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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 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

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 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

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.