Bills-Jets snap counts: Frank Summers, Lee Smith have roles on offense

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills took a different tactic offensively against the New York Jets, using more two-back and two-tight end looks to generally positive effect in a 37-14 win.

Snap count data from yesterday's 37-14 Buffalo Bills win over the New York Jets have been released by the NFL, and our season-long snap counts page has been updated. Let's take a look at the numbers, both from Week 11 and on the season overall, to find some things to discuss.

C.J. Spiller played 27 snaps against the Jets, his highest single-game total since Week 4 against Baltimore. No, he was not effective, and yes, Fred Jackson still saw more action (36 snaps), but the ever-increasing workload does speak to his high ankle sprain clearing up. It's only a matter of time before Spiller has another big day.

Doug Marrone spoke post-game about the team's desire to use more two-back and two-tight end sets, and that showed: Frank Summers took 25 snaps, the second-highest total of the season for him, and Lee Smith was out there 50 times. Meanwhile, third receiver Chris Hogan saw just 19 snaps. (Marcus Easley, for the record, had three.)

Aided by the injuries in front of him, Marquise Goodwin has played a combined 103 snaps in the past two weeks; expect him to see a significant amount of playing time even after Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods have returned to the lineup.

Finally, at long last, Bills fans have seen more of Doug Legursky (410 snaps) than Colin Brown (396) this season. Also, while we're talking about offensive linemen, the team's trio of iron men - Cordy Glenn, Erik Pears and Eric Wood - remain at 100 percent participation through 11 weeks.

Mario Williams played every snap against the Jets. He's now up to 87.4 percent of snaps played this season, more than only two defenders: Kiko Alonso (still at 100 percent) and Aaron Williams (91.6 percent). Williams has taken a back seat over the last three weeks, but just like with Spiller, it's only a matter of time before he surfaces with another big statistical day or two.

Manny Lawson has been healthy for the past three weeks, and the snap disparity between he and Jerry Hughes shows how those two factor into the defense opposite Williams: Lawson has played 121 snaps to Hughes' 78 in that stretch. The Bills have developed a nice platoon outside, where Hughes is a designated pass rusher and Lawson is a capable SAM 'backer in the base defense with coverage ability in certain passing looks.

Five snaps. That's all we'll need from Stephon Gilmore in Week 12 against Atlanta before we can finally say that we've seen more of him than Justin Rogers this season. Gilmore played every snap against the Jets, which he also did against Pittsburgh, and has only missed four snaps in the last three weeks.

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