Packers Snap Counts: Cook, Matthews return

Tight end Jared Cook was on the field for 61 percent of the Green Bay Packers' offensive plays Sunday.
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It had been a while since tight end Jared Cook and linebacker Clay Matthews had appeared in a game for the Green Bay Packers.

If you thought they’d be eased in, guess again.

Matthews, who hadn’t played since Oct. 20, played in a season-high 56 defensive snaps (86 percent, also a season high). The previous high for Matthews came in the season opener, when he played in 74 percent of the snaps at Jacksonville.

However, Matthews, clearly not playing at 100 percent, had only one tackle.

Despite not playing since Week 3, Cook was in on 43 offensive snaps (61 percent), which were his second-most (topped only in Week 2). Cook finished with six catches on 11 targets — which were his combined totals in his first three games.

With Cook back, Richard Rodgers’ snaps took a hit as he was in on just 21 snaps, or 30 percent, which were both season lows.

GAME 10: WASHINGTON (OFFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (70) %
Bulaga 70 100%
Linsley 70 100%
Taylor 70 100%
Nelson 70 100%
Adams 67 96%
Bakhtiari 66 94%
A. Rodgers 66 94%
Cobb 60 86%
Cook 43 61%
Barclay 39 56%
Starks 33 47%
Spriggs 31 44%
Montgomery 29 41%
R Rodgers 21 30%
Ripkowski 14 20%
Allison 11 16%
Murphy 4 6%
Hundley 4 6%
Janis 3 3%

GAME 10: WASHINGTON (DEFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (68) %
Thomas 68 100%
Clinton-Dix 68 100%
Burnett 68 100%
Gunter 67 97%
Hyde 65 96%
Matthews 56 82%
Perry 54 79%
Rollins 52 76%
Martinez 45 66%
Daniels 44 65%
Guion 36 53%
Peppers 28 41%
Jones 25 37%
Clark 24 35%
Brice 17 25%
Pennel 11 16%
Goodson 10 15%
Bradford 7 10%
Fackrell 2 3%
Lowry 2 3%

Some other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:

— The Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 100 percent play watch continues as once again the safety never left the field on defense.

— Jordy Nelson became the first offensive player who isn’t an offensive lineman or quarterback to appear in every offensive play.

— Backup quarterback Brett Hundley was in on four snaps (for the second straight week), which was one more than wide receiver Jeff Janis, who has fallen back out of favor. Even Geronimo Allison (11) had more snaps than Janis.

— With Jake Ryan out due to injury, linebacker Joe Thomas was in on every defensive snap.

— Carl Bradford, a 2014 draft pick, finally appeared in his first NFL game, playing on seven defensive snaps.

— James Starks had 33 snaps on offense and had nine carries and six passing targets.

Dave Heller is the author of the upcoming book Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow as well as Facing Ted Williams Players from the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns