Falcons vs. Buccaneers Snap Counts: Bobby Rainey on top, nickel defense all day

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The snap counts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons are in, and Bobby Rainey and Leonard Johnson stand out.

Brian Leonard was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting running back against the Atlanta Falcons, but that didn't exactly show in the statistics. Not only did Rainey get six times as many carries, Leonard was once again relegated to being a third-down back after getting one series of carries early in the game. Leonard would end the day with 20 snaps, almost all of them on passing downs, while Rainey managed 45. The Bucs may have started Leonard, but Rainey's clearly their new feature back.

The Bucs actually spent almost the entire game playing nickel defense, with Leonard Johnson taking just one snap fewer than Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks. With 23 snaps for Michael Adams and 19 for Keith Tandy, there were a significant number of dime defense snaps as well. That may be part of the reason why the Falcons seemed to be able to run the ball fairly consistently.

Gerald McCoy missed just two snaps of first-team defense, which is interesting. Last week he played the entire game, which is exceedingly rare for a defensive lineman. McCoy's playing at such a high level that taking him off the field for even a single snap hurts the defense significantly. He's racked up four sacks, six tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits (plus a few nullified by penalty) and a pass defensed over the past two games.

Player Pos. Offense % Defense % Special Teams %
Totals 68 71 34
D Dotson T 68 100% 8 24%
J Zuttah C 67 99% 2 6%
D Penn T 65 96% 9 26%
D Joseph G 65 96% 9 26%
M Glennon QB 65 96%
V Jackson WR 64 94% 2 6%
J Meredith T 61 90% 7 21%
T Underwood WR 57 84% 2 6%
B Rainey RB 45 66% 1 3%
T Crabtree TE 43 63% 15 44%
E Lorig FB 35 51% 17 50%
T Wright TE 33 49% 8 24%
B Leonard RB 20 29% 4 12%
C Owusu WR 15 22%
S Dawson WR 13 19%
T Larsen C 11 16% 11 32%
S Larsen FB 6 9% 11 32%
G Carimi G 6 9% 9 26%
R Shepard WR 3 4% 18 53%
D Orlovsky QB 3 4%
M Hill RB 3 4%
L David LB 61 86% 11 32%
D Goldson FS 61 86% 11 32%
M Barron SS 61 86% 7 21%
J Banks CB 61 86% 6 18%
D Revis CB 61 86% 5 15%
L Johnson CB 60 85% 13 38%
G McCoy DT 59 83% 4 12%
A Spence DT 53 75% 5 15%
A Clayborn DE 51 72% 5 15%
W Gholston DE 41 58% 3 9%
A Hayward LB 37 52% 19 56%
D Te'o-Nesheim DE 30 42% 2 6%
D Watson LB 25 35% 18 53%
M Foster LB 25 35% 1 3%
M Adams CB 23 32% 8 24%
J Casillas LB 21 30% 25 74%
G Gibson DT 21 30% 1 3%
K Tandy SS 19 27% 18 53%
K McCray FS 10 14% 10 29%
K Glaud LB 1 1% 14 41%
M Koenen P 21 62%
A Economos LS 13 38%
R Lindell K 9 26%
E Page WR 9 26%
S Means DE 3 9%

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