1 – LeSean McCoy improving in his 10th season
Although he is entering his 10th NFL season, LeSean McCoy appears to be on track for another electric campaign. Head coach Sean McDermott talked about how he still believes that McCoy is improving every single day.
"I think he is off to a really good start. He looks like he is in tremendous shape," McDermott said. "He still has to get back into game shape, but we will bring him along at the right pace."
McCoy did not participate in the first preseason contest of the season, but he has continued to take part in practices throughout training camp. McDermott also noted that McCoy looks even better than he has in previous seasons.
"Credit to what he has done. It appears this offseason, in terms of the work that he has put in, he looks quicker, faster, and more powerful than last year," he said.
For a man who has rushed for over 10,000 yards in his NFL career, and one who has his sights set on 12,000, it is quite impressive that he looks to be continually improving. McDermott also continued his emphasis on improving daily.
"You try and be a different player or different team in a better way each time you take the field," he said. "That's really [what we] talk in here about, continual improvement that we all try and adopt."
2 – Allen excited about first NFL action
With expectations looming large for Bills rookie Josh Allen, he was finally able to get his first game action on Thursday night against Carolina. For a seventh overall pick, your first live game action can be intimidating, but Allen says that he was as excited as anyone to get on the field and compete.
"I am just real excited to play," said Allen. "I got the whole second half, so, I went out there and just tried to have fun and I tried to learn and improve."
Of course, there are things that he would like to improve upon this early in his NFL career, but Bills fans caught a glimpse of Allen's undeniable arm talent. Allen talked a little bit about how the fans helped him to play confidently in his first game.
"It was really cool," Allen said of the standing ovation he received as he took the field for the first time. "Bills mafia came out in full force tonight for a preseason game, it is good to see that."
Allen has long struck his peers as someone who loves to compete and loves the game of football, and Allen echoed those sentiments on Thursday.
"I love the game even more," he said following his first game. "It is something that I have always wanted to do in my life, to go out there and to hear his [Brian Daboll] voice in my head; it is just something that was really cool."
3 – Buffalo rival unhappy
The history between Bill Belichick's New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills is filled with many twists and turns and following the NFL's first full slate of games on Thursday, Belichick voiced his frustrations about his team's performance at the end of the first half of play.
"We need to do pretty much everything better," said Belichick. "We are just not good enough in any area."
Belichick however, continued to voice his displeasure with the Patriots effort even in a winning effort against Washington.
"We had about 38 seconds of good football," said Belichick.
There is plenty of time for improvements to be made before the Bills and the Patriots square off as the two division rivals will meet for the first time in Week 8; where they will battle in a Monday night contest in Orchard Park, New York.