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Dolphins defensive snap counts versus Patriots Week 17

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The defensive snap count review for the Miami Dolphins from their Week 17 game against the New England Patriots.

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Earlier this morning we took a look back at the Miami Dolphins’ Week 17 contest against the New England Patriots. Now, we continue that review of the game, turning to the defensive side of the ball.

Miami’s defense has been decimated by injuries all season, with both starting safeties and a starting linebacker on injured reserve, a defensive tackle spending most of the season on injured reserve before being reactivated, another starting linebacker sidelined by injuries, the third starting linebacker having missed time and playing with a cast on his arm, a starting cornerback sidelined by an ankle injury, the rookie starting cornerback having missed time, and a Pro Bowl defensive end being used sparingly to start the season due to a return from an Achilles tear. It has been a rough year for the defense.

Defensive ends

Andre Branch - 48 snaps, 72%

Terrence Fede - 35, 52%

Cameron Wake - 33, 49%

Jason Jones - 29, 43%

Nick Williams - 9, 13%

Defensive tackles

Ndamukong Suh - 56, 84%

Earl Mitchell - 40, 60%

Jordan Phillips - 26, 39%

Linebackers

Kiko Alonso - 67, 100%

Spencer Paysinger - 39, 58%

Donald Butler - 22, 33%

Neville Hewitt - 21, 31%

Mike Hull - 8, 12%

Cornerbacks

Tony Lippett - 64, 96%

Xavien Howard - 64, 96%

Bobby McCain - 45, 67%

Safeties

Michael Thomas - 66, 99%

Bacarri Rambo - 64, 96%

2016 season snap counts by percentage snaps played

Dolphins 2016 season snap counts by percentage defensive snaps played (defensive ends in red, defensive tackles in yellow, linebackers in green, cornerbacks in blue, and safeties in white).