Ramon Humber returned from injury against the Jets and wasn't the same player he had been in the previous two games before being sidelined.
After back-to-back overall grades of -1.8 to begin the season, the Bills veteran linebacker had two straight contests with positive overall grades (+1.1 vs. Broncos, +2.6 vs. Falcons).
On Thursday Night Football in Week Nine, Humber's overall grade of -5.2 was his lowest of the season.
While he made four stops, he missed two tackles and allowed four of five passes thrown in his target area to be completed for 19 yards.
Thus far in 2017, Humber has played 265 defensive snaps, already the third-most he's logged in one campaign in his NFL career. He's missed seven tackles on those plays (2.6 percent missed tackle rate). Also, he's allowed 18 of 22 passes to be caught thrown in his coverage area for 110 yards. That equates to a 87.5 passer rating.
In 2015 as a member of the Saints, Humber was on the field for 275 snaps, and received a -9.1 overall PFF grade.
In contrast, Humber's younger counterpart, rookie Matt Milano, has appeared on 181 defensive snaps for Buffalo through Week Nine and has an overall +0.4 PFF grade, and he's missed four tackles (2.2 percent missed tackle rate). He's given up 11 receptions on 17 targets for 98 yards and one interception, which equates to a 75.1 passer rating.
Milano received a -0.8 overall grade on just 10 snaps against the Jets.
It'll be interesting to see if Humber maintains his starting, full-time role as the off-ball linebacker next to Preston Brown after Buffalo's extended rest heading into Week Ten's matchup with the Saints at New Era Field.
(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)
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