By James Dorsett
Snaps- Greg Manusky’s defense was on the field for 73 snaps against the Patriots. Of the 42 defenders on the roster heading into the game, 26 of them played on Thursday night.
Matt Ioannidis, Quinton Dunbar and Montae Nicholson were the only defensive starters who played, and they combined for a total of just 25 snaps. Just as it was with the offense, the Redskins’ matchup against the Jets in Week 2 of the 2016 preseason is the only game that rivals this one in terms of the least amount of playing time given to projected defensive starters.
Patriots Starters- The Patriots, on the other hand, put some of their top offensive players on the field. Julian Edelman, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney and David Andrews all played 16 snaps. Trent Brown (22 snaps), LaAdrian Waddle (22 snaps), Chris Hogan (7 snaps), Eric Decker (6 snaps) and James White (5 snaps) also made appearances. Obviously, Brian Hoyer is no Tom Brady, but it was a bit surprising to see him play a game-high 61 snaps (85%).
Starter & 1st Half Defense- Two of the three Redskins defensive starters that played were only on the field for the first two drives; the Patriots went three-and-out and gained a total of 4 yards on those...