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Summary from the Final Week of Camp
Josh Allen got the start and looked great while playing the entire first half in a commanding win over the Packers on Saturday. The Packers' defense rested most of their starters and offered very little resistance as Allen picked them apart while moving the ball at will. He completed 10-of-11 passes on the opening drive and capped it off with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll remained aggressive and didn’t run the ball until the 17th snap, after running just twice on their first 21 plays against the Bears. Allen added another touchdown pass in the second quarter to running back Zack Moss and demonstrated that he’s likely headed for another tremendous season if he can stay healthy. Backup Mitch Trubisky had the night off except for one play, which gave the team an extended look at Jake Fromm in the second half. He scored a touchdown on a 13-yard run but otherwise looked unimpressive before giving way to Davis Webb late in the fourth quarter.
Devin Singletary got another preseason start this week, but his only two touches came on receptions as the Bills relied heavily on the passing attack. Zack Moss and Matt Breida also mixed in with the starters and looked good, including a short touchdown catch by Moss and a 16-yard run by Breida. The Bills want to be aggressive and throw the ball early and often, but they have a versatile, deep running back group. Singletary comes into the regular season with momentum but expect a timeshare that relies on the hot hand week to week.
Stefon Diggs returned to practice last week but sat out the Packers game for precautionary reasons. However, even without their top weapon, the offense moved the ball effortlessly, with Gabriel Davis taking his place. Davis caught every pass thrown his way and led the team with 75 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Emmanuel Sanders was the most-targeted receiver in the game with eight but finished with just four receptions for 27 yards, and Cole Beasley added four catches for 52 yards. Sanders and Beasley are excellent at gaining separation and working the middle of the field, while Davis could force the team to use more 4WR formations this year. Isaiah McKenzie suffered a shoulder injury last week, which prompted the Bills to sign Steven Sims. Marquez Stevenson will make the team as a return specialist.
Most expected the team to keep two tight ends – Dawson Knox and Jacob Hollister – to avoid cutting valuable players at other positions, but the team surprisingly cut Hollister leaving the backup role to Tommy Sweeney. Given the offensive identity and frequency of 4WR sets, the lack of tight end depth is excusable.
While the Packers sat most of their starters on Saturday, the Bills defense still put together an impressive performance in a shutout victory. The defense gave up yards and a few long drives but came up with a goal-line stand on the first possession, and then safety Micah Hyde intercepted the ball in the end zone on the second drive. While only credited with two sacks in the game, the pass rush generated pressure and should be much improved this season. Cornerback depth remains a significant concern as Cam Lewis and Siran Neal played key roles against Green Bay while Levi Wallace, Dane Jackson, and Taron Johnson all sat out with injuries.
Summary from Week 3 of Camp
With Josh Allen getting another game off, Mitch Trubisky got the start and looked very impressive while dominating his former team in Chicago on Saturday. He led four straight touchdown drives to start the game and showed that the Bills offense should be in good hands if Allen misses any time this year. Trubisky completed 70+% of his passes for 221 yards in a half of work and left with the Bills ahead 34-6. Neither Davis Webb nor Jake Fromm showed much in the second half, however, and it seems likely the Bills may keep just two quarterbacks.
Devin Singletary got another start and came up with one of the biggest plays of the game when he broke a tackle and scored a touchdown on a 4th-down pitch. This marks his second strong preseason showing and gives some hope that the running game will be more effective than a year ago. Zack Moss also ran hard during his time on the field and will still be a key part of a committee approach, even if he’s losing his grasp on the lead-back role. Matt Breida also had several plays of 10+ yards in the game and continues to show off his speed and big-play potential. The main concern is that this will almost certainly be a pass-heavy offense again, and the coaches plan to split limited running back touches among two or three backs. Reggie Gilliam has been converted from tight end to fullback and made a strong push for a roster spot with two short-yardage touchdown conversions in the game.