1 – Kelso sees great opportunity for Allen
The Bills will face the most important season game of the season today in a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The third pre-season game is known to be near a dress rehearsal for the team's first regular season game. After Josh Allen had made his first career start, former Bills safety player Mark Kelso offered his thoughts on today's game.
"If this breach continues to develop under Coach [Brian] Daboll, it will be interesting to see what they are doing" Kelso
Of course, when Allen started his first game, Kelso talked about what he thought about rookie Quarterback of Bills expected.
"Now it's a chance for Josh [Allen] to take the reins," he said. "I think he played pretty well in the preseason and his throw on Streater [Rod] was fantastic last week."
Kelso says Allen has a lot more to do in the first regular season game against Baltimore but he realized that a good performance against Cincinnati could swing things in his favor.
"If he plays well, I would not be at all surprised if it gives him an opportunity to be scheduled as the opening quarterback in Baltimore on the opening day," Kelso said. If he can put together eight and ten drives, and they can put points on the other side, I think that's the information they need to tell them to start on the opening day. "
2 – Alexander Emphasizes Consistent Efforts
Since moving to Buffalo in 2016, Lorenzo Alexander has become a true leader both on and off the field , Alexander was unmarked in 2005 and has since played for Carolina, Baltimore, Washington, Arizona, Oakland and Buffalo. As he prepares for the start of his 12th NFL season, Alexander shares his thoughts on the Bill's match with the Bengals tonight.
"The biggest thing for us, I think, is the whole week before the game," said Alexander. "It gives young people and old guys a chance to feel the process."
The grind of a regular NFL week is unlike anything you can see in the training camp or in the early weeks of the preseason, and Alexander has noticed that the third week gives guys the opportunity to get used to the regular season structure , Alexander stressed the patience, especially for young players trying to make the 53-member roster here in Buffalo.
"You have to work while you wait, because you never know when you'll get your chance," said Alexander. "You will be either negatively or positively exposed and it can really dictate your future with the team or your career in the NFL."
Alexander also mentioned that trust plays a big role in making the last roster, and who is looking for a job in the first week of September?
"Coaches do not necessarily play the best players, they play the players they can trust," he said.
3- Bills CB Bounces Back
After Bill's veteran cornerback and former first runner-up Vontae Davis signed, questions arose over his ability to make an immediate contribution. Davis suffered a season-ending injury in Indianapolis in 2017, and he has been diligently working on a role that might see him as an important contributor to Bill's defense. Early on, the coaches noticed that he was still on the way to playing speed, but he has made a significant leap since those comments were made.
"I think I just watched him perform in practice this week saw a jump in his game," said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Friday. "I'd like to see that also transferred to Sunday afternoon, he missed a lot of football in the last season and therefore is constantly going in that direction [pointing upwards] which is good."
The Bills second division was one of the most prolific Last season's position groups, and Frazier says that Davis is doing everything he can to ally himself with an already prolific group.
"It's not easy to start as a starter with a group that had so much success a year ago," he said. "I think he handled it well."
Davis says his transition was facilitated by some of the Bills secondary school veterans and that they have made steady progress since the spring.
"It was good because Micah Hyde and Poyer are very good communicators, so they helped me a lot," Davis said. "The thing is just the repetition that has worked only with the guys from the training camp so far has helped me a lot. As far as communication is concerned, we are way ahead of where we were in OTAs."
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