Joe Kelly, father of Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, has died. The announcement was made by Jim on Instagram. The elder Kelly led an inspirational life. Raised in an orphanage, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He later married and raised 6 sons. He endured the hardships of a machinist in Pennsylvania mills. The family home was in East Brady near Pittsburgh. THAT JIM AROSE FROM HIS HUMBLE CHILDHOOD TO BECOME AN ALL-TIME NFL GREAT IS TRULY REMARKABLE. HE LED THE BILLS TO 4 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES IN THE 1990s. EXPRESSING SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE KELLY FAMILY AT THEIR PATRIARCH’S PASSING, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.
Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin has retired from football, citing his humanitarian work. He had spent less than 2 weeks with the Bills. Boldin had one reception for 5 yards in last weeks Eagles game. The future Hall of Famer is said to be dismayed with the trade of Sammy Watkins which deflated Buffalo’s prospects for the playoffs. A former recipient of the Walter Payton Player of the Year award, he played 14 seasons in the league. He is ranked ninth overall with 1,076 catches and fourteenth with 13,779 receiving yards. BOLDIN’S UNEXPECTED DEPARTURE UNDERSCORES THE CHAOS IN THE BILLS RANKS. AT AGE 36 HE DID NOT WANT TO RISK INJURY IN A LOSING CAUSE. HIS RETIREMENT LEAVES THE BILLS WOEFULLY DEPLETED AT WIDE RECEIVER. STRUGGLING TO MAKE SENSE OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.
There is a crisis at quarterback for the Bills. Heading into the third preseason game Tyrod Taylor is underperforming and profoundly disappointing. He threw 2 interceptions against Philadelphia. His training camp was underwhelming. Rookie Nathan Peterman is catching fire, looking sharp in the pocket. He has edged out TJ Yates, who was supposed to be the favored backup, having played for Rick Dennison with the Texans. THE BENCHING OF TAYLOR A FEW WEEKS INTO THE REGULAR SEASON IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY. HIS DAYS ARE CLEARLY NUMBERED GIVEN THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR SALARY REDUCTION HE AGREED TO. PETERMAN MAY GET THE CALL TO RIDE OUT THE SEASON. FLUSH WITH 6 PICKS IN THE FIRST 2 ROUNDS NEXT YEAR, THE TEAM WILL LOOK TO THE 2018 DRAFT WITH ITS RICH CLASS OF QUARTERBACKS. UNSETTLED BY THE QB DILEMMA, WE STRUGGLE TO BE 1BUFFALO.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott offered a lukewarm endorsement of Tyrod Taylor. After Thursdays loss to the Eagles, McDermott said all player positions will be evaluated. Yesterday he changed his tune, emphasizing that Taylor remains the starting quarterback. He added that he has all the confidence in the world in Taylor. Those brave words belie the crisis at quarterback. TAYLOR HAS STRUGGLED THROUGHOUT THE PRESEASON. AGAINST PHILADELPHIA HE WAS ONLY 8 OF 18 FOR 53 YARDS AND 2 INTERCEPTIONS. ROOKIE BACKUP NATHAN PETERMAN IS COMING ON STRONG. SENSING THAT THE POSITION IS UP FOR GRABS, WE EXPECTANTLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Eagles defeated the Bills 20 – 16 in last night’s preseason game. It was a sloppy debacle in which Buffalo was penalized 12 times for 66 yards in the first half. Tyrod Taylor struggled, going 8 of 18 for 53 yards and 2 interceptions. Former Bills cornerback Ronald Darby had an interception for Philadelphia which he returned for 48 yards. All in all it was a terrible homecoming for rookie coach Sean McDermott who had served as Eagles defensive coordinator. The one bright spot was the continued production of Nathan Peterman, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards. THE FAITHFUL HAVE REASON FOR CONCERN FOLLOWING THE SECOND PRESEASON LOSS. TAYLOR IS OFF HIS MARK AND PENALTIES ABOUND. THERE ARE JUST 3 WEEKS UNTIL THE REGULAR SEASON OPENER. DISMAYED AND DISHEARTENED, WE DESPAIR AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills will meet the Eagles tonight at Lincoln Financial Field. All eyes will be on the revamped offense. Nathan Peterman is now backup to Tyrod Taylor with TJ Yates a distant third. The effects of last weeks blockbuster trades will be evident with Jordan Matthews sidelined due to sternum injury. Sammy Watkins will be sorely missed. Ronald Darby will be in uniform for Philadelphia, replaced by E.J. Gaines who will be backup to Tre’Davious White. EXPECTED SPIRITED ACTION AS THE BILLS VIE FOR POSITION. THE ACTION KICKS OFF AT 7 P.M. EXPECTANTLY WAITING TO SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills closed training camp with Nathan Peterman as backup quarterback. Coach McDermott has promoted him to number 2 behind Tyrod Taylor. Peterman has been on the mark throughout practice. He threw for the Bills only touchdown in last week’s loss to the Vikings. THE YOUNG ROOKIE SHOWS CONSIDERABLE PROMISE. HE HAS ECLIPSED VETERAN TJ YATES FOR THE BACKUP BERTH. THE TEAM RETURNS TO NEW ERA FIELD TO PREPARE FOR THURSDAY’S CONTEST WITH THE EAGLES. CAREFULLY MONITORING THE QUARTERBACK COMPETITION, WE HAVE REASON FOR HOPE AS 1BUFFALO.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been sidelined with a chipped sternum injury. It occurred in his first 15 minutes of practice with the Bills. He was acquired from Philadelphia in the trade that sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles. Jordan is listed as week-to-week and will probably miss the entire preseason. THIS IS A BAD OMEN FOR THE CONTROVERSIAL TRADES THAT BROUGHT MATTHEWS AND E,J, GAINES TO BUFFALO. THE FAITHFUL WERE ALREADY REELING FROM THE ENORMITY OF THE BLUNDER. AN INJURED MATTHEWS IS THE LATEST BLOW. LOOKING FOR ORDER IN THE MIDST OF DISARRAY, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
Rookie Nathan Peterman is overtaking TJ Yates as training camp winds down. The competition for backup is heating up following the Vikings game. Yates performance was lackluster and Peterman put together an impressive touchdown drive. The Pitt standout had several reps with the second team offense yesterday. PETERMAN IS EMERGING AS THE BACKUP TO TYROD TAYLOR. COACH McDERMOTT SAID BOTH HE AND YATES WILL TAKE EQUAL NUMBERS OF REPS. THE ACTION SHIFTS BACK TO NEW ERA FIELD AS THE BILLS BREAK CAMP THIS WEEK. EXPECTING SPIRITED COMPETITION FOR THE NUMBER 2 SPOT, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
Veteran cornerback Jumel Rolle has been signed by the Bills. The move comes in the wake of the astonishing trade of Ronald Darby, the team’s leading cornerback. Rolle joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013. After he was released he spent time with the Saints, Packers, Texans, and Ravens. He most recently was with the Cardinals. The Bills waived cornerback Charles James to create space for him. THE ROUND ROBIN OF PLAYER MOVES UNDERSCORES THE CHAOS WITHIN THE COACHING RANKS. THE FAITHFUL ARE SPEECHLESS IN THE AFTERMATH OF FRIDAY’S TRADES. THE BEST PLAYERS ON OFFENSE WERE LET GO FOR SOME DRAFT PICKS. ANGRY AND APPREHENSIVE OVER WHAT COMES NEXT, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.