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Bills offseason preview: Safeties

February, 7, 2015
Feb 7
Continuing a position-by-position look at the Buffalo Bills' roster with an eye toward free agency and the draft:

Position: Safeties

2014 snaps:
Stat of note: The Bills allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 31.3 percent of their passes thrown at least 30 yards or more, tied for the 10th-highest completion rate on such plays in the league.

Pending free agents: Searcy (unrestricted)

2015 cap hits (position rank):
  • Aaron Williams: $3.9 million (21st in NFL)
  • Duke Williams: $702,563
  • Jonathan Meeks: $634,500
  • Rambo: $585,000
  • Kenny Ladler: $510,000
  • Deon Broomfield: $435,000

Money line: As part of his contract extension last spring, Aaron Williams has a $4.5-million option bonus due this year that adds the 2018 season to his deal. That gets amortized over the final three years of his contract, causing a slight spike in his cap numbers ($6.1 million in 2016, $6.625 million in 2017 and $6.825 million in 2018). In terms of average per year, he's currently the 10th-highest paid safety in the NFL. To an extent, that restricts what the Bills can offer Searcy, who is coming off his best season. If the price gets too high, the Bills can let Searcy walk while letting Duke Williams, who is still developing, slide into a starting role.

Market watch: Pending free agents include Devin McCourty, Tashaun Gipson (restricted), Rahim Moore, Mike Adams, Antrel Rolle, Nate Allen, Louis Delmas, Dawan Landry, Dwight Lowery, Searcy, Ryan Clark, Marcus Gilchrist, Quintin Demps, Ron Parker, Brandon Meriweather, Chris Conte, Kendrick Lewis, Darian Stewart, George Wilson, Sergio Brown and Stevie Brown.

Draft need: Moderate -- This would be a "low" need if Searcy re-signs. The Bills picked up two safeties (Duke Williams and Meeks) in the 2013 draft and kept two undrafted rookies (Ladler and Broomfield) last season. There are no shortage of young players at this position; it's just a matter of which ones can step up to the top of the depth chart. If Searcy signs elsewhere, it wouldn't hurt to add another name to the mix here.

Scout's take: "[Aaron] Williams is locked up for long term. I would think he would be the deep-third [of the field] guy for the next couple of years. I don't think he's going to any Pro Bowls or anything, but he has some coverage versatility. He can play some man, some deep center and he's an OK tackler. I think he's fine, especially when the pass rush is good. Another strong safety wouldn't be terrible. Bringing Searcy back wouldn't be terrible. ... If that's your worst spot in the secondary -- and you're stuck with what you have -- OK, that's not the end of the world." -- ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson

Quote of note: "The secondary is as talented as probably any group that's not in Seattle. ... They're guys that can play. They don't have the name recognition as some of the guys but [they're a] very talented group of defensive players. We're in the process of putting it all together." -- Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, to WGR 550 on Friday
Minutes after the Buffalo Bills announced that coach Doug Marrone had opted out of his contract and won't return next season, players began to react to the stunning development.

Here is a sampling:

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams (hip) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Williams finished Sunday's game in Oakland, playing 66 of 72 snaps.

The Bills were without cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus in practice on Wednesday, but injured reserve isn't an option for either player since their injuries aren't "major" and thus wouldn't qualify for the designation.

Here is the Bills' full injury report Wednesday:

Did not participate:
DT Marcell Dareus (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion protocol)

Limited participation:
S Aaron Williams (hip)
K Dan Carpenter (groin)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Defensive ends:
Mario Williams -- 40 of 60
Jerry Hughes -- 34 of 60
Manny Lawson -- 26 of 60
Jarius Wynn -- 20 of 60

Quick-hit thoughts: Still a heavy rotation here although Williams, who played just 48 percent of snaps against the Jets, jumped up to 67 percent Sunday. Hughes continues to prove an efficient pass-rusher, tallying two sacks while playing just over half of the game's snaps. Wynn suffered a late-game knee injury that bears watching.

