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Bills Today: Thompson tops all receivers in return to Buffalo


1 - Thompson tops all receivers in return to Buffalo
Despite being a member of the Buffalo Bills less than a week, wide receiver Deonte Thompson didn't skip a beat in his season debut with the team. He reeled in the most receiving yards of any player in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thompson posted 107 yards receiving on four catches, making him the first Bills wide receiver to surpass the 100-yard mark this season.[internal-link-placeholder-0]

Thompson's performance on Sunday was his best so far this season. His last 100-yard day dates back to Week 15 last season when he caught eight passes for 110 yards.

Throughout Sunday's games Thompson was the most productive wide receiver in the league based on highest yards per route run. The top-five were: Thompson (7.64), Ted Ginn Jr. (4.86), Allen Hurns (4.21), Tyreek Hill (4.17), and Amari Cooper (4.04). Thompson's first game in Buffalo since 2014 was encouraging and Pro Football Focus provided an in-depth analysis of his performance.

Deonte Thompson only played 22 snaps, and while he didn't play much, he made a big impact, catching all four passes thrown his way for 107 yards. Seemingly, every time the Bills had a big play, Thompson was the one who made it. He ended the day with a ridiculous 7.64 yards per route run, due to 107 yards on just 14 pass routes.

Thompson credits a lot of Sunday's success to the time he spent in Baltimore with Tyrod Taylor. It was early in their careers that the two were with the Ravens. That resulted in the duo working together on scout teams and serving as backups.

"Yep, most definitely. We picked [up] where we left off. [We] were together three years in Baltimore, so we played a lot of ball together," Thompson said. "We were on scout teams… all through preseason, all through different camps, and it showed today."

2 - Historic comeback win at New Era Field
Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was up and down like a seesaw. The Bills made some costly mistakes, but in the end they capitalized on the Bucs' late miscues for a 30-27 comeback win.

Buffalo managed to score 10 points in the final two and a half minutes. Elias Sports Bureau broke down the crazy comeback.

Sunday's win marked the first time in franchise history that the Bills won a home game after trailing by at least seven points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Bills scored twice in the final two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, turning a seven-point deficit into a 30-27 win over the Buccaneers. LeSean McCoy scored a game-tying touchdown with 2:28 remaining, and on their ensuing drive the Buccaneers lost a fumble on their first play from scrimmage. That led to a short field for the Bills offense and a go-ahead field goal by Stephen Hauschka with 14 seconds to play.

According to Elias the fashion in which they won was a first in franchise history.

3 - Jones patiently waited for heroic moment
Buffalo's third-string running back, Taiwan Jones, recorded his first reception with the Bills on Sunday. It was his first time touching the ball out of the backfield this season and he made the most out of it.

Jones joined The John Murphy Show on Monday to talk about the critical third down conversion.

"It's something that we worked on all week. All game I was patiently waiting for that play to be called," he said. "It speaks volume to what coach thinks of me to call it in that situation and I'm happy he did."

The 11-yard play was kind of deceiving. It appeared to be a run play but it was just the opposite. Jones spoke about the play after Sunday's 30-27 win.

"My coach when he first put the play in reminded me that it was going to count as a reception," he said. "Tyrod today he told me again, 'You know that counts as a pass?' I told him, 'Hey, anyway I can get it I'll take it.'"



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