Let's play a game, Buffalo Rumblings.
Below are the names of five young Buffalo Bills players - all of them Buddy Nix draft picks, by the way, and expected to compete for prominent roles on the Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone Bills - and the amount of playing time they received in 2012 under the team's previous coaching staff. Our question for you: will each player see more or less playing time this coming season?
- RB C.J. Spiller: 56.2 percent of offensive snaps
- WR T.J. Graham: 68.8 percent of offensive snaps
- DL Alex Carrington: 31.4 percent of defensive snaps
- DB Aaron Williams: 50.3 percent of defensive snaps
- SS Da'Norris Searcy: 25.0 percent of defensive snaps
Each player is an interesting case study. Spiller, arguably the team's best player, is expected to see more touches, but does that necessarily mean more reps? Graham was on the field by necessity last year, and he's part of a muddled group of talented youngsters this year. Carrington is in another new scheme and has established players in front of him, but has been productive when called upon. Williams is making a position switch, yet played a ton when healthy last year. Searcy is at the deepest position on the team, but has no established veterans in front of him anymore.
Let's hear it, Bills fans: will each of these players see more or less playing time in 2013?