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2021 Dolphins vs. Bills review: Offensive and defensive snap counts for Miami

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The Miami Dolphins’ Week 8 performance against the Buffalo Bills was a lot better than their Week 2 showdown, but the result was essentially the same. The Bills pulled away late on Sunday to come away with the 26-11 win. Miami had opportunities early in the game to change the game, but a missed field goal and a lost fumble on a botched snap at the Bills’ five-yard line kept the game tied at three at the half and let Buffalo turn it on in the second half.

As we have done every during the 2021 season, we take a look today at the Dolphins through the snaps played by each player against the Bills. 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 7 Played Snaps Week 8 Played Snaps Week 9 Played Snaps Week 10 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 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 7 Played Snaps Week 8 Played Snaps Week 9 Played Snaps Week 10 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 Season Played Snaps Season Total Snaps Percent Season Total
QB Jacoby Brissett 2 65 83 52 54 1 DNP DNP 74 37 69 54% 368 673 55%
QB Tua Tagovailoa 52 9 IR IR IR 69 73 69 DNP 32 69 46% 304 673 45%
QB Reid Sinnett PS PS DNP DNP DNP Inact Waived -- -- -- -- --% 0 673 0%
RB Myles Gaskin 29 45 43 12 37 25 46 40 54 42 69 61% 373 673 55%
RB Patrick Laird PS PS PS PS PS PS PS 10 7 16 69 23% 33 673 5%
RB Salvon Ahmed 11 23 5 5 11 19 22 16 14 9 69 13% 135 673 20%
RB Malcolm Brown 16 9 34 35 5 25 5 IR IR IR 69 0% 129 673 19%
TE Mike Gesicki 21 47 55 36 42 49 60 67 59 56 69 81% 492 673 73%
TE Durham Smythe 38 22 34 21 36 58 29 29 45 41 69 59% 353 673 52%
TE Adam Shaheen Reserve/ COVID-19 20 28 20 21 Inact 51 41 36 38 69 55% 255 673 38%
TE Cethan Carter 13 16 ST Only 1 5 4 ST Only ST Only 4 ST Only 69 0% 43 673 6%
TE Hunter Long 18 Inact 2 Inact Inact 9 Inact Inact Inact Inact 69 0% 29 673 4%
WR Jaylen Waddle 43 47 73 41 43 65 61 65 65 61 69 88% 564 673 84%
WR Albert Wilson 22 41 Inact 25 12 23 3 2 17 38 69 55% 183 673 27%
WR Preston Williams Inact 22 Inact Inact 40 Inact 30 Inact Inact 18 69 26% 110 673 16%
WR Mack Hollins 7 16 24 2 14 68 39 4 60 13 69 19% 247 673 37%
WR Isaiah Ford PS PS PS PS 3 5 19 8 4 11 69 16% 50 673 7%
WR DeVante Parker 45 55 64 47 Inact Inact Inact 63 IR IR 69 #VALUE! 274 673 41%
WR Will Fuller V Susp Inact 51 14 IR IR IR IR IR IR 69 0% 65 673 10%
WR Kirk Merritt PS PS PS PS PS DNP PS PS 11 PS 69 0% 11 673 2%
WR Jakeem Grant Sr. 7 7 2 1 Traded -- -- -- -- -- -- --% 17 673 3%
OL Robert Hunt 54 74 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 69 100% 673 673 100%
OL Jesse Davis 54 45 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 69 100% 644 673 96%
OL Liam Eichenberg 54 29 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 69 100% 628 673 93%
OL Austin Jackson ST Only 74 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 69 100% 619 673 92%
OL Austin Reiter Saints PS Saints PS Saints PS Saints PS DNP DNP 73 69 66 69 69 100% 277 673 41%
OL Michael Deiter 54 74 83 IR IR IR IR IR IR IR 69 0% 211 673 31%
OL Greg Mancz DNP DNP DNP 52 54 70 Inact ST Only 9 IR 69 0% 185 673 27%
OL Solomon Kindley 54 67 ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only 69 0% 121 673 18%
OL Robert Jones DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST Only ST Only 69 0% 7 673 1%
OL Greg Little Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact 69 0% 0 673 0%
OL Cameron Tom PS PS PS DNP PS PS DNP PS PS DNP 69 0% 0 673 0%
DL Christian Wilkins D Only D Only D Only D Only 1 D Only D Only D Only D Only 2 69 3% 3 673 0%

Tua Tagovailoa played all the snaps at quarterback, which is not a surprise. Jacoby Brissett served as the backup but did not make an appearance. Tagovailoa did not have a great game and never seemed to be fully in charge of the offense - completely obvious as the team continued to have wide receivers lined up wrong and tight end Mike Gesicki getting more and more frustrated every time it happened.

At running back, Myles Gaskin played 58 percent of the game (40 of 69 snaps). Even with Malcolm Brown added to the injured reserve list, Salvon Ahmed only played 16 snaps. Patrick Laird was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster this week and he appeared in 10 snaps.

Gesicki played nearly every snap on Sunday, just missing two plays. Adam Shaheen was on the field for 41 snaps, putting him on the field for nearly 60 percent of the game. Durham Smythe played 42 percent of the game. Cethan Carter was on special teams duty again, while Hunter Long was inactive for the game.

DeVante Parker returned this week after missing three games with a hamstring injury. Paker played 63 snaps, just behind rookie Jaylen Waddle’s 65 snaps played. Both receivers topped 90 percent, while the next closest wide receiver was Isaiah Ford, who played eight snaps for a 12-percent game share. Mack Hollins appeared on the field four times while Albert Wilson was in the game for just two plays. Preston Williams was inactive for the game and did not travel to Buffalo due to a disciplinary reason.

