As we anxiously await the first Dolphin’s pre season game we had a small distraction on Sunday night with the Hall of Fame game. The Bills dropped their opener to the Giants with a final score of 17-13.
The Bills offense was noticeably unstable with EJ Manuel at center. Manuel completed just two of his seven passes for 19 yards. During his two drives in his limited first quarter start Manuel had three of his seven pass attempts batted down. Manuel targeted rookie Sammy Watkins twice, overthrowing him once and almost throwing an interception the second time.
Jeff Tuel was the best Bills quarterback in the game finishing 12 for 17 for 74 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Thad Lewis struggled finishing 10 of 16 for 87 yards and an interception. Tuel had a nice read option run for 13 yards. TJ Graham had a case of the drops and seems to be the lowest on the depth chart. It is worth noting Robert Woods didn’t play at all with the starters, but had four catches off five targets and one score. Mike Williams played opposite of Sammy Watkins and Chris Hogan played out of the slot.
Buffalo’s first team defense looked good. Kyle Williams had a force fumble on Eli Manning early on. Brandon Spikes was sufficient in stopping the run in his limited playing time. Preston Brown almost had an interception that was called back due to penalty. The Giants didn’t score when Buffalo had their first defensive unit on the field.
Miami’s own Seantrel Henderson got some one on one time with Jason Pierre-Paul, protecting Manuel and proving to be a steal from the draft.
The Bills still need some work, as EJ Manuel progresses so will the Bills offense. We can expect more designed plays for Watkins next game and it will be interesting to see if Robert Woods can continue to outshine the other receivers while remaining buried on the depth chart.
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