For the first time in 2018, the Buffalo Bills hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday night against the Cleveland Browns, and the latest edition of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast breaks down the key players/positions to watch when the Bills (0-1) take on the Browns (1-0) at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The biggest position to watch continues to be quarterback, and while head coach Sean McDermott informed his team of who his starter for Week 2 will be earlier in the week, the rest of us will have to wait until Friday to see whether Nathan Peterman, AJ McCarron, or prized rookie Josh Allen starts under center when the Bills face the Browns.
On the latest edition of the podcast, Boccacino and Marino offered up their thoughts on who should be under center, what role Corey Coleman will play on the offense, who will emerge between Ryan Groy and Russell Bodine as the starting center, and what to make of Trent Murphy’s nagging groin injury.
In their preseason debut during a 28-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Bills got solid quarterback play from Peterman (9-of-10 passing for 119 yards with one touchdown and one interception), McCarron (7-of-10 for 116 yards), and Allen (9-of-19 for 119 yards and one TD).
All three QBs managed to move the sticks and put points on the board for the Bills, while Kelvin Benjamin (four receptions for 59 yards and one TD) showed why the Bills traded for him at last year’s trade deadline.
Both Boccacino and Marino expect McCarron to be under center, even as Allen has seen more reps with the second-stringers during the last week of practice at St. John Fisher College.
Neither Boccacino nor Marino feels Murphy should suit up if his groin isn’t 100 percent healthy, which opens the door for Shaq Lawson, Eddie Yarbrough, Harrison Phillips, and undrafted rookie free agent Mike Love to continue their strong preseason showings.
While Coleman will be facing his former team, don’t expect the same kind of pre-game fireworks we saw last Thursday night between Benjamin and his former quarterback, Cam Newton. Coleman seems focused on learning the playbook and making a favorable impression on Sean McDermott and the coaching staff. His development will be something to watch over the rest of the preseason.
Another hot topic has been trade rumors involving Khalil Mack, the former University at Buffalo standout linebacker who seems to be on the market after an interesting offseason with the Oakland Raiders. Should Buffalo enter the race to win the services of Mack, the NFL‘s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016?
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