The Bills waived Tyrell Adams one day after signing him from Oakland. He reportedly failed his physical and was designated waived/injured. Not missing a beat, the team re-signed Deon Lacey, who had been released on Wednesday. THE MUSICAL CHAIRS CONTINUE AT ONE BILLS DRIVE. THE ABRUPT DEPARTURES AND SIGNINGS ARE A SOURCE OF CONCERN. STABILITY IS NEEDED HEADING INTO MIDSEASON. HOPING THAT SANER HEADS PREVAIL, WE ARE FLUSTERED AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills claimed linebacker Tyrell Adams off waivers. He had been released by the Raiders after recording 18 tackles this year. Earlier he was with the Seahawks and Chiefs. To make room for him the club released Deon Lacey. THE ADDITION OF ADAMS CONTINUES THE PERSONNEL SHUFFLING. AS MIDSEASON APPROACHES COACH McDERMOTT IS TWEAKING THE ROSTER. LOOKING FOR PRODUCTION FROM THE NEW PLAYERS, WE EXPECTANTLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson. He was recently released by Chicago where he had 35 receptions for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns. He formerly was with the Bills back in 2014 and 2015. He also plays special teams with 82 career punt returns for 2,032 yards. To make room for him, the Bills released running back Joe Banyard. THE ADDITION OF THOMPSON REPLENISHES THE RECEIVER CORPS. WITH THE STATUS OF JORDAN MATTHEWS UNCERTAIN, THE BILLS ARE NOW CARRYING 6 WIDE RECEIVERS. THOMPSON IS FAMILIAR WITH TYROD TAYLOR, HAVING PLAYED WITH HIM FOR THE RAVENS. SEEING THE WISDOM OF THE ROSTER MOVE, WE ARE ENCOURAGED AS 1BUFFALO.
Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has returned to the active roster. He is coming off a 5 game suspension for substance abuse. He has continued his workout regimen while battling Crohn’s disease. To make room on the roster, the team released cornerback Greg Mabin. A HEALTHY HENDERSON IS SORELY NEEDED TO BOLSTER THE STRUGGLING OFFENSIVE LINE. IT HAS ALLOWED 18 SACKS ON TYROD TAYLOR. LOOKING FOR INCREASED QUARTERBACK PROTECTION FROM THE SQUAD, WE OPTIMISTICALLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Patriots are now alone in first place at 4 – 2 in the AFC East. They defeated the Jets 24 – 17 at the Meadowlands. It was a controversial victory with a fourth quarter New York touchdown nullified on review. Tom Brady had an off day, going 20 of 38 for 257 yards. THE BILLS FALL TO SECOND PLACE IN THE DIVISION AT 3 – 2. THEY RETURN TO PREPARATIONS FOR TAMPA BAY AFTER COMING OFF THE BYE WEEK. LOOKING FOR THEM TO REGAIN SUPREMACY IN THE HOTLY CONTESTED AFC EAST, WE ARE HOPEFUL AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills defense is catching fire under new coordinator Leslie Frazier. The return to the 4 – 3 has resulted in one of the premier squads in the league. They are first in the NFL with 35 passes defended. Rookie sensation Tre’Davious White leads the pack with 11. Their 8 interceptions are third best overall. The 6 forced fumbles are number 5 out of 32 teams. THE DEFENSE HAS KEPT THE BILLS COMPETITIVE. THEIR PLAY IS IN THE UPPER ECHELON OF TOP CONTENDERS. THEY ARE LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 3 WINS TO DATE. GRATEFUL FOR THEIR TOP NOTCH ON FIELD PERFORMANCE, WE SHOW PRIDE AS 1BUFFALO.
With midseason approaching attention turns to the reduced production of LeSean McCoy. One of the league’s premier running backs, he has been effectively shut down since the Jets opener. Against New York he rushed 22 times for 110 yards. In the ensuing 4 games his combined output has been 65 carries for 168 yards. Opposing defenses are containing him and stopping the run. McCOY IS GETTING LITTLE HELP FROM THE STRUGGLING OFFENSIVE LINE. THE BLOCKS ARE NOT THERE TO OPEN RUNNING ROOM. HOPING HE GETS HELP UP FRONT TO BOLSTER HIS NUMBERS, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
One-third of the way into the regular season the Bills are tied with 6 AFC teams at 3 – 2. After the bye they host Tampa Bay at home in a potentially winnable game. However, they still must take on the undefeated Chiefs and play the Patriots twice. To break 10 – 6 and have a shot at a wild card they have to win virtually all the other remaining games. That is an uphill battle, considering their play against Cincinnati and injuries plaguing the squad. WHILE NUMERICALLY STILL IN THE PACK, THE ODDS ARE NOT WITH THE BILLS. THE PARALYSIS ON OFFENSE IS TAKING ITS TOLL. HOPING BEYOND HOPE FOR SUCCESS IN THE HOME STRETCH, WE STRIVE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
Speculation abounds whether the Bills will break 500 this year. That will be a daunting task, as they have to play New England twice and Kansas City. It is unlikely they can win 7 of the remaining games to go 10 – 6 and be a wildcard contender. WHILE THE DEFENSE HAS PLAYED WELL THE OFFENSE IS ANEMIC. BOTH THE RUNNING AND PASSING GAMES ARE STRUGGLING. TYROD TAYLOR IS INCONSISTENT AND LACKS RECEIVERS SINCE THE WATKINS TRADE. RESIGNED TO THE REALITY OF YET ANOTHER ALSO RAN SEASON, WE ARE DISHEARTENED AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills may trade for a position of strength. New general manager Brian Beane has proven himself to be a horse trader as he wheels and deals. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the team may be in the market for a running back. There is potential wisdom to such a move, as opposing defenses have effectively shut down LeSean McCoy. A second ace running back would be harder to contain. TALK OF TRADES IS IN THE AIR AS MIDSEASON APPROACHES. THE FAITHFUL HAVE COME TO EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED FROM BEANE. ANTICIPATING HIS LATEST BLOCKBUSTER MOVE, WE AWAIT WORD AS 1BUFFALO.