The Bills signed DE/LB Michael Buchanan on Tuesday, less than a week after he made a free agent visit. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2013, has appeared in 18 career games. Here’s how his playing time for New England breaks down.
Buchanan saw more time on New England’s defense in 2013 than last season. As a rookie he logged 122 snaps on defense for the Patriots serving primarily as a pass rusher off the edge. In fact 87 percent of his defensive snaps were in a pass rushing situation according to Pro Football Focus.
He was used in a pass coverage role just three percent of the time and run defense about 10 percent of the time. Buchanan also contributed five tackles on special teams in 2013.
Come 2014 his playing time dwindled considerably due mainly to a season-ending injury that allowed him to play in just three games. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 7th last season. He saw just 25 snaps on defense all season with a balanced role being used on run and pass downs. His time on special teams was also compromised by the injury.
Buchanan is likely to be used to as an edge defender in Buffalo’s 3-4 looks. His measurables fit that profile at 6-6 and 255 pounds. It will be interesting to see him develop in a system that might be just the right fit.
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