Aug 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis 44-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills making the Grade – Off

Yesterday finished off opening preseason weekend for the NFL. The Bills were the last game and I said in my preview outlook that all eyes would be on them.  They ran over the Colts 44-20.  This couldn’t have been a better opening statement.  If they are able to keep it up, we might have something to get excited about on Sunday’s as Bills fans.

Grading the Bills and how they preformed is always a challenege, but we are going to start.

Starting with the Coaching staff: Kept the pace of play up and able to get two rookie QBs to look like they had been in the league for years running this offense.  It wasn’t a very complicated offense but run almost to perfection.  A-.

QBs – Manuel looked shaky in the beginning and short armed some throws, missed a couple of targets and didn’t take a chance long.  He did find his rhythm, it seemed, after his long run for a first down.  After that he was pin point.  Jeff Tuel looked better than Manuel did and took some chances down the field and throws a pretty ball.  He was on the money and was hitting both short and medium routes.  Grade B+.

RBs – Spiller looked amazing as always and the excitement is already running high.  Spiller did get excited and fumbled the ball without being hit.  Jackson looked like he was a step slower and wasn’t moving the way I remember.  Still he did ok and made a couple of things happen.  Nothing to flashy or terrible either.  Choice, Brown, and Gaskins did not really impress at all for a running game.  They were able to move the ball at times, but seemed to be stopped just as much.  Backups will be backups and beggars can’t be choosers when you have a guy like Spiller starting it off and setting the tone.  Grade: B-

TEs- Gragg made a couple of good catches.  Dickerson stole the show with a couple of catches on the 2 minute drive at the end of the second half to finish it off with a TD.  Other than that, Lee I don’t think was mentioned at all except in the line-up announcements.  Definitely missed Chandler being out their but still a presence for the other TEs that played.  Grade: B-

WRs – Without Stevie Johnson in the mix yesterday, the Bills gave their rookie stars a chance to shine.  Woods looked excellent and showed his speed.  Goodwin, I don’t think got a pass but we are going to include him here with his special teams returned.  Two returns for 160 yards and 1 TD.  Ill take that any day of the week. Hogan got some looks and didn’t look to bad as did Kaufman and Sampson.  Rogers even got into the mix late in the game and made a good catch on a slant route.  Overall the WR crew is not in as bad of shape as one would think with the youth we have at that spot.  Grade: B   Goodwin: A+ All Day Long!

OL – I have to say, one thing I did notice is that the OL did not give up sack or very much pressure with Manuel in the pocket.  That is very hopeful and brings some excitement to the game.  When he did get pressured, Manuel was moving.  The OL did break down a bit with Tuel at the helm, but it was not an every other play thing that we are used to here in Buffalo during the preseason.  Besides, Legursky, I think this OL is the most complete that we have had over the past several years coming into a season.  Good blocking on both pass and run.  Grade: B+

Overall Offensive Grade: B+

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  • NWBill

    Some thoughts:

    EJ may have just won the starter’s job with that TD to Dickerson; he did everything right – the right decision about where to go, the correct read on the coverage from the safeties … and the perfect placement of the ball where Dickerson could get to it before anyone else. I think that play proved that he could start for this team.

    For the first time in years, the Bills have some TOUGH decisions to make at the WR position. They may well have the best group of rookie WRs in the league – and whoever doesn’t make the final roster WILL get picked up by someone else. Right now, with the first 4 slots filled, I think I’d have to keep Rogers and Easley – with Kaufmann on the practice squad.

    The #1 reason why Jets coach Rex Ryan may be fired this season? Letting Mike Pettine go to Buffalo as the new DC. Pettine’s aggresive, retooled defense will rip the Jets – and many other teams – to shreds this season …. finally, the guy directing the defense here will actually TURN HIS DOGS LOOSE! When was the last time THAT happened in Buffalo? Now we’ll see everyone on the D playing to their true potential, instead of being hampered by the scheme … and the rest of the league will pay for it.

    I doubt very much that Rian Lindell will make the final roster; nothing against him, but the young strong legs he’s battling with have the upper hand – and the Bills need to cut salary where possible. Like they say, the NFL is a business.

    Marquise Goodwin is SCARY fast! He gets by people even before they realize it – and he could end up in the Pro Bowl as a result.

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  • Doug Wilson

    I didn’t see any mention of Marcus Easley under wide receivers. They all contributed, but I thought Easley was the star of that group. I always liked him in college and was happy when they drafted him, but he never got a chance due to injuries. He’s got the tools…size, speed and moves. Maybe he will make the team. I’d hate to see him in another uniform and come back and burn us, before getting a solid chance with the Bills.
    Otherwise, you pretty much summed up the offense as I saw it. Let’s hope they keep it up. As you know, when you’re a Bill’s fan you can’t get too comfortable with success…especially at this stage of the season!

  • Dennis Amo

    You are right. I did see Easley and pre-TC had him being cut from the team. He was very good in the second half of the game and did forget to mention him. Thank You for pointing out, but you are right he did an exceptional job but has not been getting the time he should due to injuries.

  • Dennis Amo

    Completely agree with you on all accounts. I am so happy to see a defense that is aggressive Last year, with Wannstedt, it was the zone defense because “he doesn’t have the personnel” to be aggressive. Pettine showed with minimal adjustments that the talent is there and can be aggressive and a force to be dealt with. Lindell will be cut and I have been saying it for 3 years now. I have not liked him as a kicker and have been pushing for someone else to takeover the kicking duties. I think Hopkins will be the one to dethrone him. I can’t wait to see Goodwin and every kickoff this year. I would love to see him on the outside just streak up the sidelines and EJ connect with him 40 yards down the field. They have a lot of options at WR and it will be tough. Kaufmann looked good as did Easley and Rogers. Sampson didn’t get a lot of looks, but I would be surprised if Rogers made the practice squad as well.