Bills Today: New cornerbacks get first INTs against Broncos

Posted Sep 25, 2017

A pair of Buffalo's new cornerbacks came away with their first picks, Tyrod Taylor and Charles Clay's connection continues and more.

Here’s the Bills news of note for Sept. 25th.

1 - New cornerbacks get first INTs against Broncos
The Buffalo Bills overhauled their secondary this offseason, and three games into the 2017 season it has paid off. The first two weeks there was a lot of praise for the new safeties; this past Sunday was all about the new cornerbacks.

E.J. Gaines and Tre’Davious White reeled in their first interceptions as Bills against the Denver Broncos. There was a lot of hoopla coming into the game about Trevor Siemian and the prolific Broncos offense. In Sunday’s game, the Bills gave them a reality check.

Gaines was making plays all over the field all game. He finished with seven tackles, three pass deflections, and an interception.

“Anytime I come out here and make plays for the defense it’s a good thing. Coach definitely pushed me this week and I came out on top,” Gaines said.

White was tested early and saved his best for last. He covered Emmanuel Sanders for a majority of the game, who had a game-high 15 targets. The rookie made the most of his opportunities, finishing the game with seven tackles, four pass deflections, and an interception.

“You’re going to have your ups and downs but it’s all about how you respond. At defensive back, you have to have a short-term memory. If you have that, never let your confidence down,” White said.

Sean McDermott spoke highly of his young corner.

“He’s done a great job. He’s got great mentors on the team in the ways of Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Lorenzo Alexander. I mean these guys have taken Tre under their wing and then you match that with his work ethic and the time he puts into the film room during the week and the results have taken care of themselves. From a young corner, this early to do what he’s done, is good to see,” McDermott said.

The new back end of the Bills is yet to allow a passing touchdown this season. They’ll look to continue that trend against a high-powered Atlanta passing attack next Sunday. 

2 - Clay and Taylor hot at home
For the fifth consecutive game at New Era Field, Tyrod Taylor found Charles Clay in the end zone. In fact, Sunday’s score marked Clay’s sixth touchdown in his past five home games.

“He’s actually third in the progression,” said Taylor of the six-yard scoring play to Clay in the third quarter. “We were trying to hide Jordan Matthews split and get him to come out the back side. The corner slow played it and took away the corner route and Charles is the last option. Actually my option to run comes before Charles, but his seal block was able to close the end down and I was able to scramble and as I approached the line of scrimmage, he popped open and I was able to get him the ball.”

In their third season together the duo is showing they’ve built some solid chemistry. Taylor targeted Clay six times in the game, and connected on all six. On those six receptions the tight end picked up 39 yards.

The Bills will venture away from home this coming Sunday, the QB and TE will look to see if they can take their home field magic on the road. 

3 - Lacey and company sniff out fake punt attempt
On fourth-and-two on Denver’s 31-yard line the Broncos tried some trickery. It appeared to be a typical punt attempt, until it was directly snapped to running back De’Angelo Henderson. Bills outside linebacker, Deon Lacey, stepped in to stuff Henderson, stopping him short of the line to gain.

It got Buffalo the ball back with a short field.

Lacey is a first-year Bill; he spent the previous three years in the Canadian Football League. The critical fourth down stop would be his first tackle in the NFL and his biggest moment in the league so far.

“They had a guy run on late, we were able to describe it, get set and fire off the ball,” Lacey said.

The 6-3, 235-pound linebacker has a history on special teams. In his three seasons in the CFL he tallied 68 special-team tackles. His familiarity with that phase of the game was beneficial on Sunday.

“We were more looking for the hard count than anything,” said Lacey. “Once we saw the offensive line we knew it was going to be a fake.”


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