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

NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins came out of Foxboro, Massachusetts on Sunday with a win, moving to 1-0 on the year and knocking the New England Patriots down to an 0-1 record. The Dolphins used just about every player available on the 48-man game-day roster, with just two offensive linemen not making any appearance in the game. There were a couple of surprises for the Dolphins’ playing time, but nothing overly shocking.

Throughout the year, we will monitor the snap counts for every player, seeing who sees their time increase and who loses playing time. 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 offense did not have a lot of surprises. Jacoby Brissett took two snaps at quarterback, replacing Tua Tagovailoa for quarterback sneaks, picking up a first down both times.

At running back, the Dolphins stuck to the idea of a platooning position group, with the hot hand seeing the majority of the work; with no one seeming to break out immediately, Myles Gaskin got the majority of the playing time, followed by Malcom Brown and Salvon Ahmed.

Durham Smythe led the tight end group with 70 percent of the offensive snaps played, while Mike Gesicki, the top catching threat for the group, played in 39 percent of the contest. Hunter Long (33 percent) and Cethan Carter (24 percent) both saw decent playing time.

The wide receivers were pretty much exactly as expected, with DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle on the field most of the game, followed by Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and Mack Hollins. How Preston Williams (inactive with an injury) and Will Fuller (suspended) change the rotation once they are back will be interesting.

The offensive line had the five starters all play 100 percent of the snaps; the only surprise may have been rookie Liam Eichenberg starting at left tackle despite Austin Jackson - who played three snaps on special teams - being available.

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 rotations did not happen as Miami would have liked, given the injury to Raekwon Davis after just five snaps. Emmanuel Ogbah, Adam Butler, John Jenkins, and Christian Wilkins all played over half the game, while Zach Sieler was in for more than a third of the contest.

The evolution of the snap counts over the course of the season for the linebacker position will be one to watch. While Jerome Baker getting nearly all of the snaps (99 percent on Sunday, missing just one play) is normal, how the Dolphins increase rookie Jaelan Phillips’ playing time over the rest of the year will be interesting; he was on the field for just 22 plays or 29 percent of the game. Andrew Van Ginkel trailed just Baker in the snap counts for the linebacker position, playing 53 snaps, while Sam Eguavoen and Elandon Roberts were both on the field for 36 snaps, or just about half of the contest. Brennan Scarlett, who had a decent game, was on the field for 35 percent of the snaps, and Duke Riley made a one snap appearance on defense.

At cornerback, the team’s top two players, Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, each played all 75 snaps. Nik Needham had the second most plays seeing 47 percent of the action, while Justin Coleman was on the field for two defensive plays. After Needham’s work as an outside cornerback all summer and Coleman working as the primary nickel cornerback, it was a little interesting to see how few plays Coleman had on Sunday. The real disappointment, however, was Noah Igbinoghene landing on the inactive players list; he has to improve this season and start developing into the player Miami projected him to be when they selected him in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft.

At safety, Jason McCourty played all but one snap, while Eric Rowe was in the game 87 percent of the time. Jevon Holland had a solid game, playing 32 percent of the snaps while Brandon Jones played 11 defensive plays.