Defensive snaps: Byrd limited to 48 percent

October, 15, 2013
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A look at snaps played by Buffalo Bills defensive players, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were utilized (totals provided by the NFL):

LB Kiko Alonso -- 86 of 86
S Jim Leonhard -- 83 of 86
DE Mario Williams -- 78 of 86
S Da'Norris Searcy -- 76 of 86
OLB Jerry Hughes -- 76 of 86
DT Kyle Williams -- 71 of 86
S Aaron Williams -- 70 of 86
CB Leodis McKelvin -- 68 of 86
DT Marcell Dareus -- 60 of 86
DT Alan Branch -- 47 of 86
S Jairus Byrd -- 41 of 86
LB Nigel Bradham -- 39 of 86
LB Arthur Moats -- 36 of 86
CB Stephon Gilmore -- 26 of 86
OLB Manny Lawson -- 25 of 86
CB Nickell Robey -- 22 of 86
DL Corbin Bryant -- 19 of 86
DL Jay Ross -- 11 of 86
OLB Jamaal Westerman -- 8 of 86
S Duke Williams -- 1 of 86
S Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 65
CB Brandon Smith -- 0 of 65

Analysis: Playing in his first game this season, Byrd was on the field for less than half the time. The Bills leaned heavily on Leonard (97 percent) and Searcy (88 percent), with Byrd coming on as a third safety in sub packages. Presumably, the Bills will try to work Byrd into more of a full-time role in the coming games, if he is not traded. ... Gilmore played 30 percent of defensive snaps and was hampered by having to wear a large club on his injured left hand. The expectation is that he'll be worked more slowly back into full-time duty compared to Byrd. ... The trickle-effect of Lawson's second quarter injury can be seen between an increase in snaps for Hughes (88 percent) and Bradham (45 percent). Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Lawson is healthy and ready to go Sunday, so both Hughes and Bradham should return to a more normal snap count, as both are mostly situational players. ... Robey's 22 snaps were lower than one might expect for an up-and-coming player. The Bills appear to be high on Robey, but this may have been a case where he didn't match up well against a taller group of Bengals receivers. Byrd coming on as the fifth defensive back also lessened Robey's playing time.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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