1. Why Washington coaches expect a challenge from Josh Allen
Josh Allen earned another comparison to Cam Newton from Washington head coach Bill Callahan earlier this week.
"He presents a challenge for us. He's like a young Cam Newton that can extend plays with his legs, he can be featured in their quarterback running game just like a normal running back… he's a challenge," Callahan said.
Allen has been running at the same rate as last year. Some of Allen's runs are scrambles and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has called for designed run plays to Allen this season. Still, Buffalo needs Allen to be the improved passer he has been this year to continue the early season success.
"He does a great job of keeping his eyes up field, he does a great job of scrambling in the pocket and just getting away from all those free rushers that are actually coming. It's amazing some of the things he can do with his body," Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said.
2. B/R: Grading Ed Oliver's rookie season
The majority of NFL teams have reached the halfway points of their NFL seasons. After today's game against Washington the Bills will have played their entire first half. Bleacher Reportreleased grades for the 32 first round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft that includes 15 front-seven defenders like Buffalo's No. 9 overall pick Ed Oliver.
While physically enticing, Buffalo Bills top-10 selection Ed Oliver was also considered somewhat raw coming out of Houston. Bills head coach Sean McDermott evenhttps://buffalonews.com/2019/07/25/buffalo-bills-nfl-sean-mcdermott-ed-oliver-training-camp/" target="_blank" >noted this summer that the defensive lineman had "a long way to go."
Yet Oliver has already become an anchor of one of the league's top defenses.
Oliver earned a "B" grade from the outlet for his season so far.
He's not an every-down player just yet, but he is a starter and has 18 tackles, four quarterback hits and a sack through seven games. And progress is critical. Thirteen of those tackles have come in the last three weeks, and Oliver was much more of a disruptive presence in October than he was in September.
The 21-year-old will eventually have to start making more splash plays in order to live up to his draft position andhttps://www.google.com/search?q=ed+oliver+aaron+donald&rlz=1C1CHBFenCA864CA864&oq=ed+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j69i57j69i60l3.1274j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8" target="blank" >lofty comparisons to Aaron Donald, but there's little reason to doubt Oliver based on the first two months of his NFL career._
3. Where did NFL.com rank the Bills rookie class at the midseason point?
Chris Wesseling from NFL.com released his top 10 rookie class rankings through the first eight weeks. Jacksonville, led by quarterback Gardner Minshew II and defensive end Josh Allen, hold the top spot. The Bills' class ranks 10th. Here's what Wesseling had to say about Buffalo.
… seventh-round defensive endDarryl Johnsonhas been a pleasant surprise, as has third-round tight endDawson Knox. Now that playmaking scat backDevin Singletaryis over a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for a few weeks, this group has a chance to shine brighter in the season's second half. Singletary has a skill set that calls to mindChargerstailbackAustin Ekeler, one of the league's most dangerous pass catchers out of the backfield and a lethal red-zone weapon.