Injuries in three key areas...CB, WR, and DE.
CB - When the season began, and especially after two very solid, almost pro bowl talk sparking performances by Ashton Youboty, the Bills seem to be an Abyss of depth at the cornerback position. Now, with Ashton down and done on IR, and McGee coming off his injury, the Bills are looking to the rookies Leodis McKelvin and Reggie Corner. McKelvin has played little, and played very average...good and bad, and staying with Whitner in the offseason has only shown to have him absorb the terrible affliction of tackling without the arms. However, I think McKelvin is only a natural athlete, and he needs to take his mind out of it. It is almost no question that Leodis is not the smartest man. However, this is football, and NFL or not, a God fearing young man of Gump-ish intelligence just needs to know three things; stick to Welker, tackle Welker, get the ball. Then insert new player's name each week. Basically, whether its defene or special teams, our man McKelvin needs to get some. Add to that, Reggie Corner, who might be a more mechanically sound but less athletically gifted corner, might see some time as well, but my affinity for number one picks makes me want to see McKelvin do better, but success by either is what we need.
WR - 6'5", number 81, jump up there and snatch that dam ball! Now, Josh Reed, who many in the past thought was a bad wr and someone whose resigning seemed a bit odd, has definitely shown his worth even more so now that he is out of the lineup. He is our possession receivers, he gets first downs, he breaks tackles, he blocks on outside runs...he is a godd football player, and I am happy he is on our team. Now with him gone, things are not as good in the West Coast passing game. Now, with that said, I think Hardy can be used a bit differently in order to make his presence viable. For one, put this big man over the middle. now of course the hit on Edwards against Arizona was terrible, but the pass to Hardy was a good play and over the middle might be a good idea. Put Parrish on the outside, and put the big man over the middle. In the slot, Hardy could be like a TE in some sense. Turk has to get creative this week. Move these two guys around from inside to outside. As well, like McKelvin, Hardy might have to take his mind out of it. Its hard out there for rookie WRs, so I'm sure they are using him with a bit of a learning curve, but I'd like to see some more pitch and catch between him and Trent, and that way we can get his confidence up. Get that dam ball! And, if Stevie Johnson is ready, lets see him a couple times too. The NE game might not be a time to experiment, but Billy Belichik has the same tape that the Jets and Dolphins had, and in order to win, we have to shake things up.
DE - Jeez...Schoebel gone is not good. Denney? I mean, he's good in spurts, but man is DE a glaring need ow that 94 is down. Chris Ellis? Is he going to show up? I am not betting on it. What happened to rotating Spencer Johnson at DE? I don't know about much of this...I guess its just hope that Chris Ellis, or somebody gets to the QB. I mean, a 5th roudn pick from LSU seems to playing for his life, while the other players are just going through the motions. Basically, this is the position where I don't think a rookie wil contribute much, even if i want him too. Chris Ellis, may just be too raw, but he's got the size so if has any ability, nows the time to show up and do somethin'.
In conclusion, maybe not this game, but for the rest of the season, if the rookies are to make an impact the time is now.