Last night the Buffalo Bills took on the New York Giants in their first preseason game of 2014. All eyes were on these two teams. For both teams, it looked like a preseason game, but it was not a horribly played game for that matter either.
The Bills starters looked decent and were able to handle themselves both on offense and on defense. The first defense was quite impressive for the first preseason game. The front line looked like it never lost a step from past year, creating pressure and a turnover. The linebackers which consisted of Nigel Bradham, Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes, were able to stop the run consistently and hold their own in the pass. Overall, the first team defense played well.
With the first team offense, there was a couple of plays that were of concern, especially on running plays. The offensive line looked decent, with the amount of changes that have occurred, but with only 2 set positions on the line, it better come together quick. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson looked like the picked up from where they left off from last year. EJ Manuel, I am glad to see they took a shot deep at Sammy, but we all knew that was coming. EJ still has a lot to work on, and has 4 weeks to do it.
As for the second and third teams for the Bills, their was minimal impression that I saw from them. Although there were a couple of players that did stand out, that I will be paying attention to come the next game against the Carolina Panthers later this week. Landon Cohen, DT, seemed to be all over the place. It seemed like he was a part of every tackle when he was on the field and he was getting pressure to the quarterback, the only one on that line that was. Another player was Preston Brown. He was decent on his play, a couple of bad angles, but he did come away with an interception and overall played well. Both Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown impressed as well. On the offensive line, I like Seantrell Henderson’s play and thought he held his own and the Bills stole him from the draft. Cyrus Kouandjio looked to be very inconsistent and was beat badly a couple of times. He needs to sure himself up because right now between him and Erik Pears, that side is not very strong.
When the season officially starts, I will be bringing back my Buffalo Nickle/Wide Right Awards. For this game, Landon Cohen and Cyrus Kouandjio would be receiving these awards respectively.
Overall, for the Bills for the first preseason game, it was not a badly played game. There are definitely some issues to work on, but with only about 11 practices under their belt, there is a lot of promise that could come from it.