— Slot cornerback Myles Bryant (87% of snaps) noticed extra enjoying time than safeties Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips. Bryant’s major project was Isaiah McKenzie, and he struggled to maintain up with the speedy backup slot receiver, permitting 5 first downs on six targets whereas in man protection towards McKenzie.
Bryant was given a equally heavy workload within the first Patriots-Bills matchup (93%), which Dugger missed following a optimistic COVID check.
Dugger’s 63% snap price Sunday was his second-lowest of the season (and lowest in a sport from which he was not ejected). Phillips’ 73% was his third-lowest.
— Linebacker Dont’a Hightower was on the sector for a season-low 52% of snaps, with the Patriots shifting a few of his work to the extra athletic Jamie Collins (47%). Kyle Van Noy (90%), Ja’Whaun Bentley (86%) and Matthew Judon (84%) all have been above 80%.
The Patriots’ defensive sport plan appeared to revolve round containing Josh Allen, however they failed to take action. Allen accomplished 30 of 47 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, wasn’t sacked, didn’t flip the ball over and rushed for a team-high 64 yards.
— Defensive again D’Angelo Ross noticed the primary common season motion of his NFL profession, enjoying 5 defensive snaps whereas an obvious arm damage briefly sidelined Professional Bowl nook J.C. Jackson.
In a shock transfer, the Patriots selected to raise Ross from the follow squad and deactivate rostered cornerbacks Joejuan Williams and Shaun Wade, each of whom have been wholesome scratches. Williams, a 2019 second-rounder, has been a wholesome inactive for every of the final two video games.
— Defensive sort out Daniel Ekuale performed 21 defensive snaps in his newest follow squad elevation. Ekuale might be enjoying his method right into a 53-man roster spot.
— Exterior linebacker Chase Winovich was strictly a particular teamer for the third consecutive sport. Josh Uche performed simply seven defensive snaps in his return from injured reserve.