Assumptions: 1,100 defensive snaps for the regular season Number of LB's on field: Dime - 1 x Linebacker 10% (110 snaps) Nickle - 2 x Linebacker 65% (1430 snaps Base - 3 x Linebacker 25% (825 snaps) Total snaps (2,310 snaps) Keanu Neale plays 60-40 as a SS/LB We carry 6.5 LB's (Neale 0.5) The scheme is different to last year with the major difference being Aldon Smith's DPR role is likely to be split between SAM and LEO. The NFL has seen teams play Base as often as 70% of the time (Seattle 2019), and DIME not at all (Buffalo 2019) but Dan Quinn has typically been close to the norm mostly playing Nickle/Base, with a small amount of DIME. Projected Snaps: MIKE: 1100 snaps WILL: 990 snaps SAM: 275 snaps Player Snap Count: MIKE: 700 Parsons, 400 LVE WILL: 590 Smith, 300 Neale, 100 other SAM: 200 Smith, 75 Parsons It's possible we could see Jaylon or Parsons play some LEO, but more realistically it'll be a pass rushing specialist like Gregory, Basham, or Anae. I think my projected 775 snaps for Parsons is probably enough for a rookie, and splitting time with LVE only playing 400 snaps would be under-utilizing LVE a little but I see Parsons as an upgrade day 1, and LVE struggled a little last season so it's not like LVE has been dogged here. I've projected Jaylon to be playing a fair bit less than he traditional has, which has averaged about 950 snaps the last three seasons, but IMO he's been average, and may benefit from playing a little less, in particular taking some of those coverage snaps away where he's been burnt toast. I've earmarked him to play the most snaps out of our linebackers at 790 snaps so still a substantial role. The reality is this is a projection and probably going to be a way off. There's a good chance someone's gonna get injured, someone under/over performs, or we have more/less linebackers on the field than I've projected. Notwithstanding, I feel like this is going to be close to our coaches plan. It doesn't leave a lot of room for our bottom three LB's on defence (which I currently have as Cox, Gifford, and Bernard) but they might see a bit of time if we get multiple injuries at LB, or an LTI, more realistically though they are contributing to ST for 2021. And we'll see what happens with Neale, he could be needed much more than expected at SS given our lack of depth at safety (even if it's mostly FS).