Aug 2, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; NFL former receiver Andre Reed during his induction speech during the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
This is it, the start of the 2014 NFL football season. We have all been patiently waiting and we have the honor to bring football back to everyone with the Buffalo Bills facing off against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game.
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For the Bills, they have two players that are listed in the injury column for tonight’s game. Cordy Glenn is on the Active/Non-Football Illness list and Kiko Alonso is listed on the Active/Non Football Injury list.
For the Giants, they also have two players listed as being injured for tonight’s game. Troy Kropog is listed as Reserve/Injured and Jon Beason is listed under the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Players to watch with the Bills will be how the offensive line holds up early. This will be the first true test that they will see, minus there own defense, so seeing how their offensive line has gelled is going to be a position to watch. Sammy Watkins is also another player that I would keep an eye on as well as the linebacking corps. Nigel Bradham has a 1 game suspension, but that will not come until the first game of the regular season so it will be interesting to see who starts at linebacker for the Bills. Will it be Bradham, Spikes and Rivers or will Preston Brown make it in to the lineup as the starter.
The two final positions will come on the opposite sides of the ball. That safety spot to fill that vacancy from Jairus Byrd will be one to watch to see how Da’Norris Searcy shows up as well as where Duke Williams fits into the mix. EJ Manuel will get the start, but like most of the starters will not be in for very long. The top 22 to 30 guys are basically set for the roster, the coaches are worried about the other 23 for the final 53-Man roster. Keep an eye on Manuel to see how well he feels under center and his timing is with his backs and receivers.
There are a lot of things to watch for the Bills today, but with it being the first preseason game, expect confusion and broken plays as well as breakdowns. It is a learning experience for all with a new defensive system in place. Either way, it will be exciting football is back!