It was something of a surprise when, back in March, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott seemingly anointed veteran linebacker Ramon Humber as a starter with the defense.
That’s not to say Humber is a stranger to starting, because he isn’t. He’s started a game in six of his eight NFL seasons, including one for the Bills last year and topping out at six with the New Orleans Saints in 2014.
That said, 19 NFL starts isn’t a lot when you realize he’s played in 108 games. The fact that his career high in tackles is 50 (in 2014) drives home the point that he was never a major contributor in a defensive scheme. Last season, he played in only 60 snaps with the defense; there were seven games where he didn’t play in any compared to only two where he played in more than ten, with a max of 19 in the Week 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins.