1. Tre’Davious White is the only Bill named to ESPN.com's midseason All-Pro team
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell released his choices for the 2019 midseason NFL awards and All-Pro teams. Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White was named one of three cornerbacks to the defensive All-Pro team along with Stephon Gilmore and Richard Sherman.
White has played 99% of defensive snaps this season and is being used on special teams 25% of snaps, a career-high. He has been responsible for five forced turnovers and recorded his first career sack on Sunday.
White showed his ability to take away team’s playmakers against Washington, shadowing their top wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
“I thought he did a really good job. [Terry] McLaurin is truly their big play threat,” defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “He was the guy that was getting explosive plays in their offense in the passing game and I thought Tre’Davious did a really good job throughout the game. I'm not sure if they had an explosive pass in that game so kudos to Tre’Davious. Excellent job throughout the day.”
White has been targeted by opposing quarterbacks 39 times halfway through the season. He’s allowed completions on less than half of those attempts. Opposing quarterbacks have a 36.2 rating when targeting him.
2. OC Brian Daboll judges Josh Allen on this not statistics
Josh Allen hasn’t had an eye-popping game from a box score standpoint the past two weeks but he has improved in areas he wanted to. Against Washington, he achieved a new career-high of 89 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.
Allen also completed 14 of his 20 passes while throwing and rushing for a touchdown. But the past two weeks at home he’s thrown for a combined 329 yards.
“[Allen] has played in two games that were pretty windy outside too,” offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. “He was pretty efficient yesterday in what we asked him to do. He made some really good decisions, made some plays, both with his arm and with his legs that might not be a 40-yard gain, but made some heck-of-plays. There’s a defensive player standing right in his face, and he jukes him and gets a six-yard play, gets out of a second-and-long down in the red zone, almost hits [John Brown] on the scramble, makes a really good play on 3rd-and-18 after we got backed up there at the end. I think Josh is the ultimate competitor, and he’s doing a good job.”
3. DC Leslie Frazier: Ed Oliver is hungry
Ed Oliver played 18 snaps against Washington, the least amount of his rookie season. Jordan Phillips played the other 35 from the defensive tackle position. Phillips was also announced as the starter for the game.
Defensive coordinator doesn’t sense that Oliver is frustrated.
“I sense a guy who's hungry to learn and just continue to develop,” Frazier said. “That's the vibe I get from Ed, that he's just a guy who wants to take it all in and just keep getting better in his rookie season and I think that's happening. He's working extremely hard in the classroom. He's doing what he needs to do off the field as well and he'll get better as the year goes on, he has gotten better.”
Oliver has registered 20 tackles this season with four quarterback hits and one sack.
“To come in and contribute the way he has through these first eight games, it's been a gradual improvement for him,” Frazier said. “I think taking a step back like we did yesterday giving Jordan [Phillips] a start, which he's earned that based on the way he's played, he's played really, really well. It will give Ed a chance to have a different perspective. I don't think it'll put a detour in his progress. It should help him as we go along. Because he's around a lot of guys that can really learn from and he's been learning from in practice.”
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