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Bills vs. Dolphins, NFL Week 2: continuing snap count trends

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The snap counts are in from the Bills' 29-10 win over the Dolphins, and not much changed from their 23-20 overtime win over the Bears the week prior.

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I still have not had an opportunity to finish watching the Buffalo Bills' 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins yesterday, but snap counts are cold, hard data, so we can start our post-game conversations there.

For those of you that don't know, we keep a page dedicated exclusively to snap count data for the season. That page has been updated with yesterday's rep counts from the Bills-Dolphins game; let's run through them now.

Offense

  • QB EJ Manuel - 59 (100.0%)
  • RB Fred Jackson - 31 (52.5%)
  • RB C.J. Spiller - 25 (42.4%)
  • RB Boobie Dixon - 3 (5.1%)
  • FB Frank Summers - 25 (42.4%)
  • WR Sammy Watkins - 50 (84.7%)
  • WR Robert Woods - 47 (79.7%)
  • WR Mike Williams - 26 (44.1%)
  • WR Marquise Goodwin - 10 (16.9%)
  • TE Chris Gragg - 35 (59.3%)
  • TE Scott Chandler - 34 (57.6%)
  • OT Cordy Glenn - 59 (100.0%)
  • OT Seantrel Henderson - 59 (100.0%)
  • OT Chris Hairston - 9 (15.3%)
  • OG Chris Williams - 59 (100.0%)
  • OG Erik Pears - 59 (100.0%)
  • C Eric Wood - 59 (100.0%)

No huge surprises here, but it's interesting to see that roles for Gragg, Summers, and Hairston continue to exist in the ongoing absence of Lee Smith. Buffalo's blocking tight end won't eliminate all three completely from the game plan when he returns, but all three should see reduced playing time, with the possible exception of Summers. Gragg, in particular, has had a nice opportunity to see a lot of playing time.

Defense

  • DE Mario Williams - 54 (68.4%)
  • DE Jerry Hughes - 51 (64.6%)
  • DE Manny Lawson - 28 (35.4%)
  • DE Jarius Wynn - 25 (31.6%)
  • DT Kyle Williams - 52 (65.8%)
  • DT Corbin Bryant - 39 (49.4%)
  • DT Marcell Dareus - 38 (48.1%)
  • DT Stefan Charles - 22 (27.8%)
  • LB Preston Brown - 79 (100.0%)
  • LB Nigel Bradham - 66 (83.5%)
  • LB Brandon Spikes - 15 (19.0%)
  • LB Ty Powell - 1 (1.3%)
  • CB Corey Graham - 72 (91.1%)
  • CB Nickell Robey - 68 (86.1%)
  • CB Stephon Gilmore - 53 (67.1%)
  • CB Leodis McKelvin - 33 (41.8%)
  • S Aaron Williams - 79 (100.0%)
  • S Da'Norris Searcy - 74 (93.7%)
  • S Duke Williams - 16 (20.3%)

Brown, the third-round rookie out of Louisville, continued to be the Bills' every-down linebacker even after Bradham's return to the lineup. It should not be surprising if that continues when Keith Rivers is healthy again, but we'll wait and see on that front. Spikes is not going to see much playing time when teams use up-tempo, 11-personnel looks the way Miami did. At corner, it's looking like the Bills might rely on a three-man rotation of Graham, Gilmore, and McKelvin until all three are fully healthy on the outside - but once that happens, the groundwork has clearly been laid for Graham to start across from Gilmore.

Special Teams

  • RB Boobie Dixon - 21 (67.7%)
  • WR Marcus Easley - 21 (67.7%)
  • LB Ty Powell - 21 (67.7%)
  • S Duke Williams - 21 (67.7%)
  • LB Randell Johnson - 20 (64.5%)
  • CB Ron Brooks - 19 (61.3%)
  • WR Chris Hogan - 17 (54.8%)
  • CB Nickell Robey - 14 (45.2%)
  • P Colton Schmidt - 12 (38.7%)
  • LS Garrison Sanborn - 12 (38.7%)
  • DE Manny Lawson - 9 (29.0%)
  • WR Robert Woods - 8 (25.8%)
  • WR Marquise Goodwin - 8 (25.8%)
  • TE Scott Chandler - 8 (25.8%)
  • TE Chris Gragg - 8 (25.8%)
  • OT Cordy Glenn - 8 (25.8%)
  • OT Seantrel Henderson - 8 (25.8%)
  • OT Chris Hairston - 8 (25.8%)
  • OG Chris Williams - 8 (25.8%)
  • OG Erik Pears - 8 (25.8%)
  • OG Kraig Urbik - 8 (25.8%)
  • CB Leodis McKelvin - 8 (25.8%)
  • S Aaron Williams - 8 (25.8%)
  • K Dan Carpenter - 8 (25.8%)
  • P Jordan Gay - 8 (25.8%)
  • LB Preston Brown - 7 (22.6%)
  • S Da'Norris Searcy - 6 (19.4%)
  • LB Brandon Spikes - 5 (16.1%)
  • DT Corbin Bryant - 4 (12.9%)
  • CB Corey Graham - 4 (12.9%)
  • RB C.J. Spiller - 3 (9.7%)
  • FB Frank Summers - 3 (9.7%)
  • LB Nigel Bradham - 3 (9.7%)
  • DE Mario Williams - 2 (6.5%)
  • DE Jarius Wynn - 2 (6.5%)
  • DT Kyle Williams - 2 (6.5%)
  • DT Marcell Dareus - 1 (3.2%)

Buffalo's core specialists are becoming obvious: they're Powell, Dixon, Easley, Brooks, and Duke Williams, with Johnson and Hogan hovering in that territory, as well. Spiller, meanwhile, packed quite the wallop in terms of impact in just three special teams snaps. Also: good for coordinator Danny Crossman, a favorite offseason whipping boy whose special teams units have been impeccable through two weeks.