Posts Tagged ‘Mike Williams’

EJ Manuel, Passing Offense Continue to Struggle as Buffalo Bills Lose to Houston Texans

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans got the best of EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans got the best of EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fans of a football team tend to give the quarterback too much credit when the team wins and heap excessive blame on the signal-caller when the team loses. That’s especially been the case for the Buffalo Bills and their fanbase, understandably so, in the one season and four games of the EJ Manuel era thus far.

I’m not going to join the fanbase in its cries for Kyle Orton to the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback, and even in Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans, a loss that was sealed when Manuel threw an interception into double coverage, I don’t think Manuel deserves all the blame for the struggles of Buffalo’s offense.

That said, Manuel didn’t make himself easy to defend with his poor performance Sunday.

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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers, 2014 NFL Preseason Week 1

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made his first three catches as a Buffalo Bill on Friday night as the Bills passing offense made progress. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made his first three catches as a Buffalo Bill on Friday night as the Bills passing offense made progress. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills went into Friday night’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers with one distinct advantage: while the contest was the first game action of the year for the Panthers, the Bills had already strapped on the pads Sunday night for the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Giants. The Bills parlayed that advantage into a 20-18 victory.

The team can some pride in its win, but it shouldn’t take any time to celebrate. Preseason victories, though better than losses, are essentially meaningless. There are still many things the Bills need to be doing better to consistently win games in the regular season. However, there were some promising areas of progress in Friday’s game, especially in the play of quarterback EJ Manuel and the Bills offense.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Mike Williams Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

If Mike Williams can stay healthy and out of off-field trouble, he can bring an impressive skill set to the Bills offense. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

One year after signing Mike Williams to a contract extension that would have kept him on the team through the 2018 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The most experienced and proven receiver on the roster, Williams figures to be one of Buffalo’s most targeted weapons during the 2014 season.

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Stevie Johnson: Underappreciated and Overcriticized

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Stevie Johnson’s time in Buffalo didn’t always receive favorable reviews, but he was better than he got credit for. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Stevie Johnson era is over in Buffalo. The Bills traded Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday for a 2015 fourth-round pick that can be bumped up to a 3rd.

This article isn’t about the trade or how Buffalo’s offense will look without him in 2014. No, this is about one of the most underappreciated and overcriticized players in recent memory. The majority of fans were positive about Johnson, but there was a small yet vocal group of people who bashed Johnson whenever they could.

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Buffalo Bills Unsurprisingly Trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers for 2015 Draft Pick

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Stevie Johnson’s time in Buffalo has come to an end, as the veteran wide receiver was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday for a 2015 draft pick. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As soon as the Buffalo Bills traded up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft, the rumblings began that Stevie Johnson’s departure from Buffalo could only be a matter of time. As it turned out, it wasn’t even a matter of 24 hours, as the Bills traded Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday afternoon in exchange for a 2015 conditional fourth-round pick.

The pick netted in the trade, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, could become a third-round pick in the 2015 draft dependent upon Johnson’s production in 2014.

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