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

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The Miami Dolphins dropped to 1-2 on Sunday after falling to the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime. It was not a pretty game for the Dolphins, who struggled to find a rhythm throughout much of the contest and, even as they tried to make a furious comeback, seemed to luck into some plays more than they dictated the results to the Raiders. There were questionable calls, both from the referees and from the coaches. There were mistakes on the field. And there was another loss on the board as overtime ended.

There is still a lot of football to be played, but the Dolphins have to start figuring out some things quickly if they are going to salvage the season. There are winnable games coming up over the next few weeks, and the Dolphins have to take advantage of them.

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%

Quarterback was not a surprise as Jacoby Brissett played every snap in place of Tua Tagovailoa, who landed on injured reserve. Brissett should be the starter for at least the next two games, with the Dolphins returning to Tagovailoa whenever his ribs are healed. Reid Sinnett was promoted from the practice squad for the game, though he did not play.

Myles Gaskin played the most snaps for the Dolphins at running back, but the team jumped the snap count for Malcolm Brown as well. Gaskin carried the ball 13 times for 65 yards, while Brown only had seven carries for 31 yards with a score, but it sure felt like Brown, who started, was contributing a lot on Sunday. Gaskin played 52 percent of the offensive snaps, while Brown was on the field for 41 percent of the plays. Salvon Ahmed disappeared for the contest, showing up for just six percent of the available snaps.

Mike Gesicki again led the way for the tight ends, appearing in 66 percent of the contest. He caught 10 passes on the day with a team-high 86 yards. It feels like the Dolphins know they need to get Gesicki involved in the game plan, and it is starting to show up on the field, but they need to stretch him down the field some more - probably a statement that can be said for many of the receiving options on the team. Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen both saw plenty of playing time on Sunday, with Smythe on the field 41 percent of the time and Shaheen out there for 34 percent of the plays. Rookie Hunter Long, who was inactive last week, played two percent of the game on defense, while Cethan Carter only saw special teams playing time.

At wide receiver, it appears Jaylen Waddle is establishing himself as the number one receiver, pushing DeVante Parker back to the number two role. Waddle played 88 percent of the offensive snaps, while Parker was on the field for 77 percent of the plays. Waddle caught a game high 12 passes on 13 targets, gaining 58 yards - again, they need to stretch the field more with Waddle. Parker caught four passes for 42 yards. Will Fuller made his Dolphins debut and played 61 percent of the game, with three receptions for 20 yards. Mack Hollins played 29 percent of the game while Jakeem Grant was on the field for two percent of the offensive snaps. The surprise in the group was the inactivation of Albert Wilson, who had a great training camp and was involved in the two games to start the season before Fuller rejoined the team. Preston Williams was also inactive, the second time this year he was not available during the game, though in Week 1 is was believed to be more about his foot injury than game-plan issues.

The offensive line played better on Sunday than they did against the Buffalo Bills a week earlier. The five starters played all 83 offensive snaps, with Austin Jackson at left tackle, Jesse Davis at left guard, Michael Deiter at center, Robert Hunt at right guard, and Liam Eichenberg at right tackle. It was not perfect, but it was definitely a big improvement on the day.

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%

The defensive line continues to work around the injury to Raekwon Davis. Emmanuel Ogbah and Christian Wilkins saw the most playing time, at 76 percent and 70 percent, respectively. John Jenkins, Zach Sieler, and Adam Butler rotated into the interior of the line, for the most part, and each saw about half the playing time. Jenkins played 57 percent of the snaps, Sieler 51 percent, and Butler 49 percent. Sieler was definitely having an impact on the game, especially early, and he finished with a team-high nine tackles. Wilkins recorded a sack on the day, one of three times Miami was able to pull down Derek Carr.

Jerome Baker played all available defensive snaps, well ahead of Jaelan Phillips, who had the second-highest utilization at linebacker, playing 59 percent of the snaps. Elandon Roberts, who kept the Dolphins’ turnover streak alive at 25 games with a pick-six, was just behind Phillips, playing 57 percent of the snaps. Andrew Van Ginkel saw the field 41 percent of the time, while Brennan Scarlett played 22 percent of the game, Sam Eguavoen was on the field for six percent of the snaps, and Duke Riley played one percent of the defensive snaps. Phillips jumping up in snaps, going from just 18 played snaps in Week 2 to 49 snaps this week, should be a clear sign the Dolphins are starting to trust him as a linebacker and looking to get him involved in the pass rush more. Van Ginkel’s playing time dropped this week, which is a little surprising, but may have just been due to Phillips playing so much.

Xavien Howard and Byron Jones continue to dominate the cornerback snaps, with Howard playing 96 percent of the game and Jones on the field 93 percent of the time. Nik Needham played 69 percent of the game, picking back up after only appearing in three percent of the Week 2 action. Justin Coleman was on the field for 30 percent of the plays, down from 75 percent in Week 2. Noah Igbinoghene was active for the first time this year, but was limited to just special teams plays. Jamal Perry, who was a COVID-19 replacement in Week 1 and a practice squad elevation in Week 2, did not make it back up to the 53-man roster this week, while Trill Williams and Elijah Campbell were both inactive again.

Eric Rowe only played 40 percent of the snaps in Week 2 for the safety position, but then jumped back up to 78 percent this week. Jevon Holland continues to seeing majorities of the playing time, appearing in 51 percent of the snaps this week. Jason McCourty played 49 percent of the snaps, while Brandon Jones was on the field 43 percent of the time. Clayton Fejedelem made his first defensive appearance this year with one snap.