Seven NFC South players were in a pretty exclusive club in 2010. Carolina’s Ryan Kalil and Geoff Schwartz, Atlanta’s Justin Blalock, Sam Baker and Harvey Dahl and New Orleans’ Jahri Evans and Carl Nick played every one of their team’s offensive snaps.
According to league-wide play counts from last year that are used for calculating incentives in contracts and performance-pool pay, those players were among a group of 37 around the league to play 100 percent of their team’s offensive or defensive plays.
Safety Eric Berry was the only defensive player to take part in all of his team’s plays. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford and Joe Flacco also were on the field for all their team’s plays. Aside from those four, the other 33 to play 100 percent of the plays were all offensive linemen.
Carolina tackle Jordan Gross just missed joining the club. He came in at 99.99 percent. He sat out one of Carolina’s 989 offensive plays. Same for former Tampa Bay linebacker Barrett Ruud who took part in 1,024 of 1,025 defensive snaps.
Here’s a look at some other NFC South players who were among league leaders at their positions in 2010:
Atlanta center Todd McClure -- 98.44 percent
Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes -- 98.77 percent
Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber -- 96.29 percent
Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson -- 79.6 percent
New Orleans defensive end Will Smith -- 79.31 percent
Atlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux -- 75.95 percent
New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis -- 77.08 percent
Carolina linebacker Jon Beason -- 99.73 percent
Atlanta linebacker Curtis Lofton -- 95.5 percent
New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma -- 96.86 percent
Carolina linebacker James Anderson -- 96.57 percent
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan -- 98.44 percent
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees -- 98.73 percent
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman -- 96.77 percent
Carolina safety Charles Godfrey -- 99.46 percent
New Orleans tackle Jermon Bushrod -- 99.37 percent
Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn -- 99.39 percent
Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams -- 99.55