Playing time often gives a look into how a player is utilized, but also into how the coaching staff feels about a player. If that's the case, we learned a lot about the Jets defense this weekend.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York gives a defensive snap summary for the Jets in their Week 1 win over the Bills, and there's some telling information to be had.
For starters, Cimini points out that linebacker Bart Scott played 54 of the team's 63 snaps (85.7 percent). That's a big leap from last year (64.3 percent, according to Pro Football Focus), where Scott was primarily a two-down linebacker and came off the field on passing downs.
Also of note were the snap counts for safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry; the two played every snap at safety. Bell played 99.9 percent of the defensive snaps for the Dolphins last year according to Pro Football Focus, so this is nothing new. Landry, however, has been criticized for an inability to stay healthy and for being a liability in coverage, so for him to get every snap is noteworthy going forward.
The most notable number, though, is zero. That's the number of snaps taken by linebacker Demario Davis, who was supposed to be a big part of the Jets defense this year. He wasn't listed on the game day inactives, so perhaps he just wasn't part of the game plan, but his playing time will be something to monitor going forward.
Here are some more links and news-worthy items around the AFC East this Wednesday morning.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald gives us a breakdown of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's first regular season start.
Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio goes over the performance of the Bills' running backs, tight ends and linebackers against the Jets.
According to Jay Skurski of Sporting News, head coach Chan Gailey says running back C.J. Spiller will be the focal point of the offense with running back Fred Jackson out with an injury.
According to Peter Damilatis of Pro Football Focus, running back Stevan Ridley's performance was the best by any Patriots running back since Week 5 of 2011...or the last time Ridley carried a significant load.
Raj Prashad of National Football Authority writes that all the Jets really needed was a No. 1 receiver, pointing to wide receiver Stephen Hill's performance in Week 1 as evidence.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.
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