1 - Bills new DB reflects on his new surroundings*
*He’s hit the milestone of reaching 30-years-old. When the season starts, he’ll begin his 10th year in the league. Now, Vontae Davis will be looking to bounce back following a 2017 campaign that was cut short by a groin injury.
Signed back in February, Davis told One Bills Live that he remembers sitting down with coaches before putting pen to paper, and feeling like a fit for the roster. He believes where his skills are, he can thrive for the Bills.
“Corners have to tackle in this defense and that’s one of my skill sets, being a physical corner. I also have good ball skills, so playing in a zone and being able to watch the quarterback, keep my eyes on the ball, I mean it’s going to be fun.”
Now, he joins a defensive backfield that exploded on to the NFL last season.
“The coaches and coach Frazier, they’re making it easy on me to come in and play with some other good players in [Jordan] Poyer, [Micah] Hyde and Tre’Davious [White]. I mean those guys, they click. They’re very comfortable with one another, so they’re trying to catch me up to speed. I’m just trying to get on their level.”
Opposite of Davis, White will be manning the other side of the field coming off of an impressive rookie year. After having a few weeks to get to know White, Davis has nothing but positive things to say about the second-year CB.
“First of all, he’s a good kid. He listens. He’s full of energy. He’s always upbeat and he’s also a good player,” said Davis. “He could be one of the best in this league. His preparation, how he prepares, I told him the other day that he’s way ahead of where I was when I was his age, and that’s very impressive.”
2 - Three former Bills named some of the greatest LBs of all time
Right now, the Bills linebackers consist of a veteran leader in Lorenzo Alexander, a second-year player who impressed as a rookie in Matt Milano and a first-round draft pick with potential that puts him through the ceiling in Tremaine Edmunds. But the Bills have had some special linebackers in the past as well.
Senior NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt compiled a list of the best NFL linebackers of all time, and three former Bills found their way onto the list.
At 43, it’s Chris Spielman.
Buffalo Bills, 1996-1997;
Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro once
Recorded 1,181 career tackles
Spielman ended his playing career with the Bills picking up an interception in each of his final two seasons.
At 37, it’s London Fletcher.
Buffalo Bills, 2002-2006;
One-time Super Bowl champion
Voted to four Pro Bowls
Recorded 1,380 career tackles
As a member of the Bills, Fletcher also recorded five interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown.
At 22, it’s Cornelius Bennett
Buffalo Bills, 1987-1995
Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro once
Recorded 71.5 career sacks
Bennett was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990’s.
Picking up four or more sacks in every season with the Bills except for his last one, Bennett was an absolute monster on the field. He also recorded six interceptions while playing in the 716. He was a part of all four Super Bowl appearances during the 1990 through 1993 run.
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3 -**Clay’s new diet paying offCharles Clay led the Bills in receiving yards at the end of last season with 558 yards receiving on 49 receptions. Second to McCoy who caught the ball 59 times. But Clay missed parts of last season with an injury that led to him rethinking his health. According to the Buffalo News, Clay has a new diet that he believes can help him on the field now, and possibly extend his career.
*“It took me awhile to realize how big of a role food played in the way your body feels and things like that,” Clay said. “That’s just something, as you go on, you kind of learn. You get young guys who come in here, you try to tell them, ‘Man, you shouldn’t be eating that.’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I had guys early on tell me that it was something that I had to kind of try to experiment with. As you get older, your needs change, so you just have change what you do.” *
Clay has also cut out red meat and started eating more plant-based food. He briefly tried going vegan, but that lasted less than a month, and he now eats chicken and fish. He said he’s been feeling great in Organized Team Activities and feels primed for an outstanding season.
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