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Bills WR battle went nowhere, will be decided in Lions game

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills' offense had 12 possessions and went three plays and out nine times in Saturday's 30-7 loss to the Washington Redskins. Buffalo ran only 49 plays, compared with 81 for Washington.

The result is Bills coaches got a ton of evaluation opportunities for the defensive players trying to make the roster but very little new input on offense. That's especially true at the wide receiver position, arguably the most hotly contested battle for jobs on the 53-man roster.

The Bills' young wideouts battling for the last one or two spots on the receiver unit got virtually nothing. The Bills went three and out on all six possessions of the second half. The battle will go down to Thursday's exhibition finale against Detroit.

Here are the snap counts for the offense and defense in D.C.:


Robert Woods 38, Jeff Tuel 38, Cordy Glenn 37, Erik Pears 37, Kraig Urbik 37, Colin Brown 37, Eric Wood 37, Stevie Johnson 35, T.J. Graham 31, Scott Chandler 28, C.J. Spiller 19, Fred Jackson 18, Doug Legursky 15, Sam Young 15, Marquise Goodwin 14, Kevin Kolb 14, Tashard Choice 12, Thomas Welch 12, David Snow 12, Lee Smith 11, Chris Gragg 11, Dorin Dickerson 10, Frank Summers 8, Marcus Easley 6, Chris Hogan 3, Demarco Sampson 3, Zebrie Sanders 3, Zach Chibane 3, Zach Brown 3, Brad Smith 2, Brandon Kaufman 2.


Justin Rogers 49, Kiko Alonso 49, Duke Williams 27, Aaron Williams 42, Nigel Bradham 40, Leodis McKelvin 29, Jonathan Meeks 37, Torell Troup 34, Arthur Moats 31, Stephon Gilmore 31, Da'Norris Searcy 30, Marcell Dareus 30, Jerry Hughes 28, Jarron Gilbert 28, Kyle Williams 27, Crezdon Butler 26, Ron Brooks 25, Alan Branch 23, Jamie Blatnick 22, Marcus Dowtin 22, Manny Lawson 22, Jay Ross 21, Jamaal Westerman 21, Chris White 20, Mario Williams 20, Alex Carrington 19, Izaan Cross 17, Nickell Robey 14, Bryan Scott 13, T.J. Heath 12, Keith Pough 8, Brian Smith 6, Jordan Dangerfield 1.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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