Dolphins vs. Buccaneers Snap Counts: Committing to the run

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

No real surprised among the snap counts this week, but the Bucs' use of heavy personnel stands out.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have really committed to running the ball, and it shows in the snapcounts. Third receiver Skye Dawson managed just 26 snaps against the Miami Dolphins, with tight ends Tom Crabtree and Tim Wright both getting on the field over 50% of the time. Add in Erik Lorig's 37 snaps and even Gabe Carimi's 8 snaps and it's clear that the Bucs tried to line up and pound the football. With great success, of course: the team's running backs managed 143 rushing yards on 33 carries. The Bucs ran the ball on exactly 50% of the plays.

Da'Quan Bowers actually managed to make an impact despite his eternally low snap count, notching half a sack officially but affecting the passer on at least one more play. Gerald McCoy actually recorded 100% of the snaps, which is the first time I recall him (or any Buccaneers defensive lineman) doing that. It is at least the first time he did that this season.

Defensive back depth is starting to become an issue for the Bucs. With Danny Gorrer sidelined for unclear reasons, Michael Adams was the team's main nickel back and was roasted all game long. Leonard Johnson was called back to play a few snaps, while Keith Tandy got on the field for one third of the plays as well. None of those three players should be on the field much, but the Bucs have few other options.

Player Pos. Offense % Defense % Special Teams %
Totals 66 59 29
D Joseph G 66 100% 4 14%
D Penn T 66 100% 4 14%
J Meredith T 66 100% 4 14%
J Zuttah C 66 100%
M Glennon QB 66 100%
D Dotson T 65 98% 4 14%
V Jackson WR 64 97%
B Leonard RB 47 71% 1 3%
T Underwood WR 47 71%
T Crabtree TE 44 67% 5 17%
E Lorig FB 37 56% 15 52%
T Wright TE 36 55%
S Dawson WR 26 39% 4 14%
B Rainey RB 11 17% 5 17%
G Carimi G 8 12% 4 14%
M James RB 8 12%
R Shepard WR 1 2% 22 76%
S Larsen FB 1 2% 18 62%
E Page WR 1 2% 9 31%
J Banks CB 59 100% 9 31%
L David LB 59 100% 8 28%
M Barron SS 59 100% 3 10%
G McCoy DT 59 100% 3 10%
D Revis CB 59 100% 3 10%
D Goldson FS 57 97% 7 24%
A Clayborn DE 57 97% 3 10%
M Foster LB 41 69% 3 10%
D Te'o-Nesheim DE 37 63% 3 10%
A Spence DT 31 53% 3 10%
J Casillas LB 22 37% 25 86%
L Johnson CB 21 36% 18 62%
W Gholston DE 21 36%
K Tandy SS 20 34% 15 52%
M Adams CB 19 32% 9 31%
D Bowers DE 18 31%
G Gibson DT 9 15%
D Watson LB 1 2% 22 76%
A Hayward LB 22 76%
K Glaud LB 17 59%
K McCray FS 16 55%
M Koenen P 14 48%
A Economos LS 9 31%
T Larsen C 4 14%
R Lindell K 4 14%

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