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Colts vs Dolphins review: Offensive and defensive snap counts for Miami

NFL: OCT 03 Colts at Dolphins Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins are 1-3 on the year after losing to the Indianapolis Colts in a miserable performance from the Miami offense. The team just cannot find a rhythm until they are losing and move into a desperate attempt to come back, picking up large chunks of yardage when the playbook - and the quarterback decision making - seems to open up more.

The Dolphins are in danger of seeing a year in which they were expected to compete for a playoff berth slip away before they even get a third of the way through the schedule. Miami needs to open up the playbook, play aggressively from the opening kickoff, and quit averaging two yards a play.

As we have done each week during the 2021 season, we will take a look today at the Dolphins’ last game through the snaps played by each player. Typically this will come out on Mondays, but I got busy yesterday and was not able to put it all together. Below you will find charts for the offensive and defensive snap counts, along with the each player’s season total. Finally, some thoughts of each position group close out each side of the ball.

Offense

2021 Offensive Snap Counts

Pos Player Week 1 Played Snaps Week 2 Played Snaps Week 3 Played Snaps Week 4 Played Snaps Week 5 Played Snaps Week 6 Played Snaps Week 6 Total Snaps Percent Week 6 Season Played Snaps Season Total Snaps Percent Season Total
Pos Player Week 1 Played Snaps Week 2 Played Snaps Week 3 Played Snaps Week 4 Played Snaps Week 5 Played Snaps Week 6 Played Snaps Week 6 Total Snaps Percent Week 6 Season Played Snaps Season Total Snaps Percent Season Total
QB Tua Tagovailoa 52 9 IR IR IR 69 70 99% 130 387 34%
QB Jacoby Brissett 2 65 83 52 54 1 70 1% 257 387 66%
QB Reid Sinnett PS PS DNP DNP DNP Inact 70 0% 0 387 0%
RB Myles Gaskin 29 45 43 12 37 25 70 36% 191 387 49%
RB Malcolm Brown 16 9 34 35 5 25 70 36% 124 387 32%
RB Salvon Ahmed 11 23 5 5 11 19 70 27% 74 387 19%
TE Durham Smythe 38 22 34 21 36 58 70 83% 209 387 54%
TE Mike Gesicki 21 47 55 36 42 49 70 70% 250 387 65%
TE Hunter Long 18 Inact 2 Inact Inact 9 70 13% 29 387 7%
TE Cethan Carter 13 16 ST Only 1 5 4 70 6% 39 387 10%
TE Adam Shaheen Reserve/ COVID-19 20 28 20 21 Inact 70 0% 89 387 23%
WR Mack Hollins 7 16 24 2 14 68 70 97% 131 387 34%
WR Jaylen Waddle 43 47 73 41 43 65 70 93% 312 387 81%
WR Albert Wilson 22 41 Inact 25 12 23 70 33% 123 387 32%
WR Isaiah Ford PS PS PS PS 3 5 70 7% 8 387 2%
WR Will Fuller V Susp Inact 51 14 IR IR 70 0% 65 387 17%
WR DeVante Parker 45 55 64 47 Inact Inact 70 0% 211 387 55%
WR Preston Williams Inact 22 Inact Inact 40 Inact 70 0% 62 387 16%
WR Kirk Merritt PS PS PS PS PS DNP 70 0% 0 387 0%
WR Jakeem Grant Sr. 7 7 2 1 Traded -- -- --% 17 387 4%
OL Robert Hunt 54 74 83 52 54 70 70 100% 387 387 100%
OL Jesse Davis 54 45 83 52 54 70 70 100% 358 387 93%
OL Liam Eichenberg 54 29 83 52 54 70 70 100% 342 387 88%
OL Austin Jackson ST Only 74 83 52 54 70 70 100% 333 387 86%
OL Greg Mancz DNP DNP DNP 52 54 70 70 100% 176 387 45%
OL Michael Deiter 54 74 83 IR IR IR 70 0% 211 387 55%
OL Solomon Kindley 54 67 ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only 70 0% 121 387 31%
OL Robert Jones DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP 70 0% 7 387 2%
OL Greg Little Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact 70 0% 0 387 0%
OL Cameron Tom PS PS PS DNP PS PS 70 0% 0 387 0%
OL Austin Reiter Saints PS Saints PS Saints PS Saints PS DNP DNP 70 0% 0 387 0%
DL Christian Wilkins D Only D Only D Only D Only 1 D Only 70 0% 1 387 0%

