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Snap Counts: O'Neill, Cleveland & Woods Played Every Snap of 2021

Minnesota Vikings
11 Jan 2022, 20:37 GMT+10

Eric Smith

EAGAN, Minn. - The Vikings finished 8-9 in the league's first 17-game schedule.

Minnesota ended on a high note with Sunday's 31-17 win over Chicago.

Here's a look at Minnesota's snap counts in Week 18:

- Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offensive line played all 48 offensive snaps against the Bears. The unit, from left to right, of Christian Darrisaw, Ezra Cleveland, Garrett Bradbury, Olisaemeka Udoh and Brian O'Neill started together for the fifth time this season. O'Neill and Cleveland played all 1,141 offensive snaps this season.

- Justin Jefferson (46 snaps) and had five catches for 107 yards. He ended his second season with 1,616 receiving yards and 10 scores. K.J. Osborn (39 snaps) caught a touchdown for the second straight week. Ihmir Smith-Marsette (13 snaps) also caught a touchdown and recorded his first 100-yard game.

- Dalvin Cook played 26 snaps against Chicago. He had 79 rushing yards. Alexander Mattison (18 snaps) and fullback C.J. Ham (13 snaps) also saw time in the backfield.

- Tyler Conklin played 32 offensive snaps. Luke Stocker was on the field for 14 snaps, and Ben Ellefson played seven snaps in his first action since Week 5.

- Blake Brandel was on the field for 15 snaps as an extra lineman, while Dede Westbrook (five snaps) and Kene Nwangwu (one snap) saw limited action.

- Defensively, the Vikings had four players - Xavier Woods, Harrison Smith, Nick Vigil and Patrick Peterson - who were on the field for all 82 snaps. Woods was the lone player to be on the field for all 1,208 defensive snaps this season. Peterson recorded his lone interception on the season and returned it 66 yards for a score.

- Cameron Dantzler (81 snaps) and Anthony Barr (80 snaps) nearly played the full game. Barr had a pair of sacks and reflected postgame on his Vikings career.

- D.J. Wonnum (70 snaps) played the most snaps among Minnesota's defensive linemen. Sheldon Richardson played 52 snaps a defensive end, while Kenny Willekes (40 snaps) and Patrick Jones II (12 snaps) also played on the edge. Wonnum and Willekes each had a pair of sacks to lead a strong performance by a handful of younger players.

- Armon Watts (66 snaps) and Dalvin Tomlinson (47 snaps) started up front at defensive tackle. Michael Pierce did not play because of an illness. James Lynch was on the field for 23 snaps, and T.Y. McGill played 19 snaps. Tomlinson had a sack in the season finale.

- Josh Metellus played 43 snaps in the secondary, Troy Dye played 22 snaps and Parry Nickerson was on the field for 17 snaps. Blake Lynch played just two snaps but recorded an interception.

- Blake Lynch led the way with 20 snaps on special teams. Three different players - Metellus, Myles Dorn, Dan Chisena - played 17 snaps apiece on special teams. And three different players - Ham, Stocker and Dye - played 16 snaps in that phase.

- Ellefson and Tye Smith played a dozen snaps on special teams. Minnesota's specialist group of Jordan Berry and Andrew DePaola (11 snaps) and Greg Joseph (10 snaps) each played double-digit snaps.

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