Before we dive into all that 2019 has in store for us as fans of the Buffalo Bills, we get one more go-around with weekly snap counts. Let’s take a look at who contributed in the squishing of the fish. And not to hype it too much, but we have a fun factoid to take with you after such a momentous game. Data courtesy of Pro Football Reference.
Offense (62 snaps)
Josh Allen was a member of the 100% club, which means he exited healthy. Three linemen also hit that mark; Ryan Groy, Wyatt Teller and Dion Dawkins. Ike Boettger and John Miller split guard reps right down the middle. Jordan Mills was replaced by Conor McDermott after being ejected for his part in the skirmish started by Kiko Alonso.
Zay Jones nearly missed the 100% club, as did Robert Foster. With the high rate of snaps for both, it’s a safe bet they’re viewed as part of the foundation moving forward. For receivers, after those two there’s a huge cliff, with Isaiah McKenzie the third-highest in playing time with 21%. Ray-Ray McCloud III, Da’Mari Scott and Victor Bolden Jr. came into the game for a few plays.
Charles Clay was active this week but still didn’t surpass the playing time of Jason Croom, though it was pretty close with Croom edging out Clay 30 snaps to 29. Logan Thomas is still playing third fiddle.
The highest number of snaps to a back went to...PATRICK DIMARCO? Really? DiMarco has been used sparingly, averaging about 15% of playing time this year. The jump to 58% is glaring, as a result. LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory saw equal time at 50% each. This could become an intriguing position group to watch during the off-season.
The big news, of course, is Kyle Williams getting two snaps on offense at the fullback position. He helped Josh Allen into the end zone on his first play, and caught a nine-yard pass on his second. Kyle Williams now retires with a 100% catch rate and 9 yards-per-catch average to go along with his 100% touchdown rate in the run game. Williams will be known as the best dual threat fullback to play the game.
Defense (61 snaps)
Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Levi Wallace and Tremaine Edmunds all hit 100% as expected. Rafael Bush, listed as a safety, played every down in the nickel role. Though the Bills have often run nickel heavy personnel, this is Bush’s first 100% game. Bush has seen increased time after the injury to Taron Johnson. Tre’Davious White was injured midway through the game and was replaced by Lafayette Pitts. Adding up the totals, this means the Bills played nickel defense for the entire game.
Lorenzo Alexander has seen increasing time with the injury to Matt Milano and he also joins the 100% club this week. With Edmunds also at 100% and the Bills using nickel the entire game, Corey Thompson’s ten snaps mean Lorenzo Alexander saw time at defensive tackle that many times. Alexander has filled in on the line for pass rushing situations.
Looking at the defensive tackle numbers, they all landed around their usual playing time. Kyle Williams was a touch below his usual mid-60s, but he did fill in on offense. Breaking down the numbers further though, they’re 12 short of the expected 122 (two spots per play at 61 snaps each). With Alexander filling in on ten, that leaves two unaccounted for.
Jerry Hughes and Mike Love rotated at one defensive end spot, and hit the 100% cleanly. Trent Murphy edged out Shaq Lawson for the starter role at the other end spot but the total comes out to 63 snaps, two higher than expected. Shaq Lawson has seen time at defensive tackle in the past and this is likely the explanation behind the math anomaly.
Special teams (29 snaps)
Since it’s the end of the season, here’s the entire list of 36 players who came in on special teams. This is why the full list usually isn’t provided. It’s kind of long. There’s not too many stories to tell even showing a list with this many names. Stephen Hauschka averages just over 25% of snaps normally but saw extra time on the field as a result of all those touchdowns. Each score brings Hauschka out for two snaps (extra point and resulting kickoff). He doesn’t usually make the list as he doesn’t break the 25% barrier, but Kyle Williams does usually see time on special teams. He’s a big reason to include the full list this week so I have the pleasure of pointing out that this means he was a three-phase player. There’s no end more fitting than letting one of the all-time greats go out and have a little fun at every opportunity.