Jacoby Brissett again started at quarterback, playing all 52 snaps in place of Tua Tagovailoa, who is out at least one more week with his broken ribs. Reid Sinnett did not play.

Miami again started Malcolm Brown at running back, giving him the most snaps this week as he appeared in 67 percent of the game. Myles Gaskin was limited to just 23 percent, a precipitous fall from the 52 percent he had played the previous week, pulling his season tally to just under 50 percent of the snaps. Salvon Ahmed played in 10 percent of the contest, technically an increase from the six percent in Week 3, though he was on the field for five snaps in both weeks.

Mike Gesicki played 69 percent of the game, leading the tight end group again. Durham Smythe just about equaled his Week 3 401 percent of the playing time, appearing in 40 percent this weekend. Adam Shaheen played 38 percent of the game, while Cethan Carter was on the field for two percent of the game - or one offensive snap. Rookie Hunter Long was inactive for the contest.

The wide receivers saw DeVante Parker on the field 90 percent of the time, while Jaylen Waddle was out there 70 percent of the game. Albert Wilson saw 48 percent of the contest, while Will Fuller was only available for 27 percent of the game after breaking a finger attempting to catch a low pass. Mack Hollins played two snaps, or four percent of the game, while Jakeem Grant was on the field for one play. The Dolphins traded Grant to the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

The offensive line appears to have settled down some, though the starting center changed for this game after Michael Deiter landed on injured reserve last week. In his place, Greg Mancz, who had been active all season but had not made an appearance, started and played all 52 snaps. The rest of the starting linemen, left tackle Austin Jackson, left guard Jesse Davis, right guard Robert Hunt, and right tackle Liam Eichenberg, all also played 100 percent of the contest. Solomon Kindley, was was demoted to a reserve player in Week 3 again only made appearances on special teams. Robert Jones and Cameron Tom did not make any appearances in the game and Greg Little was again inactive.

