Miami Dolphins Player Snap Count Analysis - Offense

Sep 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehil (17) takes the snap from center Mike Pouncey (51) in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL publishes a "Gamebook" after every game throughout the season. This year, the league has added the number of offensive, defensive, and special teams snaps every player played throughout the game. It's an interesting look at the team, especially when you see things like Legedu Naanee, who played only 43% of the offensive snaps, the least amount of snaps for any Miami Dolphins wide receiver (who appeared as an offensive player).

We will look at all 17 players who took a snap on offense - meaning a player like wide receiver Marlon Moore will nto be listed on here, since he only appeared on special teams on Sunday.

The Dolphins ran 63 offensive plays this week. Here is the break down of the Miami offense, by position groups, for the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans (Italics indicate starter):

Offensive Line

Jake Long

Richie Incognito

Mike Pouncey

John Jerry

Jonathan Martin

63/63

63/63

63/63

63/63

63/63

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Thoughts: Nothing overly surprising here. The offensive linemen have not rotated much throughout the preseason under head coach Joe Philbin, so the fact that all five took every snap should not be a shock.

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Wide Receivers

Davone Bess

Brian Hartline

Anthony Armstrong

Legedu Naanee

55/63

37/63

35/63

27/63

87%

59%

56%

43%

Thoughts: Bess was in for nearly every offensive snap, missing just seven, which really is what should be expected of him every game. Hartline and Armstrong seemed to split time between them, with both being on the field a few times together. The interesting one, like I said in the intro paragraph, was Naanee, who disappeared from the game. Maybe Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post said it best today on Twitter:

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Tight Ends

Anthony Fasano

Jeron Mastrud

54/63

3/63

86%

3%

Thoughts: Only surprising thing here was probably the team playing Charles Clay as a fullback much more than as a tight end. Fasano was always going to be the starter and get the majority of the snaps, with Mastrud playing special teams and coming in as a blocking tight end as needed.

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Fullbacks

Charles Clay

Jorvorskie Lane

37/63

4/63

59%

6%

Thoughts: Like I said above, the surprise here was Clay playing fullback more than tight end. He did spread out of the backfield a lot, so that may be what the point of having him back there was.

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Halfbacks

Reggie Bush

Daniel Thomas

Marcus Thigpen

47/63

15/63

1/63

75%

24%

2%

Thoughts: Nothing really surprising here. I think Thomas would have had a few more snaps if he hadn't been injured. Really, my biggest surprise was probably that Lamar Miller was inactive for the game.

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Quarterbacks

Ryan Tannehill

63/63

100%

Thoughts: Seems like about the right split of snaps.


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What do you guys think of this post? Do you like this? If you do, I will post the defense later tonight, and then plan on adding this to our Monday schedule each week.

[All pictures courtesy of USPRESSWIRE and Copyright Thomas Campbell - 9 Sep 2012]

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