Recap: Five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Tennessee Titans

Recap: Five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Tennessee Titans
Titans cut Nick Williams, who dropped possible game-winning touchdown on Sunday
Points were hard to come by for the Titans against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. But on a third-and-4 from the Bills 21 with 10:43 to play in the game and Tennessee trailing, 10-6, quarterback Marcus Mariota scrambled and then looked to Williams, who found a significant hole in the Bills zone defense near the left sideline.

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.

The somebody this team needs isnt a practice squad player on our team or another. Its somebody that has been in big time games, been apart of big time moments and whose body of work doesnt include a laundry list of teams theyve been cut from before the season starts.

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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.

Lets remember, this guy was a fourth-round pick a little over five months ago. Johnson has been an extra spark in the Bills secondary and he had another good game against the Titans. With four tackles and an interception, Johnson was always in good position for the Bills. His tackling was on display once again and his ability to cover in the slot is vital to the Bills defensive success. The Bills have found a good football player in Johnson and the nickel corner fits him extremely well in Sean McDermotts defense.

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.

McCoys 24 carries on Sunday more than doubled his total for the three games prior. Getting him the ball was a priority for offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He didnt have an explosive game by any means with just 85 rushing yards, but its better to be in second and six than second and long. Id expect his role to get bigger in the passing game as well since he is the best playmaker the Bills have. (If he doesnt get traded.)

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.


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