Offensive snaps: Spiller plays 33 percent

November, 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- A look at snaps played by Buffalo Bills skill-position players in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were utilized (totals provided by the NFL):

QB EJ Manuel -- 67 of 67
WR T.J. Graham -- 62 of 67
WR Marquise Goodwin -- 46 of 67
TE Scott Chandler -- 45 of 67
RB Fred Jackson -- 44 of 67
WR Steve Johnson -- 43 of 67
TE Lee Smith -- 27 of 67
RB C.J. Spiller -- 22 of 67
TE Chris Gragg -- 16 of 67
WR Marcus Easley -- 11 of 67
FB Frank Summers -- 10 of 67
WR Chris Hogan -- 8 of 67
RB Tashard Choice -- 1 of 67

ANALYSIS: Spiller's 22 snaps were 33 percent of the Bills' total offensive snaps. That's the most he's played since Week 4, when he suffered his high-ankle sprain, but it's also significantly below his playing time in Weeks 1 and 2 (58.7 percent in each game). Coach Doug Marrone said last week that Spiller, who was removed from the injury report, was a "full go," but noted that the game plan would still dictate his playing time. Game plan, injury, or something else, Spiller didn't play a full workload and finished with just 23 yards on eight carries. ... Without Robert Woods and with Johnson hobbled in the second half, the Bills leaned heavily on Graham and Goodwin. Both are deep threats but are not polished underneath receivers, which didn't help Manuel in his return. ... Gragg's 16 snaps were a season high.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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