Buffalo Bills Game #2 Recap & Weekend Review: Looking better!

Nice catch by Mike Williams! - Photo via buffalobills.com

Nice catch by Mike Williams! – Photo via buffalobills.com

Hey, Bills fans! So I wanted to give you guys a few days before writing my recap to reflect on the game. There was a lot I liked and was impressed with compared to the first preseason game. I also heard the possibility of some interesting happenings occurring this weekend and wanted to see how they played out. First, the Bills had back-to-back practices scheduled after a late night away game when you generally see a day off scheduled. There were no real bomb shells dropped as to the reason. Marone said over all he was happy with the team’s performance on Friday night, but the added work led to some heated moments as the RB’s and DB’s came together at mid field early in Sunday’s practice and had to be separated before it escalated. Leaders Fred Jackson, Aaron Williams were right in the mix as well as Boobie Dixon and Duke Williams (Check out more here). After practice those guys all said it was just competitiveness they left on the field and it was nothing personal. The Bills are scheduled to go to Pittsburgh this week (Wednesday and Thursday) for a joint practice with the Steelers. Most guys were looking forward to getting some work against non-team members but Fred Jackson saw things a little differently. He was quoted as not being excited about the joint practices and viewed it more like having to play three games in four days (They play their 3rd preseason game Saturday night and have off Friday)

The second big story I was waiting on was Cordy Glenn’s return, and sure enough he passed his physical on Saturday and returned to practice on a limited/restricted basis. Marrone doesn’t expect Glenn to compete in team drills for a “long time,” but the fact he’s back even in a restricted manner is still a good sign with just a little more than three weeks until the start of the regular season. It’s still unknown what’s going on with Glenn and hopefully whatever it is allows him to make a full recovery and return to form. Seantreal Henderson has been getting most of the reps in place of Glenn and is expected to slide back to the 2nd team once Glenn is fully cleared. Chris Williams injured his back in Friday’s game and missed both practices this weekend. Cyrus Richardson stepped in and took those reps. He’s been looking the part of a starter the last few weeks as injuries give way to opportunities. So far he’s making the most of them.

Cordy Glenn is key to the Bills success this year - Photo via www.circlingthewagons.com

Cordy Glenn is key to the Bills success this year – Photo via http://www.circlingthewagons.com

As far as the game goes, I don’t think I’m going to surprise anyone here with my review of it (Click here for game highlights). The Bills first team offense still struggled in the red zone. They looked fine moving the ball between the 20’s. EJ hit his first seven passes and had some big throws (thanks to great catches) to Chris Hogan on a crucial 3rd and 3 that went for 32 yards and one to Mike Williams on a leaping catch in traffic for 28 yards over the middle. Fred Jackson failed three times to get a first down when inside the five yard line, but Boobie Dixon was used in a goal line attempt three series later and was able to punch it in from one yard out for the Bills’ first TD of the game.

I think our first team defense looked better as the run defense was a lot tighter than the week before. However, the pass defense looked a little iffy as there were times Derek Anderson looked like Peyton Manning, which was disappointing to see. Special teams have been quiet other than a botched punt return by Nickell Roby.

I do like the extra point being placed at the 15 yard line rather than the two. There were several kickers who missed an extra point including the Carolina Panthers kicker Jordan Gay. I hope this passes the competition committee and is implemented.

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Photo Via BuffaloLowDown.com: Chris Hogan

The backup QB play was shaky for both Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. Thad Lewis got his turn with the 2nd team offense and didn’t do much with it. I still think Tuel will win the job, but I’d like to see a little more consistency even when playing with the 4th and 5th string guys. Chris Hogan continues to look awesome in the slot and is definitely a lock for a spot. Sammy Watkins finally made his NFL catch but was lucky Manuel’s throw didn’t cost him his knee getting blown out. Manuel stared down Watkins and was a little late on the throw, which was behind him, making Watkins turn awkwardly for the ball. As he landed and turned to run, the DB dropped down to knee level but ended up catching his ankle instead fortunately! I was holding my breath when I saw the DB in a perfect spot to do some damage. In the regular season, Watkins may not be so lucky. Mike Williams made a nice leaping catch over the middle showing off that “high-pointing the ball” ability we’ve heard so much about. Landon Cohen had another solid game, creating a turn over by swatting the ball out of the QB’s hand as he collapsed the pocket on a nice stunt move. Michael Carter, the DB who got beat on the Panthers long TD pass, was cut this week and replaced with a former Bills player they had cut earlier this summer in Sam Miller. Da’Norris Searcy had an interception and a tackle for a loss. Finally, the RB’s just looked awesome! I can’t wait to see this four-headed monster in action this season! Bad for fantasy owners, great for fans!

Well, that’s it folks. Preseason game two is in the bag, and we’re looking on to game #3 against the Steelers this Saturday at 7:30pm. The Bills then return home for the final two games, and all the new renovations at the Ralph will be on display!

What do you think Bills nation? How are they looking? What do you want to see this week? As always leave me a comment here, on Facebook or follow me on twitter: @jasonsins! This isn’t just football, its Bills FOOTBALL!

By: Jason Sinsabaugh

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