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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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5 Up, 5 Down: More Disappointments Than Standouts for Buffalo Bills in Loss in Washington

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Buffalo Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy and the entire Buffalo Bills secondary continued to struggle on Saturday versus the Washington Redskins. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The river of optimism and hope that ran deep throughout Buffalo Bills training camp and over the course of their first two preseason games dried up early on Saturday evening. In their third preseason game, the Bills were embarrassed by the Washington Redskins in our nation’s capital.

Buffalo Bills fans had very little to be excited about in a 30-7 shellacking by a Washington team led by third-string quarterback Rex Grossman and fourth-string quarterback Pat White.

The few optimists that remain after Saturday’s train wreck will cite that this was just a preseason game and the results do not matter. Sadly, while the results of preseason games do not count, they absolutely matter. In my opinion, Buffalo fans received a bit of a flash forward Saturday evening that gives us a realistic look into the 2013 season. The flash forward was not pretty, leaving Bills fans with more questions than answers.

This installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” was difficult. The down part was easy, but finding 5 players who improved their status with the team Saturday was more problematic.

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Buffalo Bills Grades: Preseason Game 3 vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills had a rough day in just about every phase of the game versus the Washington Redskins in their third preseason game. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills cooled off considerably Saturday afternoon with a 30-7 road loss to the Washington Redskins. The third preseason game is generally considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and the Bills did not have the showing anyone would have hoped for.

Not only did the Bills have a disappointing showing but they came away from the game with several key injuries. Most notably, star cornerback Stephon Gilmore left the game with a wrist injury and starting safety Da’Norris Searcy left with a head injury. Injury-prone quarterback Kevin Kolb left the game with concussion-like symptoms, leaving undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel as the only healthy quarterback on the roster. The extent of these injuries will be known in the next few days. C.J. Spiller also went down with a knee injury, but was able to return to the game.

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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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Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins: Preseason Week 3 Live Game Thread

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson returned to the field Saturday. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Final Thoughts:

After watching Buffalo’s dress rehearsal, the Bills clearly need a lot of practice before “opening night.” There’s no way to sugarcoat this, Buffalo was outplayed in every aspect of the game in their 30-7 loss to the Redskins.

Offensively, the Bills passed for 79 yards against the Redskins. It’s time to pump the brakes on the Jeff Tuel for starting quarterback train. While the rookie has a great skill set, he was clearly in over his head against the Redskins.

Kevin Kolb’s day was much shorter as he only attempted four passes. Kolb deserves some credit for leading Buffalo to their only points of the game. Kolb showed some mobility against the Redskins, which unfortunately led to concussion-like symptoms. On the tail end of Kolb’s second run, a Redskins player connected with Kolb’s helmet. Buffalo will need to have either EJ Manuel or Kevin Kolb ready for Week 1 against the Patriots.

In the run game, C.J. Spiller scored the only touchdown of the game before making every Bills fan nervous. Spiller grabbed his knee after the play and needed medical attention. Luckily, he was declared “OK” by the team and even returned to the game.

The receiving game never really took off on Saturday afternoon as only six players caught a pass. Stevie Johnson led the way with four receptions for 28 yards.

Defensively, the team was sloppy against the run and pass. Buffalo struggled greatly in coverage on Saturday. The Redskins seemed to find their most success in the air through slant patterns. The entire secondary needs work and cannot have Jairus Byrd back soon enough. It’s rumored that Buffalo has entertained trade offers for Byrd, but after today’s game, the team should let inquiries for Byrd go to voicemail.

Sadly, the team fared even worse against the run. Buffalo gave up a total of 208 rush yards to the Redskins. Buffalo didn’t seem as aggressive on Saturday, but the performance is still very worrisome.

It is just the preseason, but today’s game showed us that there will certainly be some growing pains with such a young team.

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