Who Was the Only Player to Take 100% of Snaps This Season?

by | Jan 9, 2019 | Articles, The League, The Team

Only one Dallas Cowboy was on the field for 100% of snaps this season, and it’s a guy who was supposed to enter the 2018 regular season as a backup. It’s Joe Looney, the center who snapped the ball on every one of the Cowboys’ 1,079 offensive plays.

The previous season, as the backup to Travis Frederick at center and backup to Zack Martin and La’el Collins at guard, Looney played only 94 snaps. That’s just 8.8% of the plays in 2017. But when Frederick was sidelined in August for the 2018 season following his diagnosis of Guillain Barre syndrome, Looney stepped-in at center and didn’t miss a beat.

As the Cowboys were preparing last week for their Wild Card game against the Seahawks (in which Looney once again took every snap), I asked him if he knew that he was the only player to participate in 100% of snaps, either on offense or defense.

“I did not know that!”, he said in surprise. “Are you sure?”

Yes, I assured him. Not only did he take all 1,079 snaps on offense, he also played 71 snaps on special teams (17.1% of total special teams’ snaps).

“I don’t really think about the number of snaps,” Looney insists, “It’s like, if the team needs me to do it, I do it. When you play a lot of snaps, you definitely feel more soreness after games and whatnot. But, as the weeks go along and you’re in the routine of doing the cold tubs and the hot tubs, you’re ready to play again each Sunday. Unfortunately, injuries do happen, but I’ve been fortunate enough to be healthy all year.”

Then I told him that the guy who lines up next to him at left guard missed the goal of 100% of offensive plays by one single snap.

“What, L.C. missed it by one snap?” Looney said, incredulously. “When did he miss a snap?’

La’el Collins, the starter at left guard, hobbled off the field during the game at Atlanta and missed one play after tweaking his ankle. Collins finished the season playing 99.9% of snaps (1,078 of 1,079).

“Oh, man,” added Looney. “I don’t even remember him missing a snap. What about Dak?”

Looney’s locker at The Star is located next to backup QB Cooper Rush’s locker. Rush was sitting there and joined in the conversation.

“Do you remember?”, I asked Rush about Dak missing any plays during the season.

“Yeah, 6 plays in the Jacksonville game,” replied Rush, who got to fill-in for Dak at the end of that contest.

“That’s right,” I concurred. “Dak came to the sideline for the final 6 snaps of the blowout win over the Jaguars, so Dak finished with 99.4% of offensive snaps.”

Looney and Rush wondered about the snap totals for defense, so I gave them the Top 3 as well as the Top 3 on special teams. If you’re wondering the same thing, here are the totals:

DEFENSE

CB Byron Jones, 99.4% of defensive snaps (1,018 of 1,024)

S Jeff Heath, 97.5% (998 of 1,024)

LB Jaylon Smith, 95.3% (976 of 1,024)

SPECIAL TEAMS

LB Damien Wilson, 82.5% (343 of 416)

FB Jamize Olawale, (63%; 262 of 416)

RB Rod Smith, 62.7% of snaps (261 of 416)