Defensive snaps: Robey takes over at nickel

September, 9, 2013
9/09/13
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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):

S Aaron Williams -- 91 of 91
LB Kiko Alonso -- 91 of 91
CB Leodis McKelvin -- 90 of 91
CB Justin Rogers -- 87 of 91
DE Mario Williams -- 73 of 91
DT Marcell Dareus -- 72 of 91
CB Nickell Robey -- 67 of 91
DT Kyle Williams -- 65 of 91
OLB Jerry Hughes -- 62 of 91
S Da'Norris Searcy -- 60 of 91
S Jim Leonhard -- 57 of 91
DT Alex Carrington -- 57 of 91
OLB Manny Lawson -- 37 of 91
DT Alan Branch -- 33 of 91
LB Arthur Moats -- 24 of 91
LB Nigel Bradham -- 19 of 91
CB Ron Brooks -- 10 of 91
S Duke Williams -- 4 of 91
OLB Jamaal Westerman -- 3 of 91
CB Brandon Burton -- 0 of 91
OLB Marcus Dowtin -- 0 of 91
S Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 91

ANALYSIS: The Patriots were on the field for more than 37 minutes of the game clock, leading to the high number of total snaps (91). For Buffalo, 16 players played at least 20 percent of defensive snaps. ... The Patriots had at least three wide receivers for 59 of those snaps, putting the Bills in their sub defense the majority of the game. ... Linebacker Nigel Bradham, who projects as a starter when the Bills are in their "base" defense, stands out (19 snaps) among those with fewer snaps in the game. The Bills seemed to prefer Arthur Moats in that role against the Patriots. ... Undrafted rookie Nickell Robey started as the nickel cornerback over Ron Brooks, a change from the preseason. Brooks played 10 snaps before suffering a foot fracture and leaving the game. ... Safety Jim Leonhard played 57 snaps less than a week after being signed. That speaks to his experience in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's system.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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