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A quick look at the snap counts for the Miami Dolphins in their Week 11 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Joel Auerbach

We have not taken a look at the Miami Dolphins snap counts from the last few games, but a quick look at this week's counts for the offense and defense saw something unusual. In their 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills, more players played on offense than on defense, and six defenders took at 62 snaps from the game.

That's not normal, where the Dolphins usually rotate players a lot on defense, making sure they keep them as fresh as possible. They also usually only have the safeties, and possibly a linebacker or cornerback, play every snap. This week, it was two safeties, two cornerbacks, and two linebackers.

Was it a matter of wanting to ensure the best matchups? Was it a by-product of the short turn around from Week 10 to Week 11, with just four days to get players ready for the game? Was it simply there was not the available depth to sub as much as they usually would? Whatever the case, here are the snap counts for the Dolphins this week (starters in bold italics):

Player Position Snaps Percentage Player Position Snaps Percentage
Shelley Smith Guard 67 100% Brent Grimes Cornerback 62 100%
Dallas Thomas Tackle 67 100% Jelani Jenkins Linebacker 62 100%
Ja'Wuan James Tackle 67 100% Reshad Jones Safety 62 100%
Mike Pouncey Guard 67 100% Jamar Taylor Cornerback 62 100%
Samson Satele Center 67 100% Koa Misi Linebacker 62 100%
Ryan Tannehill Quarterback 67 100% Louis Delmas Safety 62 100%
Charles Clay Tight end 57 85% Jimmy Wilson Cornerback 50 81%
Mike Wallace Wide receiver 49 73% Olivier Vernon Defensive end 47 76%
Jarvis Landry Wide receiver 48 72% Cameron Wake Defensive end 47 76%
Brian Hartline Wide receiver 41 61% Jared Odrick Defensive tackle 46 74%
Brandon Gibson Wide receiver 35 52% Earl Mitchell Defensive tackle 33 53%
Lamar Miller Running back 34 51% Randy Starks Defensive tackle 33 53%
Daniel Thomas Running back 24 36% Derrick Shelby Defensive end 26 42%
Dion Sims Tight end 20 30% Dion Jordan Defensive end 16 26%
Rishard Matthews Wide receiver 17 25% Philip Wheeler Linebacker 12 19%
Damien Williams Running back 9 13%
Harold Hoskins Tight end 1 1%