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Monday, October 7, 2013
Defensive snaps: Rogers drops off

By Mike Rodak

CLEVELAND -- 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 -- 68 of 68
S Da'Norris Searcy -- 68 of 68
S Aaron Williams -- 67 of 68
OLB Manny Lawson -- 64 of 68
S Jim Leonhard -- 63 of 68
DE Mario Williams -- 61 of 68
DT Kyle Williams -- 59 of 68
CB Leodis McKelvin -- 58 of 68
DT Marcell Dareus -- 57 of 68
CB Nickell Robey -- 39 of 68
DT Alan Branch -- 34 of 68
DL Corbin Bryant -- 28 of 68
OLB Jerry Hughes -- 26 of 68
LB Arthur Moats -- 21 of 68
DL Jay Ross -- 12 of 68
LB Nigel Bradham -- 8 of 68
S Duke Williams -- 5 of 68
CB Justin Rogers -- 5 of 68
OLB Marcus Dowtin -- 4 of 68
OLB Jamaal Westerman -- 1 of 68
CB Brandon Burton -- 0 of 65
CB Johnny Adams -- 0 of 65
S Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 65

Analysis: Aaron Williams played all but one snap four days after not finishing the win over the Ravens with a lower back injury ... It initially looked like the Bills would ease McKelvin back into action, with Justin Rogers and Williams starting the game at cornerback, but McKelvin quickly stepped in and played a heavy workload (58 snaps). ... As a result, Rogers was limited to just five snaps, by far his lowest total of the season. He played every snap in Week 4's win over the Ravens. ... The trickle-down effect of McKelvin's return continued to Burton, who did not play a defensive snap after seeing action on 17 plays against Baltimore. ... Another week, another game that Alonso did not come off the field. He was named September's NFL Rookie of the Month shortly before the contest. ... The Bills are continuing to get big contributions from a pair of veterans, Lawson (64 snaps) and Leonhard (63 snaps).