The second preseason game – a 20-16 victory – offered the first glimpse of the new-look offense with Jeffery and Torrey Smith on the outside and Nelson Agholor in the slot. In fact, the Bills didn’t score a touchdown until the final quarter. So it wasn’t exactly what we wanted from the first-team offense.
Wentz connected with Jeffery twice for 23 yards and found Blount for a 17-yard gain. The acrobatic reception also stopped the clock with six seconds in the half.
The quarterback tried him one last time, but the pass was batted at the line and Jeffery, rather than risk injury, eased up and watched the ball fall to the turf. McCoy made him look silly and won the battle. No one really told me.
“The three-and-outs or the four-and-outs, those quick series like that, it’s just hard to get into a rhythm”, Pederson said at his post game press conference. I paid close attention to Means, and he really impressed me with his aggressiveness, and was rewarded with 2 sacks for his efforts. I do not anticipate the Bills making any guarantees that Taylor will remain the starter for the entire season, but, for now, Peterman has a long way to go before challenging Taylor’s job. “I was happy and thankful we got that last drive”. We would have just tried to get more draft capital if we weren’t anxious about 2017. Jones made a great sideline catch and nearly kept his second foot inbounds on the right side of the end zone for a touchdown catch.
“Right now I’m just trying to get back into the game, knocking off some rust”, McCoy said in the visitors locker room.
Ronald Darby picked off his old teammate and returned it 48 yards to set up a missed Eagles field goal in the first quarter.
Peterman wasn’t ideal, but on the whole his decision making was good and he showed he wasn’t afraid to take some risk giving his receivers chances to make plays.
He said he doesn’t think about that stuff.
“We’ve got to clean up stuff”. I thought we definitely had the chances to.
The rookie quarterback finished the game 10-20 for 167 yards and averaged 8.4 yards per attempt. He became the fourth-oldest back in National Football League history to average at least 5.4 yards per carry and the first from that group in 70 years to also score 14 TDs.
“Dr. Bowen in Chicago, nice job”, Cutler said, with a thumbs-up for emphasis.
Eagles rookie defensive end Derek Barnett has had a good start to camp by all accounts.
Sean McDermott went out of his way to extinguish any flames from a potential quarterback controversy after realizing he might very well have struck the match himself by saying, in response to my question about whether he was considering benching Tyrod Taylor, “We’re always going to evaluate everything and that goes for everything including the quarterback position”. “It’s great to see our defense come up with takeaways and put the offense in good situations”.
If Buffalo continues to develop and grow at this pace, Leslie Frazier’s 4-3 defensive front could be the catalyst to a return to defensive dominance.
Prior to Thursday’s game, head coach Doug Pederson already planned on getting the corner some reps against Buffalo. Despite LeGarrette Blount’s bruising running style, the run defense was effective early with Lorenzo Alexander, Preston Brown and Jerry Hughes the most involved on run stops. “So we need to establish better position”. He also had a rush for negative one yard.
“Obviously whenever you’ve got another guy in there you’ve got to make sure communication is on point”, center Jason Kelce said. We saw that they were going to blitz.