The Buffalo Bills went two-for-two on us in terms of snap counts in a game.
Two weeks ago, the Bills blew out the Denver Broncos, causing a flux in their depth chart in regard to snaps played. Things got out of hand so Buffalo decided to play backups late, so snap counts were hard to read.
The same thing unfolded in a 38-9 win over the New England Patriots in Week 16’s Monday Night Football contest.
Still, there’s plenty of things to dive into, so let’s do that now.
Here’s a full depth chart breakdown of snaps played for the Bills against the Patriots in Week 16:
Offense snap counts
The near-100 percent club was mixed because of backups coming in. Buffalo's interior O-line and WR Gabriel Davis were the only ones to land in this area. At OT, Ryan Bates and Ty Nsekhe replaced Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams, while QB Matt Barkley took snaps at the end of the game.
WR Stefon Diggs took a rest, playing in a season-low 78 percent of snaps. WR Cole Beasley only played in 49 percent of snaps, but did suffer an injury. WR Isaiah McKenzie played throughout the game, seeing a season-high 44 percent of snaps played.
At RB, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss had a near-perfect split at 49 and 50 percent, respectively. RB Taiwan Jones took one snap from Singletary and dropped a would-be touchdown.
After four-straight healthy scratches, TE Tyler Kroft was back in the lineup, but played in a position-low 17 percent of snaps. Dawson Knox paced the group with 64 percent with Lee Smith in the middle at 33 percent.
For the fourth-straight game, the Bills offense out-snapped their defense. This time it was a huge 72 to 50 total snaps gap.
Defense snap counts
No 100 percent grouping, again due to backups getting in. However, in terms of the highest-grouping at 88 percent, S Jordan Poyer missed this area after leaving the game briefly due to a concussion examination.
LB Matt Milano appears to be all the way back as he appeared in this 88 percent grouping, along with LB Tremaine Edmunds.
Levi Wallace played more in the No. 2 CB role than Josh Norman, 68 to 48 percent. Hard to tell if that means he's the starter or backup because of the lineup changes late in the game.
LB AJ Klein played in a health 48 percent of snaps. The Bills played in a solid chunk of base 4-3 defense (3 LBs) against the Patriots.
At DE, backups also played a ton, leading to DE AJ Epenesa seeing a tie with Jerry Hughes for most snaps played at the position. That 54 percent number is also a career-high for Epenesa. Rounding out DEs were Mario Addison (52%) and Darryl Johnson (40%).
DE Trent Murphy remained a healthy scratch for the fifth-straight game.
Like the rest of the defense, hard to gauge where guys played at DT. Ed Oliver led the way with 48 percent of snaps played. Then Vernon Butler trailed at 46 percent, a spot usually held by Quinton Jefferson. Instead Jefferson was at 30 percent, the least amount of DT snaps played The rest of the position included Harrison Phillips (40%) and Justin Zimmer (36%).
Special teams snaps
LB Tyler Matakevitch played in the team’s highest number of snaps on special teams again, 71 percent total. He’s done so in all but one game in 2020.
The grouping behind Matakevitch remained the usual suspects at 64 percent of snaps played: RB Taiwan Jones, S Jaquan Johnson, CB Siran Neal and LB Andre Smith.
With WR Jake Kumerow no longer on the Bills, it appears CB Taron Johnson saw his snaps. He jolted from 19 percent of ST snaps played last week to 50 percent vs. the Patriots. He also played in 52 percent of snaps on defense.