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Five Buffalo Bills players to watch against the Carolina Panthers: recap

Some of the key players produced and others....... well, didn't

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Before every game our staff highlights five Buffalo Bills players to watch in that weekends match up. This week our five players had varying degrees of success in the loss to the Carolina Panthers.

RB LeSean McCoy

As a whole, I think it’s safe to say the Bills offense goes how Shady goes. On Sunday he went nowhere and so did the Bills offense. McCoy only had 12 yards on 9 carries, the longest of which was 6 yards. McCoy also only totaled 34 yards in the passing “attack”. Every time he gained anything and you started to find hope that the team would put it together, he would promptly lose yards on the next play. If the Bills wanted any chance against Carolina, they needed Shady to be Shady. Sadly, he wasn’t. Games like this will be few and far between for McCoy, but it doesn’t get much easier for him going up against Denver this Sunday.

LB Preston Brown

The main concern for Brown this game was trying to contain and limit Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. The rookie only had 44 total yards from scrimmage so Brown and the players around him accomplished their job. Brown got in on seven tackles, 0.5 of which went for a loss.

DE Shaq Lawson

Lawson was extremely effective and made some eye popping plays. One in particular on the goal line saw Lawson fly through the air to halt the Panthers from scoring a touchdown. Kyle Williams had a big part in that play as well, clogging the running lane and giving time for Lawson to make the play. Lawson was injured during the game with a nerve contusion and will continue to be evaluated throughout the week.

CB Tre’Davious White

The first-round pick was good in coverage for the most part. He got beat on a few slant routes by Kelvin Benjamin, but he didn’t give up anything over the top. White also notched six tackles, two of them behind the line in the loss. The rookie has been extremely solid, but hasn’t made any spectacular plays yet.

TE Charles Clay

Clay was quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s go to receiver last weekend against the New York Jets. It was tough for Clay to get open working against some of the leagues best linebackers. Clay caught everything thrown at him though, amassing three catches for 23 yards. Clay also fumbled after a first-down reception, but he was smart enough to knock the ball out of bounds to prevent the Panthers from regaining possession and kept the Bills drive alive for a moment.