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Bills Today: Lorenzo loving the leadership Derek Anderson brings


1 - Lorenzo loving the leadership Derek Anderson brings

There was one thing that linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was anxious to learn when the Bills inked Derek Anderson to a one-year deal last week - the quarterback's age.

"The first thing I was trying to figure out about him is when his birthday is, but I am older than him," Alexander told One Bills Live. "I think by 15 days. I'm the oldest [on the team]."

Both Pac-12 alumni, Alexander and Anderson have some familiarity with each other.

"I played against Derek when he was at Oregon State when I was at Cal, so we go way back," Alexander said. "We've crossed paths as far as just being in the league and talking to each other. Good dude."

Though both 13-year veterans, Alexander and Anderson had never found themselves on the same team until this month. Now sharing a locker room with the signal caller, Alexander has developed a new level of respect for the quarterback. The defender praised Anderson's leadership ability and willingness to communicate with his teammates.

"Really love what he's bringing to this team, the leadership," Alexander said. "Maybe we've talked about this before, but Sean [McDermott] sometimes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will call out guys as far as 'What does our opponent like to do in these situations?' He was going around, and Derek offered himself up. 'Hey, I got it,' then just rattled off. That's just the type of leader he is . . . Really like him, like his personality, love how he's approached this week. Expect good things out of him."

2 - Benjamin senses WR corps 'starting to get comfortable'

Though the offense as a whole struggled to put points on the board, Buffalo's receiving corps played arguably its best game of the season in Week 6.

Sophomore Zay Jones reeled in three passes for 35 yards and one score. Kelvin Benjamin caught two passes for 43 yards and had a 44-yard reception nullified due to an illegal formation penalty. Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy also got involved in the passing game, combining for seven receptions.

Though the offense largely relied on the run game last week, the passing attack was effective at times. The Bills' receiving corps came up with a few big plays, showing signs of promise.

Buffalo will have a new quarterback under center this week, as Derek Anderson will start in place of the injured Josh Allen. Benjamin thinks that the receiving group will continue its steady growth with the new signal caller.

"I think we're just trying to find our own identity as an offense," Benjamin said. "I think we're just starting to get comfortable and hit our stride. All we have to do is keep working. We have a new quarterback this week. We just have to keep grinding, keep working, keep pushing to try to come down with the balls for him."

3 - PFF on what Bills need to do to overcome Colts

The Bills will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in Week 7, a team that holds an incredibly deceiving 1-5 record through six games.

Indianapolis' record doesn't indicate just how solid they've been to start the season off. Andrew Luck has once again established himself as one of the league's elite quarterbacks, as he has already thrown for 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Colts currently have the league's best third-down conversion rate, and their defensive front is among the league's best, totaling 19 sacks thus far.

Overcoming Indianapolis won't be an easy task for Buffalo on Sunday. Pro Football Focus has provided some pointers that they believe will lead the Bills to victory.

Leaning on LeSean McCoy is something that PFF thinks Buffalo will do this weekend. With a new quarterback under center, the outlet expects McCoy to be the focus of the team's offensive attack, noting that the running back has to focus on picking up yards after contact.

LeSean McCoy is averaging just 1.95 yards after contact per attempt this year . . . With veteran quarterback Derek Anderson set to start at quarterback for the Bills on Sunday, the team need the running game to step up and take the pressure off.

PFF believes that cornerback Tre'Davious White is in for another big game. The outlet thinks that the sophomore has played incredibly through the first few weeks of the season.

Tre'Davious White has been a bright spot on the Bills' defense this season. Through six weeks, he's forced an incompletion on 28.6% of his targets, which is the third-best rate in the league.

The website also noted an intriguing matchup between Luck and the Bills' red zone defense. Buffalo has been a brick wall near the goal line in recent weeks, but Luck currently leads the league in red zone touchdowns with nine.

Photos of the Buffalo Bills as they make their way to Indianapolis to take on the Colts during Week 7 of the 2018 season.

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