Defensive tackles:
Kyle Williams -- 43 of 60
Marcell Dareus -- 43 of 60
Stefan Charles -- 16 of 60
Corbin Bryant -- 15 of 60

Quick-hit thoughts: Very close to a 3:1 split here. Dareus received our game ball for his three-sack effort.

Preston Brown -- 60 of 60
Nigel Bradham -- 55 of 60
Brandon Spikes -- 37 of 60
Keith Rivers -- 6 of 60
Ty Powell -- 0 of 60 (special teams only)
Larry Dean -- 0 of 60 (special teams only)
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 60 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Nice bounce-back game from Bradham after he committed four penalties against the Jets. Bradham recorded seven tackles, a quarterback hit and a forced fumble Sunday. Brown's eight tackles led the team. As for Rivers, it's becoming increasingly clear he'll have a minimal role on the defense down the stretch, barring an injury.

Stephon Gilmore -- 60 of 60
Leodis McKelvin -- 54 of 60
Nickell Robey -- 27 of 60
Corey Graham -- 8 of 60
Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 60 (special teams only)
Ron Brooks -- 0 of 60 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Not much of Corey Graham, which is a change from recent games. The Chiefs aren't much of a spread offense and the Bills are healthier in their back-end, which resulted in less of a role for Graham. With Brooks out, Cockrell saw his first action of the season, exclusively on special teams.

Aaron Williams -- 49 of 60
Da'Norris Searcy -- 47 of 60
Duke Williams -- 20 of 60
Jerome Couplin -- 0 of 60 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: With Aaron Williams and Searcy healthier than they've been in past weeks, there was less of a rotation at this position. While their November schedule doesn't include many big-play quarterbacks, this group will need to be healthy and on its game for December.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 43-23 win over the New York Jets:

Defensive ends:
Jerry Hughes -- 53 of 84
Jarius Wynn -- 44 of 84
Mario Williams -- 40 of 84
Manny Lawson -- 31 of 84

Quick-hit thoughts: After playing in a season-low 58 percent of snaps last week, Williams' time continued to dip Sunday. He played in just 48 percent of snaps and was on the field less than Wynn. Assuming Williams' thumb injury (he was listed as a full participant in practice) isn't a major factor, it raises an interesting debate: Are the Bills better off sticking with a strict rotation and keeping Williams fresh, or should he be more of a full-time player given his exorbitant contract?

Defensive tackles:
Kyle Williams -- 49 of 84
Marcell Dareus -- 43 of 84
Corbin Bryant -- 39 of 84
Stefan Charles -- 34 of 84

Quick-hit thoughts: Much more of a rotation here than the past few weeks. Williams' back injury might have played a part in that. In general, it appears that the Bills went with a heavier defensive line rotation given their higher playing time (84 snaps) and a bigger, physical Jets offense.

Preston Brown -- 84 of 84
Nigel Bradham -- 79 of 84
Brandon Spikes -- 29 of 84
Keith Rivers -- 1 of 84
Larry Dean -- 0 of 84 (special teams only)
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 84 (special teams only)
Ty Powell -- 0 of 84 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Brown made the start over Rivers for a second consecutive week. At this point, with the Bills finally healthy at linebacker, it appears that Rivers will be no more than a part-time player going forward. Brown has proven a solid find in the third round.

Leodis McKelvin -- 75 of 84
Stephon Gilmore -- 66 of 84
Nickell Robey -- 56 of 84
Corey Graham -- 50 of 84
Ron Brooks -- 3 of 84
Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 84 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: After using Graham exclusively as a safety the last few weeks, the Bills worked him back into the mix at cornerback. He remains among the Bills' most versatile players, as he also saw time at safety in Sunday's game.

Da'Norris Searcy -- 55 of 84
Duke Williams -- 47 of 84
Aaron Williams -- 46 of 84
Kenny Ladler -- 0 of 84 (special teams only)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills continue to mix and match at this position as they deal with injuries. Aaron Williams, who was limited in practice all week with a neck injury, didn't get the start. Instead, Duke Williams and Searcy were the first combination, although Searcy and Graham were also the pairing in the back-end at one point.

