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TONY’S TAKE: FIVE THOUGHTS ON THE BILLS’ VICTORY OVER CAROLINA

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 16: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Make that two straight solid preseason outings for Bills backup quarterback Matt Barkley. Including his outing against the New York Jets back in November, he’s really established himself as a dependable backup to Josh Allen and it feels like it’s been a while since Buffalo has had one….. Anyone who wrote off Trent Murphy after last season should have realized that it normally takes an athlete two years to recover fully from a torn knee ligament and feel 100% again (with the exception of Adrian Peterson a few years ago). Looks like his burst off the line of scrimmage is back….. Christian Wade has had a pleasantly surprising preseason and the irony of it is that he doesn’t even really know what he’s doing yet! But he’s clearly got some raw talent that can be cultivated. If he somehow doesn’t end up on the Bills’ practice squad after final cutdowns, it will be an upset….. It was good to see Duke Williams show up and make some plays. It feels like he’s kind of become the forgotten man in the team’s wide receiver corps, and Buffalo has been searching for a big, physical wideout who can dominate on the outside for a long time (essentially since Eric Moulds was still on their roster nearly 15 years ago). He’s perhaps the only receiver on the team’s roster who can provide those tools, and they may be of use in the regular season….. Cole Beasley was criminally underused in the Dallas Cowboys’ offense by then-offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and judging by his performance against the Panthers on Friday, he could potentially put up career-best statistics in a Patriots-style of offense that will utilize him in a Wes Welker/Julian Edelman role. It all depends on his chemistry with Josh Allen, because if they’re not on the same page when Beasley eventually runs option routes it won’t matter.

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