1. Predicting the Bills breakout player of the year
Last season saw the emergence of Robert Foster and Levi Wallace as breakout players for the Bills. With the first week of the NFL season quickly approaching, one Bills player had his take on who will breakout for Buffalo this season.
“It’s always hard to say, we’ll see, but I have great confidence in what Jaquan Johnson can bring to the table,” Lorenzo Alexander said. “Obviously we don’t know if he’s going to be up or not knowing how he’s going to be used by special teams and as far as a backup sake if anybody ever goes down. He has that ability. I think of him much like I did with Levi Wallace. Once he gets his opportunity, he’s going to shock a lot of people.”
Fully healthy after a season ending leg injury in 2018, Alexander also sees Matt Milano breaking out and he’s been impressed by Devin Singletary so far.
“He’s going to show off this year, he has a great ability and great feel for the game,” Alexander said of Singletary. “It’s going to be interesting to see how those guys just continue to develop and transition.”
2. Josh Allen: We’re not going to talk a lot
The Buffalo Bills are building their identity for the 2019 season. Fueled by hopes of making it back to the playoffs, the Bills are hungry. Josh Allen and the rest of the team have put in countless hours of work and it all comes to fruition in just four days.
“We're very hungry, we're not going to talk a lot, and we're not going to be in the media a lot. We want to focus in and play the best football that we can and try to win as many football games as we can,” Allen said.
“I appreciate all the guys and what we're doing right now and how hard we're working; how hard we're preparing. It's a group of individuals that really care about each other, put the team first and they're true professionals on this team. Try to see us on Sunday, with the offensive side of the ball, defensive side of the ball and phase three special teams and see how we fare there.”
3. How is Buffalo going to defend Le’Veon Bell?
The Bills will play one of the best running backs in the NFL when they line up against Le’Veon Bell on Sunday. Normally, the Bills would have been able to watch his tape from last year, but Bell sat out the entirety of 2018 and is on a brand-new team this season.
Bell isn’t a traditional north to south runner and is praised for his patience in the backfield. Tremaine Edmunds says the Bills won’t adjust how they defend the run just because of the caliber of the back.
“Yeah, rules are your rules. You just have to go execute,” Edmunds said. “That is the biggest thing, just go execute. Be in the right gaps. Goes back to like I said, fundamentals. Just play our fundamentals and things will take care of itself.”
Veterans like Lorenzo Alexander have respect for Bell and rank him as the top running back in the league. Alexander preaches that the Bills will have to be disciplined or else Bell will beat them every play.
“Our job as a defense is just to swarm the best we can and have people take great angles to the ball,” Alexander said.