Bills vs. Bengals, NFL Week 6: Bills snap counts for offense, defense

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

Even though Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd returned to action in Week 6, the Buffalo Bills are assimilating them into Mike Pettine's defense at a measured pace.

The Buffalo Bills are 2-4 after yesterday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and things are only getting worse for the team on the injury front, it appears. While we await news on that front, let's crunch the numbers from yesterday's loss to see what we can glean.

Offense

Player Pos. Snaps %
Thad Lewis QB 69 100%
Fred Jackson RB 39 57%
C.J. Spiller RB 17 25%
Tashard Choice RB 13 19%
Frank Summers FB 8 12%
Robert Woods WR 64 93%
T.J. Graham WR 59 86%
Marquise Goodwin WR 44 64%
Chris Hogan WR 20 29%
Scott Chandler TE 65 94%
Lee Smith TE 12 17%
Cordy Glenn OT 69 100%
Erik Pears OT 69 100%
Thomas Welch OT 4 6%
Kraig Urbik OG 69 100%
Doug Legursky OG 57 83%
Colin Brown OG 12 17%
Eric Wood C 69 100%

Lewis deserves a lot of credit not just for a surprisingly strong performance in his second career NFL start, but for playing through the pain of a foot injury that left him in a walking boot after the game.

The Bills continue to severely limit Spiller's playing time as he works through an ankle injury that clearly has him hobbled. He has played just 30 of the Bills' last 146 snaps on offense (20.5 percent), but has 18 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown on those snaps - so even though he's limited, he's still producing when he's on the field.

It was a slow week for Buffalo's designated blockers, Summers and Smith - they combined for just 20 snaps as the Bills spent most of the day with three receivers on the field.

What head coach Doug Marrone called a competition at left guard appears to be over: after Brown had a horrible stretch in his meager 12 snaps in the first half, Legursky played the entire second half and appears to have locked that position down for the foreseeable future.

Defense

Player Pos. Snaps %
Kyle Williams DL 71 83%
Marcell Dareus DL 60 70%
Alan Branch DL 47 55%
Corbin Bryant DL 19 22%
Jay Ross DL 11 13%
Mario Williams OLB 78 91%
Jerry Hughes OLB 76 88%
Manny Lawson OLB 25 29%
Jamaal Westerman OLB 8 9%
Kiko Alonso LB 86 100%
Nigel Bradham LB 39 45%
Arthur Moats LB 36 42%
Leodis McKelvin CB 68 79%
Stephon Gilmore CB 26 30%
Nickell Robey CB 22 26%
Jim Leonhard S 83 97%
Da'Norris Searcy S 76 88%
Aaron Williams S 70 81%
Jairus Byrd S 41 48%
Duke Williams S 1 1%

Lawson left the game in the first half with an undisclosed injury (we spotted him running up and down the sideline, sans helmet, just before halftime), and without having gone back to see how they replaced him, the snap counts for both Hughes and, especially, Bradham were way up from the norm. We'll take a closer look at this, but it's looking like Bradham was the biggest beneficiary of Lawson's untimely injury.

Yawn. Another game in which Alonso takes every snap.

The Bills are clearly going to ease Byrd and Gilmore back into the defensive back rotation. That's especially true for Gilmore, who will struggle to jam receivers and tackle as long as he has a massive club on his left hand. It'll be especially interesting to see how Byrd's role changes when Williams, who played every snap at cornerback on Sunday, moves back to safety. That whole safety rotation, in fact, is going to be an interesting story, because they'll have four guys there legitimately worthy of serious playing time.

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