The 2018 Buffalo Bills season is about to get started! The Bills kick off their season with a preseason tilt against the Carolina Panthers—a familiar opponent for many on the Bills’ staff and roster. Since this one is a preseason game, the main focus will be internal competition instead of competing against the opponent.
Video Preview: 2018 Preseason Week One - Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers
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The battle for the QB1 designation has been the most popular topic here and everywhere else people are talking about the Bills and rightfully so, it is the most important position in sports. AJ McCarron looks to be the leader, with Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen battling for second. Based on that, McCarron will likely be named the starter for Thursday’s game. Tyrod Taylor, and the rest of the starters, got one quarter last year. McCarron may get more than that since he is new to the team. The performance of each quarterback in this game, and the remaining three preseason games, will go a long way in shaping the remaining month of this battle.
Offensive Line Rotation
The Bills lost a lot of talent on the offensive line this past season. They traded away Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood was forced to retire due to health issues, and Richie Incognito left the team—to put it simply. It looked like there may be some competition for at least two of those spots, but with a month left before opening day there seems to just be one spot up for grabs. Dion Dawkins locked up the left tackle spot as soon as Glenn was traded and Vlad Ducasse and John Miller have taken all the starting snaps through training camp. Even Jordan Mills seems to have locked up right guard. The only battle is for the center position. Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy have been rotating with the starters. Whoever get the nod on Thursday will have a great shot to win the competition.
There isn’t a whole lot to get excited about for preseason games, but one of the best parts is getting to see new additions wear the red, white, and blue for the first time. Fans, analysts, and coaches will get their first (almost) real look at Trent Murphy (maybe), Phillip Gaines, Star Lotuleli, Tremaine Edmunds, Josh Allen, and many more.
Of course, these aren’t the only reasons to watch the Bills’ preseason opener. There are battles at wide receiver and slot corner and the debut of new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll just to name two more. Buffalo Bills football is (kind of) back!