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Dolphins Week 6 review: Offensive snap counts from Jets shutout

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Earlier this week, I tried to put together the snap count charts to review the Miami Dolphins’ shutout win over the New York Jets. I had some technical difficulties, leading to me not being able to post them. I wanted to make sure we kept up with everything, however, so today we will take a look back at the game through the playing time for each player.

The biggest news of the game was obviously the NFL debut for rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami, with the game well in hand, replaced starter Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tagovailoa for the final two minutes in what seemed like a chance to get the rookie a few game-experience snaps. Those five snaps, however, were the first five snaps of Tagovailoa becoming the Dolphins’ starting quarterback. Since the end of the game, Miami has made the move to replace Fitzpatrick, who had not missed a snap this season, including the first 51 of this game, until those final five plays.

At running back, Jordan Howard was again inactive, the second-straight week the free agent acquisition was a healthy scratch from Miami’s roster. He has played 29 snaps of a possible 392 this year, giving him just seven percent of the playing time. It continues to be a bad showing from a player who was expected to give the Dolphins’ rushing game a much-needed boost.

That boost, instead, has come from Myles Gaskin, who played 39 snaps on Sunday, taking 70 percent of the playing time. Matt Breida picked up 16 snaps, or 29 percent of the plays, while Patrick Laird was in for six snaps (11 percent). Fullback Chandler Cox saw his snap count drop from Week 5’s season-high 23 back to 12 (21 percent).

The tight ends were odd this week. While the playing time made sense, Mike Gesicki playing 37 snaps (66 percent), Durham Smythe playing 19 snaps (34 percent), and Adam Shaheen appearing on 16 plays (29 percent), the game stats are, essentially, backwards. Shaheen caught three passes for a team-high 51 yards with a touchdown. Smythe caught one pass for four yards with a touchdown. And Gesicki was held without a catch on two targets. It seemed odd that Gesicki was just shutdown by the Jets, to the point that it did not seem like he was even on the field, despite being out there for two of every three plays.

Nothing was overly surprising for the offensive line. Left tackle Jesse Davis, left guard Ereck Flowers, center Ted Karras, and right tackle Robert Hunt each played all 56 snaps for the game. Right guard Solomon Kindley missed one snap, the first snap he has not played this season. Adam Pankey filled in for Kindley on that snap, plus played three more as the team’s sixth offensive lineman.

The wide receivers continue to be led by DeVante Parker, who played 46 snaps (82 percent), and Preston Williams, 40 snaps (71 percent). Behind them, Jakeem Grant played 20 snaps (36 percent), Isaiah Ford made 18 appearances (32 percent), Lynn Bowden, Jr., played five snaps (nine percent), and Mack Hollins was on the field for three plays (five percent).

Dolphins 2020 Snap Counts - Offense

Player Pos Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 7 Percent Season Total Season Snaps Season Percent
Player Pos Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 7 Percent Season Total Season Snaps Season Percent
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 62 75 61 71 67 51 0% 387 441 88%
Tua Tagovailoa QB 5 49 100% 54 441 12%
Myles Gaskin RB 39 49 46 46 42 39 43 88% 304 441 69%
Matt Breida RB 14 16 11 17 21 16 8 16% 103 441 23%
Jordan Howard RB 9 8 4 8 0% 29 441 7%
Patrick Laird RB 4 3 1 10 6 0% 24 441 5%
Chandler Cox FB 11 14 16 8 23 12 0% 84 441 19%
Christian Wilkins FB (DE) 1 2% 1 441 0%
Mike Gesicki TE 45 41 30 45 30 37 21 43% 249 441 56%
Durham Smythe TE 13 35 42 29 19 32 65% 170 441 39%
Adam Shaheen TE 12 17 24 20 38 16 16 33% 143 441 32%
Ted Karras OL - C 62 75 61 71 67 56 49 100% 441 441 100%
Ereck Flowers OL - G 62 75 61 71 67 56 49 100% 441 441 100%
Solomon Kindley OL - G 62 75 61 71 67 55 49 100% 440 441 100%
Jesse Davis OL - T 62 75 61 71 67 56 49 100% 441 441 100%
Austin Jackson OL - T 62 75 61 46 0% 244 441 55%
Robert Hunt OL - T 2 2 2 3 67 56 49 100% 181 441 41%
Julién Davenport OL - T 25 2 0% 27 441 6%
Adam Pankey OL - G 18 4 2 4% 24 441 5%
DeVante Parker WR 23 66 56 57 53 46 29 59% 330 441 75%
Preston Williams WR 56 61 35 43 40 40 44 90% 319 441 72%
Isaiah Ford WR 46 48 27 45 24 18 17 35% 225 441 51%
Jakeem Grant WR 33 10 8 28 14 20 16 33% 129 441 29%
Mack Hollins WR 3 1 3 2 10 3 2 4% 24 441 5%
Lynn Bowden, Jr. WR 4 4 10 5 0% 23 441 5%
Malcolm Perry WR 7 14% 7 441 2%