1. Punter Corey Bojorquez gets a chance to put his best foot forward
The Buffalo Bills are still figuring out who will be their starting punter for the 2019 season. Cory Carter will miss Friday’s game against the Detroit Lions, leaving Corey Bojorquez to handle all punting and holding duties.
“The competition remains open,” head coach Sean McDermott said on Wednesday. “I thought Cory Carter’s had a good preseason at times and Bojorquez had some good moments as well. Right now, where we are, obviously Bojorquez will get the reps come game time. It’ll be a great opportunity for him to get sustained playing time and put his best foot forward.”
In Week 1 against the Colts, Bojorquez punted three times for 120 yards and a long of 51 yards. Carter had two punts for 87 yards, a long of 51, and one punt landed inside the 20.
In Week 2 against Carolina, Bojorquez punted once for 53 yards and Carter punted twice for 75. Carter’s long was 38 and one punt went inside the 20.
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2. Grading the Tre’Davious White draft selection two years later
The Bills traded back in the 2017 NFL Draft and selected LSU’s Tre’Davious White with the 27th overall pick. NFL.com took a look back at the first round of the 2017 draft and graded each player. The Bills No. 1 cornerback earned a B+.
Sure, if the Bills could redo the 2017 draft, they probably would've kept the 10th overall pick and taken Patrick Mahomes instead of trading down. But as far as consolation prizes go, Buffalo could've done far worse than White. (Just read the next blurb to see how much worse). After a rock-star rookie season -- in which he had four picks, 13 pass breakups and was in contention for Defensive Rookie of the Year -- White finished the 2018 season ranked fourth among cornerbacks in coverage snaps per reception and 10th in passer rating when targeted (min. 400 coverage snaps), but drew three times as many flags as in Year 1, per PFF. The excessive penalties in part prompted Bills CBs to practice in oven mitts (to prevent them from holding) earlier in camp. If White can recapture his rookie form, he could finish the year as a top-10 player at his position.
The only other cornerback graded higher than White was the New Orleans Saints selection of Marshon Lattimore (A-) with the 11th pick.
3. Matt Barkley on the advantage of continuity on the QB depth chart
The Buffalo Bills will enter the 2019 season with the same starting and backup quarterback that they ended 2018 with. Josh Allen will start, and Matt Barkley will back him up and Barkley thinks there’s something to be said about having a familiarity with one another.
“It’s huge,” Barkley said. “I don’t think I’ve actually had any of the best years that I had in high school or college without that. It’s with guys that I know, they’d be over at my house and always hanging out over the summer and talking football, talking routes. The fact that it goes just a year helps. You have a quarterback you’re going to help. So the more guys you have jump on board and on the same page, it’s going to matter.”
Barkley and Allen have a plethora of new receivers and new offensive linemen they need to be on the same page with. But, by Allen and Barkley being in the same meeting room they are able to help one another out in the same way.