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Bills-Giants Hall of Fame Game 2014: snap counts, offense

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Here, we take a peek at snap counts from the Bills-Giants preseason game to extrapolate some insight into the team's position battles on offense.

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The Buffalo Bills will be back on the practice field at St. John Fisher College this evening as they continue their prep for the 2014 season. Before we turn our attention back to Pittsford, however, let's take one final look at the Bills-Giants Hall of Fame Game to pore over rep counts. That will lend some insight into position battles, and the special teams reps are of particular interest, as well.

QB

  • Thad Lewis (32)
  • Jeff Tuel (26)
  • EJ Manuel (10)

By now, you're well aware that Tuel was the second-team quarterback, and Lewis was the third-team quarterback. Dennis Dixon did not see any playing time. Lewis and Tuel will likely flip roles for Friday's game in Carolina.

RB

  • Anthony Dixon (26)
  • Bryce Brown (18)
  • Ronnie Wingo (14)
  • Fred Jackson (6)
  • C.J. Spiller (5)

The pecking order behind Jackson and Spiller is starting to become more ironclad: it's Dixon, then Brown, then Wingo. Brown might change that if he has more games like he had in Canton.

FB

  • Evan Rodriguez (13)
  • Frank Summers (10)

No real surprises here. Summers ran with the first-team offense.

WR

  • Robert Woods (33)
  • T.J. Graham (25)
  • Kevin Elliott (25)
  • Chris Hogan (21)
  • Marcus Easley (18)
  • Chris Summers (14)
  • Sammy Watkins (10)
  • Mike Williams (10)
  • Caleb Holley (9)
  • Tori Gurley (6)

We've been over the roles of the top seven receivers on the depth chart, with Woods being cross-trained outside and in the slot. Naaman Roosevelt was the only healthy receiver that didn't see any time on offense on Sunday. Graham, Elliott, Hogan, and Easley (in no particular order) are the guys that are in the fight of their lives trying to make the 53-man roster.

TE

  • Chris Gragg (46)
  • Dominique Jones (16)
  • Lee Smith (14)

Smith is a known commodity and Jones is still relatively new to the roster, so it's no surprise that Gragg took the lion's share of the tight end reps. How his counts diminish when Tony Moeaki returns this preseason (if he does) will be interesting.

OT

  • Cyrus Kouandjio (41)
  • Seantrel Henderson (30)
  • Erik Pears (28)
  • Edawn Coughman (25)
  • Chris Hairston (13)

Also not surprising: Kouandjio and Henderson taking a ton of tackle reps. Hairston spent his time exclusively at tackle in this contest, as well; he's still fighting off lingering back soreness, which might explain the low rep count, too. The Bills might need Hairston to play tackle in preseason games as long as Cordy Glenn is sidelined, which might hamper his ability to make waves at right guard.

OG

  • Antoine McClain (41)
  • Cyril Richardson (29)
  • Chris Williams (27)
  • Kraig Urbik (26)
  • J.J. 'Unga (13)

The two starters, Williams and Urbik, saw plenty of playing time, but Richardson worked into the mix early, too, as expected. The low number for 'Unga may be explained by his missing some time recently due to injury. Richardson is the name to watch if anyone is going to beat out Urbik for the starting right guard job.

C

  • Doug Legursky (44)
  • Macky MacPherson (14)
  • Eric Wood (10)

Wood was the only lineman that exited the game at the same time as Manuel, Spiller, Jackson, Watkins, and Mike Williams. Legursky will end up taking the overwhelming majority of center snaps this preseason.

Special Teams

Below is a list of non-linemen that played at least five snaps on special teams in Canton.

  • WR Marcus Easley (10)
  • WR Chris Hogan (9)
  • RB Anthony Dixon (8)
  • RB Bryce Brown (8)
  • FB Evan Rodriguez (8)
  • WR T.J. Graham (7)
  • WR Kevin Elliott (7)
  • FB Frank Summers (6)

Graham played a total of two snaps on teams last season, so the Bills are at least giving him a look in that department - though it should be noted that several of those reps came as a returner. If Brown can be a useful special teams player, that would make him just as valuable an addition as Dixon. Easley, the team's best special teams player, blocked a punt in Canton, which serves to re-affirm that guys like Graham and Elliott will need to do special things on offense or on teams to beat him out for a job.