Posts Tagged ‘Preseason’

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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2014 NFL Preseason Week 3: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win his first road game in 2013. Today's game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel struggled against the Buccaneers in 2013. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills played better on both sides of the ball in the second half, but they were unable to recover from a 24-0 first half, and lost, 27-14, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their fourth game of the preseason. With one more exhibition to go, the Bills hold a 1-3 record.

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Updated Buffalo Bills Depth Chart and 53-Man Roster Projection With Two Preseason Games to Go

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Mike Williams has seemingly established himself as a starting wide receiver this preseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Mike Williams has seemingly established himself as a starting wide receiver this preseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s time for the Buffalo Bills to start thinking about cutting their roster down to size.

Their preseason is more than halfway over, as they have played three exhibition games and only two more to go before the regular season begins. On Aug. 26, the Bills will have to trim their roster from 90 players to 75. Just four days later, the Bills will only be able to have 53 players—the regular-season limit—on their active roster.

In two weeks, the Bills will only have 53 players on their active roster. Over the course of their contests against the New York Giants (Hall of Fame Game), Carolina Panthers (Aug. 8) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Saturday), it has become more clear who those 53 players should be, and which of those players should be leading the depth charts at their respective positions.

After the team’s release of its first unofficial depth chart prior to the Hall of Fame Game, I took my first stab at projecting who the team’s 53 players would be after its final cuts. Going into Week 3—arguably the most important and telling week of the preseason—some depth charts have been reconfigured and four players who were previously left outside now look like they will be sticking around.

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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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2014 NFL Preseason Week 1: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers

Friday, August 8th, 2014
After averting a disastrous interception with a pass interference penalty, EJ Manuel made two plays to lead the Buffalo Bills to their first victory of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills will take the field on Friday night to battle the Carolina Panthers in the preseason.(Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills held on late to defeat the Carolina Panthers 20-18.

Buffalo has plenty to feel encouraged about following the game. First, EJ Manuel rebounded from his first preseason game and looked confident against Carolina. He finished 9-of-13 for 96 yards and looked to stretch the field. Manuel found Chris Hogan for a 32 yard gain and Mike Williams for a 28 yard pass. He wasn’t perfect as he did stare down his receivers at times, but it was a positive step in the right direction.

Buffalo’s running backs also performed well against the Panthers. Buffalo’s top four backs ran 28 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Brown looked elusive but didn’t shy from contact. Anthony Dixon also looked very athletic and grinded forward for some tough yards.

Sammy Watkins also recorded his first three receptions against the Panthers. I’m guessing he won’t appear on “Overreaction Monday” on ESPN this week.

The starting defense also looked great against the run. It’s only the preseason, but it’s encouraging to see how strong Buffalo’s defense looks against the run based upon their struggles in 2013.

All in all, the Buffalo Bills looked solid on both sides of the ball.

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