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Opponent preview: Houston Texans tight end R

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yan Griffin When the Houston Texans host the Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Hats , DeAndre Hopkins will be featured heavily. You probably don’t need an opponent preview on him though, so instead we’re gonna look at tight end Ryan Griffin. Even star players like Hopkins need the rest of the team to help them out. The versatile Griffin is a quiet but necessary cog in the Houston offense. The starting tight end hasn’t seen less than 68% of snaps so far this year, and is averaging twice the playing time of the closest Texan tight end. Griffin has been limited in practice with a toe injury this week, but seems like he’ll play. If not, the Texans will look to replicate what he does, as seen below. Play 1The Texans love to have Ryan Griffin across the formation, whether it’s blocking or running routes. On this play he ends up blocking Jaylon Smith one on one. After the initial contact, Smith disengages and looks to go around the tight end. Griffin keeps Smith in front of him pretty well and Deshaun Watson has one less linebacker to worry about. Play 2Ryan Griffin and fellow tight end Jordan Thomas try to stop Demarcus Lawrence. Thomas loses the block and Lawrence slips behind him. Griffin is able to engage again and move laterally with Lawrence. This one goes down as a victory for Griffin.Play 3The Texans aren’t afraid to send Griffin out, though his 20 targets this year suggest he’s not a focal point for touches. He saw nine of those targets in this game though, and there’s no reason to think he’ll be ignored when there’s a favorable match-up. The sporadic amount of passes thrown his way do mean teams can’t completely ignore him when he’s running up the field. He’s a decoy for this route and manages to pull one defender with him, making it just a little easier for the Texans. Play 4Overall, Griffin catches well but doesn’t have great chemistry with Deshaun Watson. A good number of passes thrown to Griffin have been off target, like this one. It can be very difficult to assess blame, but the pattern of inaccurate ball placement to Griffin can’t be ignored. Griffin snags this one with a little extra effort. Play 5Route mastery is not something to expect from Griffin, but he’ll do these for Watson well enough. Leighton Vander Esch misjudges this play which helps Griffin get wide open for the ball. Play 6Like above, don’t expect much more than this but Griffin wisely understands the cushion Leighton Vander Esch provides here. Because Griffin isn’t a burner Buffalo Bills Hoodie , he can make relatively tight turns to pair with his come back routes. Vander Esch is caught by surprise by this. Griffin’s lack of speed comes back to bite him as he’s tackled quickly after the catch. Play 7In addition to being a bit of a jack of all trades, Griffin has occasional lapses in his play. The initial contact with Leighton Vander Esch is good, but Griffin fails to finish the block. He stands upright quickly, losing leverage in the process. Vander Esch is able to slip into the lane that Griffin is trying to keep him away from. Play 8Griffin is set up to block Randy Gregory by himself. Gregory’s hesitation move leads to Griffin’s feet getting sloppy. Griffin stands upright like the last play and give up a lot of leverage. Additionally, Gregory is able to get his hands up near Griffin’s shoulders, which limits Griffin’s range of motion. With leverage gone and unable to hand fight, the results aren’t pretty. In ConclusionAt any given moment, Ryan Griffin can do his job well. The Buffalo Bills will need to account for Griffin. Both finesse and power rushers can find success against Griffin. Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy, and Lorenzo Alexander all have variable skill sets that should be able to set something up against Griffin. Matt Milano will likely need to rely more on speed and finesse, and Tremaine Edmunds could have a strength advantage. In coverage, the Bills secondary could see him on any part of the field. Most of this group has the skill level to stay with Griffin. Bills fans shouldn’t expect to dominate Griffin, but a few impact plays through him shouldn’t be shocking.Buffalo Bills snap counts vs. Baltimore Ravens The Buffalo Bills traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens and... Well let’s just say they’ve had better days and leave it at that. This season has brought some new faces on both the player and coaching side of things. To get a better handle on what this all means, lets’ dive into the snap counts and see what they tell us about our 2018 Buffalo Bills. Data courtesy of Pro Football Reference. Offense (64 snaps)Dion Dawkins was taken off the field to cool off after an unnecessary roughness call. You may notice that the Bills have three guards in their starting offensive line. This is a fun quirk of prolonging the Ryan Groy and Russell Bodine battle. Namely, even the data sites aren’t 100% sure what’s going on yet. The delay in getting to practice didn’t hurt Zay Jones as took the field on all but four snaps, leading the skill position players by a comfortable margin. Marcus Murphy was the primary backup to LeSean McCoy Youth Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys , seeing 23 snaps to Chris Ivory’s 7. Team captain Patrick DiMarco saw just one snap after being featured more prominently with the starters in the preseason. Defense (80 snaps) The Bills featured nickel packages heavily in 2017. Starting corners Phillip Gaines and Tre’Davious White were only joined by slot corner Taron Johnson about a fifth of the game. However, safety Rafael Bush saw 31 snaps with Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde only missing 7 plays between the two of them. It’s not quite a “big nickel” with Bush, who is approximately ten pounds heavier than Johnson. For the linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds saw 100% of the snaps, replacing Preston Brown’s omnipresence on the field. Last year the Bills split snaps between Matt Milano and Ramon Humber with a 70/30 ratio. The 95/5 ratio in favor of Milano speaks volumes on how that competition is faring in 2018. Lorenzo Alexander hit the field over half the time, making rumors of his demise greatly exaggerated. The defensive front has some surprises. Kyle Williams and Star Lotulelei hovered around the 50% mark. Williams was over 70% last year. Both Williams and Lotulelei may have been held back by injuries some. Speaking of lingering injuries, Trent Murphy’s pitch count played out as expected with 35% of snaps. Harrison Phillips was deemed ready for action, seeing the field about half the time. Eddie Yarbrough is once again the primary backup for defensive ends. Adolphus Washington received an extended audition. Despite heavy usage (32 snaps), the Bills’ coaching staff wasn’t feeling it, cutting Washington on Monday. Special Teams (34 snaps)In total, 36 players took at least one special teams snap on Sunday. Of these players, 24 saw more than five. Matt Milano saw 25 snaps or 74% in addition to his defensive work. Joining Milano at the 25 mark are your new core special teamers: Ramon Humber, Lafayette Pitts, Deon Lacey, Logan Thomas and Andre Holmes. Patrick DiMarco was on the field 20 times for special teams. Meanwhile special teams captain Taiwan Jones saw only 16.

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