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

Syndication: Palm Beach Post BILL INGRAM /THE PALM BEACH POST / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Miami Dolphins have won their last two games as they try to claw their way back into respectability and playoff contention following a seven-game losing streak. They first beat the Houston Texans in a Week 9 contest, then turned around and upset the Baltimore Ravens in the Thursday Night Football kickoff to Week 10.

Throughout the season, we have been tracking the snap counts for every member of the Dolphins offense and defense. Due to the quick turn around from the Texans to the Ravens game, I was not able to get a Week 9 snap count article built. We make up for that today with a combined look at both Weeks 9 and 10.

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 Season Played Snaps Season Total Snaps Percent Season Total Week 12 Played Snaps Week 12 Total Snaps Percent Week 12 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 11 Played Snaps
Pos Player Season Played Snaps Season Total Snaps Percent Season Total Week 12 Played Snaps Week 12 Total Snaps Percent Week 12 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 11 Played Snaps
QB Tua Tagovailoa 450 819 55% 74 74 100% 52 9 IR IR IR 69 73 69 DNP 32 72
QB Jacoby Brissett 368 819 45% DNP 74 0% 2 65 83 52 54 1 DNP DNP 74 37 DNP
QB Reid Sinnett 0 819 0% -- -- --% PS PS DNP DNP DNP Inact Waived -- -- -- --
RB Myles Gaskin 463 819 57% 37 74 50% 29 45 43 12 37 25 46 40 54 42 53
RB Phillip Lindsay 15 819 2% 15 74 20% HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU
RB Salvon Ahmed 148 819 18% 13 74 18% 11 23 5 5 11 19 22 16 14 9 Inact
RB Patrick Laird 56 819 7% 12 74 16% PS PS PS PS PS PS PS 10 7 16 11
RB Malcolm Brown 129 819 16% IR 74 0% 16 9 34 35 5 25 5 IR IR IR IR
RB Duke Johnson 6 819 1% PS 74 0% JAX PS -- -- -- -- -- PS PS PS PS 6
TE Durham Smythe 470 819 57% 66 74 89% 38 22 34 21 36 58 29 29 45 41 51
TE Mike Gesicki 602 819 74% 59 74 80% 21 47 55 36 42 49 60 67 59 56 51
TE Hunter Long 53 819 6% 24 74 32% 18 Inact 2 Inact Inact 9 Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact
TE Adam Shaheen 301 819 37% Inact 74 0% Reserve/ COVID-19 20 28 20 21 Inact 51 41 36 38 46
TE Cethan Carter 43 819 5% ST Only 74 0% 13 16 ST Only 1 5 4 ST Only ST Only 4 ST Only ST Only
WR Jaylen Waddle 674 819 82% 55 74 74% 43 47 73 41 43 65 61 65 65 61 55
WR Albert Wilson 256 819 31% 35 74 47% 22 41 Inact 25 12 23 3 2 17 38 38
WR Preston Williams 158 819 19% 23 74 31% Inact 22 Inact Inact 40 Inact 30 Inact Inact 18 25
WR Mack Hollins 288 819 35% 19 74 26% 7 16 24 2 14 68 39 4 60 13 22
WR Isaiah Ford 63 819 8% 12 74 16% PS PS PS PS 3 5 19 8 4 11 1
WR DeVante Parker 274 819 33% IR 74 0% 45 55 64 47 Inact Inact Inact 63 IR IR IR
WR Will Fuller V 65 819 8% IR 74 0% Susp Inact 51 14 IR IR IR IR IR IR IR
WR Kirk Merritt 11 819 1% PS 74 0% PS PS PS PS PS DNP PS PS 11 PS PS
WR Jakeem Grant Sr. 17 819 2% -- -- --% 7 7 2 1 Traded -- -- -- -- -- --
OL Robert Hunt 819 819 100% 74 74 100% 54 74 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 72
OL Jesse Davis 790 819 96% 74 74 100% 54 45 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 72
OL Liam Eichenberg 774 819 95% 74 74 100% 54 29 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 72
OL Austin Jackson 765 819 93% 74 74 100% ST Only 74 83 52 54 70 73 69 75 69 72
OL Austin Reiter 422 819 52% 73 74 99% NO PS NO PS NO PS NO PS DNP DNP 73 69 66 69 72
OL Cameron Tom 1 819 0% 1 74 1% PS PS PS DNP PS PS DNP PS PS DNP DNP
OL Michael Deiter 211 819 26% IR 74 0% 54 74 83 IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR
OL Greg Mancz 185 819 23% IR 74 0% DNP DNP DNP 52 54 70 Inact ST Only 9 IR IR
OL Solomon Kindley 121 819 15% ST Only 74 0% 54 67 ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only
OL Robert Jones 7 819 1% ST Only 74 0% DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST Only ST Only ST Only
OL Greg Little 0 819 0% IR 74 0% Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact IR
DL Christian Wilkins 4 819 0% D Only 74 0% D Only D Only D Only D Only 1 D Only D Only D Only D Only 2 1

The Dolphins started Jacoby Brissett in both Weeks 9 and 10, but Tua Tagovailoa, despite a broken finger on this throwing hand, entered the game against the Ravens in the second half. Tagovailoa is expected to start this week and, barring any further injury, should be the starter the remainder of the season. The team needs him to be the starter the remainder of the season.

