Buccaneers vs. Panthers snap counts: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim continues to be phased out

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are messing with their defensive line rotation some more if the snap counts can be believed.

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim's days of snap count dominance appear to be waning, with him seeing fewer than 50% of the snaps for the past couple of games. That's interesting, and seems to largely be a result of William Gholston's surge in playing time. Gholston has played both base defensive end and three-technique on passing downs, two roles that were (and are) Te'o-Nesheim's.

In fact, the Bucs barely had their nickel defense on the field and seemed to play primarily out of base personnel. Predictably, that led to just seven snaps for Da'Quan Bowers, who only plays on passing downs. Interestingly, Kelcie McCray didn't see the field much after a decent game last week, with just three defensive snaps. Keith Tandy was barely on the field either, with 10 snaps on defense.

What really stands out is the extremely low amount of offensive snaps despite the defense forcing two turnovers. It was the fewest snaps the Bucs took on offense all season, and much of that can be blamed on a complete inability to convert third downs: the Bucs managed just one such conversion against a very stout Panthers defense. Nothing much interesting among the offensive personnel, though. The Bucs' reliance on run-heavy personnel continues, with just 25 snaps for the third receiver.

Player Pos. Offense % Defense % Special Teams
Totals 49 64 24
D Joseph G 49 100% 3 12%
D Penn T 49 100% 3 12%
J Meredith T 49 100% 3 12%
D Dotson T 49 100% 3 12%
J Zuttah C 49 100%
M Glennon QB 49 100%
V Jackson WR 48 98%
T Underwood WR 40 82%
B Rainey RB 38 78% 1 4%
T Wright TE 38 78%
C Owusu WR 25 51%
E Lorig FB 24 49% 13 54%
B Leonard RB 11 22% 5 21%
R Shepard WR 9 18% 15 62%
G Carimi G 9 18% 3 12%
K Adams TE 3 6% 9 38%
J Banks CB 62 97% 5 21%
D Goldson FS 61 95% 10 42%
L David LB 61 95% 9 38%
M Barron SS 61 95% 6 25%
G McCoy DT 61 95% 6 25%
M Foster LB 55 86% 5 21%
A Clayborn DE 54 84% 6 25%
A Spence DT 51 80% 5 21%
L Johnson CB 42 66% 6 25%
J Casillas LB 40 62% 20 83%
D Revis CB 39 61% 4 17%
W Gholston DE 31 48% 2 8%
D Te'o-Nesheim DE 30 47% 3 12%
D Watson LB 10 16% 16 67%
K Tandy SS 10 16% 6 25%
D Gorrer DB 9 14% 4 17%
G Gibson DT 9 14%
D Bowers DE 7 11% 1 4%
K Glaud LB 5 8% 11 46%
A Hayward LB 3 5% 15 62%
K McCray FS 3 5% 11 46%
M Koenen P 10 42%
S Larsen FB 10 42%
E Page WR 9 38%
T Larsen C 8 33%
D Carr DB 8 33%
A Economos LS 7 29%
R Lindell K 3 12%

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