7 things to watch in Bills vs. Jets
By Ryan Talbot | Contributing writer
The Buffalo Bills have a chance to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Buffalo will take on the New York Jets at New Era Field on Sunday in Sean McDermott’s debut as head coach. What should fans be looking for when the game kicks off? Here are seven things to watch.
How does Tyrod Taylor perform when it matters?
Tyrod Taylor didn’t have the best preseason. The quarterback suffered a concussion early in the third preseason game, threw two interceptions and only completed 48.3 percent of his passes for 100 yards. Unlike the preseason, the Bills will have an offensive game plan for the Jets. In his first regular season game under Rick Dennison, all eyes will be on Taylor. Quarterbacks coach David Culley says the team cannot wait to unleash the quarterback and if there’s one game Bills fans expect to win this season, it’s on Sunday. Taylor’s performance will go a long way in determining the outcome of the game.
Mike Tolbert,Bam Bradley
Which running back sees the most playing time behind LeSean McCoy?
LeSean McCoy will likely play the majority of the snaps on Sunday, but which running back will the Bills use to spell their lead back? Joe Banyard played well in the preseason and Mike Tolbert has the ability to handle short yardage and goal line carries. Seeing who the Bills trust most when McCoy is out of the game will be something to monitor.
Patrick Onwuasor,Jaylen Hill,Zay Jones
How will the 2017 draft class fare in their debut?
Four of six rookies may see playing time against the Jets. Cornerback Tre’Davious White and wide receiver Zay Jones will start for Buffalo and Dion Dawkins and Matt Milano could see snaps in reserve roles. Josh McCown will likely test Buffalo’s first round pick on Sunday and Jones could see his fair share of targets. Buffalo’s rookie class has the chance to make an immediate impact in Week 1.
Will Jordan Matthews make an impact in his first game?
Jordan Matthews didn’t play in any preseason games with the Bills after suffering a chip fracture in his sternum during his first practice with Buffalo. His Bills debut will come on Sunday against the Jets and he’ll see plenty of time starting along with Zay Jones. It’ll be interesting to see how Buffalo utilizes Matthews against the Jets.