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Buffalo Bills snap counts: Player participation through Week 10

Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

• It didn't take wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin long to get up to speed on the Bills' offense. He led his position group with 41 snaps. Deonte Thompson getting more snaps than Jordan Matthews (39 to 36) was interesting, while Andre Holmes had just nine snaps. It will be interesting to watch Matthews' playing time when Zay Jones returns from an ankle injury.

• The Bills ran a season-low 48 offensive plays. Running back LeSean McCoy was on the field for only 24 of them. The score clearly played a role in McCoy taking just 50 percent of the snaps.

• Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was taken out of the lineup in the fourth quarter. He had played every offensive snap through the first eight games. Rookie Nathan Peterman replaced him and got his first action in a regular-season game, taking 11 snaps.

• Tight end Charles Clay played 29 of 48 offensive snaps (60 percent) in his first game back from a knee injury, cutting into the playing time of both Nick O'Leary (19 snaps) and Logan Thomas (nine snaps).

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• Preston Brown was the only member of the Bills' defense to have taken every snap so far this season, but that streak ended against New Orleans. Brown played 72 of 77 defensive snaps, with rookie Tanner Vallejo getting the first five defensive snaps of his career. Fellow linebacker Deon Lacey also got his first three snaps of the season on defense, while cornerback Lafayette Pitts played his first two snaps on defense, briefly replacing Shareece Wright.

• Ramon Humber took 69 defensive snaps, while rookie Matt Milano got just 14 at linebacker.

• A shin injury limited defensive end Jerry Hughes to just 25 snaps. That meant an uptick in playing time for Eddie Yarbrough, who participated in 46 snaps, his second-highest total of the season.

• Slot cornerback Leonard Johnson played just 17 snaps, his second-lowest total of the season. That's what happens when an opponent runs the ball 24 times in a row.

• Vallejo played 93 percent of the snaps on special teams, the most of any player this season, topping the 91 percent he was in on in Week 9 against the Jets.

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