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Bills Today: Joe Webb finds role in offense with wildcat

Posted Dec 4, 2017

Here's the Bills news of note for Dec. 4th.

1 - Webb finds role in offense with wildcat
Buffalo’s Swiss army knife, Joe Webb, continued to demonstrate his uniqueness on Sunday against New England. For the first time all season, the Bills broke out the wildcat formation and it featured Webb.

“I was very excited about it,” he said. “The opportunity to get on the offensive side of the ball and make an explosive play for the offense.”

That explosive play came in the second quarter. Webb took the snap and bolted for a 22-yard run. That gain was his second-longest rush of his career, trailing a 65-yard touchdown run in 2011.

Heading into Sunday’s game, Webb had only played three offensive snaps on the season. Those came as a wide receiver, as he’s predominantly been used on special teams. He finished the Week 13 contest with three rushes for 27 yards. The team utilized his quarterback background, drawing up a pass play out of the wildcat. Webb barely overthrew Travaris Cadet on what could’ve been a touchdown.

Webb has now played QB, WR, and special teams for Buffalo. He’s the only QB in the NFL who contributes on special teams. Head coach, Sean McDermott, mentioned his unique skill set after Sunday’s game.

“I thought there was some creative looks that we were able to give. Joe brings an added dimension to the position back there, whatever position he plays” said McDermott. “I liked the energy Joe brought to the offense there.”

2 - McCoy adds to impressive résumé
On Sunday, running back LeSean McCoy added a few milestones to his lengthy résumé. He moved up in the Bills record books and additionally joined some future Hall of Famers.

McCoy rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries against the Patriots. He got in a groove early, recording over 25 yards on the ground during the team’s first drive. Buffalo’s offense however, was seemingly at a standstill after the first two drives.

“I felt like we were moving. Everything we thought we’d get, we got,” said McCoy. “As far as the fronts and coverages. We just have to do a better job of capitalizing.”

McCoy tallied 63 yards from scrimmage in the first half. He became the fifth active player with 13,000 scrimmage yards. He joins: Frank Gore, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Forte, and Adrian Peterson.

Coming into Sunday’s game, McCoy had tallied 2,920 rushing yards as a member of the Bills. With his 93-yard day, he surpassed the 3,000 yard mark since coming to Buffalo. He’s now tied with Travis Henry for the fastest Bills RB to 3,000 (39 games).

McCoy also moved up to 10th all-time on the Bills rushing list. He passed Antowain Smith who recorded 2,932 yards in Buffalo.

The nine-year veteran is closing in on debatably the biggest milestone of his career. That’s reaching 10,000 career rushing yards. In the final four games this season, McCoy needs just over 48 yards per game to hit 10k.

3 - Historic game for DT Kyle Williams
After Sunday’s game, defensive tackle, Kyle Williams, made his case for best DT in Bills history. He’s cemented himself in the team’s record books with his 12 years of strong play.

Once he took the field against the Patriots, it marked his 163rd career game with the Bills. That’s the most by a DT in team history. Williams has been a consistent starter since coming to Buffalo in 2006.

In the second quarter, Williams invaded New England’s backfield and sacked Tom Brady. With the take-down on Brady, he notched sack number 42.5 of his career. That’s the most by any DT in Bills history.

Williams’ impressive numbers stretch further than Buffalo. He has the most tackles (563) among active NFL DTs since 2006. He leads: Domata Peko (551), Haloti Ngata (499), and Ahtyba Rubin (420).

The 34-year-old is only the 12th player in franchise history to play 12 seasons for the team. Williams is a five-time Pro Bowl Selection, and clearly has some fuel left in the tank.

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