It was a Clay Day
Charles Clay had himself a nice day against the Jets defense amassing 53 yards and a touchdown. To an ordinary fan, this may not seem like an impressive stat line, but paying attention to recent year’s performances, this was a refreshing sight to see. Bills fans should look forward to the rest of the season and what Clay can do in this new offense.
New Faces Impress
The Bills made acquisitions during this offseason to could help the team now and in the future. Players like Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Mike Tolbert, and of course, the trade for WR Jordan Matthews. These guys came ready to play week one. Matthews looked fast and smooth catching 2 passes for 61 yards. Mike Tolbert brought an aggressive type of attitude when he touched the ball. He had 42 yards on 12 attempts and reached the end zone in the 4th quarter for his first touchdown as a Bill. Hyde and Poyer each hauled in an interception, with Poyer also adding a couple impressive pass breakups, as well as a sack. The new kids on the block impressed the Bills Mafia on Sunday.
It was Shady in the 716
LeSean McCoy proved to the entire NFL audience why he was one of the top running backs last year. Shady carried the rock for 110 yards on the ground while also catching 5 passes for 49 yards. McCoy looked elusive as usual, making multiple defenders miss on many different occasions. In one instance, the Bills faced a 2nd and 20, in which Tyrod Taylor tossed a screen pass to McCoy and somehow managed to will himself for just enough to get the first down. McCoy will play a huge part in the Bills offense this year. Expect a huge workload from Shady this season.
Allowing a total of only 225 yards rushing and receiving combined, the Bills defense looked ready to make plays on Sunday. Limiting big plays will be key this year, and that’s exactly what the Bills defense did Sunday. Taking the ball away twice from Josh McCown was a pleasure to see from our new secondary. The defensive line played exceptionally well allowing only 38 yards on the ground. Linebackers Preston Brown and Ramon Humber looked comfortable in Leslie Frazier’s defense.
Tre’Davious White’s Debut
The Bills took White in this year’s first round because Sean McDermott loved his versatility and mature figure. This was proved well early on as White played the number one cornerback role against the Jets. White came up with a few nice pass breakups, as well as a near interception, White did what he was supposed to do in his debut. It will be exciting to see how he plays the rest of the season against top tier wide receivers.
The Bills came away with a win that everyone expected. The Jets are not the greatest team talent wise, but without a doubt, it was definitely great to see the Bills start the season off with a win. The team played well, and seemed to be on the same page throughout the game. The offense started slow, but began to pick it up in the second half. Tyrod Taylor was efficient moving the offense down the field and put points on the board. This team should be interesting to watch develop down the line and should play better together as the weeks go on.
The Bills head to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (1-0).