Bills Tape 2018 | Preseason Week 1: Video review of the top-plays from Buffalo Bills vs Carolina Panthers

Posted By on Aug 13, 2018 | 0 comments

Monday, August 13, 2018 |


This past Thursday night the Buffalo Bills endured their first preseason action of the 2018-2019 season – a 28-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Despite the loss, which doesn’t mean much as it is the preseason, there was plenty to break down and overanalyze as we move forward, beginning with the starter of this past Thursday’s game – Nathan Peterman.

Peterman played surprisingly well throughout his time on the field last week which was highlighted by his two big connections with Kelvin Benjamin on the first drive – the second of which being a 28-yard touchdown pass to the Bills top-target.

Defensively for the Bills in the first half there were a few players who stood out to me, including former first round draft pick Shaq Lawson. Lawson, drafted by the previous Bills’ regime, has seemingly fallen out of favor with the current front office and coaching staff, and needs consecutive impressive performances during the preseason to hold his spot on this team.

Jordan Poyer was alive and well against the Panthers, and the Bills safety picked up right where he left off last season by nearly creating two turnovers in the early going. I believe Poyer could be in for quite the season.

Bills’ rookie DL Harrison Phillips picked up his first sack as an NFL player, and later dedicated it to Buffalo superfan ‘Panch Billa’. I’ve really appreciated Phillips’ effort to ingratiate himself with ‘Bills Mafia’ since being drafted by the team this past April. If his career is to take on the trajectory everyone thinks that it can, I can see him become one of the all-time beloved players in Bills’ history.

After Peterman’s time was done, AJ McCarron was next under center for the Bills and although his stint started rough, it certainly picked up steam as time went on – thanks to a solid performance from the second-team offensive line. I believe they may have been the most-impressive unit on Thursday night, as rookie OL Wyatt Teller’s solid performance highlighted a strong effort from Buffalo’s second-unit up front.

Finally, at long last the Bills’ faithful got what they were waiting for – the debut of Josh Allen. Buffalo’s rookie QB didn’t set the world on fire in his first game action of the his NFL career, but by no means did he look overmatched – albeit he was going up against the Panthers’ second, and third-team defense.

In totality, the primary take away from this past Thursday night is the fact that all three of our quarterbacks are, at the very least, capable. In addition, although the second and third team defense struggled, the first team defense showed some positive signs which lead you to believe that they can be elite this season.

Lastly, Sean McDermott continues to impress me with his sideline demeanor. Although I failed to capture an example of this during my review of the game, his discussions with the officials, various position groups, and each and every staff member continues to feed my confidence in the fact that we have the right man for the job.

As we move forward, continue to tune in for increased Bills’ coverage throughout the 2018-2019 season. It’s a great year to be a Bills fan.



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