Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Five loss to the Bengals.
• Not surprisingly, Nick O'Leary saw a big increase in work after fellow tight end Charles Clay was hurt in the first half. O'Leary played a season-high 59 snaps and was targeted six times. He is expected to have a big role while Clay is out with a knee injury.
• Wide receiver Andre Holmes fell behind both Kaelin Clay and Brandon Tate on the depth chart. That's a bad sign for the team's highest-paid wide receiver. Plenty has been made of rookie Zay Jones' struggles, but the Bills aren't getting much from Holmes, either.
• Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander again played more than 60 snaps, helping fill the void left by Ramon Humber, who was out with a knee injury. Rookie Matt Milano, who got the start in place of Humber, played 41 snaps.
• Safety Shamarko Thomas didn't waste any time becoming a key member of the special teams, taking 18 snaps in his first game with the team.
• Marcell Dareus again took only 22 snaps. The Bills' highest-paid player is a rotational member of the defensive line right now. Not good. Additionally, left tackle Cordy Glenn was active, but played just four snaps on special teams. Glenn is the team's second highest-paid player.
• Greg Mabin played 28 snaps as the third cornerback in place of the injured Leonard Johnson. It was the first playing time of the rookie's career.
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