1. Shaq Lawson believes Josh Allen is noticeably improved
Former Bills defensive lineman and current Dolphins outside linebacker Shaq Lawson is the kind of guy who is never short on opinions. So when he was asked about Josh Allen's progress as an NFL quarterback he gave a straight answer.
"That guy got better every year and I saw that develop his first two years as a player," said Lawson of Allen. "He's a dog. I said that when I was there. The guy is a dog and that's what you need at quarterback. He's grown a lot. Just watching his film now, he looks a lot better than he was last year – 10 times better. Throwing the ball – the guy can already run – and just a strong, physical guy and just a dog. I respect Josh Allen, since Day 1, since he came in there.
"We know the challenge that we've got to face this week. It's the same thing we had to do with Cam (Newton). It's another similar type player. Pretty much out of the pocket, Josh Allen is probably a little faster than Cam. We've just got to be ready for the challenge and stop the run. If you stop the run, the whole game takes care of itself."
As for facing his former teammates, Lawson thinks it'll be a fun experience knowing he'll have plenty of ammo to run his mouth during the game as he is apt to do.
"I'm excited to go against those guys," he said. "I talk to those guys every week – some of them – about every week, so I still keep a good relationship with those guys and even the people around the team. I'm looking forward to this game going against my former team, a place I'd been for four years ... it'll be great."
2. Zack Moss encouraged by running back communication
The rushing stats may not have been great in Week 1, but there was an element of the teamwork between running backs that was encouraging for rookie Zack Moss.
The communication between he and Devin Singletary. Both had an equal workload in terms of carries against the Jets last week, but when one of them came to the sidelines between series they were sure to share the looks they were seeing out on the field from the Jets.
"I thought it was pretty good being it was our first game playing together," said Moss in an appearance on ‘One Bills Live.’ "It's different than practice when you're getting these live looks. You come to the sidelines and talk to each other and your coach and try to get everyone under the same umbrella. I think it was pretty good game one. We'll continue to grow as the season goes along, so I'm excited about seeing how we continue to grow in this offense."
Singletary felt their lack of effectiveness on the ground last week was due in part to the quality of opponent.
"They had a good front," said Singletary of the Jets. "Their front four, they were serious. We didn't have many opportunities. So we have to make the most of our opportunities. That was the biggest thing."
The two south Florida natives are looking forward to playing close to home this Sunday against the Dolphins and believe they can be more productive going forward.
"It's definitely going to be really fun getting a chance to play in Dolphins stadium," said Moss, a Fort Lauderdale native. "Growing up down there always going to the stadium and being in the stands to now be on the field and play out is going to be fun."
3. Huddle for Hunger Food Drive starts Friday
The Buffalo Bills Foundation with support from Independent Health and WIVB-TV Channel 4 is hosting a 'Huddle for Hunger' Food Drive to benefit FeedMore Western New York.
Jim Kelly and other Bills Legends will be on hand collecting non-perishable food items on Friday from 4-8 pm and on Saturday from 12-4 pm at Bills Stadium.
Bills Senior Vice President of Business Administration, Jason Sinnarajah, said the need is great during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Fans can come down to the stadium parking lot and bring all kinds of shelf stable products," he said. "We have a goal of collecting 20 tons of food, but we're looking for specific items like peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, tomato sauce. Basically, anything that can be shelf stable."
Huddle for Hunger masks will be given to the first 5,000 donors at the stadium with a limit of two per car.
Food and other items like diapers and baby wipes will be collected to support FeedMore WNY's childhood feeding programs. All donations will be contactless amid the COVID-19 protocols.
"This is a key initiative for us as an organization," Sinnarajah said. "We're all very blessed here. We don't have to worry about food on a regular basis. But many people in our community are hurting across Western New York and don't have access to food. So this event in conjunction with FeedMore Western New York will help those in need."
If you can't make it out to the stadium to donate, donations may also be made virtually. To do so, go online at: https://www.feedmorewny.org/huddle-for-hunger/.
For more information or to help, please call FeedMore WNY at (716) 822-2002.