1. LeSean McCoy talks lack of touches
Many fans and pundits expected running back LeSean McCoy to be the focal point of the Bills’ offense in the 2018 season. However, through the first four games of the campaign, he’s largely been an afterthought.
McCoy has just 29 touches through three games this season. He’s currently averaging just seven carries per game. While McCoy would obviously like to have the ball in his hands more, he realizes that getting the ball to him is difficult, as opposing defenses often game plan against him.
“The coaches know,” McCoy said. “They know when to get the ball to every player, so they know they. We’re just trying to figure it out. It’s hard to get the ball a lot. I mean, it’s hard considering that the defense comes in to play Buffalo offense, the main guy you want to stop is [LeSean] McCoy. You add that to the fact that we put ourselves in bad situations.”
McCoy is open to the idea of lining up at wide receiver more frequently in an attempt to create exposable mismatches.
“Yeah, I’ve thought about that also,” McCoy said. “We have packages and we have plays. It’s a matter of just going through and executing it. Whenever my number is called, I just have to be effective and get the job done.”
2. Tremaine Edmunds talks about ‘exciting’ young defensive core
The Bills are coming off of a Week 4 contest in which their young defenders stood out. The 24-year-old Ryan Lewis recorded eight tackles, two pass deflections, and two forced fumbles in what was just his second career start. Taron Johnson shined from the nickel cornerback position, totaling five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Siran Neal picked up his first career sack.
Tremaine Edmunds, a 20-year-old middle linebacker who the team hopes will start for them at the position for the next 15 years, is ecstatic to be a part of Buffalo’s young defensive core.
“It’s exciting,” Edmunds said. “I think it’s just, we’re starting something for the future. It’s starts now. Building on this, developing as young players in the league. We just got to continue to get better. That’s the big thing. We can’t get too high on ourselves, and also not too low on ourselves, but keep taking a step forward each and every week, each and every day.”
3. Andre Holmes on how Bills’ receiving corps can improve
Buffalo’s receiving corps has struggled through the first four games of the 2018 season. The group has averaged just 82.5 receiving yards per game. Kelvin Benjamin is the only receiver who has caught a touchdown pass.
The unit, however, has not been discouraged by its early season woes. Buffalo wideout Andre Holmes thinks that there are ways for the group to improve, starting with simply focusing on the smaller aspects of the game.
“I think we just have to have more detail,” Holmes said. “I’m sure every team is saying that coming after the game. We have to be more detailed, I think Coach McDermott said that we need to, as a whole, need to be better at the line of scrimmage, so that’s one of the things that we could do is be better as far as getting off press. Being better at the top of routes. Every little detail that it takes for a receiver to be successful, those are the types of things that we need to work on.”
4. Zay Jones thinks receiving corps is ‘continuously progressing’
Like Holmes, Bills’ wideout Zay Jones does not feel as though massive changes have to be made to the team’s receiving corps. He knows that Buffalo employs talented and hardworking receivers, players who simply don’t quit. Jones thinks that he has seen progress from the Bills’ receiving group throughout the season, progress that will eventually result in production.
“I think those are good points by Andre [Holmes],” Jones said. “Details, especially. I think we cleaned up a lot of things as far as our details with things like that. But there’s always room for improvement. As a receiver group, just continuously just progressing and fine tuning everything.”
5. Siran Neal on game planning for Marcus Mariota
Safety Siran Neal is coming off of the best game of his young career. In Buffalo’s Week 4 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Neal recorded his first career sack, taking down Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter.
Neal knows that Buffalo will face off against another talented quarterback this weekend in Marcus Mariota. The rookie feels as though he and his teammates have to work as a unit in order to contain the mobile signal caller.
“To game plan against him, for me and for the rest of everybody, just being fundamentally sound,” Neal said. “Learning and communicating all of our rules and what we have to do to win every rep.”
6. Dontae Johnson familiar with playing against playmaking QBs
Buffalo may have a new face in its lineup this Sunday. Cornerback Dontae Johnson, who signed with the team on Tuesday, may make his Bills debut this weekend in a Buffalo secondary that’s depleted by injuries.
Facing off against a quarterback of Mariota’s caliber would not be an easy first task for Johnson, but he’s comfortable with the possibility. Prior to signing with the Bills, Johnson played for the Seattle Seahawks, where he had to go up against the dangerous Russell Wilson in practice.
“[Mariota’s] a playmaker,” Johnson said. “Coming from Seattle, I was with Russell Wilson. Another playmaker. So to game plan against those guys, it’s tough, but at the same time you’ve got to make it tougher for them when it comes to pass reads or any other little scenario. You’ve just got to maintain great feet, great eyes, play disciplined football and just make it tough for them because they are playmakers, that’s what they do.”