Revisiting Thursday's offensive snaps

October, 7, 2013
CLEVELAND -- A look at snaps played by Buffalo Bills skill-position players in Thursday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were utilized (totals provided by the NFL):

WR Robert Woods -- 73 of 77
TE Scott Chandler -- 65 of 77
WR T.J. Graham -- 61 of 77
RB Fred Jackson -- 50 of 77
QB EJ Manuel -- 46 of 77
WR Chris Hogan -- 38 of 77
TE Lee Smith -- 34 of 77
QB Jeff Tuel -- 31 of 77
RB Tashard Choice -- 14 of 77
FB Frank Summers -- 14 of 77
WR Steve Johnson -- 13 of 77
RB C.J. Spiller -- 13 of 77
WR Marcus Easley -- 8 of 77

ANALYSIS: Injuries took their toll here, with Spiller (17 percent of total snaps), Johnson (17 percent) and Manuel (60 percent) all limited. Going forward, Spiller and Johnson figure to see an uptick in snaps as they get back to full health, and Manuel is expected to be out for several weeks. ... Johnson's injury, in particular, led to an increase in playing time for Graham and Hogan. They were each targeted five times, making two catches each. ... Woods continues to be among the iron men of the team, playing nearly every snap after going wire-to-wire the past two weeks. ... Jackson stepped in 65 percent of the time, a gutsy performance from the veteran who sprained his MCL just four days prior. He has been among the NFL's better all-around running backs this season.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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