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Bills Today: Frank Reich earns first Super Bowl ring

Posted Feb 5, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for Feb. 5th.


1 - Frank Reich earns first Super Bowl ring
The fifth time proved to be the charm for Frank Reich. After coming up short in four-straight Super Bowls as Buffalo’s backup quarterback in 1990-1993, he finally hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator.

Reich’s offense was part of a record-breaking night. The Eagles exploded for 374 passing yards and 164 rushing yards as they went on to win 41-33 over for the Patriots. In total, the two offenses had 1,151 yards, which is a new Super Bowl record for most combined yardage. The previous record was 929 yards in Super Bowl XXII.

Leading up to the game Reich praised his offense’s ability to spread the ball around. On Sunday, that’s exactly what they did. Five different players scored a touchdown for Philadelphia.

Alshon Jeffery had the game’s first TD off of a 34-yard pass from Nick Foles. Jeffery finished the game with three receptions, 73 yards, and one TD. LeGarrette Blount barreled his way to the end zone for the Eagles second score of the game. He finished with 14 carries, 90 yards, and one TD. Philadelphia’s third TD was a one-yard pass from Trey Burton to Foles on a play that absolutely fooled New England.

Their fourth score was a 22-yard pass from Foles to Corey Clement that extended the lead to 29-19. Clement, who’s a running back, was the Eagles leading receiver with four catches for 100 yards. Philly’s final trip to the end zone was an 11-yard pass from Foles to Zach Ertz. That TD extended the lead to 38-33 and that proved to be the difference in the game.

One of the most remarkable parts about Philadelphia’s run was that they were able to achieve it with a backup QB. Reich, who was a famous second-stringer himself, got the most out of Foles. He finished 28-of-43 passing, with three TDs, and a passer rating of 106.1. Foles also had a receiving TD and was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LII.

2 - Tre’ White runner-up for NFL Defensive ROY
The race for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year was neck-and-neck all season long. In the end, Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White finished as this year’s runner-up for the award.

New Orleans Saints CB, Marshon Lattimore, was named the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Lattimore received 45 of the 50 first place votes. White came in second place, as he secured four of the votes. San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Reuben Foster, rounded out the top-three receiving one vote.

In 13 games, Lattimore had 52 tackles, 18 passes defended, five interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. He took one those INTs back for a touchdown.

In 16 games, White tallied 69 tackles, 18 PDs, four INTs, two FRs, and one FF. He returned one of those fumbles for a TD in Week Four.

The stats between the two were extremely close, which makes it kind of surprising that Lattimore received 41 more votes than White. This is Bleacher Report’s take on this year’s Defensive ROY.

It can be argued that Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White was equally important in getting his team back to the postseason, but Lattimore prevailed in one of the most lopsided votes of the night.

White can hold his head high finishing as this year’s runner-up, considering 15 defensive players were drafted before him in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his rookie campaign, he was named to Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team, Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, and Pro Football Focus’ Rookie of the Year.

3 - Former Bills WR among Hall of Fame inductees
This former Bills wide receiver may have only been in Buffalo for one season of his 15-year career, but this weekend Terrell Owens punched his ticket to Canton, Ohio, as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Owens spent the 2009 season as a member of the Buffalo Bills and had a pretty productive year. He started all 16 games and recorded 55 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns. He also had six carries for 54 yards and a TD.

Though it was only a one-year stint in Western New York, Owens stapled himself in the Bills history books. On Nov. 22, 2009, Owens and Ryan Fitzpatrick connected for a 98-yard TD against the Jacksonville Jaguars. To this day, that’s the longest passing play in team history.

Owens made highlight-reel plays for the majority of his career. He was a finalist for the Hall for the past three seasons, but finally earned the nod in 2018. He’s been a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and now he can add Hall of Famer to that list. 

Owens’ now one of 12 Buffalo Bills Hall of Famers. He joins: Joe DeLamielleure, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, James Lofton, Bill Polian, Andre Reed, Billy Shaw, O.J. Simpson, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Ralph Wilson Jr.

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