1 - McCoy focused on Texans, not trade rumors
Eagles’ running back Jay Ajayi tore his ACL during Philadelphia’s Week 5 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Shortly after the Eagles placed Ajayi on IR, reports surfaced that Philadelphia had reached out to the Bills regarding the availability of LeSean McCoy.
McCoy spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Eagles, the team that selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft. Then-Philadelphia head coach and general manager Chip Kelly shipped McCoy to the Bills in the 2015 offseason in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
McCoy chose not to talk at length about the possibility of a return to Philadelphia.
“I heard about it,” McCoy said. “I kind of just stay focused on the task at hand. I’ll let that stuff work itself out. We’ll see what happens.
Through four games this season, McCoy has rushed for 170 yards on 45 attempts.
Choosing not to focus on the trade rumors, McCoy has poured his time and energy into preparing for Buffalo’s Week 6 matchup with the Texans.
“I just stay focused,” McCoy said. “I don’t pay attention to it too much. Trade stuff and everything else. I should never have been traded anyway. I was killing stuff you know? I don’t really pay too much attention to it. This week I’ve got protections. I’m worried about that. They’ve got a [few] big names on that defensive line. So I’ve got my hands full this week.”
2 - Peter King praises Allen’s athleticism, Bills’ stout defense
Quarterback Josh Allen added another highlight-reel play to his resume in Buffalo’s Week 5 win over the Titans.
Allen helped the Bills get down the field on their opening drive, completing three passes for 15 yards on a series that featured a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy. Though McCoy ran for 15 yards on the drive, it was Allen who capped the drive off with a touchdown run.
Allen ran the ball in from 14 yards out, juking out Tennessee defensive back Kendrick Lewis to give the Bills their first points of the day. The play caught the eye of NBC Sports writer Peter King, who praised Allen’s athleticism in his Week 5 edition of Football Morning in America.
“Never really thought Josh Allen would be as nimble and good making people miss in the open field as he is,” King wrote in his weekly column.
King joined One Bills Live this week to discuss Buffalo’s win over the Titans. He had kind words for the Bills’ defense, a unit that limited Tennessee to just 221 net yards in their 13-12 win.
“I really admire a team that knows going into a game that the defense is going to have to hold teams in the teens, and in this case, 12,” King said. “I’ve got great, great respect for the job that Sean McDermott does in making a team competitive when, offensively, they’re not really ready to be competitive right now, at least consistently.”
3 - Bills’ RBs, TEs contributing to aerial attack
When talking about offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s scheme, Buffalo’s offensive playmakers often mention mismatches. Creating and exposing favorable matchups is a fundamental element to Daboll’s system, and through the first five weeks of the 2018 season, the Bills’ passing game has benefited from the use of mismatches.
Buffalo’s running backs and tight ends have been the focal point of its aerial attack through the first part of the 2018 campaign. According to Pyromaniac.com’s Anthony Staggs, the Bills’ running backs have accounted for 25.39 percent of the team’s production through the air through thus far this season, the sixth-highest percentage in the entire league.
Buffalo’s tight ends have accounted for an even larger percentage of the team’s aerial production. According to Staggs, 26.94 percent of the Bills’ passing yards have gone to tight ends, the seventh-highest percentage in the NFL.
One running back and two tight ends currently find themselves among Buffalo’s top five receivers. Chris Ivory is currently third on the team in receiving yards, as he has four receptions for 100 yards through five games. Charles Clay and Jason Croom round out the team’s top five receivers, having 99 and 73 receiving yards on the season, respectively. Croom also caught a touchdown pass in Buffalo’s Week 3 win over the Vikings.
Through four games this season, LeSean McCoy has ten receptions for 64 yards, good for an average reception of 6.4 yards.
Creating mismatches is a concept that Buffalo’s offense is really built on, and through the first few weeks of the 2018 season, Daboll and company have been able to efficiently execute their ideas.