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Giants Week 2 Snap Counts: What can we learn from who played, who didn't?

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Who played a lot and who did not for the Giants on Sunday?

Mark Herzlich played 15 snaps at middle linebacker Sunday
Mark Herzlich played 15 snaps at middle linebacker Sunday
Alex Trautwig

Who played a lot for the New York Giants on Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals? Who did not see the field much, if at all? What can we learn from any of those numbers? Let's take a look.

Offense

The Giants ran 72 plays. Larry Donnell was at tight end for 58 of those. Daniel Fells played 20 snaps, meaning the Giants ran two-tight end formations a few times. Adrien Robinson, once again, did not play a snap.

Fullback Henry Hynoski was in on 12 plays. The Giants ran three-wide receiver sets the entire first quarter and the fullback didn't get on the field until the second quarter.

Corey Washington did not play at all. Preston Parker played three snaps as the fourth wide receiver, and did make one nice 29-yard catch-and-run.

The running back split was 52 snaps for Rashad Jennings and 19 for Andre Williams. The Giants ran one play with no running backs.

Defense

Jacquian Williams and Antrel Rolle played all 68 defensive snaps.

Jason Pierre-Paul played 58 snaps, most of any defensive lineman. Damontre Moore played 20 snaps, double the number of snaps he played in Week 1. Mathias Kiwanuka played 46, Johnathan Hankins 42 and Robert Ayers 25. Rookie Jay Bromley saw his first action, playing 12 snaps.

When Jon Beason went down in the second half with another foot/toe injury Mark Herzlich moved to middle linebacker. With Devon Kennard (hamstring) sidelined, the only other choice the Giants had would have been to put Jameel McClain in the middle and Spencer Paysinger on the strong side. Personally, it's the choice I would have preferred. Herzlich played 15 snaps. Paysinger played one.