1. Josh Allen: It’s going to be a special year for us
Quarterback Josh Allen joined Mad Dog Sports Radio to chat about the upcoming season and his time in Buffalo. Allen shared his biggest goal with Adam Schein.
“It’s nothing that I want more in this world,” Allen said, “to lead this team to the playoffs and give them a chance to compete for Super Bowls down the road."
With one final preseason game left before the season kicks off, Allen said he believes this year will be different.
"What needs to happen is playing smart football, taking care of the little things and everything else will fall into place," Allen said. "Not trying to get too ahead of ourselves, taking it one game at a time. I know it’s cliché, but this team is special. I love all the guys that we have on this team and I think it’s going to be a special year for us.”
One thing that will make the season special is the continued support of the fan base.
"It’s not like most places," Allen told Schien. "It’s live, breathe, die Buffalo Bills football up here and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this.”
2. One Buffalo Bill makes the NFL’s top 100 list
ESPN released its NFL’s best 100 players for the 2019 season. The Bills have one player on the list and that’s corner Tre’Davious White. White was ranked No. 100 last year, this year he moved up three spots to No. 97.
Simply put, White is usually too quick to separate from. He’s not the biggest or most physical corner, but he closes quickly and has good enough hands to send an opposing offense back to its sideline. Coupled with one of the league’s best safety duos behind him, White is a tough corner to test. – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Signature stat: According to NFL Next Gen Stats, White was the nearest defender on 64 targets last season, 25 more than any other Bill player. His completion percentage was 59.4%, which was lower than league average of 61%.
2019 projection: 59 tackles, 2 INTs
In 2018, White had 51 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass break ups.
3. Isaiah McKenzie: I’m doing the job the best way I can
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie joined One Bills Live to discuss his preseason play and the dept amongst the wide receivers.
“There’s a lot of guys who can do a lot of things from Duke [Williams], Zay [Jones], John Brown, Bease [Cole Beasley], Sills, Ease [Nick Easley],” McKenzie said. “They can do a lot of things. There’s a lot of competition in the room. It’s been great, it’s been fun.”
McKenzie was added to the roster being claimed off waivers from Denver in November 2018. Last season, McKenzie played in seven games catching 18 passes for 179 yards.
Ahead of OTAs, McKenzie’s trainer jokingly asked him if he was ready to retire with all the added wide receiver depth. McKenzie, rather, was ready to compete.
“I was like no, I’m not going to retire,” McKenzie said. “I’m going to go in there and compete. When I got here in OTAs they were saying there was a lot of competition in the room, a lot of guys in the room and I understood that. My only mindset was I’m just going to compete and whatever happens, happens. Right now, up to this point, I feel like I competed and I’m doing the job the best way I can whenever they give me the ball.”
In preseason, McKenzie has caught three receptions for 99 yards and has one rushing touchdown. On Thursday, McKenzie among other receivers will have one last chance to showcase his talents to the coaching staff before Saturday’s roster cuts.