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

NT90Steve McLendon26
NT95Alameda Ta\’amu17
NT67Kade Weston5
DE66Mike Blanc7
DE99Brett Keisel28
DE96Ziggy Hood28
DE97Cam Heyward32
DE65Al Woods12
DE91Corbin Bryant33
DE69Ikponmwosa Igbinosun7
DE68Jake Stoller4
ILB94Lawrence Timmons28
ILB50Larry Foote28
ILB51Sean Spence30
OLB44Brandon Hicks15
ILB40Marshall McFadden20
ILB49Ryan Baker18
OLB57Mortty Ivy33
OLB56LaMarr Woodley28
OLB54Chris Carter41
ILB48Brandon Johnson29
OLB46Adrian Robinson35
CB23Keenan Lewis41
CB24Ike Taylor28
CB28Cortez Allen29
CB31Curtis Brown27
CB37Terrence Frederick13
CB41Andre Freeman11
CB39Walter McFadden18
CB35Josh Victorian15
SS43Troy Polamalu28
FS25Ryan Clark28
SS29Ryan Mundy15
FS26Will Allen15
SS42Damon Cromartie-Smith18
FS30Robert Golden33
SS47Myron Rolle18

  • 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.