As is our weekly custom, regardless of if the Buffalo Bills win or lose (they won convincingly yesterday, 41-14, over the Miami Dolphins), we've updated our 2015 snap counts page that serves as a running tally for the amount of time players are playing during the season. Here's what stands out to us not just from yesterday's big win, but through the first three weeks of the season, as well.
Running back splits: Just last week, we talked about how LeSean McCoy was taking roughly 70 percent of snaps, with rookie Karlos Williams coming in well behind at 27.5 percent - and how that probably wouldn't change as long as McCoy stayed healthy. Well, here we are today, talking about how McCoy spent a good deal of a blowout win resting on the sidelines while Williams and Boobie Dixon took nearly half of the running back reps in the contest (they combined for 33 to McCoy's 34). The Bills are seeing enough production out of Williams where they could conceivably give him a larger share of the workload for a couple of weeks and allow McCoy to rest up, so to speak, without deactivating him.
Plenty of Clay: We knew coming into the season that offensive coordinator Greg Roman would heavily utilize the tight end position, and that has thus far proven to be true - but with a twist. Where most expected the Bills to use multiple tight ends frequently, neither Matthew Mulligan (23 percent of snaps) nor MarQueis Gray (10.7 percent) have been heavily involved in the offense. Instead, it has been Charles Clay that has seen the bulk of the work, as he has only missed 14 plays through three games, participating in 92.9 percent of snaps. For the sake of comparison: last year's starting tight end, Scott Chandler, played 70.5 percent of snaps.
The 100 percenters: After three games, the Bills still have five players that have taken part in every snap on their respective unit. Three of them are offensive linemen: left tackle Cordy Glenn, left guard Richie Incognito, and center Eric Wood have played all 196 offensive snaps so far this season. Defensively, two back-seven defenders make the cut: linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Stephon Gilmore have yet to miss a play.
D-Line depth: The Bills employ six defensive linemen on their 53-man roster. In all three games this season, only three of them have been active on game day. Andre Fluellen has been a healthy scratch for all three weeks, and after Marcell Dareus served his Week 1 suspension, Stefan Charles was a healthy scratch in Week 2, and then Alex Carrington was yesterday. Right now, the only defensive lineman that looks to be guaranteed playing time on a week-to-week basis behind the starters is Corbin Bryant, who is having a strong season.
Special teams update: In an effort to keep the names fresh in our memories on a week-to-week basis, we'll keep track of the Bills reserves that are participating in at least 50 percent of the team's total special teams snaps. There are still seven such players: wide receiver Marcus Easley (69.3 percent of special teams snaps), running back Dixon (68.2 percent), linebacker Randell Johnson (67 percent), tight end Gray (64.8 percent), safety Duke Williams (60.2 percent), wide receiver Chris Hogan (55.7 percent), and cornerback Ron Brooks (52.3 percent).