It's time for our weekly look at the Seahawks snap counts, this time from Seattle's ugly, 30-16, loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The game was tied at 13 going into halftime, and Seattle only managed to score three points in the second half. Bright spots were few and far between as it was a largely underwhelming performance for the Seahawks across the board. The good news is that Seattle is still 5-2 with what should be an easy win ahead against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8.
Here's who played against the Ravens and how much, followed by what takeaways we can draw from this game.
- With Will Dissly on IR, it was Jacob Hollister, not Luke Willson, who saw the boost in playing time. Seattle didn't alter Willson's role at all, rather opting to give the better, albeit unproven, Hollister the chance to be the Seahawks primary pass catching tight end. Hollister out-snapped Willson 37-34 and caught 3-of-6 targets for 20 yards. Willson didn't catch his lone target. Barring a move to add another tight end via free agency or trade, this is likely how things will be split moving forward.
- Rashaad Penny was nowhere to be seen in his return from a hamstring injury. He played only two snaps and didn't receive a single touch. C.J. Prosise had one carry for 17 yards while playing just six snaps. It was all Chris Carson on Sunday, who played 64-of-72 snaps. It's pretty alarming that Penny spent basically the entire day on the sideline. The team's 2018 first-round pick didn't enter the game with any injury designation, which implies that he was 100%. If this trend continues, it will be another huge indictment of the pick that many (most?) people questioned the second it was made.
- Jarran Reed played 50-of-59 snaps in his first game back from a six-game suspension. It appears that Reed's conditioning is up to par, which is a credit to his hard work while away from the team, now he just needs to shake the rust off. He earned a respectable 66.9 Pro Football Focus grade, but was fairly quiet overall with just two tackles and no pressures.
- Marquise Blair was impresive in his first career start, playing all 59 defensive snaps. Blair had six tackles and one pass defended. Given that Tedric Thompson gave up another deep ball on the first possession of the game, Blair might have a chance to remain in the starting lineup even once Bradley McDougald and Lano Hill get healthy.
- Seattle still refuses to roll out its nickel package. Jamar Taylor played just eight snaps with Mychal Kendricks playing the other 51. Kendricks missed three tackles, and outside of his two sacks against the Cardinals in Week 4, he hasn't flashed much this season. It might be time for the Seahawks to rethink its defensive strategy.
- Reed's return significantly diminished Quinton Jefferson's role, who only played 17 snaps against the Ravens.