Bills snap counts: Depth chart breakdown vs. Chiefs

Nick Wojton

The Bills season is over. In the final game that was, the AFC Championship game, not a lot went right in what went down as a 38-24 loss vs the Kansas City Chiefs. In terms of which players made the biggest impact on such a contest, snap counts will tell us that story.

With that, here’s one final depth chart breakdown in terms of snap counts for the Bills from their AFC title loss to the Chiefs:

Offense snap counts

  • Status quo 100 percent group: QB Josh Allen and the entire starting offensive line.

  • WR Stefon Diggs slightly played less snaps than John Brown, 95 to 97 percent. Cole Beasley played in his second-highest percent of snaps this season at 84 percent.

  • The Bills mostly used three-WR sets. Gabriel Davis was injured and only played in 22 percent of snaps after seeing 54 and 46 percent to start the postseason, respectively. That decreased didn't indicate any increase to Isaiah McKenzie's numbers, though. McKenzie was at 14 percent last week to still only 21 percent vs. the Chiefs.

  • At RB Devin Singletary and TJ Yeldon both played in 52 percent of snaps. That's interesting because, not only does that mean they were on the field at the same time on occasion, but that's a lot of added trust in Yeldon. Against the Ravens, Singletary and Yeldon had a 84-14 split.

  • Another continuation for the TE group as Dawson Knox led the way (66%) while Lee Smith only had a handful of snaps again (10%). Smith didn't see much playing time in the postseason, but it was more than Tyler Kroft, who was a healthy scratch for the entirety of it.

  • For the first time in the playoffs, Buffalo's offense actually played more than their defense, 73 total snaps to 65.

Defense snap counts

  • Another status-quo for the near 100 percent group on defense with both starting linebackers and safeties, along with CB Tre'Davious White, all above 98 percent.

  • CB Taron Johnson had a big responsibility, playing in 91 percent of snaps. That indicates the Bills mostly played a nickel defense.

  • CBs Levi Wallace and Josh Norman continued their rotation with a slight edge in playing time for Wallace at the No 2 spot.

  • At DE, Jerry Hughes (74%) and Mario Addison (69%) led the way, as expected. In depth spots were AJ Epenesa (31%) and Darryl Johnson (26%). Trent Murphy went back to being a healthy scratch after filling in for Johnson who was injured last week.

  • DT Ed Oliver led the middle of the D-line as usual with 57 percent of snaps played. For the second-straight week, Harrison Phillips had the most interesting DT number at 51 percent. After returning to the lineup after being benched, Phillip was playing between 20-40 percent of snaps. Another increase.

  • Vernon Butler had an off game and was injured against the Ravens, so it's unclear if his 29 percent of snaps had to do with injury or performance. That was his lower percentage of snaps played in 2020. Quinton Jefferson (42%) and Justin Zimmer (20%) rounded out the position.

  • LB AJ Klein only played in 11 percent of snaps after playing in 41 percent vs. the Ravens. That was likely due to the Bills' commitment last week to shutdown the rushing attack. This also correlates to Johnson playing more vs. the Chiefs.

Special teams snaps

  • LB Tyler Matakevitch led the Bills with 83 percent of special teams snaps. In the Wild Card round, he was tied for the most played with DE Darryl Johnson. After not playing vs. the Ravens, Johnson returned, but did not tie with Matakevitch this time.

  • Instead, Johnson was by himself in the No. 2 hole with 66 percent. CB Siran Neal, S Jaquan Johnson and RB Taiwan Jones played in 62 percent.