Bills vs. Browns, NFL Week 5: Bills snap counts for offense, defense

Jason Miller

The Bills appear to have a second every-down linebacker to play alongside Kiko Alonso, and much more to cull from this week's Bills/Browns snap count data.

The numbers are a bit late this morning thanks to my travel schedule back to Western New York from Cleveland, but: here are last night's snap count numbers from the Buffalo Bills' 37-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns, via NFL.com.

Offense

Player Pos. Snaps %
EJ Manuel QB 46 60%
Jeff Tuel QB 31 40%
Fred Jackson RB 50 65%
Tashard Choice RB 14 18%
C.J. Spiller RB 13 17%
Frank Summers FB 14 18%
Robert Woods WR 73 95%
T.J. Graham WR 61 79%
Chris Hogan WR 38 49%
Stevie Johnson WR 13 17%
Marcus Easley WR 8 10%
Scott Chandler TE 65 84%
Lee Smith TE 34 44%
Cordy Glenn OT 77 100%
Erik Pears OT 77 100%
Thomas Welch OT 2 3%
Kraig Urbik OG 77 100%
Colin Brown OG 76 99%
Doug Legursky OG 1 1%
Eric Wood C 77 100%

People will point to the Manuel injury as a huge moment for the offense - and they'd be right, of course - but when your best player (Spiller) and your best receiver (Johnson) can't even make it onto the field for one out of every five plays, your team's problems were pretty major before the starting quarterback went down anyway.

Due again to Johnson battling through injury (this time unsuccessfully), Woods led the receiving group with 73 snaps, hauling in a career-high five passes for 64 yards. As the season progresses, more and more fans will begin to consider Woods the Bills' No. 1 receiver, especially if Manuel - with whom Woods has a clear rapport - can return to the lineup quickly from his knee injury.

Buffalo didn't use its heavy personnel as much as they did against Baltimore, but Smith and Summers were present in the game plan, and the Bills ran for 155 yards against one of the NFL's stoutest run outfits. The Bills have the look of a team that thinks it will be able to run, one way or another, against pretty much any team they face.

Defense

Player Pos. Snaps %
Kyle Williams DL 59 87%
Marcell Dareus DL 57 84%
Alan Branch DL 34 50%
Corbin Bryant DL 28 41%
Jay Ross DL 12 18%
Manny Lawson OLB 64 94%
Mario Williams OLB 61 90%
Jerry Hughes OLB 26 38%
Jamaal Westerman OLB 1 1%
Kiko Alonso LB 68 100%
Arthur Moats LB 21 31%
Nigel Bradham LB 8 12%
Marcus Dowtin LB 4 6%
Leodis McKelvin CB 58 85%
Nickell Robey CB 39 57%
Justin Rogers CB 5 7%
Da'Norris Searcy S 68 100%
Aaron Williams S 67 99%
Jim Leonhard S 63 93%
Duke Williams S 5 7%

If you didn't notice, Dareus was fantastic in this football game. His workload was up significantly from last week as he gets healthier following an ankle injury, and he was the best player on the team in Cleveland. Who's up for an All-22 focus on 99 during our long week until the Cincinnati game?

We've mentioned all season how the Bills don't have another linebacker to play every down alongside Alonso (who, ho-hum, still hasn't missed a play this year) - but that may not be the case. Lawson has taken a ton of snaps in the past few weeks, and not just as an edge defender - he plays lined up next to Alonso in certain passing sets. He has been a fantastic free agent addition for the Bills.

McKelvin returned to the lineup in full force, taking more reps than any natural corner on the roster (though not as many as Aaron Williams, who cannot be moved back to safety soon enough). I'm curious to look back on this, but my observation from the upper deck at FirstEnergy Field was that McKelvin spent a lot of time on Browns tight end Jordan Cameron.

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