That was the first target of the season for Williams, who entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of UConn in 2013. He had also returned punts for the Titans, and his 38-yard return in the first quarter set up Tennessees first field goal of the afternoon.
Yes, Taywan Taylor has made a few flashy plays – but he has also dropped some big plays and has at times looked confused as to which route he should/shouldnt run. Jonnu Smith hasnt come close to filling in some of the void left by Walker and the fact that Mariota chose to throw to Williams as opposed to Smith speaks volumes of where their trust level is.
Bills rookie Harrison Phillips plays best game in a month against Titans
Thats all on me. One hundred percent, Williams said of the drop. Its pro ball, quarterbacks throw it, receivers catch it. Gotta make that play.
Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel also singled Williams out after the game for not running a good route on a slant pass that was intercepted.
Vrabel learned at the knee of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, for whom he played for eight years and saw turnover the 51st to 53rd spots on the roster often, particularly after losses and/or key mistakes, as a way of trying to send the message that no one is safe.
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If it werent for the silly roughing the passer rule change, Hughes would have had another two-sack performance. To clarify, he wasnt flagged, but he had Titans QB Marcus Mariota wrapped up and let go to avoid being tagged with a roughing the passer penalty and giving the Titans a fresh set of downs. Hughes was able to get in the Titans backfield multiple times, giving Mariota a short time to throw and making him uncomfortable. He ended the game with four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Another solid day at the office for the Bills best pass rusher.
Harrison Phillips generated just one quarterback pressure on 29 pass-rush snaps in the Bills three games after the season-opening loss to the Ravens but pressured Marcus Mariota twice on 13 pass-rush snaps against the Titans in Week 5.
Trent Murphys sack was of the clean-up variety, and one of his other pressures was after Mariota held onto the football for a while and started to improvise outside of the pocket.
As for Star Lotulelei, he had his most impressive play as a member of the Bills to date on his impact tackle. It came midway through the third quarter when he pushed the Tennessee blocker back as he scraped down the line of scrimmage and met Dion Lewis behind the line for a one-yard loss.
Murphys pass-rushing figures look respectable, but hes rarely had “clean” wins where hes in the quarterbacks face quickly. The majority of his pressures have been thanks to sound coverage on the back end or signal-callers leaving the pocket.