Myles Gaskin is clearly entrenched as the top running back with Malcolm Brown on injured reserve. He played 54 snaps in Week 9 and 42 in Week 10. Salvon Ahmed played 14 snaps in Week 9, but then dropped to nine snaps in Week 10, while Patrick Laird went from seven played snaps in Week 9 up to 16 in Week 10.

The Dolphins continue to be short-manned at wide receiver due to injuries, giving the tight ends more opportunities. Mike Gesicki saw 59 and 56 snaps over the past two games, while Durham Smythe played 45 snaps and 41 snaps. Adam Shaheen appeared in 36 and 38 plays respectively for the two games. Cethan Carter made four offensive appearances in Week 9 but was special teams only in Week 10. Hunter Long was inactive for both games, having only played in three games so far this season.

DeVante Parker went on injured reserve ahead of the Week 9 contest, sidelining him through at least Week 11. Will Fuller remains on injured reserve, spending the last six weeks there. That leaves Jaylen Waddle to play the majority of the offensive snaps, appearing in 65 plays in Week 9 and 61 plays in Week 10, with a rotation of other receivers behind him. In Week 9, Mack Hollins played 60 snaps, Albert Wilson appeared in 17 plays, Isaiah Ford was on the field four times, and Preston Williams was inactive. In Week 10, Waddle was on the field for 61 snaps, Wilson was second at 38 plays, then Williams with 18 snaps, Hollins for 13 plays, and Ford on the field for 11 snaps. That is likely the group that will be on the field again for the team’s Week 11 contest unless Fuller is healthy and can get up to speed quickly.

The starting offensive line in Week 9 had Liam Eichenberg at left tackle, Austin Jackson at left guard, Greg Mancz at center, Robert Hunt at right guard, and Jesse Davis at right tackle. Mancz only played nine snaps, however, with Austin Reiter coming into the game for him and playing the 66 remaining snaps. Mancz landed on injured reserve after the game, with Reiter taking over in the starting lineup for Week 10. In Week 9, the other four starter s played all 75 snaps, while in Week 10 all five starters played in all 69 available plays. Solomon Kindley and Robert Jones were both special teams only players in Weeks 9 and 10, while Cameron Tom was active for the Week 10 game but did not play.

Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins played two snaps on offense in Week 10, bringing him to three appearances as the team’s fullback on the season.


Defense

2021 Defensive Snap Counts

Pos Player Season Played Snaps Seans Total Snaps Percent Season Total Week 12 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 Snaps 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 11 Played Snaps
Pos Player Season Played Snaps Seans Total Snaps Percent Season Total Week 12 Played Snaps Week 10 Total Snaps Percent Week 10 Snaps 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 11 Played Snaps
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 562 827 68% 43 55 78% 48 47 63 37 37 41 42 60 53 46 45
DL Christian Wilkins 511 827 62% 31 55 56% 42 44 58 46 46 46 43 48 38 34 35
DL Adam Butler 456 827 55% 31 55 56% 48 47 41 33 38 26 31 41 40 47 33
DL Zach Sieler 332 827 40% 23 55 42% 28 33 42 39 32 29 26 14 21 26 19
DL Raekwon Davis 246 827 30% 23 55 42% 5 IR IR IR 39 36 33 25 31 23 31
DL John Jenkins 169 827 20% Inact 55 0% 45 18 47 49 Inact 7 Inact Inact Inact 3 Inact
DL Jabaal Sheard 13 827 2% -- -- --% PS PS PS PS 13 PS PS PS PS PS Released
LB Jerome Baker 677 827 82% 45 55 82% 74 63 83 71 66 65 10 Inact 68 73 59
LB Andrew Van Ginkel 545 827 66% 43 55 78% 53 46 34 44 34 47 48 35 51 67 43
LB Duke Riley 158 827 19% 30 55 55% 1 2 1 ST Only 8 1 6 67 7 26 9
LB Jaelan Phillips 449 827 54% 28 55 51% 22 18 49 29 57 54 15 61 37 41 38
LB Elandon Roberts 437 827 53% 21 55 38% 36 19 47 50 44 31 44 49 39 28 29
LB Sam Eguavoen 175 827 21% 7 55 13% 36 8 5 19 17 15 53 4 1 3 7
LB Vince Biegel 1 827 0% 1 55 0% -- -- -- -- -- PS DNP ST Only PS PS
LB Brennan Scarlett 161 827 19% IR 55 0% 26 20 18 28 10 8 18 7 15 2 9
LB Darius Hodge 0 827 0% Inact 55 0% CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN Inact Inact Inact
CB Xavien Howard 732 827 89% 45 55 82% 75 62 80 71 62 Inact 63 73 69 73 59
CB Byron Jones 683 827 83% 45 55 82% 75 62 77 25 62 Inact 63 73 69 73 59
CB Nik Needham 429 827 52% 38 55 69% 35 2 57 51 56 41 24 49 44 4 28
CB Justin Coleman 311 827 38% 20 55 36% 2 49 25 37 12 66 ST Only 20 14 44 22
CB Noah Igbinoghene 76 827 9% 10 55 18% Inact Inact ST Only Inact Inact 66 Inact DNP DNP ST Only Inact
CB Javaris Davis 10 827 1% 10 55 18% PS PS PS PS PS PS PS PS PS PS PS
CB Jamal Perry 3 827 0% IR 55 0% ST Only ST Only PS PS PS PS PS ST Only PS PS 3
CB Trill Williams 0 827 0% Inact 55 0% Inact Inact Inact Inact Inact DNP DNP Inact Inact DNP DNP
CB Elijah Campbell 0 827 0% IR 55 0% Inact Inact Inact ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only ST Only Inact ST Only
S Eric Rowe 483 827 58% 50 55 91% 65 26 65 61 22 19 44 22 28 44 37
S Jevon Holland 653 827 79% 45 55 82% 24 50 42 19 72 66 63 73 68 73 58
S Sheldrick Redwine 10 827 1% 10 55 18% NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS NYJ PS CAR PS CAR PS Inact Inact Inact PS
S Clayton Fejedelem 14 827 2% 6 55 11% ST Only ST Only 1 ST Only 6 ST Only ST Only ST Only 1 ST Only ST Only
S Brandon Jones 477 827 58% Inact 55 0% 11 41 36 2 55 48 39 70 65 73 37
S Jason McCourty 312 827 38% IR 55 0% 74 58 41 70 27 14 28 IR IR IR IR
S Will Parks 0 827 0% Inact 55 0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- SF PS SF PS SF PS

