Here's the Bills news of note for Sept. 15th.
1 - League-leading connection between Clay and Taylor
The tandem of Tyrod Taylor and Charles Clay has found the end zone as much as any other combination in the league since Week 14 of 2016. Clay's five touchdown receptions are tied with Jordy Nelson for the most in the NFL in that time frame.
Clay and Taylor are entering their third season with the Bills; both were signed via free agency in 2015. In Week One they picked up right where they left off last season, finding the back of the end zone. Their chemistry has been a work in progress, but it all seems to be coming together well.
"I mean, we've been working all offseason to try and build that chemistry and things like timing with Tyrod," said Clay. "I come and try to pick his brain to figure out, that way he's comfortable with me and knowing where I'll be and I'm comfortable knowing what he's thinking."
On Sunday, Clay was the most targeted receiver by Taylor with nine passes thrown to him. He finished with four receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. Taylor acknowledges the difficulties Clay presents for opposing defenses.
"Definitely a big part of our passing game; he creates matchups that are hard inside for linebackers and safeties for most teams, and we're going to have to be able to take advantage of it when those opportunities present themselves," Taylor said.
The Bills signal caller and receptions leader from 2016 will look for some continued success against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.
*2 - McCoy among elite on all-time yards per carry list *
After Sunday's 110-yard rushing performance, everyone quickly remembered the greatness of LeSean McCoy. He has tallied a few NFL honors over the years: five-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time first-team All-Pro, and 2013 NFL rushing leader to name a few.
Among the 51 NFL players who have 1,800 or more career rushing attempts, McCoy (4.72) ranks fifth all-time in yards per carry. On paper, that statistic may not seem too eye-popping. But when you draw the comparisons, it most certainly is.
The only players to top McCoy are: Jim Brown (5.22), Joe Perry (5.04), Barry Sanders (4.99), and Adrian Peterson (4.85). That's the definition of legendary company, three Pro Football Hall of Famers and Peterson who one day will most likely join those guys in Canton, Ohio. McCoy discussed what keeps him motivated after achieving so much.
"I remember as a younger guy, I looked up to a lot of the older guys and once I gained their respect, and I talked to them, you know I respected their game. Now, it's flipped. Now I'm the older guy and the young guys look up to me and respect my game and things like that so, it's all motivation. I guess the motivation is staying relevant and staying at the top of the charts," McCoy said.
The nine-year veteran hasn't showed any signs of slowing down. Since joining the Bills in 2015, he tops the NFL in rushing yards with 2,272.
3 - Bills second-oldest opening day roster
The Bills' roster that took down the New York Jets 21-12 was the league's second-oldest roster on Sunday. The team's average age is just over 26-years-old. Three of the five team captains are over 30-years-old. It's undeniable the new regime wants a veteran presence.
"I think anytime you have guys that have experience, but at the same time can continue to play well it's going to benefit you," Kyle Williams said.
Williams is the Bills' longest-tenured player, staying with the team since being drafted by them in the 2006 draft. Williams has 535 tackles since joining the league, that's second among NFL defensive tackles in that time frame. The 12-year veteran is out to prove that age is just a number.
"It doesn't really matter how old I am it just matters what I can do," Williams said.
The roster filled with seasoned veterans passed the test in Week One; they'll look for another dominant performance in Week Two.
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With 110 yards rushings against the Jets, Bills RB LeSean McCoy was one of the league's top ball carriers Week 1.