Five players to watch

Posted Aug 16, 2013

5 players to watch in the Bills-Vikings preseason game

The Bills preseason debut was certainly an eye-opener as some young receivers got numerous opportunities with the likes of Stevie Johnson and Brad Smith sidelined with injuries. With T.J. Graham also sidelined the chances to make plays will expand all the more. The young receivers however, aren’t the only players worth a closer look in Friday night’s preseason game against Minnesota.

Crezdon ButlerComing off a strong performance at Indianapolis (INT, 2 PBUs, 3 third down stops) Butler has a chance to be the primary reserve boundary cornerback behind Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin as his size (6’0” 191) is very appealing. His reps were cut back Wednesday. We’ll have to see how healthy he is.

Marcus EasleyWith all the attention being paid to rookies Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and even Da’Rick Rogers, Easley has calmly gone about his business and made plays. A favorite of Jeff Tuel’s last week (7 rec., 94 yards), Easley dominated the Colts’ third teamers. Look for Buffalo’s offensive staff to line him up early to see how he fares against stiffer competition.

Kevin KolbThis could be Kolb’s best opportunity to make a play for the starting job. The key for the veteran signal caller is to show he can make downfield throws in the game like the ones he’s thrown in practice. Kolb also has to demonstrate consistent decision making and accurate ball placement on passes. He’s can’t be any less than solid.

Torell TroupIn the last few practices he’s been rotated up with the starters on occasion and has spent more time with the twos than the threes of late. His run stuffing prowess has returned over the last week, and that has to be his calling card Friday night.

Duke WilliamsA player that looks to be on the come the past week at camp, Williams was rotated in for Da’Norris Searcy at safety this week and has looked instinctive and aggressive. He could get some first team reps Friday night. If he does he has to show he can hang with the big boys with consistent execution and the attitude that makes up the nasty part of his game.