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Buffalo Bills snap count notes from Week 2 loss to Carolina Panthers

What did the Bills’ playing time look like in Carolina?

The Buffalo Bills dropped an ugly 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, one they still had a chance to win right up to the final moments. How did the playing time break down over the course of the game?

Offense (54 total snaps)

QB Tyrod Taylor - 54
RB LeSean McCoy - 40
RB Mike Tolbert - 13
FB Patrick DiMarco - 13
TE Charles Clay - 45
TE Nick O’Leary - 20
TE Logan Thomas - 1
WR Jordan Matthews - 50
WR Zay Jones - 49
WR Andre Holmes - 34
WR Kaelin Clay - 5
OT Jordan Mills - 54
OT Dion Dawkins - 37
OT Cordy Glenn - 17
G Richie Incognito - 54
G John Miller - 54
C Eric Wood - 54

  • Glenn left the game in the second half with what appeared to be a foot injury, leading to a heavy dose of Dawkins at left tackle. Both players saw time in the season opener, but the injury led to what had been a roughly 2-1 split in favor of Glenn flipping the other way on Sunday.
  • All four players who played every snap in Week 1 (Taylor, Mills, Miller, and Incognito) did the same in Week 2. Aside from those three, the only players who have been in at least 80% of the Bills snaps through two games are Matthews (89.3), Jones (87.8) and Charles Clay (84.0).
  • With Tate ending up as a healthy scratch, Kaelin Clay saw his first action with the Bills’ offense. He only appeared in five snaps and didn’t do anything, but that’s a bigger cut than Tate saw with the offense in Week 1.

Defense (68 total snaps)

DT Kyle Williams - 46
DT Adolphus Washington - 32
DT Cedric Thornton - 31
DT Marcell Dareus - 17
DE Jerry Hughes - 45
DE Shaq Lawson - 42
DE Ryan Davis - 26
DE Eddie Yarbrough - 23
LB Preston Brown - 68
LB Ramon Humber - 63
LB Lorenzo Alexander - 43
CB Tre’Davious White - 66
CB E.J. Gaines - 64
CB Leonard Johnson - 46
CB Shareece Wright - 2
S Jordan Poyer - 68
S Micah Hyde - 66

  • Dareus left the game early in the first drive and missed several drives, leading to a much larger cut for Washington and Thornton than they saw against the New York Jets. Williams was also spelled a few times, including once when he took a hit to the eye and ended up with a nice shiner.
  • Two players remain who have played in all 126 defensive snaps for the Bills this year: Brown and Poyer. White and Hyde were both in the group, but both sat a couple plays against the Panthers.
  • Gaines momentarily left the game after seemingly re-aggravating his shoulder injury, which was once again the only time Wright saw any action with the defense.
  • Alexander saw a nice uptick in his action from the first week, going for about a quarter of the defensive snaps to about two-thirds against the Panthers. His playing time seemed to largely come at the expense of Hughes and Johnson, both of whom were right around the same total as they had against the Jets despite having ten more plays against the Panthers.

Special Teams Notes

  • With Tate on the bench, return duties fell on Kaelin Clay (punts) and Taiwan Jones (kickoffs). Jones continued to serve as a gunner on punt coverage even with the promotion on kick returns.
  • With Joe Banyard also on the bench as a healthy scratch, Deon Lacey stepped into a bigger role on special teams with 16 snaps, tied for the team lead with rookie linebacker Matt Milano. Jones and backup quarterback Joe Webb were both one off their pace, while a handful of players came in with 12 (including Alexander).
  • Despite earning a nice salary bump by way of restricted free agency this past offseason, Ryan Groy can barely see the field even on special teams. He’s played five snaps combined over the last two weeks, dropping to only one against the Panthers.