grant getting only token action. Jay Gruden appeared reluctant to go with four- and five-receiver sets due to the Texans’ strong pass rush.
Tight ends: Jordan Reed 7, Logan Paulsen 44, Niles Paul 26
Niles Paul told me that he was slated to play a bigger role yesterday even before Jordan Reed went out in the early going with a hamstring strain. Paul played just 152 snaps on offense (9.4 per game) in 2013.
Running backs: Alfred Morris 38, Roy Helu Jr. 23, Darrel Young 8
That’s a fairly light workload for Young,
Defense 59 snaps
Defensive line: Jason Hatcher 40; Jarvis Jenkins 38; Chris Baker 34; Kedric Golston 13; Barry Cofield 13; Clifton Geathers 11
The injury to Cofield, which happened on the play that the Texans got their 76-yard TD pass, shuffled things here. Baker will be the nose tackle while Cofield is out, which means more action for Jenkins and Geathers.
Linebacker: Keenan Robinson 59, Perry Riley 59, Ryan Kerrigan 54, Brian Orakpo 50, Trent Murphy 21
In the past few years it would have been noteworthy for Kerrigan to miss any snaps but it appears that he will be given occasional rest every game.
Defensive back: David Amerson 59, DeAngelo Hall 59, Ryan Clark 59, Bacarri Rambo 52, E. J. Biggers 21, Bashaud Breeland 7
Breeland started the game at nickel but he played just the seven snaps as the veteran Biggers played the majority of the nickel snaps.