The defensive line continues to be about the same each week. Emmanuel Ogbah, who typically sees the most playing time for the line, led the team in Week 9 with 53 snaps played, while he had the second-most playing time for the position group in Week 10 with 46 snaps. Edging him out on Thursday night was Adam Butler, who played 47 snaps after playing 40 in Week 9. Christian Wilkins played 38 snaps and 34 snaps over the two respective weeks, while Raekwon Davis appeared in 31 plays in Week 9, dropping to 23 plays in Week 10. Zach Sieler went from 21 plays in Week 9 up to 26 plays in Week 10. After three weeks of being inactive, including in Week 9, John Jenkins was on the field for three defensive snaps in Week 10.

The linebacker group settled back in to the norm in Week 9 after Jerome Baker missed Week 8. Baker typically plays all the available defensive snaps each week, and that was basically what happened for Weeks 9 and 10, with the linebacker missing one snap in Week 9 for 68 of 69 available plays, then being on the field for all 73 snaps against the Ravens. Andrew Van Ginkel has seen his playing time increase the last couple of weeks, playing 51 snaps in Week 9 and 67 snaps last week. Rookie Jaelan Phillips is still in the middle of the road when it comes to playing time, sometimes seeing minimal snaps on a week, then jumping up to a majority of the playing time the next week. In Week 9, he only appeared in 37 plays, then appeared in 41 plays in Week 10; well below his season-high 61 snaps in Week 8 as part of the replacement rotation for Baker. Elandon Roberts played 39 snaps and 28 snaps over the respective weeks. Duke Riley saw the most dramatic change after serving as the primary replacement for Baker; in Week 8, Riley played 67 snaps, then dropped to just seven plays in Week 9 and 26 plays in Week 10. Brennan Scarlett appeared in 15 plays in Week 9, but just two plays in Week 10. Sam Eguavoen was on the field for one snap in Week 9 then three snaps in Week 10. Vince Biegel played on special teams in Week 9 as part of a practice squad elevation, but was back on the practice squad for Week 10. Darius Hodge, who was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of the Week 9 contest, was inactive for both Weeks 9 and 10.

The cornerback position is Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, then one other player. Howard and Jones both played all 69 snaps in Week 9 and all 73 in Week 10. In Week 9, Nik Needham appeared in 44 plays while Justin Coleman was on the field for 14 snaps. In Week 10, Coleman was on the field for 44 snaps, while Needham only saw the field four times. Noah Igbinoghene, who has spent most of the season either inactive or not playing, was active in Week 10 but only appeared on special teams plays. Trill Williams was active in Week 10 but has yet to make his debut, while Elijah Campbell was only called upon for special teams work in Week 9 and inactive in Week 10. Jamal Perry was back on the practice squad for both games.

Jevon Holland missed one snap in Week 9, then played every snap in Week 10 as he continued to slam the door on anyone trying to unseat him atop the safety depth chart. Brandon Jones was right behind him in utilization, appearing in 64 snaps (missing four plays) in Week 9, then played every snap in Week 10. Eric Rowe was limited to just 28 snaps in Week 9, but saw his playing time jump to 44 snaps played in Week 10. Clayton Fejedelem played one defensive snap in Week 9 then returned to his customary special teams only role in Week 10. Jason McCourty spent his second- and third-weeks on the injured reserve list over this span, while Sheldrick Redwine was inactive for both games.