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Buffalo Bills snap counts: Player participation through Week 12

Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

• With Kelvin Benjamin out, Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson took the most snaps at wide receiver, 57 and 56, respectively. That left Jordan Matthews as the No. 3 receiver. He played 42 of 70 offensive snaps (60 percent).

• Andre Holmes has become an afterthought as a receiver. He played just 14 snaps against Kansas City. He still has value on special teams, but it's still a disappointment that he hasn't been able to contribute more on offense.

• The Bills used their nickel defense the entire game. That meant cornerback Leonard Johnson took every snap, as did fellow cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and E.J. Gaines. So, too, did safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, as well as linebacker Preston Brown. That's highly unusual to see an NFL team use six defensive players for every snap during a game.

• Tight end Charles Clay was able to increase his snap count from 35 in Week 11 to 45 in Week 12. That's a good sign as he continues to battle a nagging knee injury.

• Matt Milano played 13 snaps defensively. That's a step in the right direction to the amount Bills fans want him to play.

• Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander took just 20 snaps. Expect him to be used in a specialty role the rest of the season, which could mean more work for Milano.

• Even though he has yet to play meaningful snaps on defense, cornerback Lafayette Pitts has become a valuable member of special teams, playing 20 snaps against the Chiefs in that role, his most in five games with the team.

• Seantrel Henderson played 10 snaps as a sixth offensive lineman in the game to block. Maybe I'm the only one, but just one time I want to see the Bills actually throw it to Henderson when he reports as eligible.

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