Steelers Colts Preseason Defensive Participation Chart & Personnel

Below are the defensive player play counts and participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 2 preseason game loss on Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts along with a few observations I made.

Player Notes:

All of the main first team players saw 28 snaps and of course that was about as expected. Cortez Allen worked strictly in the nickel. Mortty Ivy saw snaps at both outside spots which leads me to believe they are giving him serious consideration of keeping him on the 53 man roster. Brandon Johnson worked strictly inside with Stevenson Sylvester out with his knee injury. Terrence Frederick once again saw most of his snaps at the nickel after Allen was done for the night.

Corbin Bryant entered the game before Al Woods this week and played triple the snaps. Rookie Alameda Ta\’amu played only 17 snaps and only in the base defense.

Click on the image below to see the full PDF version of the defensive participation chart.

Player Play Counts

NT 90 Steve McLendon 26
NT 95 Alameda Ta\’amu 17
NT 67 Kade Weston 5
DE 66 Mike Blanc 7
DE 99 Brett Keisel 28
DE 96 Ziggy Hood 28
DE 97 Cam Heyward 32
DE 65 Al Woods 12
DE 91 Corbin Bryant 33
DE 69 Ikponmwosa Igbinosun 7
DE 68 Jake Stoller 4
ILB 94 Lawrence Timmons 28
ILB 50 Larry Foote 28
ILB 51 Sean Spence 30
OLB 44 Brandon Hicks 15
ILB 40 Marshall McFadden 20
ILB 49 Ryan Baker 18
OLB 57 Mortty Ivy 33
OLB 56 LaMarr Woodley 28
OLB 54 Chris Carter 41
ILB 48 Brandon Johnson 29
OLB 46 Adrian Robinson 35
CB 23 Keenan Lewis 41
CB 24 Ike Taylor 28
CB 28 Cortez Allen 29
CB 31 Curtis Brown 27
CB 37 Terrence Frederick 13
CB 41 Andre Freeman 11
CB 39 Walter McFadden 18
CB 35 Josh Victorian 15
SS 43 Troy Polamalu 28
FS 25 Ryan Clark 28
SS 29 Ryan Mundy 15
FS 26 Will Allen 15
SS 42 Damon Cromartie-Smith 18
FS 30 Robert Golden 33
SS 47 Myron Rolle 18
  • Kenneth Wilt

    I count only 26 guys on that list who have a SHOT at making the roster. That does not include Hampton, Harrison, or Worilds, but that is NOT a lot of cuts to have to make IMO. Just not a lot of spots that are up for grabs IMO. Much of this is going to come down to positions they want to keep extras at. How many CBs, how many S, how many LBs? The Dline is the only spot that is really about player A versus player B. Woods vs. Bryant right now is the key battle there, and it wouldn’t surprise me if BOTH are cut to carry someone extra especially if McClendon can move to the outside.

  • hp

    Why in the world would any coach move a player who already excels and is only going to get better at NT, to the outside?

    I don’t believe for a second that Ziggy or anyone else is comparable to McLendon.

    Ask Pouncey. He ought to know.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The point was not that McClendon would move to the outside as a position change only that he could help us during a game should the need arise. Hoke used to do this for us. It is called position flexibility, something that we may need him to have. If Hampton can play and Ta’amu can play, having the ability to slide him out to the side isn’t the worst option in the world. By no means am I implying that this would be permanent.