Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from the Bucs' 2016 Snap Counts

A few notes from the Buccaneers' 2016 snap counts, as calculated by Football Outsiders.

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The Buccaneers' final snap counts for the 2016 season, according to Football Outsiders.

  1. Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith never left the field.**
    Marpet and Smith were on the field for every one of the Buccaneers' 1,138 offensive snaps this seasons, becoming the only Bucs on either side of the ball to play every single down. Marpet missed time with a leg injury during his rookie season, but since being selected in the second round of the 2015 draft, Smith has not missed a single play at left tackle. Marpet played more than any Buccaneer in 2016, taking a total 1,204 snaps – 1,138 on offense and 66 on special teams. Smith took 41 reps on special teams.

2. Vernon Hargreaves was called on often.
Hargreaves was a starter for the Buccaneers from Day One as a rookie and rarely stepped off the field during his first season in Tampa Bay. He played 1,036 defensive snaps, second on the team to only Lavonte David. He was on the field for 97.6 percent of the Bucs' defensive plays and was the only cornerback on the team to play more than 1,000 downs. Fellow cornerback Brent Grimes was on the field for 997 snaps, or 93.9 percent of the time.

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  1. Adarius Glanton earned his pay on special teams.**  
    Glanton played a total of 332 downs in 2016, and 308 of those snaps came on special teams. No other Buccaneer took more special teams reps, with Josh Robinson taking 303, Keith Tandy taking 258 and Ryan Smith taking 229. Glanton was on the field for 70.2 percent of the Buccaneers' special teams snaps.

4. Undrafted rookies played a role.
The Buccaneers had a handful of undrafted rookies see significant playing time in 2016, with DaVonte Lambert taking 424 snaps, Peyton Barber taking 295, Alan Cross taking 266 and Javien Elliott taking 212. Lambert started five games while Elliott started one.

5. Russell Shepard saw an increased role within the Bucs' offense.
Shepard has been the Buccaneers' special teams captain for the past two seasons, but became more involved in the team's offense during the 2016 season. He took 434 offensive snaps, the third-most of any Buccaneer receiver behind Mike Evans and Adam Humphries. He took 209 a year ago and just 154 the year before.

*All snap counts were calculated by Football Outsiders

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