It’s been 252 days since the Bills walked out of New Era Field after blasting the Dolphins in the regular season finale. Refreshed and ready to open their 60th season, here are some things I’m looking for as kickoff in New Jersey is just a few hours away.
As Beane put it, “they [teams] see what we are putting money into.” The Bills put a ton of money into and traded up in the draft to overhaul their offensive line this offseason. After never seeing Mitch Morse this preseason, today will be our first look at the revamped offensive line. While it may take some time to gel, I am confident that it will be worlds better than what the Bills rolled out last year.
For the Bills, former Jet WR Andre Roberts and offseason addition TE Tyler Kroft will be OUT due to injuries. The Jets were appear to be a little luckier, as all three of their players that were either limited or did not practice this week are going to play, per reports. That includes offensive weapon WR Robbie Anderson. The Bills drew the short end of the stick this week when it comes to injuries, let’s see if it makes a difference come game time.
Last week, Brandon Beane made the surprising decision to release LeSean McCoy after an offseason of saying he was in their plans for the season. Obviously, the addition and quick rise of Devin Singletary made the decision a little easier for Beane and co. I personally thought that McCoy was due for a bounce-back year, so I am interested to see how the RB’s fare today. Gore, Singletary and Yeldon will certainly have an impact, but it will remain to be seen if they have that electric spark that Shady could bring at any moment.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the man that we all are hoping will be “they guy.” Aside from some plays in Detroit, Allen had one of the best preseasons by a Bills quarterback since, well…Peterman last year or Manuel a few years before. The point is, new team-captain Josh Allen has a ton on his shoulders and let’s see if the talk of improvement can be seen on the field when it matters.