Here's the Bills news of note for Oct. 4th.
1 - Hughes wreaks havoc on opposing offenses
Buffalo Bills defensive end, Jerry Hughes, has made his money terrorizing quarterbacks. He has the most sacks (34) of any Bills player since 2013. Hughes also leads the team in sacks this season with three.
His most recent sack against the Atlanta Falcons was his biggest of the season. Hughes strip sacked Matt Ryan, resulting in a 52-yard scoop and score for Tre'Davious White. !(http://bufbills.co/COVsQ1)
Bills defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier, likes what he's seeing from the 6-2, 254-pound pass rusher.
"Atlanta, there were times they allowed our ends to rush, and we were able to get some really good rushes… I'm not sure what the team that we're going to be playing this week, how they're going to approach our pass rush," Frazier said. "Most of the time, you give Jerry a chance to rush one-on-one, we feel pretty good about those situations."
The Bills travel to Cincinnati this week to face the Bengals. Some new faces on Cincinnati's offensive line should present some good opportunities for Hughes.
Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals second-round pick in 2006, signed with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason. Whitworth is a three-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro.
Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals first-round pick in 2012, signed with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. He was Cincinnati's starting right guard last season. Whitworth's and Zeitler's replacements will have their hands full on Sunday.
"You've seen Jerry Hughes' play," Frazier said. "Jerry's one of the premier pass rushers in our league. It's smart to pay attention to Jerry Hughes."
2 - White continues to impress in rookie campaign
It seems week after week we're finding something spectacular about Tre'Davious White. This week was no exception. White recovered a fumble to score his first NFL touchdown.
The play was a little controversial. Jerry Hughes forced a fumble by Matt Ryan and the ball ended up down field in the vicinity of White. For the rookie, there was no hesitation.
"Once I saw Jerry [Hughes] hit the quarterback's arm and the ball started getting loose, I knew it was a fumble then," White said. "That's something that we practice in practice every day. If it's an incomplete pass, we're taught to scoop and score. Pick the ball up because you never know what'll happen, and it happened Sunday, so definitely something that we practice."
The team's first-round pick out of LSU has made an impact beyond finding the end zone. White is ranked third (13.0) among rookie cornerbacks in cover snaps per reception, according to Pro Football Focus. The league's average is 10.6.
"We've been impressed all along with his maturity, his ability to be able to have a short memory, which you have to have at that position, and the mental toughness that's necessary to success," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "There are signs that he's going to be a really good player in our league for a long time."
3 - Offense continues growing week by week
The Bills running game finally showed some life against the Atlanta Falcons. A big part of that was the strong play from the offensive line.
Guard, Richie Incognito, joined The John Murphy Show to discuss how the offense is expanding. He feels the new coaches on offense are working to their players strengths now that they're comfortable together.
"That's why I'm excited about this offense. We really have a lot of room to grow," Incognito said. "That's my specialty, I'm a pulling guard. I like to get out in space. Shady and I have a great relationship in space. Shady sets up my blocks really well and I just can kind of mow people down."
The offensive lines push helped McCoy rush for 76 yards against the Falcons. They'll have a tough test this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals strong defensive interior.
"Yeah Geno's [Atkins] a stud man. He's really the best this league has to offer at the three-technique position. He plays with great leverage, he's fast, he's physical, and he's a smart ball player. So how you attack him is you double team him, every single play you get two bodies on him. He's that good of a player," Incognito said.
Cincinnati's run defense ranks 17th in the league allowing a little more than 108 yard rushing per game to their opponents.
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