Previewing Bills-Jets at MetLife Stadium

October, 26, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Welcome to MetLife Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills (4-3) meet the New York Jets (1-6) at 1 p.m. ET.

Weather conditions: Not a bad day for football. Temperatures will be about 60 degrees with morning sunshine giving way to some afternoon clouds. There is no threat of rain but wind could be a factor, with gusts over 20 mph.

Bills to test Marcus Easley: The Bills have a pair of questionable players, wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) and safety Aaron Williams (neck). There's more intrigue with Easley, who has missed the past four games with an MCL injury. The Bills will test his knee pregame and make a decision from there. He's their best special-teams player.

Four more inactives: With linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and running back Fred Jackson (groin) already declared out and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (doubtful, hamstring) unlikely to play, the Bills will need to declare four additional inactives if Easley can play. Cornerback Ross Cockrell and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio figure to be two of them.

Steratore gets the call: Gene Steratore is today’s referee.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Goodwin pulled up with the injury in practice last week and did not participate this week.

Meanwhile, special-teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game. Coach Doug Marrone said they will test Easley before the game to see if he can play.

Safety Aaron Williams (neck) is also questionable.

Here is the Bills' full Friday injury report:

LB Ty Powell (ankle; did not participate)
RB Fred Jackson (groin; did not participate)

WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring; did not participate)

WR Marcus Easley (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (neck; limited participation)

DE Mario Williams (thumb; full participation)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin; full participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; full participation)
CB Ron Brooks (groin; limited participation)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins was added to Wednesday's injury report with a groin injury but did not miss any practice time.

"I'm fine. I'm participating," Watkins said. "I had a great day today."

Watkins and defensive end Mario Williams (thumb), who was also added to the injury report Wednesday, were both listed as full participants.

Meanwhile, special-teams ace Marcus Easley was a limited participant after missing the last four weeks with a sprained MCL. He worked with trainers during warmups and was not on the practice field at the end of the session, making his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Jets less likely.

Here is the remainder of the Bills' injury report:

Did not participate:
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring)
LB Ty Powell (ankle)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)

Limited participation:
WR Marcus Easley (knee)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

Full participation:
DE Mario Williams (thumb)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs)

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills

October, 19, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A few thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 17-16 win Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

What it means: It was an ugly game, but the Bills (4-3) somehow won. After playing shoddy football for three-plus quarters, the Bills put together a game-winning drive that ended in a touchdown. They turned the ball over four times Sunday, including fumbles in the red zone by Kyle Orton and Chris Hogan. Yet Hogan redeemed himself with a 28-yard catch to the Vikings' 2-yard line in the final seconds, setting up Orton's 2-yard scoring pass to Sammy Watkins.

Two crushing injuries: The Bills suffered two potentially crushing blows in the first half. Top running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) were carted off with injuries. Both were visibly upset as they headed to the locker room and were immediately ruled out for the game. In their place, Anthony Dixon was the Bills' only healthy back. He rushed 13 times for 51 yards. The Bills also have Bryce Brown in their backfield; he has been inactive for each of the first seven games.

Stock watch: Run defense, down. Who needs Adrian Peterson? The Vikings had little trouble moving the ball on the ground against the Bills' run defense, which entered Sunday ranked first in the NFL. Led by Jerick McKinnon (103 yards), Minnesota averaged 5.4 yards per carry and finished with 158 rushing yards total. The Bills allowed 2.8 yards per carry through their first six games.

Game ball: CB Leodis McKelvin. A week after McKelvin was on the wrong end of a 56-yard touchdown grab by New England's Brandon LaFell, McKelvin had a career game. His two interceptions give him four on the season, which is a career high. He was in the right spot for his first pick, a pass that was deflected off the back of linebacker Brandon Spikes. McKelvin also jumped a Teddy Bridgewater pass in the second quarter.

