Steelers snap counts: Players who have played too much and too little
Players with too many snaps:
Here is a guy who seems to be left on the field to long. Whether from exhaustion or lack of effort, Barron seems to take off plays at times – leaving his defense out to dry. It’s not my job to question his motives, but should he get as looks if he’s not performing well?
Mark Barron has been on the field for nearly 100 percent of snaps in 3 of the 5 games he has dressed for this year. Though he was very good against Cincinnati in week 4, his flashes are too few to keep giving him 60-80 defensive snaps per game.
Dupree is easily having the best season of his NFL career so far. This is an excellent thing. However, the Steelers might want to tone back his usage just a bit. Bud Dupree is producing, but it’s coming at the expense of possibly jeopardizing his availability in the future.
The fifth-year outside linebacker has been on the field for over 92 percent of defensive snaps this year for Pittsburgh and has played at least 73 snaps in 3 different games this season. The Steelers have big question marks with their depth at outside linebacker, and news of Anthony Chickillo’s recent arrest, their depth could soon get worse. They need to take it easy on Dupree.