- Kenyan Drake (12 snaps, 20 percent). I was hoping this would be a game in which Drake would get a chance at some increased reps. But despite a dinged shoulder, Jay Ajayi still carried it 34 snaps, 58 percent. Drake had four carries for 10 yards and no catches. At some point, Drake’s ability as a pass-catcher will be exploited.
- Jordan Phillips (26 snaps, 39 percent). This is the second consecutive game where Earl Mitchell had dramatically more snaps (40-26) than Jordan Phillips. The Dolphins trust Mitchell more as a run defender. It should be noted that Phillips had two nice tackles for loss against New England, so perhaps he’s reacting positively to decreased playing time.
- Terrence Fede (35 snaps, 52 percent). Adam Gase said Monday it was his decision to play Fede over highly-paid Mario Williams. Fede had three tackles and has always been known as a solid run defender. In this game, Fede had more snaps than defensive end Cameron Wake. In part, Miami may have been trying to recharge Wake for his first career playoff game. And, again, Miami needs to try some things to help a porous run defense. Fede is also a solid special teams contributor.
- Michael Thomas (66 snaps, 99 percent). Thomas topped 60 snaps for the second consecutive game after not doing it all season. Obviously Thomas has had to take on an increased role due to the season-ending injuries to both Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus. Thomas still had 14 special teams snaps, so he must have been one tired man Sunday night.
- MarQuies Gray (1 snap, 2 percent). This is an example of Adam Gase using a game-specific strategy. Gase likes Gray. The Dolphins just signed him to a new two-year contract. But in this game, Miami didn’t use Gray on offense and didn’t use tackle Sam Young, either. The plan here was to spread out the Patriots as Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills sat out only a few snaps.
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