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Bills Today: Yarbrough amazed by Hughes' play

Posted Oct 6, 2017

Here's the Bills news of note for Oct. 6th.


1 - Yarbrough amazed by Hughes’ play
It’s impossible not to be impressed with what Jerry Hughes has done thus far in the season. His teammate, Eddie Yarbrough, can give a unique perspective on the superstar. He spends Sundays rushing on the opposite side of Hughes.

“Even this last Sunday, when I was looking at the other side, I’m like, ‘I got a great get off, get this, get that,’ and I’m looking, I’m running back there and Jerry’s already back there and made the play and I’m like, ‘Okay, Jerry,’” Yarbrough said. “He shows up every single practice, every single game, and it’s really fun to watch.”

Hughes is the team leader in sacks (3) through four weeks. He’s on pace to hit double digit sacks for the season. Something he has done in the past. The eight-year veteran had consecutive 10-plus sack seasons in 2013 and 2014.

Yarbrough, the first-year Buffalo Bill, has learned from prolific players like Von Miller. He still tries to incorporate parts of Hughes’ game into his own.

“I would say his low pad level and his intensity on every play. Every movement, it’s everything that he has. I try to incorporate that to my game personally,” Yarbrough said. “He’s perfected it. He’s playing really good ball right now.”

2 - Week by week approach for White
The Bills first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft continues to find himself at the top of the league at the cornerback position. Tre’Davious White has done it by taking one game at a time.

According to Pro Football Focus, White (89.2) was the second-highest graded cornerback in Week Four. He was behind only Casey Hayward (96.9) and just ahead of Brent Grimes (88.3).

A 52-yard scoop and score certainly helped his grade. The touchdown, White’s first in the NFL, was a unique one for him.

“Nope, this is my first time doing it, other than doing it in practice or something like that. [I’ve] never done it in a game. First time for everything, right?” he said.

White’s just one of two defensive rookies with a touchdown this season. He’s also the highest-graded rookie cornerback through four weeks.

Heading into a Week Five matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, White is keeping the same mindset that has gotten him this far.

“We just take it week-by-week, game-by-game… feel like if we do that, we’ll be fine,” he said. “We know that any given Sunday, any team can lose in this league.”

3 - Gaines is a gamer
E.J. Gaines was one of many Bills to get banged up against the Atlanta Falcons. The four-year veteran showed some serious grit in the game battling through his injury.

It was in the fourth quarter that Gaines suffered a groin injury. On the play when he sustained the injury the ball came into his area. He hobbled after the receiver who caught the ball and forced a fumble on the play. It was a nice illustration of the never-quit mindset of the defense.

“I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate, and the coaches appreciate, the way that they battle. How hard they play. We had a couple of other guys who did get hurt in the game and went out and tried to play more. They were either able to do it and finish the game or in other cases they weren’t able to finish the game, but they went back and tried,” Sean McDermott said. “That doesn’t happen everywhere. I’m forever grateful. To me it’s a sign of the toughness and the work ethic of these guys.” 

The 5-10, 190-pound cornerback has been great in Buffalo so far this season. He’s tied for eighth in the league with five passes defended. With the strip against the Falcons he’s tied for second in the NFL with two forced fumbles.

Gaines is working his way back from the groin injury and was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday.

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