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Buccaneers snap counts: Tampa Bay offense is stale

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The snap counts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in, and they tell a boring story.

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With the end of the season approaching, you'd think the Buccaneers would start experimenting on offense. They could try lots of different things to see what works and what doesn't. Maybe they could try some weird personnel groupings and formations.

Instead, they're increasingly playing the same, tired old groups of players. Look at the list of offensive players below: eight players played 85% or more of the snaps. And most of the variation came in terms of which particular offensive linemen were on the field, with Kevin Pamphile getting a solid number of snaps. The offense isn't just unproductive now, it's also stale.

On defense, we didn't see a lot of new developments. T.J. Fatinikun continues to get more and more snaps at defensive end, probably because William Gholston and Da'Quan Bowers had to fill in at defensive tackle when Gerald McCoy left the game. With Major Wright out, Dashon Goldson went back to taking 90% of the snaps at free safety.

Basically, same old same old. The season's nearly over, the Bucs aren't being very adventurous, and the snap counts don't particularly tell us much at this point.

Player Position Offense % Defense % Special Teams %
55 77 27
D Dotson T 55 100% 9 33%
L Mankins G 55 100% 3 11%
J McCown QB 55 100%
E Dietrich-Smith C 55 100%
V Jackson WR 54 98%
M Evans WR 53 96%
P Omameh G 48 87% 3 11%
O Cousins T 47 85% 3 11%
B Myers TE 38 69%
L Stocker TE 32 58% 9 33%
D Martin RB 30 55%
C Sims RB 25 45%
R Shepard WR 18 33% 16 59%
K Pamphile T 18 33% 3 11%
L Murphy WR 12 22%
J Allen C 7 13%
G Gilkey C 3 5% 3 11%
L David LB 77 100% 8 30%
D Lansanah LB 77 100% 7 26%
J Banks CB 74 96% 8 30%
A Verner CB 72 94% 8 30%
B McDougald SS 71 92% 7 26%
D Goldson FS 69 90% 6 22%
A Spence DT 58 75% 9 33%
D Bowers DT 54 70% 7 26%
J Smith DE 53 69% 2 7%
O Lemon LB 50 65% 18 67%
M Johnson DE 47 61% 7 26%
T Fatinikun DE 31 40% 12 44%
W Gholston DE 27 35% 2 7%
L English DE 20 26% 17 63%
L Johnson CB 20 26% 16 59%
G McCoy DT 18 23% 1 4%
K Tandy FS 14 18% 16 59%
B Dixon CB 8 10% 5 19%
I Frey CB 7 9% 3 11%
D Fletcher LB 22 81%
J Williams LB 16 59%
B Rainey RB 14 52%
M Koenen P 11 41%
A DePaola LS 8 30%
M James RB 6 22%
C Brate TE 6 22%
P Murray K 3 11%
C Butler CB 3 11%

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