1. Jordan Poyer has never been in this situation in his seven NFL seasons
The Bills locker room is starting to feel a bit different. Maybe it’s a bit louder, a bit more energetic, maybe it’s because the Bills are 4-1 and have the second-best record in the entire AFC.
“I’ve never been in a situation like this,” Jordan Poyer said. “This is my seventh year in the league, and I had some long years out in Cleveland. Guys are excited to be back and to play football again. Obviously, the break was nice but I’m excited to play for our fans this weekend.”
Poyer’s time in Cleveland included playing on teams that went 1-15 and 3-13. The only team he’s been on with a winning record was Buffalo in 2017 at 9-7.
This week Buffalo prepares to play the winless Miami Dolphins. Poyer knows what it’s like to be on a team that’s struggling and how desperately the players in the locker room want that first win.
“I think our team is focused,” Poyer said. “Every week is a different task and has different difficulties, there’s not any team in the NFL that you can take lightly. Because I’ve been on the other side of a losing team and you’re hungry for a win, especially against a divisional opponent. I think guys got the right mindset and we’ll have to come to play.”
2. All this wide receiver needed was a chance
Duke Williams just needed an opportunity. As a 26-year old rookie, Williams has dreamed of making the NFL for longer than most. He had stops in the Canadian Football League before getting invited to join the Bills this offseason.
He spent four weeks on the Bills practice squad before being called up and scoring the decisive touchdown in the 14-7 win over the Titans in Week 5. It was more than he could have ever hoped for.
“I soak it in every day,” Williams said. “I soak it in when I come and see my name on my locker and that’s enough for me. To still be on somebody’s football team playing the game that I love, like I always tell everybody the money is just a reward for me. I love the game, I love to go to war with my brothers and to dominate my opponent. That’s what it’s about, competing and going at it every day.”
Williams path to the Bills was almost in jeopardy. He didn’t make the initial 53-man roster and was released to waivers where any team in the NFL could claim him. No one did and he ended up back where he wanted to be, Buffalo.
“They told me to keep working. That was it,” Williams said. “They told me they were going to bring me back on the practice squad and I told them I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is where I want to be at. All I can think about is let’s work. I came back working harder than ever.”
Williams had four catches in his NFL debut and followed it up with a bye week full of rest, jambalaya, smothered chicken and any other southern foods he could name. Now he’ll have to wait to eat like that when the Bills season is over, his only focus now is to do his job.
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3. Young tight ends have impressed this veteran
Buffalo has been without its top tight end option the entire season. Tyler Kroft hasn’t appeared in any Bills game this season leading to more opportunities for Buffalo’s rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.
“The games are not too big for them,” Kroft said. “I feel like, usually when you see rookies come in they need to get some significant time early on that can be a learning period and a little bit of a grace period, so to speak, but I think both of them have done a great job stepping up to the task and they made plays when they’ve had the opportunity to.”
Knox and Sweeney have combined for 13 catches and 184 yards receiving through their first five games.