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Dolphins defensive snap counts and stats from Week 1 vs. Titans

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Yesterday, we posted the Miami Dolphins’ offensive snap counts from their Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans. We were supposed to post the defensive snap counts later in the day, but life got in the way and I never got back to them. We fix that this afternoon.

The snap counts is a weekly look at which players played the most - or at all - at every position grouping for Miami. We also run the snap count total throughout the year to see who plays the most snaps over the course of the entire season.

Here are the defensive snap counts for the Dolphins from Week 1:

Defensive ends

Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
DE Robert Quinn 54 71% 3 tackles, 1 QB hit 128 61%
DE Cameron Wake 39 51% 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits 107 51%
DE Charles Harris 34 45% 3 tackles 79 38%
DE Andre Branch 17 22% 2 tackles 79 38%
DE William Hayes 9 12% 2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tfl, 1 QB hit 64 30%
  • Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake playing the most snaps makes sense.
  • Hayes did play inside at defensive tackle as well as out on the edge.
  • Overall, the Dolphins defensive line rotated basically like we expected. They were not able to get the pressure they hoped for, but it should be coming as the season continues.
  • I cannot correct the formatting issue with Hayes’ line in the chart above, but it will be corrected later today.

Defensive tackles

Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
DT Davon Godchaux 51 67% 3 tackles, 1 tfl 114 54%
DT Jordan Phillips 46 61% 2 tackles, 1 QB hit 99 47%
DT Vincent Taylor 43 57% 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tfl, 1 QB hit 84 40%
DT Akeem Spence 15 20% 1 tackle 91 43%
  • The defensive tackles all rotated well, including with Hayes coming into the game as a defensive tackle. Look for that to continue throughout the year as the Dolphins move away from Ndamukong Suh’s playing every snap to a rotation to keep everyone fresh all game.
  • The rush defense needs to improve still, though they did shut down Derrick Henry well, but Dion Lewis gashed them. It is not all on the defensive tackles, but it does start there. Look for them to get better.

Linebackers

Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
LB Kiko Alonso 76 100% 15 tackles 210 100%
LB Raekwon McMillan 61 80% 4 tackles 187 89%
LB Jerome Baker 46 61% 9 tackles 91 43%
LB Chase Allen 10 13% 1 tackle 19 9%
LB Stephone Anthony 3 4% 2 tackles 3 1%
  • Kiko Alonso played every snap, which really should not be a surprise. He was playing coach on the field as well, making sure rookie Jerome Baker and second-year (almost rookie) played Raekwon McMillan were in the right positions.
  • McMillan looked good at times, but also looked like a player trying to get used to the NFL at times. He will improve, especially in coverage, but the Dolphins would rather see Baker get up to speed and be the coverage linebacker.
  • Alonso recorded an interception, and the linebackers were not horrible in coverage, with the exception of the long gain by tight end Luke Stocker.
  • Allen made a cameo.

Cornerbacks

Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
CB Xavien Howard 74 97% 1 tackle, 3 passes defensed, 2 INTs 208 99%
CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick 74 97% 10 tackles 160 76%
CB Bobby McCain 72 95% 9 tackles, 1 pass defensed 206 98%
CB Torry McTyer 35 46% 3 tackles, 1 pass defensed 42 20%
  • Bobby McCain’s pass breakup as he reacted to the ball as the defense was backed up against the endzone was a really pretty play.
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick played in multiple roles, but gets listed her as he is the primary nickel cornerback. He looked like the player the Dolphins wanted him to be when they picked him in the Draft. He is going to continue to develop, but he already looks like a special player.
  • Not having much to say about the cornerbacks is a good thing.

Safeties

Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
Pos Player Week Plays Week % Week Stats Season Snaps Season %
S T.J. McDonald 76 100% 7 tackles, 1 pass defensed 210 100%
S Reshad Jones 126 60%
  • The safety tandem of Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald appears to be more like what we thought it would be in the 2017 preseason than what it became when McDonald’s suspension ended midway through the 2017 regular season. They are not perfect yet, but they looked good playing off each other most of the game.
  • McDonald has some areas to clean up, as he was out of position a few times, but overall he had a good game.
  • Jones was a beast, recording his first career two-interception game, along with blowing up plays in the backfield. He did have a really bad whiff on a tackle.