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Buffalo Bills snap counts: Player participation through Week 11

Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

• After Kelvin Benjamin got hurt on the fourth play of the game, Brandon Tate saw a big increase at wide receiver. Tate played a season-high 47 snaps, accounting for more than half of his season total (99) to date.

• Fullback Patrick DiMarco played just eight snaps. With the Bills being so far behind and needing to throw, that's understandable. You have to wonder if DiMarco's drop on the game's first possession cut into his usage, too. The pass that bounced off his hands was returned for a touchdown by the Chargers, starting the avalanche of picks thrown by rookie Nathan Peterman.

• Speaking of the beleaguered Bills quarterback, he played 25 snaps, meaning he threw an interception on 20 percent of his plays. Tyrod Taylor played 40 snaps in the second half after taking over.

• Tight end Charles Clay's workload was down slightly as he came into the game questionable with a knee injury. Clay took 35 offensive snaps.

• Tre'Davious White is the new leader in defensive snaps taken for the season, with his 686 narrowly edging linebacker Preston Brown's 682.

• A knee injury limited safety Micah Hyde to just 46 snaps. The good news is coach Sean McDermott said the injury is not serious. Hyde should be good to go in Week 12 against the Chiefs.

• Rookie Matt Milano got 25 snaps at linebacker. If the front seven continues to struggle the way it has, Milano figures to be the first option off the bench, either for Lorenzo Alexander or Ramon Humber.

• E.J. Gaines took all 74 defensive snaps as he returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out for three games.

• Safety Shamarko Thomas played 22 special-teams snaps, second on the team to rookie linebacker Tanner Vallejo's 26. Thomas has become a big contributor on special teams since signing with the Bills prior to Week 5.

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