Each week I’ll take a closer look at the snap count distribution for the Bucs offense and defense, assessing what we can learn from who played the most and who played the least on game day.

Here’s a look at which Bucs played the most – and the least – in the team’s 29-19 loss to the Washington Football Team in Week 10.

Bucs Offensive Snap Counts

Week 10 Bucs Offensive Snap Counts

The 48 offensive plays is by far the Bucs lowest offensive total in a single game this season. That’s a true testament to how miserable this group was against one of the league’s worst defenses. Chris Godwin missed just two snaps, a testament to his health and the game’s dismal situation. Also, this was the first time in Mike Evans’ career that he played 100 percent of the Bucs’ offensive snaps. Pretty crazy.

Tampa Bay remains obsessed with two-tight end sets despite not having Rob Gronkowski. This is limiting their offense a lot due to Cam Brate and O.J. Howard’s struggles to get open. Brate barely out-snapped Howard, 30-to-28. Tyler Johnson wasn’t much better, however, failing to separate on several targets. The game plan did little to scheme open receivers in Week 10. If Byron Leftwich and Bruce Arians are going to be this stubborn in their offensive approach, the WR3 spot must be better.

Jaelon Darden barely played, but managed to make the game’s costliest error in his four offensive snaps. Newly-signed Breshad Perriman played just two reps, while tight end Darren Fells saw one rep.

Speaking of one rep, that’s how much playing time Ronald Jones II got in this one. It’s clear that the Bucs have no interest in playing Jones when they are behind or in a close game. Giovani Bernard saw 14 snaps to Leonard Fournette’s 31. Both Fournette and Bernard finished the game with a drop. Bernard could have been credited with a second drop as well.

Defensive Snap Counts

Week 10 Bucs Defensive Snap Counts

I noticed Mike Edwards playing a lot more in the slot in this game, but I didn’t realize how much. Edwards essentially replaced Ross Cockrell at nickel cornerback coming out of the bye week. Cockrell played just nine snaps despite being one of three healthy cornerbacks to finish the game. It remains to be seen if this is a matchup-based move, or if Cockrell is being benched.

Elsewhere in the secondary, Dee Delaney replaced Richard Sherman (who replaced Carlton Davis) for 44 snaps. Then Delaney suffered a concussion, prompting Pierre Desir into the game for 29 snaps. The Bucs could get Sean Murphy-Bunting back for Week 10 against the Giants. Given the state of their cornerback room, they might need him.

At outside linebacker, curious decisions abound. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka again played just 19 snaps, despite the lack of effectiveness from Jason Pierre-Paul. Somehow, Pierre-Paul out-snapped Shaq Barrett by three reps, while playing with a torn rotator cuff. The veteran edge defender was already declining, but playing with all his injuries has really hurt his game. But defensive coordinator Todd Bowles seems to determined to run him as much as possible. It’s baffling.

Speaking of baffling decisions, Ndamukong Suh playing 18 more snaps than Vita Vea is a choice. Suh also out-snapped Will Gholston by 27 reps! Considering Suh had been closer to Gholston in recent weeks, this one is hard to understand. Gholston has been the better pass rusher the past two seasons, and the Bucs needed more of that in this game. Playing your third-best interior pass rusher the most snaps could be a reason why Tampa Bay’s 4-man pass rush is so bad.

Heading into Week 11, it’s clear the Bucs have plenty of personnel and scheme issues to work out defensively.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly
6 months ago

Forget the drops and the dumb penalties. Outplayed on the O line and the Dline. Brady seemed limited to mini screens and checkoff passes….were no receivers getting open. Their QB found guys open on the sidelines and over the middle all day although not deep…yeah??? Shaq the sack master…was his name even mentioned? A sad game coming off a bye week.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
6 months ago

Yes, Evans was open a lot! Most times only the CB was covering him. Evans motor never stopped How do you not throw your best receiver? He had height on the CB too

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

I haven’t seen the game film but a reliable outlet has and they reported Evans was getting double covered the whole game.

RW
RW
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

Was he though? The CB covering Evans was getting safety help most of the time.

Lawdy
Lawdy
6 months ago

need to find a true pass rusher and sack getter in the offseason

fredster
fredster
Reply to  Lawdy
6 months ago

Dude they need more than that. How about some CB’s that don’t suck? 2-3 real pass rushers wouldn’t hurt lol.

Horse
Horse
6 months ago

If this isn’t a wake up call, then just look what is happening to KC. Honestly, what went wrong? How the hell do we come from a loss to Saints; a Bye Week; to this performance? No more vacations, no more senior players time off until we win two in a row. Brady looks like he has lost his arm and his reaction time. Embarrassed to say the least. So many Buc fans at the game, and the whole team played like they were the 2-6 team! Go Bucs! Somehow keep the Repeat alive!

fredster
fredster
6 months ago

Arians is an idiot. Look at snap count with JPP and Tryon still. Outrageous. This team with no A.B. And Gronk is sad. Just bracket Wvans and rest WR could do nothing. O line didn’t give time either. I won’t even get into issues on D too much stuff there and I don’t have time right now lol. Losing Vea won’t help.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

I agree that at this point this falls on the coaches more so than the players. Constant off coverage by the DB’s, lack of creativity on offense, the continued play of a half dead JPP instead of Tryon, etc. I don’t understand any of it. The offense didn’t play well but when you only have the ball for a total of 20 minutes, what can you do? Just a really bad performance on every level after a bye week. The coaches need to look on the mirror as even bowels defense is getting chewed up week in and week out.… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

I’m not sure who is more stupid, you or our OC, If you know anything you should know BA delegates resposnsibility as to who is playing to his coordinators. If you have a complaint with the Tryon situation, like many of us do, blame it on the DC

Dman
Dman
6 months ago

All the talent in the world can’t overcome preparation, desire and better coaching. Don’t understand the excuses of no AB or Gronk. With Evans and Godwin and second string T Johnson, Brate and Howard we have plenty of weapons. Dumping the ball off to Lenny was a joke. JPP looks done and Barrett is just over done. And everyone has injuries – Washington lost Montez Sweat and Chase Young. And their D line dominated us.
No excuses BA. Get on it.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Dman
6 months ago

Just because PR is in love with Johnson and Darden doesn’t make them quality players. I think they both pretty much showed their talent level yesterday and neither one did well against a WFT secondary that is rated worst in the NFL.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

I get that, but teams would kill Evans, Godwin and Brate. They get open and can catch the ball. I’m no fan of Howard, but I do like T. Johnson. Have seen nothing from Darden other than one punt return.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Dman
6 months ago

… would kill TO HAVE Evans, Godwin and Brate.

The Wall
The Wall
6 months ago

Jon- you are too kind when you describe the coaching as “baffling”and “stubborn” Let’s call it what it is- Awful! Arians can openly criticize his players but he must be afraid to criticize or correct his staff. Either Washington has one of the best pass defenses in the league or we were outcoached. It was just awful to watch.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  The Wall
6 months ago

We were out coached….. Again……

warren
warren
6 months ago

Each team the Bucs play comes out revved up to play the champs. The Bucs are not coming close to matching the intensity of their opponent each week. The Bucs have the players, but right now, they’re just going through the motions (except for Devin White).  Yes, Arians is right. The Bucs are playing stupid. From Illegal procedure on the first play of the game to pass interference for no reason. Last year, they did similar things early in the season and corrected it in their final eight games. We’ll see if they can turn that around.  Finally, without AB,… Read more »