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Bucs at 49ers Week 14 Snap Count Analysis

Each week after each Bucs game, we take a closer look at the quick count distribution for Tampa Bay’s offense and defense. We will assess what we can learn from who has played the game the most and the least.

Here’s a closer look at which players received the highest and lowest number of snaps in the Bucs’ 35-7 burst loss on Sunday afternoon against the 49ers at week 14.

Bucs attack

Bucs Wr. Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin โ€“ Photo by: USA Today

The Bucs trailed so far before halftime that they often had to pitch for the rest of the game. This gave plenty of playing time to Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Julio Jones, who played 69, 66 and 55 of 76 snaps. Many of the problems between Evans and Tom Brady persisted and Godwin made a nice play down the field over the middle, but was mostly confined to the ever-forced screen pass.

Jones made five catches, which were his most in a single game as Buc. He’s a pretty good fit as Tampa Bay’s third receiver since coming back from injury. Russell Gage is still working his way back from a hamstring problem. His 25 shots show that they put him in the lineup more easily, but he did have the Bucs’ lone touchdown in the game.

We saw plenty of Rachaad White and Leonard Fournette on Sunday, with White retaking the lead in snaps over Fournette 40 to 36. Last week it was Fournette in the lead, but that may be because of White’s fumble. The use both Bucs had in this game should be the right amount going forward. White ran most efficiently while Fournette led the attack on receptions.

Cam Brate’s return shortened Cade Otton’s playing time. The rookie tight end had 45 snaps to Brate’s 28 and Otton made four receptions compared to Brate who caught two. However, Otton only had five goals to Brate’s four. The Bucs only seem to be targeting Otton in the second half, even though he has proven time and time again that he can be a huge force on offense. We haven’t seen them make any adjustments yet, so I don’t expect a change to come anytime soon.

Box defense

Week 14 Bucs Defense

With Vita Vea leaving the game early on four snaps, everyone else along the defensive line got more playing time. Will Gholston actually led all inland defensive linemen with 41 of 63 snaps. Rakeem Nunez-Roches was next with 39, and Akiem Hicks, who had the most snaps in their last two games, accounted for 37. Logan Hall got some waste time action and even Deadrin Senat got a huge boost in his game.

Bucs Olb Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and 49Ers Qb Brock Purdy

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and 49ers QB Brock Purdy โ€“ Photo by: USA Today

There were more injuries the Bucs had to deal with outside of Vea’s. This included Jamel Dean and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka leaving the game early with neither returning. Dean was still able to play 65% โ€‹โ€‹of the game and the Bucs had another wrinkle in defense with Dee Delaney in the closing corner, so it was Zyon McCollum who had to take over from the outside. McCollum also had an injury, but only missed for a short time. McCollum had 24 replacement snaps and Delaney clocked in at 19.

Anthony Nelson had the most shots of any outside linebacker for the second straight week. It was one of his better games as Buc this season, as he recorded seven tackles and a forced fumble. He also had an interception that was nullified on a penalty. Carl Nassib had 10 more snaps than Tryon-Shoyinka due to his injury and played another good game. Genard Avery played another situational role that could increase based on Tryon-Shoyinka’s availability next week.

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