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Snap counts: Nigel Bradham gets all of one play against Carolina

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone made sure to let everyone know after the season opener against the New England Patriots that he was pleased with linebacker Nigel Bradham's performance, despite him playing just 19 snaps.

That number was drastically reduced Sunday, as Bradham was on the field for just one defensive snap.

"I really didn't expect that, but it just happened that way," Bradham said today of his playing time. "As the weeks go on, we'll see what happens. Hopefully I get more reps."

Bradham said he had no idea that he would be used so sparingly against the Panthers.

"I've just got to control what I can control and keep focusing on trying to become a better linebacker," he said.

Other items of note from the Bills' snap count numbers against Carolina:

    • Rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso played every defensive snap for the second straight game. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin was the only other defender to play all 79 snaps.
    • Defensive end Mario Williams was on the field for 68 snaps, or 86 percent.
    • The Bills played a lot less dime than they did in Week One. Only three cornerbacks -- McKelvin, Justin Rogers and Nickell Robey -- played, with Robey playing 43 snaps (54 percent).
    • Defensive lineman Corbin Bryant was part of the rotation, getting 17 snaps (22 percent).
    • Fullback Frank Summers played 22 offensive snaps (29 percent) after not playing at all on offense in Week One.
    • The running back snaps were split 60-40, with C.J. Spiller taking 44 snaps (59 percent) and Fred Jackson getting 30.
    • The starting offensive line played all 75 snaps, as did receiver Stevie Johnson.


C.J. Spiller | Frank Summers | Fred Jackson | Justin Rogers | Kiko Alonso | Leodis McKelvin | Mario Williams | Nickell Robey | Nigel Bradham | Stevie Johnson
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Tim Graham

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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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