The offensive line remained the same as in Week 7, with Liam Eichenberg at left tackle, Austin Jackson at left guard, Austin Reiter at center, Robert Hunt at right guard, and Jesse Davis at right tackle. They all played all 69 snaps.


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 7 Played Snaps Week 8 Played Snaps Week 9 Played Snaps Week 10 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 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 7 Played Snaps Week 8 Played Snaps Week 9 Played Snaps Week 10 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 Snaps Season Played Snaps Seans Total Snaps Percent Season Total
DL Adam Butler 48 47 41 33 38 26 31 41 40 47 73 64% 392 712 55%
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 48 47 63 37 37 41 42 60 53 46 73 63% 474 712 67%
DL Christian Wilkins 42 44 58 46 46 46 43 48 38 34 73 47% 445 712 63%
DL Zach Sieler 28 33 42 39 32 29 26 14 21 26 73 36% 290 712 41%
DL Raekwon Davis 5 IR IR IR 39 36 33 25 31 23 73 32% 192 712 27%
DL John Jenkins 45 18 47 49 Inact 7 Inact Inact Inact 3 73 4% 169 712 24%
DL Jabaal Sheard PS PS PS PS 13 PS PS PS PS PS 73 0% 13 712 2%
LB Jerome Baker 74 63 83 71 66 65 10 Inact 68 73 73 100% 573 712 80%
LB Andrew Van Ginkel 53 46 34 44 34 47 48 35 51 67 73 92% 459 712 64%
LB Jaelan Phillips 22 18 49 29 57 54 15 61 37 41 73 56% 383 712 54%
LB Elandon Roberts 36 19 47 50 44 31 44 49 39 28 73 38% 387 712 54%
LB Duke Riley 1 2 1 ST Only 8 1 6 67 7 26 73 36% 119 712 17%
LB Sam Eguavoen 36 8 5 19 17 15 53 4 1 3 73 4% 161 712 23%
LB Brennan Scarlett 26 20 18 28 10 8 18 7 15 2 73 3% 152 712 21%
LB Vince Biegel -- -- -- -- -- PS DNP ST Only PS 73 0% 0 712 0%
LB Darius Hodge CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN Inact Inact 73 0% 0 712 0%
CB Xavien Howard 75 62 80 71 62 Inact 63 73 69 73 73 100% 628 712 88%
CB Byron Jones 75 62 77 25 62 Inact 63 73 69 73 73 100% 579 712 81%
CB Justin Coleman 2 49 25 37 12 66 ST Only 20 14 44 73 60% 269 712 38%
CB Nik Needham 35 2 57 51 56 41 24 49 44 4 73 5% 363 712 51%
CB Noah Igbinoghene Inact Inact ST Only Inact Inact 66 Inact DNP DNP ST Only 73 0% 66 712 9%
CB Trill Williams Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact DNP DNP Inact Inact DNP 73 0% 0 712 0%
CB Jamal Perry ST Only ST Only PS PS PS PS PS ST Only PS PS 73 0% 0 712 0%
CB Elijah Campbell Inact Inact Inact ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only Inact 73 0% 0 712 0%
S Jevon Holland 24 50 42 19 72 66 63 73 68 73 73 100% 550 712 77%
S Brandon Jones 11 41 36 2 55 48 39 70 65 73 73 100% 440 712 62%
S Eric Rowe 65 26 65 61 22 19 44 22 28 44 73 60% 396 712 56%
S Jason McCourty 74 58 41 70 27 14 28 IR IR IR 73 0% 312 712 44%
S Clayton Fejedelem ST Only ST Only 1 ST Only 6 ST Only ST Only ST Only 1 ST Only 73 0% 8 712 1%
S Sheldrick Redwine NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS CAR PS CAR PS Inact Inact Inact 73 0% 0 712 0%

There was not a lot of surprises on the defensive line, where Emmanuel Ogbah was on the field for 60 snaps followed by Christian Wilkins at 48 plays. Those two typically play the most among the group, though Ogbah’s snap count was a jump of 18 snaps from the week before. Adam Butler played 41 snaps while Raekwon Davis played 25 snaps and Zach Sieler was on the field for 14 plays. John Jenkins was inactive for the contest.

The linebackers saw the biggest shakeup as Jerome Baker was inactive due to injury this week. A player who appears on nearly every snap during the season suddenly not being on the field leads to major changes. The first of those was Duke Riley, who had played 19 defensive snaps on the year, then played 67 on Sunday to lead the group. Jaelan Phillips was second in snaps, on the field for 61 plays. Elandon Roberts was next with 49 snaps played. Just below half the game played was Andrew Van Ginkel, who was on the field for 35 plays. Brennan Scarlett was on the field for just seven snaps, while Sam Eguavoen was on the field for four plays. Vince Biegel was elevated for the game but did not play.

The cornerback position was again led by Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, both of whom played 63 of the 73 available snaps. Nik Needham appeared on 49 plays, while Justin Coleman had 20 defensive snaps on the day. Noah Igbinoghene was active for the game but did not play, while Trill Williams was inactive. Elijah Campbell and Jamal Perry, who was elevated for the game marking the second time the team has used the practice squad elevation on him this year (he was also elevated once using a COVID-19 elevation), both only played on special teams.

At safety, Jevon Holland played all 73 snaps, while Brandon Jones missed just three plays. Eric Rowe was on the field for 22 snaps. Clayton Fejedelem played on special teams. Sheldrick Redwine was signed last week and was inactive for the game.