Inside The Bills

Felton, O’Leary played big factor in game plan

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2016 – 12:30 pm

Buffalo went with a heavy dose of 21 (2 backs, 1 TE) and 22 personnel (2 backs, 2 TE) in their win over Cleveland Sunday. Indication of that came in the playing time for both Jerome Felton and Nick O’Leary.

Felton got a season-high 39 snaps Sunday, while O’Leary’s 28 snaps were surpassed only in the game that Charles Clay missed in Oakland (70 snaps) the rematch against New England (43) and the 313-yard rushing day against San Francisco (38 snaps).

The Bills felt they could not only run effectively out of those power formations with two backs (Felton, McCoy) and two tight ends (Clay, O’Leary), but by putting those personnel groups on the field, they could keep Cleveland in base defense and get Clay mismatches in the pass game on linebackers.

“Yes, staying in our ‘Tiger’ (two tight end) personnel definitely forces their safeties and linebackers on the field,” said Tyrod Taylor. “We also run the ball out of those formations a lot too. It was a great plan going into the game and our guys did a great job of executing.”

Clay had a season-high seven catches Sunday.


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