There are three games left in the 2018 season for the Buffalo Bills, and the youth movement should be in full effect down the stretch. The Detroit Lions come to New Era Field on Sunday, and here are five Bills to watch in this late season match-up.
QB Josh Allen
The fact that the rookie quarterback leads the list should not come as a surprise to anyone. The development of Allen continues to be the most important story of the 2018 season, with Sunday’s game being another step in that process. It will be interesting to see how much Allen runs against the Lions, a team that has been able to limit running quarterbacks throughout the season. Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Allen is sure to be the top story coming out of the game.
WR Robert Foster
The emergence of Foster continues to be one of the bright spots for the Bills’ offense this season. With ten catches for 225 yards over the past three games, Foster has established himself as a true threat to opposing defenses. While the Lions boast a top-ten pass defense, they give up an average of 8.2 yards per attempt—which could lead to another big game for Foster.
G Wyatt Teller
Fans of the Bills have been optimistic about Teller since he was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. While the guard has showed some promise since being inserted in the starting line-up, he struggled mightily last weekend against the New York Jets. What may have seemed like a late-round gem for Brandon Beane now has now been covered with a bit of uncertainty.
LT Dion Dawkins
Speaking of the offensive line, lets add second-year tackle Dion Dawkins to the list. While many expect Dawkins to be entrenched as the team’s franchise left tackle, his play as of late has been a bit uninspiring. This could be due in part to the struggles along the rest of the offensive line—or maybe Dawkins still has plenty of room for continued improvement. I would expect Sunday to be a bounce-back game for Dawkins against a Lions defense that will be without Ziggy Ansah. That said, he’s one worth watching on Sunday afternoon.
LB Tremaine Edmunds
While the progression of Josh Allen is the top priority of Bills fans, the improvement shown by Edmunds has also been fun to watch. Still only 20 years old, Edmunds has played nearly every snap for the Bills defense this season. Edmunds continues to flash the speed and ability that made him a first-round pick, and may have to pick up some of the slack with Matt Milano out for the rest of the season.
Aside from this group, there are plenty of young players to keep an eye on during Sunday’s game. Shaq Lawson, Isaiah McKenzie, Tre’Davious White, and Levi Wallace could have easily made the list. Be sure to share your thoughts below on the players you will have an eye on during Sunday’s game.