The Buffalo Fanatics are back once again! This time to recap the Buffalo Bills Blue vs Red scrimmage! Buffalo Fanatics contributor, Evan Harrington was in person for the event, and he broke down what he saw at the game.
Josh Allen teases Bills Mafia! (8:30)
Josh Allen had a pretty eventful evening at Highmark Stadium. As Allen came out of the tunnel onto the field the fans erupted with cheers for the superstar quarterback. Not just because of how good he is, but because Allen was wearing an alternate red helmet with the color rush uniform on.
The topic of alternate helmets is a big one around the NFL. A lot of teams have been revealing their alternate helmets for this upcoming season.
Rev mentions how he doesn’t like the red on red.
Turns out the Bills will not be using that as their alternate helmet for the upcoming season. Josh Allen fooled everybody.
Buffalo Bills offensive line getting healthier (15:08)
There’s a lot of buzz around the current state of the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line. Injuries have been the main cause of concern. At points in time, the O-line has been missing 4 of their 5 starting linemen.
The line has been getting a bit healthier. Starting guard Ryan Bates was back in the starting lineup at the Red and Blue scrimmage. He was lined up at right guard which is opposite of where he played last season.
The line was better in the scrimmage, but still not looking amazing. Buffalo Bills second year defensive end Greg Rousseau beat new free agent acquisition David Quessenberry in a rep to get a sack on Josh Allen. The right tackle has had his fair share of trouble with Rousseau throughout camp.
The Bills starting offensive line for the scrimmage was: LT Dion Dawkins, LG Bobby Hart, C Mitch Morse, RG Ryan Bates, and RT David Quessenberry. Buffalo is still missing 2 of their starting linemen in Rodger Saffold (Rib injury) and Spencer Brown.
Training Camp Show Up’s (49:58)
Evan: Khalil Shakir has been outstanding at Buffalo Bills training camp thus far. The rookie has been turning heads left and right. Shakir had a day at the red and blue scrimmage as he had a fantastic touchdown grab on a deep shot from Case Keenum.
Khalil was working the whole field very well. He was making catches all over the field. Khalil can run the entire route tree. He was lining up outside and in the slot. Even though Shakir was mainly going up against 2nd and 3rd string defenders, he still won his reps and made big plays when called upon.
Zach: Isaiah McKenzie has been electrifying at camp! In the scrimmage, McKenzie was getting complete first-team reps as the Bills’ starting slot receiver. McKenzie didn’t have a huge game in the scrimmage, but it looks like he has solidified himself having a major role in the offense this season.
Kevin: The rookies have been tearing up training camp. Another rookie Training hat has been making his mark in camp is Bills third round pick Terrel Bernard. Bernard has been very solid throughout the first week and a half of camp, but he really showed out at the Bills scrimmage almost picking off Josh Allen.
Rev: Gabe Davis is entering his 3rd year with the Buffalo and is looking to take a big step as the Bills number 2 receiver. Davis had a pretty eventful camp. Reeling in a touchdown grab on the opening drive. Davis also had multiple catches leading to sizable gains. Davis almost had the play of the day. Allen threw a deep pass off his back foot and Davis had the pass reeled in, but couldn’t keep his feet in bounds.
Training Camp No Show’s (1:08:39)
Evan: O.J. Howard was brought in as a free agent on one-year contract to be the Bills TE 2. Howard is an intriguing player because he allows the Bills to expand their offense. The Bills have been running more 12, 13, and 22 personnel packages.
The disappointing thing with Howard has been his ability to make impactful plays in camp. He has been seeing first-team reps as the TE 2, but still has yet to make that “wow” play Bills fans are hoping for.
Zach and Kevin: Jamison Crowder is a player who has been competing with Mackenzie for the starting slot role all camp. Crowder has been a pain in the Bills rear end over the past few seasons playing for the Jets.
Crowder came to Buffalo as a free agent and has had an underwhelming camp thus far. Being injured for most isn’t helping Crowder’s chances of winning the slot battle.
Rev: Shaq Lawson is returning to Buffalo after traveling throughout the AFC East for a couple of seasons. Shaq had a 6.5 sack season in 2019 with the Bills. Shaq is best known for being a good run defender.
Shaq hasn’t been too productive throughout camp thus far. The former Bills will most likely make the roster but hasn’t helped his case throughout camp.