Williams injured: Safety Aaron Williams left in the second half with a neck injury. He did not return.

What’s next: The cardiac Bills head back on the road next weekend to face the New York Jets (1-6), who will be coming off extra rest following their close Thursday night loss to the Patriots. It's the final game before the Bills' bye week.

W2W4: Vikings at Bills

October, 17, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills (3-3) look to bounce back at home when they host the Minnesota Vikings (2-4) on Sunday.

Here is what to watch for:

1. Bigger game than it seems: On paper, this is one of the NFL's duller games of the weekend, a matchup of two teams that have lost a combined seven of their past 10 games. But consider the implications for the Bills. They are entering a critical stretch of their schedule that is heavy on home contests against some of the NFL's bottom-tier teams. If Buffalo loses Sunday to the 2-4 Vikings, it will be 1-3 at home and effectively three games behind the Patriots in the AFC East, as the Patriots currently own the tiebreaker. The Bills then have to head on the road to a face a Jets team on extra rest after a close loss in New England. On the flip side, a Bills win would mean they are taking advantage of their schedule and are keeping pace with the Patriots. It's a big swing and an important game.

2. Shuffle at wide receiver: An injury Thursday to Marquise Goodwin changes the Bills' picture at wide receiver. While indications before Goodwin's injury were that Mike Williams would be inactive for a second consecutive game, that is expected to change with Goodwin ruled out Friday. The Bills' top three receivers should be Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Chris Hogan, with Mike Williams having the potential to see some playing time as a fourth receiver. It's not the ideal situation for Williams, who was a starter in the preseason, but his wish to see the field might now be granted.

3. Status quo at running back: The Bills have been the NFL's worst rushing team over the past two games, which prompted speculation that they could shake things up by giving Bryce Brown a chance in the backfield. Indications are that won't happen. Offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said Friday that he wants to continue "feeding" C.J. Spiller the ball, even after Spiller played a season-low 12 snaps last Sunday. The problem, according to Hackett and coach Doug Marrone, is that Spiller is trying to make too many big plays. The team wants him to "see three [yards], get three [yards]," or simply take what he can get on each play. It's hardly a new problem for Spiller, but the Bills still have patience with him.

4. Tightening up the defense: For a Bills' defense that had earned its share of praise through the first five games, that unit fell apart in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Patriots. It's hard to blame injuries; the Bills have a few banged-up players in Kyle Williams, Brandon Spikes, and Da'Norris Searcy, but were only missing one starter (Aaron Williams) in that game. Aaron Williams is probable to play Sunday, so the defense will be back to full strength for the first time this season. The Vikings allowed eight sacks last Sunday and have the NFL's worst Total QBR this season. If Buffalo's defense commits some of the same mistakes it did against New England, significant questions will be raised Monday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will have both running back Fred Jackson and defensive tackle Kyle Williams in uniform for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report; Jackson missed Friday's practice with an illness while also nursing an ankle injury, while Williams returns after missing one game with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, safety Aaron Williams is inactive. Williams injured his wrist in last Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions but returned to the game. He injured his neck in practice late last week, which is likely the reason he cannot play Sunday.

In his place, the Bills are "expected" to start cornerback Corey Graham at free safety, the team said.

Wide receiver Mike Williams is also a surprise inactive.

Here is the full list of Bills inactives:

S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck)
WR Marcus Easley (knee)
RB Bryce Brown
CB Ross Cockrell
LB Randell Johnson
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
WR Mike Williams
DETROIT -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions:

Note: Since snap counts from the Bills' loss to the Houston Texans were lost in the quarterback shuffle last Monday, we will include those in parentheses for each player.

Defensive ends:
Mario Williams -- 47 of 62 (Last week: 52 of 68)
Jerry Hughes -- 45 of 62 (Last week: 35 of 68)
Jarius Wynn -- 26 of 62 (Last week: 30 of 68)
Manny Lawson -- 11 of 62 (Last week: 19 of 68)

Quick-hit thoughts: We're seeing a little bit of a separation between Wynn and Lawson, with Wynn seeing the field more often than Lawson. The Bills used a five-man look on their defensive line for at least one play, which factors into this mix.

