Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Devin Singletary, and Jordan Poyer were among the players who spoke with the media Wednesday in anticipation of the Buffalo Bills' Week 3 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
Here are the highlights.
Allen on Donald: "He's the best in the world"
A crucial aspect of any game plan against the Rams is accounting for their All-Pro defensive tackle, Aaron Donald. Allen had high praise for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year while he described the sort of challenge Donald presents.
"He's the best in the world at what he does and arguably the greatest to ever do it at that position," Allen said. "He's so explosive, so powerful, so quick. He can bull rush you, he can swim you, he can basically juke you at the line of scrimmage. So, he's a tough task to handle.
"It's not just the stats that speak out for him. Obviously, the stats are great, but it's the other stuff. It's forcing double teams and allowing his other players to get one-on-one matchups and it's the attention that he brings to the game, which is the tricky part. You have to have a plan for him. You have to get two guys going to him at all times and even then it still might not be enough. It's going to be a tough task on Sunday. We're doing the best that we can do to game plan. We're getting a good look on scout team right now and, ultimately, we've got to go and we've got to execute what coach tells us to do."
Scroll through to see the best photos from Buffalo's practice as they prepare for Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Allen-Diggs connection
The chemistry between Allen and Diggs has been apparent through two weeks of the regular season, with Diggs tied for first in the NFL in receiving yards (239) and tied for fourth in receptions (16). Both players were asked about what's fueled the chemistry early on.
"Mentality-wise I think we're very similar," Allen said. "We're very highly competitive. We just want to win. That's what it takes. He's a very good route runner. Obviously, we know that. But he's also good in scramble drills and reaction and that's kind of how I play the game, so I think the style that he plays with kind of fits in with the style of how I play. I think we've done a good job trying to bond off the field as well. I think that pays dividends on the field."
Diggs deflected praise to his quarterback.
"We're only in game two so we've got a whole lot of work to do," he said. "But if anything I can say I give all the credit to Josh and his consistency and his effort in practice, his effort in games as far as like doing all the right things and really grinding day in and day out for us to get on the same page and kind of just grow as one. Not just with me but with all the receivers and all his teammates. I want to give all the credit to Josh."
Jordan Poyer reflects on the Bills defense performance in week 2
Bills safety Jordan Poyer has made multiple key plays for the defense in the first two weeks of the season. With the defense not having their best game as a group against the Dolphins, Poyer explained how they learned a lot about themselves last week.
"I think just finding ways to come up with a play and come up with a stop," Poyer explained." Understanding that we're able to play from behind and we were playing from behind late in the game. Nobody blinked so we're able to come up with some stops that we had to, and it really shows what kind of football team we are. That first game of the season against the Jets, we were playing from ahead most of the time, and then getting to Miami and finding a way to come back towards the end of the game. We learned a little bit about ourselves that we're able to be put in different situations and figure out ways to get out of them."
Poyer also gave praise to the linebackers who had to step up for Milano and Edmunds last week.
"Those guys did a heck of a job stepping into the roles that they had to step into on Sunday," Poyer stated. "Obviously with Tremaine and Matt not being able to play last week, those guys had to make some plays for us, and they did. There's no drop-off but obviously, we miss our guys, but we know and understand that if those guys can't go then it's the next man up, and that's our mentality."
Devin Singletary's rhythm in the running game
Devin Singletary has had 19 carries for 86 yards, which is an average of 4.5 yards per carry through the first two weeks of the season. The Bills running back talked about how he felt more in sync last week and how he's only going to get better.
"That just comes with time," Singletary said. "we are just getting into the season and we're finally going against other people. We didn't have a preseason where we could break that out. I'm getting going from week two going on to week three now, so it's only going to keep getting better week in and week out."