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The Bills' quarterback competition is still unsettled.
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Their defense showed signs of looking lost in giving up a touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage against Cincinnati.And Buffalo's patchwork offensive line is getting manhandled.These are not encouraging signs less than two weeks before the Bills open the regular season at Baltimore."It's a wake-up call for all of us http://www.authenticsbuff...-ducasse-jersey ," center Ryan Groy said Monday, a day after the line was pushed around in giving up five sacks in the first half of a 26-13 preseason loss to the Bengals. "We couldn't get anything going. Hurt ourselves pre-snap. Didn't protect the quarterback. Did pretty much of everything on the do-not-do list."The level of concern was no different on defense after Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton burned Buffalo's defense for 180 yards passing and two touchdowns on five series — including a 57-yarder to John Ross on the opening snap."We couldn't stop them, man," cornerback Tre'Davious White said. "We weren't able to do anything yesterday. They were able to pick their spots and they were able to exploit them."As for quarterback, coach Sean McDermott is still not ready to name the Bills' season-opening starter, never mind which of his three quarterbacks will start in Buffalo's final preseason tuneup at Chicago on Thursday."No further quarterback developments," he said.Rookie first-round pick Josh Allen's steady progress took a considerable step back against the Bengals. In his first preseason start , he completed 6 of 12 passes for 34 yards, was sacked five times for 39 yards and managed just three first downs over seven-plus series before being pulled to be evaluated for a possible concussion.Allen was cleared to return for the start of the second half, but remained on the sideline while Nathan Peterman mopped up.Peterman http://www.authenticsbuff...on-croom-jersey , Buffalo's returning backup, has put up the best numbers this preseason, though he's had just two series against an opponent's starting defense.As for AJ McCarron, the offseason free agent addition was cleared for practice Monday, some 10 days after being sidelined by a bruised right throwing shoulder during a 19-17 win at Cleveland.The Bills are a work in progress at best a little over eight months after sneaking into the playoffs to end a 17-year postseason drought, which had been the longest active streak in North America's four major professional sports.The current struggles reflect a roster still in the midst of being overhauled entering McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane's second seasons on the job.Only 15 players are left with two or more years of experience in Buffalo.Though the depth chart is not yet set, there is a chance the Bills will feature as many as seven starters with one or fewer season of NFL experience. And that includes the possibility of Allen or Peterman starting at quarterback.Difficult as Allen's outing was against Cincinnati, McDermott considered it a valuable learning experience for the strong-armed, yet raw quarterback in getting his first opportunity to face a starting NFL defense."I know the numbers didn't really show a great performance necessarily, but then again http://www.authenticsbuff...n-miller-jersey , there's a lot of things that go into that as well," he said."I did like his poise in the pocket to an extent. I thought he got us in and out of the huddle for the most part and managed some of the highs and lows," McDermott added. "That's all part of playing that quarterback position and leading a football team."CB COMPETITION: McDermott said the starting cornerback spot opposite White is still up for grabs between veteran free agent additions Vontae Davis and Phillip Gaines. Davis, a nine-year veteran, has struggled. He slipped while attempting to cover Ross on the opening play.SEEING YELLOW: McDermott is frustrated by the Bills being flagged 32 times for 257 yards in three preseason games. That includes 13 penalties for 125 yards against the Bengals. "It's unacceptable," he said.HONORING McCAIN: The flags in front of the Bills headquarters remained at half-staff Monday in honor of Sen. John McCain, who died of a malignant brain tumor on Saturday. The team also held a moment of silence before kickoff Sunday.INJURED: LB Julian Stanford is listed as week to week after hurting his nose against Cincinnati.Buffalo Bills snap counts vs. Baltimore Ravens The Buffalo Bills traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens and... Well let’s just say they’ve had better days and leave it at that. This season has brought some new faces on both the player and coaching side of things. To get a better handle on what this all means, lets’ dive into the snap counts and see what they tell us about our 2018 Buffalo Bills. Data courtesy of Pro Football Reference. Offense (64 snaps)Dion Dawkins was taken off the field to cool off after an unnecessary roughness call. You may notice that the Bills have three guards in their starting offensive line. This is a fun quirk of prolonging the Ryan Groy and Russell Bodine battle. Namely, even the data sites aren’t 100% sure what’s going on yet. The delay in getting to practice didn’t hurt Zay Jones as took the field on all but four snaps, leading the skill position players by a comfortable margin. Marcus Murphy was the primary backup to LeSean McCoy http://www.authenticsbuff...t-milano-jersey , seeing 23 snaps to Chris Ivory’s 7. Team captain Patrick DiMarco saw just one snap after being featured more prominently with the starters in the preseason. Defense (80 snaps) The Bills featured nickel packages heavily in 2017. Starting corners Phillip Gaines and Tre’Davious White were only joined by slot corner Taron Johnson about a fifth of the game. However, safety Rafael Bush saw 31 snaps with Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde only missing 7 plays between the two of them. It’s not quite a “big nickel” with Bush, who is approximately ten pounds heavier than Johnson. For the linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds saw 100% of the snaps, replacing Preston Brown’s omnipresence on the field. Last year the Bills split snaps between Matt Milano and Ramon Humber with a 70/30 ratio. The 95/5 ratio in favor of Milano speaks volumes on how that competition is faring in 2018. Lorenzo Alexander hit the field over half the time, making rumors of his demise greatly exaggerated. The defensive front has some surprises. Kyle Williams and Star Lotulelei hovered around the 50% mark. Williams was over 70% last year. Both Williams and Lotulelei may have been held back by injuries some. Speaking of lingering injuries, Trent Murphy’s pitch count played out as expected with 35% of snaps. Harrison Phillips was deemed ready for action, seeing the field about half the time. Eddie Yarbrough is once again the primary backup for defensive ends. Adolphus Washington received an extended audition. Despite heavy usage (32 snaps), the Bills’ coaching staff wasn’t feeling it, cutting Washington on Monday. Special Teams (34 snaps)In total http://www.authenticsbuff...s-murphy-jersey , 36 players took at least one special teams snap on Sunday. Of these players, 24 saw more than five. Matt Milano saw 25 snaps or 74% in addition to his defensive work. Joining Milano at the 25 mark are your new core special teamers: Ramon Humber, Lafayette Pitts, Deon Lacey, Logan Thomas and Andre Holmes. Patrick DiMarco was on the field 20 times for special teams. Meanwhile special teams captain Taiwan Jones saw only 16.
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