Defensive tackles:
Marcell Dareus -- 57 of 62 (Last week: 55 of 68)
Corbin Bryant -- 36 of 62 (Last week: 31 of 68)
Stefan Charles -- 20 of 62 (Last week: 23 of 68)
Kyle Williams -- 0 of 62 (injured/inactive; Last week: 27 of 68)

Quick-hit thoughts: Dareus stepped up in a big way, playing 92 percent of snaps with Williams sidelined. The Bills used close to a 2:1 mix between Bryant and Charles.

Preston Brown -- 62 of 62 (Last week: 51 of 68)
Brandon Spikes -- 51 of 62 (Last week: 42 of 68)
Keith Rivers -- 17 of 62 (Last week: 58 of 68)
Ty Powell -- 0 of 62 (special teams only; Last week: 4 of 68)
Larry Dean -- 0 of 62 (special teams only; Last week: special teams only)
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 62 (special teams only; Last week: injured/inactive)
Nigel Bradham -- 0 of 62 (injured/inactive; Last week: 27 of 68)

Quick-hit thoughts: The surprising decision here was for the Bills to opt for Spikes instead of Rivers in their sub package. Spikes isn't known for his speed or coverage ability, so that opened up a potential liability in the pass defense. It ended up not being a major issue, so job well done for Spikes and Brown in the nickel.

Stephon Gilmore -- 62 of 62 (Last week: 68 of 68)
Leodis McKelvin -- 54 of 62 (Last week: 56 of 68)
Nickell Robey -- 41 of 62 (Last week: 27 of 68)
Corey Graham -- 29 of 62 (Last week: 8 of 68)
Ron Brooks -- 0 of 62 (injured/special teams only; Last week: special teams only)
Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 62 (inactive; Last week: inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Doug Marrone said he wants to "get the snaps equal" between Gilmore, McKelvin, and Graham but that has hardly been the case the last two weeks. He rode the hot hand, McKelvin, against the Texans and didn't turn to Graham much Sunday in Detroit. Some of Graham's snaps came at safety when Da'Norris Searcy and Aaron Williams were both banged up.

Duke Williams -- 57 of 62 (Last week: 39 of 68)
Aaron Williams -- 50 of 62 (Last week: 68 of 68)
Da'Norris Searcy -- 17 of 62 (Last week: 28 of 68)

Quick-hit thoughts: This position continues to get hit by the injury bug. Aaron Williams appeared to have a wrist or hand injury during Sunday's game, although nothing was announced by the team. His time was limited after that injury. Searcy also headed to the locker room with an injury, the second time in three weeks he's been banged up. That led to an uptick in snaps for Duke Williams, a second-year player who seems to be maturing in the defense, as well as Graham seeing some more time at safety.

Ups and downs for Buffalo Bills

September, 22, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- At an initial glance, a look at which players are "up" and which players are at the opposite end of the spectrum in the Buffalo Bills' 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers:


Fred Jackson -- It's probably not a positive when your leading receiver was a 33-year old running back, but that shouldn't take any credit away from Jackson. His eight catches for 78 yards included the Bills' only touchdown, an 11-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter where Jackson showed impressive elusiveness. He also led the Bills with 34 yards rushing.

Aaron Williams -- He led all players with 14 tackles, including 11 in the first half. That sometimes can be the fault of players up front missing their tackles -- which was the case on a few plays Sunday -- but Williams' aggressiveness and technique was still strong.

Mario Williams & Kyle Williams -- Keeping with the "Williams" theme, the pair of veteran D-linemen combined for three tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits. Some sacks would have helped, but the defensive woes weren't the fault of these two players.


