Buffalo Bills Week 4 rookie report: consistently inconsisten

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Buffalo Bills Week 4 rookie report: consistently inconsisten

Postby panxing18 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:08 pm

The Buffalo Bills went down like a lead balloon against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Bills Marcus Murphy Jersey , being completely shut out on offense despite the defense managing to hold their own. The team’s most prominent rookie, Josh Allen, has to shoulder a lot of that blame himself.The rookie defenders fared much better, with Tremaine Edmunds and Taron Johnson being involved in several impact plays. More about the performance of the Bills’ rookies below.QB Josh AllenAllen’s performance against Green Bay can be described as an (Im)perfect Storm. He certainly had a hand in the offense’s lackluster day, but it wasn’t all his fault. However, he made quite few different kinds of mistakes during his limited time on the field. Too often, he was hesitant to check down to his outlet, leading to unnecessary pressure and sacks. Too often, he got spooked by pressure, leading to a breakdown in his mechanics and incompletions. Too often, he failed to move safeties with his eyes Youth Rafael Bush Jersey , including on a failed deep shot to Robert Foster. And too often, he failed to recognize and adjust to blitzes. For all the positive steps Allen took against the Minnesota Vikings, this game showed that he still has a long way to go.LB Tremaine EdmundsEdmunds’s struggles against the run during the first three games of the season continued in Green Bay. When blockers got to his level, the rookie was unwilling or unable to take them on directly—preferring to either run around them or simply struggling greatly against them. On one egregious example, Edmunds was ridden eight yards down the field by Packers’ tackle David Bakhtiari. The rookie proved to be much more effective against the pass. Midway through the second quarter, he used his long arms to tip an Aaron Rodgers pass into the air that led to an interception by Jordan Poyer. Much later in the game, Edmunds came on a well-timed blitz, forcing a hurried throw from Rodgers.DT Harrison PhillipsPhillips continues to see limited time on the field, but he did manage to make his presence felt on a couple of run plays. He was at his best when using his strong upper body and long arms to jack up guards, preventing them from moving him off his spot. Phillips still needs to improve his pass rush—he failed to get much pressure on Rodgers when matched up one-on-one with a guard.CB Taron JohnsonThe best rookie on the field Sunday, by far http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-vladimir-ducasse-jersey , was Johnson. His work crashing down against the run prevented some big gains, and his blitz early in the fourth quarter forced a fumble. In coverage, Johnson was usually in somewhat decent position, however he did get called for defensive holding early in the game. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesS Siran NealNeal recorded his first real snaps (2) of the season after Micah Hyde went down with a groin injury. The rookie didn’t make any mistakes with his short time on the field. In fact, he managed to sack Rodgers on a blitz late in the second quarter.WR Ray-Ray McCloud IIIMcCloud wasn’t involved much in the passing game and was not targeted. Pressed into punt-return duties with the injury to Micah Hyde, McCloud had a fair catch and was tackled for a one-yard loss on two punts.WR Robert FosterFoster was involved in about a third of the offense’s snaps. He was targeted twice but was held to no catches. His first was the aforementioned Allen deep shot, and the other came late in the second quarter. On that play, Foster gained separation on a comeback route, but pressure up the middle prevented Allen from stepping into the throw.P Corey Bojorquez Bojorquez had another busy, but solid day punting the ball. Of his eight punts, four were downed inside the 20—with an average distance of 43 yards. The longest return of one of his punts was nine yards. NotesRookie guards Wyatt Teller and Ike Boettger were inactive.NFL Week 6 power rankings: Buffalo Bills move up slightly After gutting out a 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-jason-croom-jersey , the Buffalo Bills find themselves with a 2-3 overall record. While not ideal by any means, the team’s record is much better than the 0-5 many felt the team would attain through the season’s first five games.Most power rankings reflect the thought that the Bills are among the league’s worst teams, even though they have more wins than some other clubs that many outlets rank ahead of them at this time. The Bills are almost universally ranked as the worst of the league’s two-win teams heading into Week 6.ESPN has the Bills at number 29 this week, which is up two spots from their rankings last week. The New York Giants (28), Indianapolis Colts (26), and Atlanta Falcons (19) all have one victory, yet the Worldwide Leader currently has them ranked ahead of the two-win Bills. Giving Bills’ fans a glimmer of hope is Buffalo’s projected strength-of-schedule over the next 11 games, which is 30th out of 32 teams. The MMQB ranks Buffalo 29th, also behind the Colts (28), Giants (24), and Falcons (16). That boosts Buffalo one spot from last week. They provide a pretty crazy statistic http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-john-miller-jersey , as the Bills have allowed an average of 9 points per game in their two wins, but an average of 33 points per game in their 3 losses. Obviously the latter number is blown up by the 47-3 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens to open the season, but it’s still a jarring split.SB Nation also had the Bills moving up one spot on their list, except they moved from 31st to 30th this week. The biggest jump was on the list at The Sporting News, where Buffalo went from 29th to 25th. Vinnie Iyer wrote that “The Bills’ toughness and scrappiness are evident with Josh Allen matching the hard-nosed physicality of the defense.”While the Bills moved up three spots in the USA Today power rankings, jumping from 31st all the way to 28th, the report came with a depressing statistic. Reporter Nate Davis wondered how Josh Allen has managed to engineer two wins, as “no quarterback has been sacked more (19) and none has a worse passer rating (60.4).” The Associated Press did put Buffalo ahead of all the 1-4 teams, notching them at 26. The Bills are the worst-rated 2-3 team but have moved up from the 30th spot a week ago.
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