If you weren't already aware of this, one of our weekly tasks here at Buffalo Rumblings is to update our Buffalo Bills snap counts page following the team's latest game. That page is constantly bookmarked under the "Library" header in our site's nav bar for your reference; these are the five snap-count-related factoids that stick out to us after Thursday's win over the New York Jets.
Sammy Watkins is healthier: You may have already gleaned this, considering some of the highlights of Watkins smoking Darrelle Revis in coverage (which he did on multiple occasions, I promise you, despite his modest stat line), but the Bills' top receiver is definitely healthier. After playing just 60 percent (33 of 55) of snaps the week prior against Miami, Watkins played 58 out of the Bills' 65 offensive snaps in New Jersey (89.2 percent). With the Bills on an extended rest period, he may play even more in New England.
Charles Clay is crucial: Eyebrows were raised when the Bills handed a fat contract to Clay this offseason, but his production (40 receptions, 408 yards, two touchdowns) has been solid through nine games - and that's not even the most impressive stat line for him. In those nine games, Clay has played on 95.1 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps, which dwarfs the overall percentage of last year's since-departed starter, Scott Chandler (70.5 percent). Clearly, Clay is crucial to Greg Roman's plans offensively.
Carrington replaces Mario: How did the Bills replace Mario Williams, who exited the game after just eight snaps due to illness? The player with the biggest uptick in playing time was Alex Carrington, who played a season-high 43 snaps at both end and tackle. Williams is expected to be back at full health for next Monday's trip to Massachusetts.
IK's role seems set in stone: It had been happening for two weeks entering Thursday night, and with a third straight week of significant reps, we can now safely say that IK Enemkpali has a significant sub-package role in this Bills defense down the stretch. He's brought in as a defensive end on passing downs, and over the last three weeks has turned in rep count totals of 10, 24, and 15 snaps. He's here to stay.
Safety rotation: It may have seemed like Bacarri Rambo was all over the field for the Bills in the win over the Jets - and he was, forcing two turnovers on defense and another on special teams - but that isn't the whole story. Even before Leodis McKelvin returned to the lineup last week, Rambo had clearly fallen back behind Duke Williams in the pecking order at safety, and that has continued since McKelvin's return. In the last two games, McKelvin has played 77 snaps, Williams 47, and Rambo just 20 (17 of which came against the Jets). Rambo certainly made the most of his playing time opportunity on Thursday Night Football.