Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Tre'Davious White were among the Buffalo Bills players who spoke to the media Wednesday in advance of the team's Week 4 road game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Here are some highlights from their respective sessions.
Allen on the Las Vegas defense
The Bills quarterback gave a shoutout to the Raiders' young defensive linemen, Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.
"They [have] very young, they're very talented, very athletic players especially on the back end," Allen said. "They've got guys that can fly around. They're going to come up and they'll pop you, so we've got to be prepared for that. Obviously, they've got the two second-year guys in Ferrell and Mad Maxx. They're two guys who get to the passer pretty early and often, I'll say."
Tre'Davious White excited to play a former teammate
Wide Receiver Zay Jones was drafted by the Bills in 2017 and played in Buffalo until he was traded to the Raiders on Oct. 7, 2019. Another member of the Bills 2017 draft class was Tre'Davious White. He is still good friends with Jones, and White talked about how he feels being able to up against him this Sunday.
"It's going to be fun, Zay is a great friend of mine and we talk a lot and FaceTime a lot too," White said. "It's going to be fun to go up against him. He's a competitive guy, and just to see the strides he's made since he's been with the Raiders, he's come a long way. He's a reliable guy, and he's a guy who has been making some big-time catches in the games so far. It's going to be fun to see him, I'm happy that he's doing great and I'm happy he's been successful too. It's going be fun to go up against him, but I just hope that he doesn't have a big week this week."
Bills not focused on Titans
Allen said the he has paid little attention to the COVID-19 situation in Tennessee, where three player positives and five personnel positives have forced a postponement of this Sunday's game.
"We're not really paying attention to it at all," Allen said. "We're focusing on what we got over here in Buffalo and what we got on Sunday, and that's a really good Raiders team. … I understand that, as a team, we've got to be doing our part in staying safe and staying healthy and not putting ourselves in a position where we could come down with it."
Diggs: 'I'm always chasing greatness'
Even after accumulating 288 receiving yards and two touchdowns through three games, Diggs said his connection with Allen is nowhere near its ceiling.
"I'm always chasing greatness, so I feel like we're nowhere close to where we can be," Diggs said. "We're steady working through it one day at a time, not just games. Every day in practice, continuing to learn [from] one another and kind of playing off each other. He plays with a lot of energy coming from the quarterback position and I'm a ball full of energy so we're always working in tandem.
"… It's a day in and day out grind, but I'm excited, I'm happy. In games, you can see it. I like playing with seventeen."
Jordan Poyer on Darren Waller in the Raiders offense
Raiders TE Darren Waller has made some big plays and has 20 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown through the first three games of the season. The Bills defense will have to limit Waller as best they can, and Jordan Poyer said he's someone that they definitely have to keep their eye on.
"I think on offense based on what they do, they like to create matchups with their tight end," Poyer stated. "Coming out in 13 personnel, putting him as the X [receiver], then coming out in 12 personnel and putting him in the slot. So, it's going to be kind of a cat and mouse game between both coordinators. Deciding whether you want to play it as nickel, base, or whatever coach Frazier decides to play it as. [Waller] is a really extremely talented player and someone that we will have to keep our eye on."