Defense

2021 Defensive Snap Counts

Pos Player Week 1 Played Snaps Week 2 Played Snaps Week 3 Played Snaps Week 4 Played Snaps Week 5 Played Snaps Week 6 Played Snaps Week 6 Total Snaps Percent Week 6 Snaps Season Played Snaps Seans Total Snaps Percent Season Total
Pos Player Week 1 Played Snaps Week 2 Played Snaps Week 3 Played Snaps Week 4 Played Snaps Week 5 Played Snaps Week 6 Played Snaps Week 6 Total Snaps Percent Week 6 Snaps Season Played Snaps Seans Total Snaps Percent Season Total
DL Christian Wilkins 42 44 58 46 46 46 66 70% 282 368 77%
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 48 47 63 37 37 41 66 62% 273 368 74%
DL Raekwon Davis 5 IR IR IR 39 36 66 55% 80 368 22%
DL Zach Sieler 28 33 42 39 32 29 66 44% 203 368 55%
DL Adam Butler 48 47 41 33 38 26 66 39% 233 368 63%
DL John Jenkins 45 18 47 49 Inact 7 66 11% 166 368 45%
DL Jabaal Sheard PS PS PS PS 13 PS 66 0% 13 368 4%
LB Jerome Baker 74 63 83 71 66 65 66 98% 422 368 115%
LB Jaelan Phillips 22 18 49 29 57 54 66 82% 229 368 62%
LB Andrew Van Ginkel 53 46 34 44 34 47 66 71% 258 368 70%
LB Elandon Roberts 36 19 47 50 44 31 66 47% 227 368 62%
LB Sam Eguavoen 36 8 5 19 17 15 66 23% 100 368 27%
LB Brennan Scarlett 26 20 18 28 10 8 66 12% 110 368 30%
LB Duke Riley 1 2 1 ST Only 8 1 66 2% 13 368 4%
CB Justin Coleman 2 49 25 37 12 66 66 100% 191 368 52%
CB Noah Igbinoghene Inact Inact ST Only Inact Inact 66 66 100% 66 368 18%
CB Nik Needham 35 2 57 51 56 41 66 62% 242 368 66%
CB Trill Williams Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact DNP 66 0% 0 368 0%
CB Xavien Howard 75 62 80 71 62 Inact 66 0% 350 368 95%
CB Byron Jones 75 62 77 25 62 Inact 66 0% 301 368 82%
CB Jamal Perry ST Only ST Only PS PS PS PS 66 0% 0 368 0%
CB Elijah Campbell Inact Inact Inact ST Only ST Only ST Only 66 0% 0 368 0%
S Jevon Holland 24 50 42 19 72 66 66 100% 273 368 74%
S Brandon Jones 11 41 36 2 55 48 66 73% 193 368 52%
S Eric Rowe 65 26 65 61 22 19 66 29% 258 368 70%
S Jason McCourty 74 58 41 70 27 14 66 21% 284 368 77%
S Clayton Fejedelem ST Only ST Only 1 ST Only 6 ST Only 66 0% 7 368 2%

On the defensive line, four players played a majority of the available 71 snaps, while Adam Butler was just before the 50 percent mark at 46 percent of the game played. John Jenkins played the most, appearing in 69 percent of the snaps, while Christian Wilkins was at 65 percent, Zach Sieler played 55 percent of the game, and Emmanuel Ogbah was on the field 52 percent of the time. The Dolphins are still without defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, who will add to the rotation and give Miami their true nose tackle in the middle of the line. Miami head coach Brian Flores was asked about Davis’ status on Monday, saying, “He’s making a lot of progress and we’re hopeful to see him this week.”

As usual, linebacker Jerome Baker played all the defensive snaps, missing just three snaps thus far this season. Elandon Roberts played the second most at the position, appearing in 70 percent of the game. Andrew Van Ginkel also played a majority of the snaps, appearing in 62 percent of the contest, up from just 41 percent last week. Jaelan Phillips saw his playing time drop from last week, going to 59 percent of the game down to 41 percent. The rookie is starting to play like the game is slowing down for him, a good sign as the season progresses. “I think he’s playing with a lot more confidence over the last couple of weeks. I think that’s the big piece here,” Flores said of Phillips’ play. “He’s playing fast, he’s being aggressive. It’s not perfect, but he’s definitely playing with more confidence. He’s playing better.”

Brennan Scarlett, at 39 percent, and Sam Eguavoen, at 27 percent, rounded out the defensive snaps for linebackers in the game. Duke Riley only played on special teams on Sunday.

At cornerback, Xavien Howard played all 71 snaps, while Byron Jones was limited to just 35 percent of the game due to a quadriceps injury. Nik Needham continued to see the field for the vast majority of the contest, appearing in 72 percent of the contest after playing 69 percent of the game in Week 3. Justin Coleman saw his playing time jump from 30 percent in Week 3 to 52 percent in Week 4 as he picked up the slack caused by Jones’ injury. Elijah Campbell played special teams snaps, while Noah Igbinoghene and Trill Williams were both inactive for the game once again.

Jason McCourty missed one snap at safety for the Dolphins, while Eric Rowe was on the field 86 percent of the game. Jevon Holland fell from 51 percent in Week 3 to just 27 percent this week. Brandon Jones also saw a dramatic drop in playing time, going from 43 percent in Week 3 to just three percent this pas weekend. Clayton Fejedelem was back to playing only on special teams.