Leodis McKelvin, Stephon Gilmore, and Nickell Robey -- The trio of starting cornerbacks all struggle. McKelvin is beaten deep on a 49-yard catch and adds a defensive pass interference, while Gilmore misses a tackle and adds a 15-yard facemask penalty. To cap it off, Robey is benched in the second half in favor of Ron Brooks.

C.J. Spiller -- After showing his explosion against the Dolphins, Spiller couldn't get much going Sunday. He managed just 25 yards on 10 carries and can thank teammate Scott Chandler for a holding penalty that called back a 29-yard run. Spiller had a flag of his own that negated a 21-yard Robert Woods catch.

Sammy Watkins -- Somewhat of a disappointing day for the rookie. He caught only two passes on eight targets from EJ Manuel, which can be pinned on both the quarterback and receiver. The merits of his "play off" in the fourth quarter can be debated, but he deserves credit for owning up to it after the game.

Spikes' time dips as Bradham returns

September, 15, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins:

Defensive ends:
Mario Williams -- 54 of 79
Jerry Hughes -- 51 of 79
Manny Lawson -- 28 of 79
Jarius Wynn -- 25 of 79

Quick-hit thoughts: About a 2:1 ratio for a second consecutive week. Williams and Hughes each tallied a sack, while Lawson or Wynn didn't have any breakdowns when subbing in.

Defensive tackles:
Kyle Williams -- 56 of 79
Corbin Bryant -- 39 of 79
Marcell Dareus -- 38 of 79
Stefan Charles -- 22 of 79

Quick-hit thoughts: Dareus had some cramping issues later in the game that contributed to Bryant's higher snap total. Kyle Williams and Charles -- who was injured, too -- both added sacks.

Preston Brown -- 79 of 79
Nigel Bradham -- 66 of 79
Brandon Spikes -- 15 of 79
Ty Powell -- 1 of 79
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 79 (special teams only)
Keith Rivers -- 0 of 79 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Dolphins' offensive personnel kept the Bills in their nickel package for much of the game. For Spikes, whose strength is as a run defender, that limited his playing time, especially with the return of Bradham from a one-game suspension. In addition to Bradham, the Bills leaned heavily on Brown for a second consecutive week. At this point, the rookie is a weaker link in the Bills' defense compared to their talent up front and in the back end, but he still has avoided major breakdowns.

Corey Graham -- 72 of 79
Nickell Robey -- 68 of 79
Stephon Gilmore -- 53 of 79
Leodis McKelvin -- 33 of 79
Ron Brooks -- 0 of 79 (special teams only)
Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 74 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: A well deserved bump in playing time for Graham, who recorded his first interception in Week 1 and had a team-high three passes defensed Sunday. The Bills rotated Gilmore and McKelvin at the other spot, while Robey was on the field for the bulk of the game in the slot. I'd expect the same look next week; it's tough to take Graham off the field given his recent play.

Aaron Williams -- 79 of 79
Da'Norris Searcy -- 72 of 79
Duke Williams -- 16 of 79
Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 74 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Aaron Williams and Searcy have settled into their roles and have allowed Bills fans to forget about Jairus Byrd. Aaron Williams in particular has shown aggression, tallying two tackles for a loss against the Dolphins and adding a pass defensed. Duke Williams continues in his role as the dime back.

Gilmore, Williams probable vs. Dolphins

September, 12, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- There is a strong chance that the Buffalo Bills will have half of their starting secondary on the field Sunday.

Safety Aaron Williams (head) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (groin) were both listed as probable on Friday's injury report.

Meanwhile, tight end Lee Smith (toe), who returned to practice Thursday, was listed as doubtful. Expect the Bills to turn to Chris Gragg as a blocking tight end if Smith cannot play.

Here is the Bills' full injury report:

LB Keith Rivers (groin; did not participate)

TE Lee Smith (toe; limited participation)
S Jonathan Meeks (neck; limited participation)

CB Stephon Gilmore (groin; full participation)
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs; full participation)
WR Chris Hogan (ankle; full participation)
S Aaron Williams (head; full participation)