Dolphins at Bills Defensive Snap Counts

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday, we took a look at the Miami Dolphins' offensive snap counts from their Thursday night game against the Buffalo Bills. Today, we follow that with the defensive snap counts.

For the third time in eleven days, the Miami Dolphins lost a game, this time a Thursday night game against their AFC East division rivals, the Buffalo Bills. Once again, the team looked lost out on the field, never able to get into a rhythm, and ultimately lost the game 19-14.

Yesterday, we took a look at the offensive snap counts on the Dolphins' 58 plays. Now, we turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball.

The Dolphins were on defense for 67 snaps Sunday. Here's the breakdown, by position group:

Defensive Line

Jared Odrick

Cameron Wake

Paul Soliai

Randy Starks

59 / 67

52 / 67

34 / 67

63 / 67

88%

78%

51%

94%

Season
617 / 720
86%

Season
581 / 720
81%

Season
388 / 720
54%

Season
544 / 720
76%

Defensive Line

Tony McDaniel

Olivier Vernon

Kheeston Randall

Derrick Shelby

--- / ---

15 / 67

9 / 67

15 / 67

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22%

13%

22%

Season
109 / 720
15%

Season
272 / 720
38%

Season
131 / 720
18%

Season
138 / 720
19%

Defensive Line

Ryan Baker
(Released after Week 2)

Andre Fluellen
(Signed before Week 3)
(Released after Week 4)

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----

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Season
3 / 217
1%

Season
14 / 289 (14 / 154)
5% (9%)


Thoughts:
Nothing really special with the defensive line this week. Strange that Starks played as many snaps as he did, but as long as he is able to generate pressure, and shut down a run up the middle, I won't complain.

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Linebackers

Kevin Burnett

Karlos Dansby

Koa Misi

Jason Trusnik

67 / 67

67 / 67

28 / 67

--- / ---

100%

100%

42%

----

Season
703 / 720
98%

Season
701 / 720
97%

Season
409 / 720
57%

Season
38 / 720
5%

Linebackers

Jonathon Freeny

Austin Spitler

Josh Kaddu

--- / ---

--- / ---

--- / ---

----

----

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Season
13 / 720
2%

Season
10 / 720
1%

Season
3 / 720 (3 / 128)
0% (2%)


Thoughts: Against the Titans, the Dolphins rotated all of their available linebackers into the game, including rookie Josh Kaddu making his debut. This week, they went exactly the opposite, only playing Dansby, Burnett, and Misi, with Dansby and Burnett taking every snap.

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Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall
(Placed on IR before Week 10)

Sean Smith

Jimmy Wilson

Nolan Carroll

--- / ---

55 / 67

59 / 67

59 / 67

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82%

88%

88%

Season
238 / 592
40%

Season
690 / 720
96%

Season
320 / 720
44%

Season
520 / 720
72%

Cornerbacks

R.J. Stanford

Bryan McCann
(Signed Before Week 10)

19 / 67

2 / 67

28%

3%

Season
32 / 720
4%

Season
6 / 720 (6 / 128)
1% (5%)

Thoughts: The cornerbacks are still in need of help, with this becoming one of the top priorities this offseason. Smith missed time with an injury, meaning more playing time for Wilson. While everyone reported that Carroll was benched for part of the game, he ended up with the same percentage of snaps as against the Titans. Obviously, Carroll needs to fix the penalties issue.

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Safeties

Chris Clemons

Reshad Jones

Troy Nolan
(Released after Week 3)

Jonathan Amaya

67 / 67

67 / 67

----

--- / ---

100%

100%

----

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Season
709 / 720
98%

Season
715 / 720
99%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Season
4 / 720
1%

Thoughts: Both safeties played every snap. Not a lot of surprise there.

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[Picture Credits: Olivier Vernon picture courtesy Timothy T. Ludwig - US PRESSWIRE 11/15/12; Karlos Dansby picture courtesy Timothy T. Ludwig - US PRESSWIRE 11/15/12; Jimmy Wilson picture courtesy Timothy T. Ludwig - US PRESSWIRE 11/15/12; Reshad Jones picture courtesy Timothy T. Ludwig - US PRESSWIRE 11/15/12]

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