Buffalo Bills Circling the Wagons: LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams
The Buffalo Bills have made their cuts, only one or two surprises really, most stayed put that we thought would. Next stage is the designation of the practice squad players. Remember, there can be ten assigned to the squad. Finally, it is the first week of the regular season.
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One of the trickiest and unclear quarterback situations this preseason belonged to the Buffalo Bills, but things were made clearer with every game that went by, eventually resulting in Matt Cassel being released.
The 33-year old with 71 starts in 10 NFL seasons, playing for the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, cost the Bills two draft picks (fifth and seventh round) but turns out he’s not good enough in a quarterback stable that includes Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.
Cassel actually started last season as the starter for the Vikings over Teddy Bridgewater, but he played three games and broke his foot, resulting in the rookie taking over, and both he and the Vikings never looked back.
“We’ll wait and see how everything plays out”. “Apparently, that person knows more than I do”.
However, ESPN reported that earlier this week, Ryan is uncertain if McCoy can play in their opener, saying that if he cannot they would be relying on the “next man”.
Coach Rex Ryan disputed that notion Friday. “I knew Woody never wanted to fire me”.
ESPN’s source said, “It’s way too early to say whether [McCoy] will play or not”.
The Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills play Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Indianapolis Colts hope to take that next step this season after combining for 33 victories their last three years. Andrew Luck was already considered one of the top quarterbacks in the game, but now he has more weapons around him in Frank Gore and Andre Johnson, to go along with T.Y. Hilton. Like last season in which the Colts were sixth in scoring offense, Indy should be deadly on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, the Colts were 11th in total yards allowed last season and 19th in scoring defense. Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis holds the Colts down on the defensive side of the ball and the addition of linebacker Trent Cole should also help. Dan Herron and Robert Mathis are questionable for Indy with injuries.
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General Manager Doug Whaley is sticking with his guy. The Buffalo Bills chose 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel as their No. 2 quarterback over veteran Matt Cassel.
Manuel’s career, to date, has been a roller coaster.
This third summer included a wayward duck into the hospitality tent, an incompletion that drilled a cameraman on the sideline and many fumbled snaps. But as Cassel underwhelmed, Manuel delivered a lights-out preseason. A switch flipped. So barring another signing, the Bills will enter the 2015 season with Tyrod Taylor and Manuel as their quarterbacks.
It’s obvious to anyone who watched the Buffalo Bills last season that the team’s defense was miles ahead of the offense.
But a closer look at the numbers shows light years might be the correct measuring tool.
The Bills’ offense ranked 26th overall in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) system, which grades every NFL play and compares a team’s performance to a league baseline based on the situation. The Bills’ defense ranked second overall in DVOA, and the special teams were fourth.
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CB – Leodis McKelvin – 9/1