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

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The Miami Dolphins were blown off the field on Sunday as the Buffalo Bills took it to their AFC East rivals. It was ugly in oh so many ways, with the Dolphins unable to match anything the Bills did and, when Miami did seem to find some momentum, they always seemed to get into their own way. Fumbles, penalties, dropped passes. It happened all over the field on Sunday, and Miami was rightfully dominated in a 35-0 loss.

The loss drops Miami to 1-1 on the year and in a three-way tie atop the AFC East with the Bills and the New England Patriots, who beat the New York Jets (0-2). The Dolphins were in a prime position to make an early season statement, but Buffalo came out swinging and, after an early touchdown, punched Miami in the mouth. The Dolphins managed to land a few jabs of their own in the game, but they were clearly staggered by the early play of Buffalo and should have had a standing-eight count sometime around the half.

Each week during the 2021 season, we will take a look at the Dolphins’ last game through the snaps played by each player. 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%

Obviously, the biggest story for the Dolphins - besides the scoreline - was the injury to Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins quarterback appears to have avoided any major issues with his ribs, but he could still miss some playing time as he works back from the injury. Jacoby Brissett, who played the majority of the game on Sunday, would start in Tagovailoa’s place should the second-year passer be unable to play this weekend, while Reid Sinnett would likely be elevated from the practice squad for the game.

Myles Gaskin continues to be the top running back, which really is not a surprise. He played 61 percent of the snaps on Sunday, though he only had nine touches, including just five carries, in the game. Salvon Ahmed established himself as the second running back on the depth chart on Sunday while Malcom Brown saw just nine snaps, with many of those coming at the end of the game as the Dolphins were looking to run clock and stop the bleeding.

Mike Gesicki, who only played 39 percent of the plays in Week 1, jumped up to 64 percent on Sunday. The Dolphins’ offensive line woes could lead to Gesicki seeing fewer snaps in the weeks ahead, however, as the team returns to Durham Smythe seeing additional playing time as a sixth offensive lineman. Smythe played 30 percent of the game in Week 2 after 70 percent in Week 1. Hunter Long was inactive this week as the team saw Adam Shaheen return after missing Week 1 on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Shaheen played 27 percent of the game, while Cethan Carter was just behind him at 22 percent.

DeVante Parker continues to lead the wide receivers, playing 74 percent of the game on Sunday. Rookie Jaylen Waddle appeared in 64 percent of the plays, while Albert Wilson was third with 55 percent of the game played. Preston Williams, who missed Week 1 as he worked his way back from a foot injury last year, was on the field for 30 percent of the game, while Mack Hollins saw 22 percent of the snaps. Jakeem Grant only played seven snaps as an ankle sprain sidelined him. The team still has to fit Will Fuller into the receiving group; Fuller missed Week 1 as the final game of a six-game suspension he received last year and was inactive in Week 2 dealing with a personal matter. He returned to the team on Monday.

The offensive line was a mess on Sunday, with way too many players ripping through unblocked to pressure Tagovailoa and Brissett. Only three of the linemen played all 74 snaps, tackle Austin Jackson, center Michael Deiter, and guard Robert Hunt. Guard Solomon Kindley was in for 91 percent of the snaps, while Robert Jones played nine percent of the game. Tackle Jesse Davis was on the field for 61 percent of the plays, while rookie Liam Eichenberg was on the field for the other 39 percent. Miami could look to mix up the offensive line this week after an abysmal performance against the Bills.

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%

Raekwon Davis on injured reserve led Miami to have a light rotation on the defensive line. Adam Butler and Emmanuel Ogbah played the most snaps, each in the game for 72 percent of the plays. Christian Wilkins was not far behind at 68 percent played and Zach Sieler, who was on the field for 51 percent of the plays. After that, there was a large drop down to John Jenkins with 28 percent of the snaps. The Dolphins need to hope Davis will be available to be activated off injured reserve in a couple of weeks so they can bring down some of these snap counts and give players a little more time to rest. Otherwise, they are going to see big runs and no pass rush late in games as the defensive linemen wear down.

At linebacker, Jerome Baker is seemingly always on the field, missing just two snaps this week. Andrew Van Ginkel was out on the field for 71 percent of the game, while Brandon Scarlett played 31 percent of the snaps and Elandon Roberts and Jaelan Phillips each played 28 percent of the game. Sam Eguavoen was only on the field for 12 percent of the contest, while Duke Riley made a brief appearance, showing up for three percent of the snaps. Phillips seeing more playing time over the next few weeks could help create more of a pass rush for the Dolphins.

Xavien Howard and Byron Jones both played nearly ever snap, missing three for a 95 percent mark on the game. Justin Coleman jumped from just two defensive snaps in Week 1 to 49, or 75 percent of the available plays, in Week 2. Going the other way, Nik Needham played 47 percent of the game in Week 1, then only three percent in Week 2. The Dolphins have a great top duo at the position but are clearly still trying to find the right third player, depending on matchups and practice performance. Jamal Perry, elevated from the practice squad for the game, only appeared on special teams, while Noah Igbinoghene continues to be inactive for the game.

Jason McCourty played 89 percent of the game for Miami at safety, while Jevon Holland jumped from 32 percent of the playing time in Week 1 to 77 percent in Week 2. Eric Rowe saw his snaps drop from 87 percent in Week 1 to 40 percent in Week 2, below Brandon Jones, who went from 11 snaps in Week 1 to 41 snaps, 63 percent, in Week 2.