Each week I’ll be taking 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 Sunday.

Here’s a look at which Buccaneers played the most and the least in their disappointing 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.

The three main topics of conversation in analyzing the offensive snap count distribution each week is how much Cam Brate and Scotty Miller played, and whether Leonard Fournette out-snapped Ronald Jones II. The rest of the offense has settled into a groove we’ll likely only see disrupted in the event of an injury.

The Bucs using less four wide receiver sets after acquiring Antonio Brown is surprising to me, as Brate is easily out-snapping Miller. Some of that is in relief of Rob Gronkowski, but the Bucs have still run a decent amount of 12 personnel (two tight ends). Even Antony Auclair is picking up a handful of snaps, as he hit his second-highest total of the season with eight.

Miller continues to be an afterthought, playing just 10 snaps, his second lowest total of the season. After being the team’s leading receiver at the midseason point, the Bucs are having a hard time getting Miller involved in the offense since the addition of Brown. He’s played just 34 total snaps over the last three games, catching just one pass for four yards in that time frame, including zero receptions over the past two weeks.

The Bucs believe Fournette is their best passing game option at the running back position, but the tape hasn’t revealed him being much better than Jones, especially in recent weeks. Fournette has dropped the ball frequently, although he caught all three of his passes on Sunday, done nothing after the catch and whiffed far too often in pass protection. Jones isn’t a standout in any of those areas either, but he was playing with as much confidence as we’ve seen all season on Sunday, and may have warranted more of a look.

That’s eight straight games where neither Devin White or Lavonte David have come off the field, although White’s coverage woes are reaching the point where you have to consider getting him a break in some key obvious passing situations, or lining him up at edge defender and kicking Jason Pierre-Paul inside for a rep. I know that sounds ridiculous, but we’re at Week 13 and White is an auto reception for quarterbacks to target in coverage. Coaches have to consider their options at this point.

Bucs DT Khail Davis

Bucs DT Khail Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

On defense Sean Murphy-Bunting stepped back into his old role in the wake of Jamel Dean’s absence, and Ross Cockrell picked up Dean’s old reps in nickel packages, which the
Bucs were in most of the game. After seeing an uptick in snaps recently, safety Mike Edwards snaps nose-dived again, in a game where the Bucs really could have used more of the play-making safety.

The biggest change defensively was rookie Khalil Davis stepping right into the defensive mix with 23 snaps! Davis looked pretty good on passing downs at least, credited with one tackle and one quarterback hit. He helped keep Ndamukong Suh and Will Gholston fresh on passing downs, while Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Steve McLendon were able to stay mostly in their early down roles.

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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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BigSombrero
6 months ago

Great job by the left side of the line gutting out their performances. No one can blame the play of the OL for the slow start or overall performance. LT Donovan Smith quieted a lot of yappers yesterday.

chefboho
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

One quality game from Donovan Smith does not quiet the yappers. The dude is average at best and he’s proven so in all his years in the league at a very high price tag. Kudos to him for toughing it out. That’s very respectable, but as I said, one game doesn’t mean he’s an all pro.

drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

Top paid OL is Green Bay LT who makes over $20 million a year. Smith makes $14 million a year proving once again, you pay for what you get. Drive a KIA do you?

Pete Wood
6 months ago

Like I’ve said before, I don’t know crap about football and couldn’t come up with decent plays for a Pop Warner team. So, when I can come up with a better game plan than our OC, something is horribly wrong. There is simply no excuse for the snap count distribution for our running backs. In no universe should Ronald Jones be on the bench more often than Leonard “butterfingers” Fournette. Yeah, we should rest Jones from time to time, but he should get the most snaps. Jones is the better back. He has better stats and when we prioritize Fournette… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

After watching him plunge into the line yesterday on first and goal from the 5 with such fierce determination, I prefer Twinkle Toes although Butterfingers also fits him.

Horse
6 months ago

White and Winfield are slow to react in pass coverage. You would think the DC would put them in better position, like on the bench because they aren’t helping the DB’s at all. Still don’t understand this soft zone coverage after losing 3 out of the last 4 games. We aren’t adjusting to the fact every team knows how to beat us.

chefboho
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

From what BA said, Winfield was rolling towards Kelce for most of the game instead of Hill which makes zero sense. He’s making some rookie mistakes but hardly worth benching.

drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

That’s why god made two safeties and Tony Dungy invented the Tampa Two which is what all of the teams that have beat us lately have been running. When we finally went to a Tampa Two, the Chiefs stopped scoring. Then, mysteriously, we got out of it. Mahomes saw it and quickly through a TD in the second half. BRILLIANT!

drdneast
6 months ago

OMG, they finally play Khali. I know my constant begging and pleading out here made them do that. LMAO.

drdneast
6 months ago

Fournette getting 12 more snaps than Jones and Big Sombrero and TwSpin want to blame Brady. I rest my case your honor.

drdneast
6 months ago

I just watched Brady’s bomb to Godwin and saw Fornette completely whiff on both blitzing defenders. Completely. Of course they both hit Brady. Put this guy on the bench.