Bills starters will see action in tonight’s matchup with the Redskins. This is Buffalo’s third preseason game, known as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Expect Sammy Watkins to be in uniform and play. The coaches will get a last look before roster cuts begin. A lot is at stake for Rex Ryan, whose days will be numbered if the Bills falter. THIS IS THE CONTEST WE ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. FANS WILL GET THEIR FIRST LOOK AT THE 2016 STARTERS. GO BUFFALO!
Rex Ryan is carrying 30 extra pounds since his brother joined the team. The Bills head coach has packed it on after his twin Rob became assistant head coach – defense. Ryan has long struggled with weight issues. ESPN did a feature on how the Ryan brothers and other Bills staffers take daily nature walks in an effort to shed pounds. HERE’S HOPING THAT REX AND ROB ARE SUCCESSFUL BOTH ON THE FIELD AND SLIMMING DOWN.
The Bills broke training camp on Wednesday. They wrapped up at St. John Fisher in suburban Rochester and returned home to New Era Field. It was a tumultuous three weeks marked by suspensions and releases. Injuries continue to plague the squad halfway through preseason. THE TEAM NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER AND PUT THE CONTROVERSIES TO REST. THEN THEY CAN PLAY BALL.
Rex Ryan will be shown the exits this season according to the Huffington Post. He probably will be fired in 2016 by impatient management. The report cites the lack of progress on defense and inconsistent play of Tyrod Taylor. Ryan is under pressure to end the playoff drought, now in its 16th year. Last season he overpromised and underdelivered. THE HEAT IS ON RYAN, AND HE MUST MAKE THE PLAYOFFS OR FACE FIRING.
Sammy Watkins will see action in Friday’s game against the Redskins. The Buffalo wide receiver has been sidelined since preseason foot surgery. He missed the Colts and Giants games. His progress is good news for Bills fans. The Clemson star was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft. HERE’S HOPING THAT WATKINS WILL BE HEALTHY AND LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS.
Marcell Dareus has checked into rehab. The Bills defensive end entered a treatment facility after missing his drug test. The league has suspended him for the first four regular season games. The two time Pro Bowler has a history of substance abuse. With a contract extension worth $100 million he has a lot at stake. DAREUS MUST CLEAN UP HIS ACT FOR THE SAKE OF HIS FAMILY, TEAMMATES, AND FANS.
The Bills shut out the Giants 24 – 0 at New Era Field. It was a convincing performance by an energized squad. Buffalo scored twice in the first half on fumble recoveries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was 7 of 10 for 132 yards and a touchdown. EJ Manuel went 8 of 13 for 69 yards and a score. The defense held New York to 1 of 11 third down conversions. The Bills showed poise amid controversy over Marcell Dareus checking into rehab. With optimism running high attention turns to preparing for the Redskins next Saturday. WAY TO GO, BUFFALO!
The Bills host the Giants this afternoon at 4 P.M. Both teams are coming off preseason opener losses. It will be the first game played in the newly rechristened New Era Field. Anticipation is running high as Buffalo welcomes Eli Manning and company. Buffalo is coming off a traumatic week that saw Marcell Dareus suspended for missing his drug test and IK Enemkpali out for season with a knee injury. HERE’S HOPING THE BILLS REGROUP AND PLAY FOR PRIDE IN THE RENAMED STADIUM.
The Bills have announced the $35 million stadium naming rights deal with New Era. It will extend over the 7 years remaining on the stadium lease. Bills owner Terry Pegula joined New Era CEO Chris Koch in making the announcement. The deal had first been proposed five years ago to then owner Ralph Wilson who gave his blessing. The locally owned New Era is the world’s largest sports cap company, making over 50 million caps a year. It has been in business in Buffalo for 96 years. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BILLS AND NEW ERA, TWO GREAT WESTERN NEW YORK COMPANIES.
Marcell Dareus missed a random drug test and is out for four games. The Bills defensive tackle was suspended by the league following Saturday’s loss to the Colts. Dareus appears contrite for his mistake. The team is rallying around him. Unfortunately he will miss key division games in September. EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE, AND LET’S HOPE DAREUS HAS LEARNED HIS LESSON.