Bills-Jaguars snap counts: Frank Summers re-emerges

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills went "big" on offense in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, while they dealt with some injuries on the defensive side of the ball.

Lineup experimentation and the incorporation of project players went by the wayside for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, as for the most part they stuck with their usual faces in pursuit of their 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let's dive into the numbers.

Offense

Player Pos. JAX TOT %
EJ Manuel QB 76 694 68.5%
Fred Jackson RB 52 585 57.7%
C.J. Spiller RB 22 319 31.5%
Frank Summers FB 29 195 19.2%
Evan Rodriguez FB 8 13 1.3%
Robert Woods WR 66 797 78.7%
Stevie Johnson WR 64 701 69.2%
T.J. Graham WR 24 689 68.0%
Marquise Goodwin WR 15 287 28.3%
Scott Chandler TE 49 798 78.8%
Lee Smith TE 45 366 36.1%
Chris Gragg TE 5 51 5.0%
Cordy Glenn OT 76 1,013 100.0%
Erik Pears OT 76 1,013 100.0%
Thomas Welch OT 1 8 0.8%
Kraig Urbik OG 76 998 98.5%
Doug Legursky OG 76 617 60.9%
Eric Wood C 76 1,013 100.0%

When the Bills use their fullback(s) more than they use their third receiver, you know they've made a sudden and dramatic shift in philosophy. Granted, the Bills were also using Frank Summers as their third running back on the day, but if you add in the numbers for Lee Smith, it's clear that the team was going big on Sunday. The only downside to that approach: a smaller than ideal workload for Marquise Goodwin, who nonetheless drew two big penalties in the game.

This idea that Robert Woods is the Bills' No. 1 receiver is not without merit. Stevie Johnson's numbers are better, but Woods and EJ Manuel have had longer stretches where they've clicked than Manuel and Johnson have. That was painfully evident on Sunday, as well - though obviously, there may have been outside circumstances that played into that dichotomy.

Chris Gragg had a nice day, and he did it with only five snaps played. If he can make more plays like that, his snap counts should increase.

Buffalo had planned on rotating backup guard J.J. Unga into the lineup at right guard, but the team was performing so well up front from the second quarter on that the Bills seemed to decide to just roll with it. The only reserve lineman to play was Thomas Welch, who came in on the goal line play that yielded a touchdown throw from Manuel to Summers.

Defense

Player Pos. JAX TOT %
Kyle Williams DL 62 829 81.6%
Marcell Dareus DL 44 761 74.9%
Alan Branch DL 44 518 51.0%
Corbin Bryant DL 36 269 26.5%
Stefan Charles DL 14 54 5.3%
Mario Williams OLB 65 876 86.2%
Manny Lawson OLB 50 610 60.0%
Jerry Hughes OLB 34 548 53.9%
Ty Powell OLB 3 10 1.0%
Kiko Alonso LB 75 1,016 100.0%
Nigel Bradham LB 14 221 21.8%
Arthur Moats LB 1 293 28.8%
Stephon Gilmore CB 75 523 51.5%
Leodis McKelvin CB 74 802 78.9%
Nickell Robey CB 56 543 53.4%
Ron Brooks CB 2 40 3.9%
Jairus Byrd S 74 559 55.0%
Aaron Williams S 55 926 91.1%
Da'Norris Searcy S 37 646 63.6%
Jim Leonhard S 10 484 47.6%

Marcell Dareus left this contest early with a reported ankle injury, leading to inflated rep numbers for Corbin Bryant (and, to a lesser degree, Stefan Charles). Dareus had taken more snaps than Kyle Williams in each of the previous three games, to give you a ballpark idea at the number of snaps that the team distributed after Dareus left.

Aaron Williams was the other Bills defender to leave early when he injured his ribs. Da'Norris Searcy and Jim Leonhard were the main beneficiaries; Searcy hadn't played that much since the New Orleans game, and Leonhard broke double digits for the first time in a month.

Thanks to the Jaguars playing from behind for most of the second half, the Bills spent a lot of time in nickel, as evidenced by slightly elevated numbers for Jerry Hughes and Nickell Robey. Both players turned in very solid performances in the victory. Staying in sub-packages put a dent in the numbers for Nigel Bradham, who remains firmly ahead of Arthur Moats late in the season, but who was down from 47 snaps a week ago.

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