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Posted: Aug. 23 2019,03:19

line preseason Week 2 The Buffalo Bills starting offensive unit struggled to get anything going against the Cleveland Browns in the second week of preseason. Four consecutive three-and-out series and an injury to quarterback AJ McCarron were not what the Bills hoped to see. A major component of offensive success or failure rests on the shoulder of the line. Let’s see how they did. Play 1The play pauses at the magic cutoff point of two seconds. The ball is in the air at that point thankfully White Phillip Gaines Jerseys , as there’s far too many orange helmets around AJ McCarron. The right side holds up well. Russell Bodine wins his match-up cleanly. Dion Dawkins ends up trying to take on two defenders as Vlad Ducasse can’t find a guy to get a hand on. LeSean McCoy gets blown up pretty badly. The Browns came out testing the Bills by rushing six men with mixed results from the offensive line. Play 2This play was likely drawn up to look like this anyway. Dion Dawkins doesn’t get enough of his man though and McCarron is close to getting hit. Closer than he should be on this play call. Bodine and Ducasse can’t get to the edge fast enough to get the blocks and play two is dead in the water. Play 3The Brown overload Dion Dawkins’ side again, but this time it’s handled better. From what we can see from the broadcast angle, the Browns have the back end handled pretty well. Not liking what he sees, McCarron tucks and runs. This was perhaps the best snap for the offensive line against the Browns’ starters. Play 4The Browns rush four, while the Bills have six to block (Patrick DiMarco contributes a chip on the way out). Even still it’s likely best the ball comes out quickly. Russell Bodine is walked back one-on-one. Play 5At the pause, two Browns are circled. The middle of the offensive line is parted which prompts McCoy to kick the play outside Phillip Gaines Jerseys 2019 , shown in the upper circle. The lower circle is Briean Boddy-Calhoun who prevents McCoy from getting outside. The entire line appears to be blocking forward and there’s nowhere for McCoy to go. Play 6Dion Dawkins gets beat with a nice bend move and AJ McCarron climbs the pocket. Both Vlad Ducasse and Charles Clay miss Larry Ogunjobi and McCarron goes down. Play 7The Browns understandably elect not to worry about a pass here. The line holds up well except for Dion Dawkins. Arguably, Dawkins might have been tasked with driving his man inside so the play can develop. However, he barely disrupts Myles Garrett as he knifes in nearly dropping McCoy in the backfield. Play 8The Browns rush five and the Bills should have a numbers advantage with Charles Clay staying in to block. The line is blocking well and McCoy should have had options to take a lane. Clay can’t handle Mychal Kendricks however, and Kendricks drags Clay with him to make the tackle. Play 9Dion Dawkins’ rough night continued as Myles Garret comes in for the hit. The initial impact from Garrett catches Dawkins off guard. Another shove is followed smoothly with a swim move and AJ McCarron takes a shot. The play pauses at about 2.5 seconds in. Daboll’s quick strike offense has routinely gotten the ball out well before then, but it can’t be expected every time. So far this preseason the line has struggled to protect for anything but the quickest of quick hitters. Since Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane arrived in Buffalo they have made massive changes to the Buffalo Bills’ roster. They’ll continue to do that this off-season as they look to get back to the playoffs. One way of adjusting the roster is via free agency. Beane had his first full off-season to really go after free agents this past year. Let’s see how those additions fared.Below ExpectationsStar LotuleleiTrent MurphyVontae DavisAJ McCarronJeremy KerleyKaelin ClayMarshall NewhouseIt’s a bit unfair to lump Star and Trent Murphy in with a handful of guys that are no longer on the Bills roster (including one that walked out on his team in the middle of a game), but like those guys White Marshall Newhouse Jerseys , they both had disappointing seasons. They were not complete busts, but they did not live up to the money the Bills paid them. The team made Star the 13th-highest-paid defensive tackle in the league, but Pro Football Focus has him as the 103rd-best defensive interior player this season. The story is very similar with Murphy. He is the 37th-highest-paid defensive end and the 89th-ranked edge defender. The cap hits for these two make their performances disappointing.The rest of this group contributed about as much to the Bills’ season as I did. They combined for two total starts, one tackle, and two receptions for seven yards. Vontae Davis infamously quit and retired at halftime, AJ McCarron lost the quarterback competition and then was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round pick Marshall Newhouse Jerseys 2019 , Jeremy Kerley was waived after Week 1, Kaelin Clay was waived before the season began, and Marshall Newhouse was traded for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 after Week 3. Jon Gruden might be crazy, but I don’t think even he would give a fifth-round pick for my rights, so maybe these guys did contribute more to the Bills than me.Met ExpectationsChris IvoryPhillip GainesRafael BushOwamagbe OdighizuwaJulian StanfordTerrence FedeTenny PalepoiThe bar for most of these players to meet expectations was pretty low as a lot of them were projected as second- and third-team guys. The two that stand out are Chris Ivory and Phillip Gaines. Ivory performed admirably as a backup running back, sometimes even looking like a better fit for the offense than LeSean McCoy. Gaines was brought in to compete for the nickel corner back position White Trent Murphy Jerseys , but he actually ended competing and winning the CB2 job over Vontae Davis. He didn’t last too long there as he was released after Week 9 while leading the league in penalty yardage.Exceeded ExpectationsRussell BodineAfter Eric Wood’s abrupt retirement, it was expected that Ryan Groy would take over as the starting center. That’s indeed what happened and Groy started the first two weeks of the season. After two bad performances from Groy, the Bills switched it up and went with Bodine. He would remain the starter until he was injured in Week 13 and placed on injured reserve. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 19th-best center this season.Brandon Beane and Co. have nine times more cap room this off-season as compared to the last year at this time. Hopefully all that extra dough will yield much better results on the field in 2019 and beyond.
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