Week 1 snap counts: Seahawks utilize healthy rotation among running backs


Each week, we'll take a look at the Seahawks snap counts and observe who played, how much and what it might mean moving forward. There were a few interesting takeaways from Seattle's playing time distribution in the 38-25 Week 1 win over the Falcons on Sunday.


-- Chris Carson played just 28 snaps (45%) in Week 1 as Pete Carroll was true to his word about working everyone into the mix. Carlos Hyde played 21 snaps and Travis Homer saw 13. It was Hyde who led the team in carries (seven to Carson's six) which is fairly notable. Carson's biggest impact came in the passing game with six receptions for 45 yards and two scores, including a nifty one-handed grab down the left sideline. Carson is still very much Seattle's go-to guy, and there will be games where his workload is significantly bigger, but Hyde and Homer (or DeeJay Dallas) will always have a role.

-- Marquise Blair has officially made the Seahawks sub packages great again, playing 55 snaps (70%) in Week 1. It was a confirmation to what we'd heard all during camp that Seattle wouldn't operate out of its base defense as frequently in 2020. Blair had seven total tackles with his most important coming on special teams. Blair forced a fumble on a Falcons successful fake punt that ended up as a takeaway for the Seahawks. Carroll called it the play of the game.

-- Continuing with the sub package theme, Lano Hill played 29 snaps (37%) as the Seahawks utilized their dime package regularly. Hill had five tackles, including one for a loss.


-- Jordyn Brooks got his feet wet with his first NFL action, playing seven snaps and recording his first-career tackle. That came in the third quarter when Brooks tackled Julio Jones after a 7-yard gain to set up 3rd-and-2. Benson Mayowa finished that drive with a sack on fourth down.

-- Speaking of Mayowa, his 71 snaps (90%) were the most on the defensive line. He had two clutch plays on separate fourth downs: one batted down pass and the aforementioned sack.

-- Quinton Dunbar started at right corner and logged 68 snaps (86%). He dropped a sure pick, but it still counted as a PBU. His Seahawks debut was largely up and down, though, as he gave up some healthy completions. Tre Flowers played just 10 snaps.

-- L.J. Collier and Rasheem Green each played 30 snaps (38%). Collier had one tackle and one quarterback hit. Green logged two tackles before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.