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What do the Buccaneers snap counts say about position battles?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' snap counts tell us a little something about position battles, but not that much.

Cliff McBride

In yesterday's game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave a lot of playing time to a lot of people who won't be on the roster by Sunday. And most of the players who will be on the roster didn't see the field at all, or only for a handful of snaps.

I'm not sure what we can tell from these statistics, given that most of these players are backups anyway. The few players who are likely to see time with the first team only got a handful of snaps. But the special teams participation may be most important.

Russell Shepard, Ka'Lial Glaud, Larry English, Steven Means and Nate Askew stand out in terms of special teams snaps. Of those players, Means is the only one who's almost certain to make the roster. Askew is a good practice squad candidate, while Glaud probably loses out to Danny Lansanah at linebacker. Larry English' place on the roster is still uncertain, but his ability to play on special teams can only help him.

What interests me is that center Josh Allen, tackle Kevin Pamphile and cornerback Marc Antony played the entire game, with Anthony mostly playing safety. It seems unlikely Allen and Anthony even make the roster, but Pamphile has a shot -- if only because he has the advantage of being a draft pick.

Player
OFF snaps DEF snaps ST snaps

K Pamphile T 50 100%

2 8%
J Allen C 50 100%

2 8%
C Brate TE 46 92%

6 25%
R Johnson G 42 84%

2 8%
M Kafka QB 42 84%




J Demps RB 41 82%

2 8%
C Owusu WR 34 68%




E Coughman T 32 64%

2 8%
K Edwards G 28 56%

2 8%
R Herron WR 27 54%

2 8%
L Pryor FB 22 44%

8 33%
L Murphy WR 22 44%

7 29%
S Patton WR 21 42%

5 21%
J Meredith T 18 36%




R Shepard WR 15 30%

15 62%
L Stocker TE 15 30%

5 21%
A Miller G 14 28%

2 8%
M Glennon QB 8 16%

1 4%
P Omameh G 8 16%




O Cousins G 8 16%




B Rainey RB 7 14%

7 29%
M Anthony CB

68 100% 3
12%
K Glaud LB

60 88% 14 58%
D Lansanah LB

59 87% 6 25%
Q Pointer CB

58 85% 4 17%
R Talley DE

55 81% 5 21%
D Fletcher LB

54 79% 10 42%
M Masifilo DT

52 76% 10 42%
A Gaitor CB

46 68% 11 46%
A Spence DT

41 60% 5 21%
S Solomon DE

40 59% 8 33%
L English DE

39 57% 19 79%
K Tandy SS

37 54% 11 46%
K Lewis DB

35 51% 3 12%
S Means DE

30 44% 15 62%
K Edwards CB

28 41% 12 50%
N Askew LB

23 34% 16 67%
T Fatinikun DE

15 22% 11 46%
J Casillas LB

8 12% 1 4%
L Johnson CB

10 42%


M Koenen P



9 38%
A DePaola LS



8 33%
P Murray K



3 12%