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Sean McDermott Womens Ryan Groy Jersey , Buffalo Bills making adjustments on the fly, but more change on the way games - both, to varying degrees, blowout losses - and enough has changed about the team’s makeup and outlook that a bullet-point recap is necessary.Josh Allen replaced Nathan Peterman as the starting quarterback after just two quarters, and far ahead of the rookie’s assumed timeline for the promotionVeteran wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was released prior to the Week 2 game, paving the way for undrafted rookie Robert Foster to see more playing timeHead coach Sean McDermott took over defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Leslie Frazier after Buffalo’s defense surrendered 75 points in the first six quarters of the seasonAfter being inactive in Week 1, cornerback Vontae Davis started in Week 2, played for less than two quarters, then pulled himself from the game and promptly retiredMore change may be on the way as the 0-2 Bills try to find ways to play competitive football, let alone try to win. Buffalo feels very much like a team that is winging it at the moment, and that may not be a bad thing for the long-term development of the franchise.Year one of the McDermott and Brandon Beane era in Buffalo was not necessarily different. There was the ill-fated Peterman-for-Tyrod Taylor flip at quarterback in the middle of a playoff run that did not seem like it was part of any sort of long-term plan, for instance. But it was such a process-oriented year that, if only to me, McDermott mostly came across as a coach of routine and rigidity.That impression of him is starting to give way (again, maybe just for me) to one in which McDermott is actually pretty good at making unplanned adjustments on the fly.His second starting quarterback switch was a much more prudent move than the first one from last season. Allen had some bad plays, not limited to the two in which he threw interceptions, but he also clearly provided more juice for the offense than the man he replaced. If at any point the Bills’ offensive line can find it in themselves to block competently, Allen may even start to elevate the play of his supporting cast. Obviously there’s no way of knowing whether or not he’ll pan out this early on, but at minimum, the Bills clearly have a worthwhile experiment going on under center.And though he downplayed the development as coincidental, the moment McDermott started calling plays against the Chargers on Sunday, Buffalo’s defense improved not only dramatically, but immediately. In the second half of yesterday’s game, the Bills held the Chargers to just three points. Again: they had given up 75 points in the six quarters prior. They were suddenly defending the run better, pressuring Philip Rivers on the regular, and had far fewer coverage breakdowns. It was a dramatic improvement in a very short period of time. That can’t be pure coincidence.All of this is to say Womens Vladimir Ducasse Jersey , though they may be winging it already as they try to turn their season around, what we saw from McDermott and Allen in yesterday’s loss was enough to remain cautiously optimistic about the long-term. In the short term, the team needs to keep with the change theme, because what they’ve been doing for most of the first two games of the season isn’t remotely good enough.Everyone’s wish list will differ slightly than mine, but here are some additional changes that I’d like to see the Bills make, sooner rather than later:Add a veteran quarterback to the roster. Allen needs as many experienced voices in his ear as possible. There’s so much riding on his development. (Yes, I realize that this is an easy request to make, but a difficult one to pull off in the middle of a season.)Use Chris Ivory more. The Bills lack an edge on offense at the moment, and Ivory’s running style is perfectly suited to fixing that particular problem.Employ a faster pace in the passing game. I understand the desire to take advantage of Allen’s arm strength, but the Bills need more rhythm in their passing attack at the moment, and the line isn’t blocking well enough for those slower-developing route combinations to play out.Add depth to the secondary. Even before the Davis situation and injuries to Taron Johnson and Phillip Gaines, the Bills didn’t have enough depth in their secondary. They can do better than having a journeyman safety taking most of the reps as the nickel cornerback.Are you okay with the Bills winging it a little in what appears to be a down year for the organization?Five Bills to watch, revisited: offense terrible vs Baltimore Ravens Well, that was embarrassing.The Buffalo Bills traveled to Maryland only to be trounced on opening day by the Baltimore Ravens, losing 47-3 in what was the worst first-game loss in team history. The Bills did not manage a single first down in the first half, and their quarterbacks combined for fewer passing yards (98) than the team had penalty yards assessed against it (100). Yeah, it was that kind of day.Each week, we provide a look at five players to watch during the upcoming week’s game, and this week, we couldn’t have guessed that one of those players would not even suit up for the contest. Although, upon further review, it might have been better if at least one other player on the list didn’t play in the game, either.Here is a look at how our five Bills to watch performed on Sunday.CB Vontae DavisDavis wasn’t a Bill to watch, instead serving as a Bill who watched during this one. Davis was a healthy scratch on the afternoon, ceding the starting snaps to Phillip Gaines. Rookie Taron Johnson then manned the slot. Davis watched as Gaines allowed touchdown receptions to John Brown and Michael Crabtree in the first half, and when Johnson left the game with a shoulder injury Authentic Dion Dawkins Jersey , head coach Sean McDermott turned to safety Rafael Bush as his slot corner.QB Nathan PetermanPeterman completed 5 of his 18 passes, totaling 24 yards, and he added 2 interceptions on the day, which mercifully ended in the third quarter. When accounting for the 3 sacks Peterman took, losing 12 yards, he netted 12 yards passing. On his career, Peterman is now 29-for-67 (43%) with 2 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His career quarterback rating is 25.7 after yesterday’s goose-egg. He has yet to complete a game he has started, having left two due to poor performance and one due to injury. After a stellar preseason, Peterman once again flopped when the game mattered.WR Zay JonesIt’s difficult to evaluate a receiver when his quarterbacks struggled so mightily in doing anything, but Jones had the best day of any Buffalo receiver. That’s not saying much, but it is saying something. Jones caught 3 of his 6 targets for a team-high 26 yards receiving. All other Buffalo receivers combined for 4 catches and 31 yards on 12 targets. If Jones can provide whomever the starting quarterback is next week with a solid option, he can help to turn the offense around.DE Trent MurphyUnfortunately, Buffalo’s pass rush looked a lot like it did last year. Joe Flacco had eons to throw, moving the pocket and using his athleticism to elude would-be tacklers in the pocket on the rare occasions when Buffalo did provide any sort of pressure. Murphy made one tackle, and he was also credited with a half-sack in garbage time against rookie Lamar Jackson. Murphy displayed a good motor throughout the day, and he looked like an upgrade on the outside over Shaq Lawson. However, his presence did not instantly pay dividends in the game, as Buffalo had only one “sack” when the Ravens had their starters in the game. (Flacco fell down at the line of scrimmage and was touched by rookie Tremaine Edmunds for a loss of around a foot.)C Ryan GroyBuffalo’s offensive line was as-advertised yesterday. They could not open holes in the running game, as Baltimore stacked the box and played press-man on the outsides, daring Peterman to beat them with physical tools he doesn’t possess and receiving weapons that aren’t on the roster. As a result, the quarterbacks were under constant duress, and when they did have some time it was because Baltimore had locked up all of Buffalo’s receivers, leading to an eventual hit on the quarterback as he stepped up in the pocket. It was not a good day for anyone wearing blue, and Groy might not have been the worst offensive lineman on the field for the Bills, but he did not have a great debut as the team’s official starting center.
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