1. Sean McDermott believes Corey Liuget will add consistency and productivity to the defensive line
Buffalo added veteran DT Corey Liuget to their roster on Tuesday, less than a week after he was released by Oakland.
The 29-year old is a proven player in the NFL. Liuget has largely been a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle. When asked if they signed him to help with run defense or penetration on passing downs, head coach Sean McDermott said adding Liuget was done to help improve their defensive line play as a whole.
“He’s a veteran guy who has a lot of experience,” said McDermott. “We’ll see how he does today and take it one day at a time.”
Though Liuget’s presence could have a trickle-down effect in terms of playing time for everyone on the defensive interior, McDermott is simply focused on making their defensive interior more consistent and productive.
“We talk a lot in here about being strong up front, so you can never really have enough capable defensive linemen,” he said.
2. Respect for the Browns
Cleveland’s 2-6 record is probably the last thing on Buffalo’s priority list in their preparations for the Browns. They’re much too concerned about the talent this week’s opponent can put out on the field both offensively and defensively.
Whether it’s two of the better receivers in football in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, one of the league’s top rushers in Nick Chubb, or one of the league’s top pass rushers in Myles Garrett, Buffalo’s head coach is focused on the challenging matchups Cleveland can throw at any given opponent.
“A very capable, highly talented roster,” said coach McDermott. “I think that’s been well documented. They’re a good football team. We’ve got a lot of work to do on our end to get ourselves ready to go.”
Garrett is second in the league in sacks with 10 in eight games and Chubb ranks second in the AFC in rushing yards with 803.
3. Cody Ford, Kevin Johnson updates
Rookie offensive tackle Cody Ford was active for last week’s game against Washington, but only participated in a handful of snaps on special teams. Though fit to play the Bills clearly did not want to overwork him coming off an elbow injury the week prior.
So veteran Ty Nsehke went the whole way at right tackle in their Week 9 win over the Redskins.
That has helped to put Ford in a better spot this week.
“We’ll see how he looks today,” said McDermott. “I thought it was good last week that he didn’t have to go in there for any extended period of time to give him another week (to recover). So we’ll see how he looks.”
McDermott said that Ford would still be limited in practice on Wednesday.
Meanwhile CB Kevin Johnson is dealing with a knee injury and will not practice today.