Posts Tagged ‘Preseason Takeaways’

The Song Remains the Same: Buffalo Bills Offense Continues to Struggle in Dress Rehearsal vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense got roughed up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense got roughed up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The talk all offseason for the Buffalo Bills was that if they are going to end their 14-year playoff drought, second-year quarterback EJ Manuel and the offense around him must improve significantly from last season.

Might not want to make any postseason plans if you’re a Bills fan.

It’s only the preseason, but so far the Bills offense has shown virtually no improvement from the unit that ranked 19th in the NFL in yards per game and 22nd in points per game last year.

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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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BBD Week in Review: 8/19 – 8/26 — A Busy Week for the Bills

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Kevin Kolb’s potentially career-ending concussion forced the Bills to re-evaluate their quarterback situation and add two veterans this weekend. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As one responsible for covering Buffalo Bills news, the last two days alone have felt like a week. Between a bevy of roster moves and injuries, the Buffalo Bills have made no shortage of moves over the past two days, and not much of it has been positive.

The weekend/Monday got off to a start when the Bills lost their most preseason game to the Washington Redskins in a 30-7 rout Saturday. The injury bug also hit the Bills during the loss. Potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion that is, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, potentially career-ending. The Bills’ top cornerback, Stephon Gilmore fractured his wrist and is out for 6-8 weeks.

The Bills also lost another starter, right tackle Chris Hairston, for the entire season when they placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list Monday.

In response to Kolb’s injury, the Bills added two veteran quarterbacks to the roster by signing veteran free agent Matt Leinart and acquiring Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with the Detroit Lions in exchange for inside linebacker Chris White.

The Bills also had to make cuts to get their roster down to Tuesday’s 75-man limit. The Bills released five players Monday, most notably wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

Here at Buffalo Bills Draft, we brought you full coverage of all of the roster moves and injuries and how they affect the Bills, while we also looked back at the team’s disappointing preseason loss and projected possibilities for the team’s regular-season roster. You can take a look at all of that through the links below.

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Cause for Concern: Buffalo Bills Undressed in Dress Rehearsal vs. Washington Redskins

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills never found any offensive rhythm behind quarterback Jeff Tuel on Saturday. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Of all four preseason games, the third preseason game is supposed to be the closest to a regular-season game. Most starters around the league play for an entire half during Week 3 of the preseason, as NFL teams try to get their key players ready for regular-season action before resting them for the most part in the final preseason game on Thursday.

If Saturday’s game versus the Washington Redskins was any indication of how the Buffalo Bills will look when the real season begins, the Bills could be in for another long season. The Bills struggled mightily on both sides of the ball Saturday, and lost the game by a final score of 30-7.

That said, there’s no reason to harp on the final score: preseason results are ultimately meaningless and are often misleading. What are significant, however, are the reasons that the Bills ended up giving up so many points and scoring so few, as there were plenty of takeaways from Saturday’s game that could be cause for concern.

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5 Up, 5 Down: Who Broke Bad for the Buffalo Bills In Preseason Opener vs. Colts?

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin may have already locked up the kickoff returner job with his performance on Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Sunday night marked the long-awaited return of the AMC television hit Breaking Bad. While the world awaits the fate of Walter White, Buffalo Bills fans received a brief glimpse into their possible 2013 fate on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

A film review of Sunday’s game has given Buffalo their own version of players who decided, in their season debut with the Bills, to “break bad.” In an effort to remain positive, we will also look at some players who broke bad habits and had a positive debut on Sunday.

Our first installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” for the Bills’ 2013 preseason looks at players who helped or hurt their case to make the Buffalo Bills roster and/or earn greater playing time, although I tried to keep my focus on rookies and players on the bubble to make the team.

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