Offense vs. Cardinals
|Player||Overall||Run-Block||Pass-Block||Pass||Run||Receiving||Penalty||Snaps (64 = 100%)|
*Jonathan Williams and Brandon Tate played 5 and 6 snaps respectively and both earned grades of 0.
Observations: This was easily the best outing of the season for Tyrod Taylor, although he didn't have a fantastic game. He received a high mark for his 24-yard connection with Robert Woods, a pass he placed perfectly over the head of Patrick Peterson. Also, Taylor utilized the middle of the field early -- and was accurate in doing so. He certainly was not helped by three drops. The Bills quarterback had an up-and-down day as a runner. His score in that category would have been sizable had he not run into pressure a few times. Jordan Mills absolutely erased Markus Golden on the right side, and John Miller was supremely steady as both a run and pass blocker. Thus far in his second season, he's clearly shown much improved anchoring strength and "accuracy" when reaching the second level. LeSean McCoy was his typically elusive self on his big-gainers and even the runs in which he picked up minimal yardage. As usual, Cyrus Kouandjio was solid for the majority of the afternoon at left tackle, and although a few times he occasionally looked to be off balance in pass protection, his immense length and hustle kept Chandler Jones at bay even when the former Patriots edge-rusher seemed to win with a counter move. Eric Wood and Richie Incognito were textbook run-blockers but struggled a bit passing off stunting defensive linemen and when faced with bull rushes. Lastly, after an early whiff on a lead block, Jerome Felton really made his presence felt paving the way for McCoy.
Defense vs. Cardinals
|Player||Overall||Run Stop||Pass Rush||Coverage||Penalty||Snaps (82 = 100%)|
Observations: The seven defensive back look -- a rarely used personnel package known as "quarter" -- was effective for the Bills, as it added plenty of speed to the field. Because of that package, Buffalo's defensive linemen were sent on three-man rushes a great deal in this game. However, when the Bills weren't rushing a trio of big men, Dennis Thurman was sending an exotic blitz, and most of them got home. Kyle Williams was a monster early before tailing off in the second half. He has a 4-3 DT body-type, which I guess is what's keeping him off the field, but Jerel Worthy made the most of his three snaps against the Cardinals. He exploded into the backfield on two of those plays and was mainly responsible for the huge stop on 3rd and 1 inside the 10-yard-line that led to the botched FG touchdown. At times, Buffalo had Corbin Bryant, Lerentee McCray and Leger Douzable as it's three rushing linemen, and with all due respect to those players, you can bet Rex Ryan is extremely pumped to be able to send Marcell Dareus and Shaq Lawson to the opposing quarterback. Corey Graham was sound in all areas, and Adolphus Washington flashed some impressive block-shedding ability against the run. Corey White got picked on for a good portion of the contest, but his high-pointing INT saved his grade. For the third-consecutive week, Zach and Preston Brown were sensational at inside linebacker.
Offense: Through Week 3
Defense: Through Week 3
|Player||Overall||Run Stop||Pass Rush||Coverage||Penalty|