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Season Rewind: Snap Counts for Titans Defensive Players in 2013

Posted Feb 9, 2014

The final series of Season Rewind stories for 2013 will take a look at the percentages of snaps on which each player participated for offense, defense and special teams.

Three Titans defenders made the unofficial 1,000-snap club in 2013. Safety Bernard Pollard played a team-high 1,054 of Tennessee’s 1,065 defensive snaps (98.9 percent) last season.

Derrick Morgan played 797 snaps in 2013, which was the sixth-most among Titans defenders. Click here for a slideshow of the top 10.

Cornerback Jason McCourty followed with one less snap than Pollard, and CB Alterraun Verner played 1,003 defensive snaps (94.2). Safety Michael Griffin had the fourth-highest number among Titans defenders, playing 898 snaps (84.3 percent) despite missing a game because of injury for the first time in his career and missing another because of a suspension doled out by the NFL for what the league said was a pattern of illegal hits.

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey’s strong season included 870 snaps (81.7 percent), and defensive end Derrick Morgan played 797 snaps (74.8 percent).

Tennessee’s starting linebackers accounted for the next three highest snap counts: Zach Brown (756, 71 percent), Akeem Ayers (722, 67.8 percent) and Moise Fokou (719, 67.5 percent). Fokou played 100 percent of the defensive snaps in six games in 2013, but missed four games because of injury.

Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua rounded out the top 10 with 575 snaps (54 percent), showing the Titans heavily involved Pollard, Fokou and Pitoitua in their first seasons in Tennessee.

The chart below shows the breakdown for each defensive player:

Position

Player

Defensive Snaps

Percentage of plays

SS

Bernard Pollard

1,054

98.9

CB

Jason McCourty

1,053

98.9

CB

Alterraun Verner

1,003

94.2

FS

Michael Griffin

898

84.3

DT

Jurrell Casey

870

81.7

DE

Derrick Morgan

797

74.8

LB

Zach Brown

756

71.0

LB

Akeem Ayers

722

67.8

LB

Moise Fokou

719

67.5

DE

Ropati Pitoitua

575

54.0

CB

Coty Sensabaugh

493

46.3

DT

Sammie Hill

383

36.0

DT

Antonio Johnson

379

35.6

DE

Kamerion Wimbley

352

33.1

LB

Colin McCarthy

331

31.1

DT/DE

Karl Klug

318

29.9

DT

Mike Martin

234

22.0

DE

Lavar Edwards

149

14.0

DB

Blidi Wreh-Wilson

92

8.6

LB

Zaviar Gooden

74

6.9

DB

Tommie Campbell

22

2.1

DE

Keyunta Dawson

21

2.0

S

Daimion Stafford

9

.85

LB

Patrick Bailey

3

.28

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