In a disappointing 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Carolina Panthers made correctable errors and played poorly, still ultimately having a chance to win in the final two minutes as their comeback fell short. On a short week as the team continues to battle the injuries of a long season, the playing time looked different on Thursday than it would in a normal game.

Jairus Byrd and Colin Jones continued their platoon at free safety, with Jones taking 58% of the snaps and Byrd occupying the rest; Ron Rivera has said that Jones plays on early downs and Byrd is in on obvious passing downs. The team appeared to be rotating cornerbacks Kevon Seymour and Daryl Worley as well, with the cornerback whom the Panthers traded for before Week 1 actually outsnapping Worley this week. Thomas Davis appears to be recovered from his rib injury as he returned to playing more snaps than Shaq Thompson, although that may have had something to do with Luke Kuechly leaving before halftime. David Mayo would take Kuechly’s snaps once the starter left to enter the concussion protocol. With Mario Addison and Julius Peppers battling injuries on a short week, Wes Horton and Charles Johnson received more than their usual load at defensive end as defensive coordinator Steve Wilks tried to keep the line fresh.┬áVernon Butler and Kyle Love both played less than 20 snaps, but that number may be on the rise as Star Lotulelei was mostly ineffective while he was on the field.

After outsnapping his counterpart on Sunday, the running back platoon seemed to revert to 2017’s status quo with Christian McCaffrey garnering more than 70% of the snaps as Jonathan Stewart struggled to find room to run throughout the game. McCaffrey’s playing time is buoyed by his ability to line up all over the field and his strong hands; Stewart had two drops on Thursday night, one of them directly into the hands of a defender. Cameron Artis-Payne was active last night, but his value lies on special teams. Rookie Curtis Samuel only received 23 snaps compared to 52 for Russell Shepard, he hasn’t been as involved as the coaching staff or fanbase would like through six weeks of the season, is this due to lingering injuries or scheme?

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This table is sortable, so feel free to move some numbers around and draw your own conclusions. Have questions? Let us know in the comments!

Player Position Offensive Snaps Percentage Defensive Snaps Percentage Special Teams Percentage
E Dickson TE 82 100% 7 22%
T Turner G 82 100% 5 16%
A Norwell G 82 100% 5 16%
D Williams T 82 100% 5 16%
T Larsen C 82 100%
C Newton QB 82 100%
M Kalil T 82 100%
D Funchess WR 69 84%
K Benjamin WR 69 84%
C McCaffrey RB 61 74% 7 22%
R Shepard WR 52 63% 12 38%
J Stewart RB 27 33%
C Samuel WR 23 28% 21 66%
C Manhertz TE 20 24% 17 53%
A Armah RB 2 2% 21 66%
A Silatolu T 5 16%
T Moton T 2 2% 5 16%
F Whittaker RB 2 2% 3 9%
C Artis-Payne RB 1 1% 21 66%
J Bradberry CB 62 100% 8 25%
M Adams SS 62 100% 6 19%
T Davis LB 55 89% 5 16%
S Thompson LB 53 85% 6 19%
K Short DT 44 71% 6 19%
C Johnson DE 43 69%
S Lotulelei DT 42 68% 6 19%
K Seymour CB 39 63% 16 50%
C Jones FS 36 58% 22 69%
J Peppers DE 30 48% 6 19%
D Mayo LB 32 52% 19 59%
L Kuechly LB 30 48% 2 6%
W Horton DE 27 44%
J Byrd FS 26 42% 6 19%
M Addison DE 24 39% 1 3%
D Worley CB 23 37% 15 47%
K Love DT 19 31%
C Munnerlyn CB 18 29%
V Butler DT 17 27% 5 16%
B Jacobs LB 21 66%
J Norris LB 21 66%
G Van Roten G 11 34%
G Gano K 11 34%
L Gunter CB 9 28%
M Palardy P 8 25%
J Jansen LS 8 25%
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